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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 02/24/2013 11:22 AM

    This Whole situation with Hickson is dumb,our team is losing alot of respect around the league. I get that people think what he'll ask for is too much,and blah blah blah. But the fact of the matter is,not alot of players are chomping at the bit to sign in portland,sometimes we have to overpay for players its just a fact of being in a small market Portland town.If we have a offseason where we lose hickson,and we dont sign a suitable replacement then me take a step backwards.Honestly if we would've put this to rest and signed hickson to a extension we'd probably have a better record cause I think the contract is effecting his play obviously. I know there are some fans who dont like him and I know there are some people who crunch numbers,but basketball is more then #'s. How else can you explain some of the loses we've had to teams like cleveland and milwaukee. I think we have more talent then utah or houston and should at least be in 8th place in the west. I really hope the blazers do the smart thing and improve this team and not get worse,if we dont sign hickson then we had better sign a player to replace him who is BETTER then him AND add bench players. The Blazers being a medicore franchise is getting old. We used to be a respected team and respected franchise,now its not like that.
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 02/24/2013 12:21 PM

    I for one like JJ as a player he plays with his whole heart I have no problem with JJ coming back but, you have to be realistic all season our GM have been talking about keeping cap flexibility and with the way JJ is playing he deserves a lot more money that were going to offer him in the off season because I said this before the only way I see JJ a blazer after this season is if he's willing to take less money and like I said earlier about our GM I just don't see him giving JJ most of our cap space to resign him even though he deserves it and that why I wouldn't be surprised if JJ leaves for a better offer I hope I'm wrong. You also have to think about if we do resign him for the amount he's really deserve we pretty much are gonna have the same team like we do this year and from what I seen from the fans that's not gonna cut it because they want playoffs while our starting 5 is one of the best in the league this season has proved that we are gonna need more than that to get to the playoffs so we are gonna have to bank on our rookies to improve and I don't know if the fans have the patience for that, and yes our team is talented to get to the 8th spot the problem always been we don't always play to that talent and also Utah and Houston has more players who produce off the bench than we do so it's not that shocking that we are in the 10th spot. So indeed this organization has a dilemma on their hands on what to do with JJ the question is will the fans be ok with the decision they make .
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  1. Nuno
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    Posted 02/24/2013 12:28 PM

    Hickson is a good player, very good rebounder, scores, but lacks some defensive ability. He could be a Starting PF in many teams, and an awesome backup in most of the teams, but We dont really need someone better then JJ, we need a couple experienced bench players that give us some points/rebounds off the bench, and a Center that is better then JJ on Defense.

    And that is what we will look for next season, a 7´ Center, good defender, able to score when needed. And a couple more bench players, to make us a stronger team. I think it would be better to have 8/10 good players then only 5/6 like we have... with this i mean that we shouldnt target a expensive center if we want to have a strong team.

  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 02/24/2013 12:40 PM

    Looks like were on the same page Nuno that why I feel it important to get help for the bench because as I mention our starters have a tendency to not play at their talent all the time and with a bench that can produce you don't have those game that you should win but, don't and we would of had a lot more blowout wins.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/24/2013 12:45 PM

    JJ is playing for a contract this season and in the end it's his decision where he wants to go and if he wants to be a franchise PF or bench PF here. To stay in Portland he'd probably have to give up a few million he could make elsewhere. I think most of the JJ situation is out of our control but since we have his Bird rights we can choose to match and offer if it fits into our cap space. This is a story for the offseason. Right now he's playing well offensively and helping us out but at the same time helping himself...not long ago he was waived by the Kings. He's bounced back here and Portland loves the guy. The collective bargaining agreement is changing everything this summer. Days of superstar paychecks are disappearing and job security or success will have a lot of value as to where players decide to play. JJ knows he can retire here and will get playing time. Question is really what choice he'll make more than the Front Office.
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  1. Posted 02/24/2013 1:19 PM

    your right on river and I for one hope that JJ will choose Portland, He is the only one consistantly on the boards on both ends of the court and gives as much as he can while on the floor. Blazer staff is making a huge mistake in my opinion as far as playing time for the starters. What I mean here is at the beginning of the year NOONE thought Portland would be in a playoff run spot this year and for a long time they were. I think the minutes on the floor with the schedule is just killing the starting 5 in body fatigue and also their mental fatigue, I havent seen Portland let the referee's bad calls bother them in the past so much sense we have Drexler and Porter, Now there are a couple guys this young team should study for sure. Most of our bench is young and we cant have a bench that can get up cold and play on an NBA floor and produce if they are not getting hands on experience in good quantities I mean really with Portlands past with Centers, Knee after knee injury for what a couple decades now, and now they are playing Lillard into the ground his rookie year who by the way I think makes Micheal Jourdan moves on the floor and makes them look prettier then Jourdan did, I think back to back game nights need to go away, at least give the players one day to rest before another game for cryin out loud. I know all teams need to follow the same type of schedule but I think it takes away from wins that teams could have and should have had but loose in the 4th from road trip fatigue, Look at LA's performance against the Heat in their last match up and then the next night after fighting the world champs they play very well but are a step behind all night. I would like to see the starting 5 get out on the floor in the first period and play like it was the 3rd period, then get the bench in there to play and get some time in the second period. I wish we could play a center in center and let JJ play the position he is meant to play. I would like to see Batum back to the player he has been all season intil his injury, I am seeing last years Batum rignt now, the show no show guy we had too many of. Personally I would call this season over but I would work the crap out of the bench now and see what they are going to do before the end of the season. I think that is the only chance we have of getting any kind of bench from what we have. I know if I sat on a bench 44 minutes of every game I sure wouldnt feel like much of a TEAM mate. Just some of my thoughts

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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 02/24/2013 1:57 PM

    I agree with you Chloe, I thought Portland had a legitimate chance of making the playoffs. I felt our roster was better with others, I have said that before the season started... Also you made a great point that we might be suited to play better in playoff games since our starters would get a lot of rest since there is no back to backs...

    Some games I see Hickson play and I see him outplay Aldridge then a bunch of trade ideas swirl around in my head ivolving Aldridge... then next I see why LA is an All Star and Hickson isnt... but they do fit each other very well on the offensive end..


    Want people to remember that JJ did tweet this " Brooklyn or Bust!" during the deadline. He meant he would only waive his no trade clause if he was traded to Brooklyn.......


    I am sure we will find a replacement for JJ if we dont resign him...

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 02/24/2013 6:03 PM

    Its just been a disappointment this past month and no matter WHAT HAPPENS with JJ,the fact of the matter is I want the blazers to be a elite team like they used to,I dont think a team Like San Antonio,Lakers,Miami,Boston, New York,or even now the clippers would be worried if they were in the blazers posistion,they would just sign him. You got teams like new york which has Stoudamire,Chandler,Camby,just sign Kenyan Martin. You got the clippers,look how many players they have,they have a team within a team. Then you look at our team an if we lose JJ we literally have a 4 player roster. Seriously guys,we dont have a bench which mean we are only paying 4 dudes,most teams have 12 guys.If we want to be a elite team we need to PAY THE PRICE. Otherwise im sorry fans but your gonna have this mediocrity forever. I like here in Los angeles. All the years growing up laker fans used to fear our team,they used to respect us. Now they laugh at us,or downright just ignore that we even exist. Paul Allen owns the team, the difference between 8 million and 6 million to him is nothing,especially if its something that helps the team get in the playoffs he can make his money back plus some,so its dumb to penny pince every little area of your squad.
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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 02/24/2013 6:15 PM

    yea I'm with nuno on this except I don't think we necassarily need a 7 foot center just one that can actually play defense because hickson plays almost no D and is usually 4-6 inches smaller then the guy he's gaurding 

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 02/24/2013 6:24 PM

    I'm sorry but I'm just not following you chloe I mean we could lock hickson down for a long term contract and have little to no cap space to be able to field even a decent bench so we'd just be pretty close to the same team we are now 

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 02/24/2013 7:56 PM

    You wanna to be better or do you want to be worse.  Its very odd how we are soo Capped out and we are basically paying 4 players, How are we soo capped out while other teams in the league boast depth and talent throughout their roster. I mean think about it, WHO ARE WE PAYING that we are soo capped,most teams can afford to pay more then 5 players, If teams like Lakers,clippers,Miami,New york are all over the cap and thats yor answer,then prhaps we need to go over the cap to compete or simply stay at .500 or less
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  1. sug81
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    Posted 02/24/2013 9:12 PM

    We trade futre pick 2014 and 2016 for a lottery pick or hope we get that 12th pick... RUDY GOBERT. I don't care if he would be a rookie wingspan= 7 feet 9 inches he can atleast defend guards coming into the paint. McGee longest in the NBA 7 feet 6 inches. Move JJ down resign Maynor, keep E-Will (last chance), still develop Claver, Meyers, and Barton, but unlikely we get a lottery pick soooo... what happens if we go over the cap? Sorry I'm more Xs and Os than money signs.

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/24/2013 10:03 PM

    Uh...we're not capped out at all. We have expiring contracts, JJs Bird rights got Eric for an exception and Greek player. We have 5 players on rookie contracts! Also 13 mil clearly under the cap. Damian Lillard doesn't make  Chauncey Billups money. We're in great shape and those luxury tax teams like NY, LA and Miami are going to pay 4 -1 for every dollar over the tax...this is why teams are dumping salary like crazy...Chloe, those old days of superstar money are dying out fast.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/24/2013 10:04 PM

    The trade deadline has passed. We are who we are until the offseason now.
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  1. sug81
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    Posted 02/24/2013 10:35 PM

    yes... I'm sure everyone knows that just pondering future possibilities

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 02/25/2013 12:52 AM

    dump off every expiring contract and shoot for a legit starting c face it jj is not a center and probably isn't gonna be content on the bench you know somethings messed up when were playing a dude that is 2 or more inches smaller then your average center and doesn't have the deffensive ability to gaurd 90% of the players thats put in front of him 

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 02/25/2013 12:54 AM

    love hickson he has heart but he's not moving the needle by any means 

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/25/2013 2:33 PM

    Last two games against the Lakers and Celtics Hickson played some of the best defense he's played all year, he's improving.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 02/25/2013 3:16 PM

    First of all Chloe we cannot extend JJ until after the season as only 3 year or longer deals are eligible. Now whether or not we should keep JJ is tough. Pekovic will not be available as he will almost certainly be kept by Minnesota. Jefferson is not much of a defender either and he will make probably 5-7 million more a season than JJ. Bynum will sign for a max somewhere as will Howard. Everyone else on the market is a downgrade from JJ. Basically the best we could hope for is to bring in someone like Josh Smith he maybe JJ's height but he is a much better perimeter defender than LA so against teams with stretch 4's that we struggle against Smith would solve that. He will be expensive as well this summer so not sure what the best move is. 

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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 02/25/2013 9:42 PM

    My only hope is that JJ would be willing to sign for less to stay with us. Grow with us and be on board with what we're trying to do. Get a real big man,draft a solid two guard. Personally, i think we should take a real hard lookk at Mosgov. He's big, he's young,and he's a tough kid who can play. Not to mention that he'll give Meyers the business in practice. 
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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 02/26/2013 2:58 AM

    idk I'd be a little hesitant to re sign elliot williams the kid has played far less games then both sam bowie and greg oden did in there rookie contracts let alone there first seasons I mean that right there should be a red flag 

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 02/26/2013 3:00 AM

    wow meant to post that in another thread rofl 

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  1. uprised
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    Posted 02/26/2013 9:28 PM

    Hickson should go with money and a starting role wherever it may be.  It's sad that a guy comes in off waivers, basically saves this teams ass, brings a motor every night, averages a double double, plays out of position, earning peanuts, and all the fans and media can talk about it trading him.  There's players on this team making way more cash for way less production but god forbid anybody suggest trading them....

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  1. rtmike
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    Posted 02/26/2013 9:51 PM

    Posted By uprised on 02/26/2013 9:28 PM

    Hickson should go with money and a starting role wherever it may be.  It's sad that a guy comes in off waivers, basically saves this teams ass, brings a motor every night, averages a double double, plays out of position, earning peanuts, and all the fans and media can talk about it trading him.  There's players on this team making way more cash for way less production but god forbid anybody suggest trading them....



    That would have to be LA, Nic or Mathews.  So you're thinking the fans should be rallying for LA or Nic to be traded?

     

    LA  $13,500,000

    Nic  $10,850,000

    Mathews $6,505,320

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 02/28/2013 1:50 PM

    ^ no lol all them players right there are playing out of there minds and so is hickson but lets face it he's not gonna provide the defense we need @ that position ever 

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  1. Nuno
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    Posted 02/28/2013 2:46 PM

    i think trying to get J. O´Neal + A. Blatche should be something to consider, would give us a strong frontcourt, and it wouldnt be much expensive, and would allow Leonard to develop with the help of an experienced Center as O´Neal.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/28/2013 3:11 PM

    I thought about O'Neil who is playing well and one of the cheapest big men available. He's a risk for injury though. I think he's making about 1 tenth what we paid Camby last season for Phoenix. Would be interesting to see him end his career where he started it. I never wanted to trade him to Indiana for an old Dale Davis. He went on to become an allstar in Indiana after that trade. Still rather have a younger guy in the post. If Meyers continues to grow going down the stretch it's going to be a defensive big we should target who rebounds and sets screens. I hope we resign JJ and get a bench banger. Now that we have Maynor, JJ could become 6 man of the year if he embraced it off the bench. JJ almost always gets his double double by halftime so he could still be a starter and stay rested
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 03/01/2013 1:18 PM

    What gets me is if you wanna win you gotta spend money. The Nuggets are playing Javall Mcgee 10 million a year and he plays 18 minutes a game. the clippers are paying Deandre Jordan 10 million a year,hell they are paying Lamar odom 8 million a year.If you wanna win you gotta spend the money,if we let JJ walk and we dont at least upgrade our team that sends a message the the fans(us) that winning isnt important,making money is the most important thing and how does the team make money? From fan support,so basically we are supporting a team that isnt commited to winning if thats the case. I dont blame paul allen for being jaded about spending money. i mean he dumped tons of money into the 1999-2003 teams. And again he dumped tons of money into the Oden-Roy-Aldridge team. That all backfired as well. So he's probably jaded to pay money to these players. But we have a big Piece in Damon Lillard,but he wont stick around if we dont show him that this is a place where he can win at,and if we let our starting center walk,a guy who had 18 points and like 14 boards against Denver a team that hits the glass.We let him walk and dont sign a center who is BETTER then him along with some bench help,he's gonna get the same message that the fans will get which is the team isnt willing to spend the money it takes to win. Look at other teams payrolls and see what they pay their players and then decide if the blazers should sign Hickson for 8 million. They should
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 03/01/2013 3:02 PM

    JJ Hickson will not be back with the Blazers next season. I love JJ for his heart and hustle on the court and while his offensive numbers and rebounds are very solid, his defense especially team defense is appalling. 

    That being said the options Portland has been looking at are not much better. 

    Splitter is not a good defender his lack of mobility makes he a liability on pick and roll especially. 

    Pekovic like Splitter is not a very mobile defender although his bulk does allow him to compete against the leagues bigger center well he though does struggle against the more athletic Chris Bosh types.

    Pachulia is only an average defender and offensively his game is a wreck. 

    I think realistically the best option would be someone like Josh Smith who can play the 3,4 and 5. But his high cost will be an issue.

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/01/2013 3:13 PM

    ^ this dude isn't moving the needle what so ever kid is like a less talented version of k love (and k love has never been able to move the needle for the twolves and he's all hustle and offense with no defense) but idk if we can get him for cheap cause I honestly don't think teams are gonna offer him a huge amount of cash cause there not convinced yet especially when most the offer sheets for him were a couple second round picks from what I heard then I'd say go for it but if he commands 7-8mil we should go for a sign and trade I still think if we keep him for cheap we should look for a starting center that can play defense 

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/01/2013 3:16 PM

    and I think a center should be our first priority it'll help meyers leonard develop cause hickson isn't a center he can't mentor dude on the defensive end of the game and leonard is pretty much out there trying to learn by himself 

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/01/2013 3:19 PM

    and yea dude was strong on the glass in the nuggets game but also that paint is his territory and allowing 70+ points in there is rediculous 

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  1. sug81
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    Posted 03/01/2013 4:31 PM

    I don't see how you can blame that on JJ at all most of those paint points are off of the fastbreak when he is trying to get the rebound the guards and and wings need to get back that is everyone's responsibility.

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/01/2013 7:45 PM

    they didn't have 35 fast breaks in the game 

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 03/01/2013 8:04 PM

    No but they did have 22 fast break points.

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/01/2013 8:49 PM

    so 50 or so points in the paint off non fast breaks? thats still horrible might as well as just put a welcome mat underneath the basket lol 

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/01/2013 8:50 PM

    so 50 or so points in the paint off non fast breaks? thats still horrible might as well as just put a welcome mat underneath the basket lol 

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 03/01/2013 9:11 PM

    Tell the guards to stay in front of their men cause I am pretty sure it was Lawson and Iguodala who scored most of the points.

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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 03/01/2013 10:38 PM

    At the end of the day it's a two way street yes our perimeter D could be better but, lets face it no one is afraid of us when they go in the paint and that's the problem you gonna always have when you have no shot blocking and that's the reality when JJ and LA are playing together our starting 5 may be one of the best in the league too bad it only on one side of the court.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/02/2013 8:08 AM

    ^Yep.  The matador D out high though has been my biggest frustration.  Regrettably and unbelievably, I think the perimeter D this season is even worse than it was with Blake running things...alot worse.  With Blake, as CarlJ1 points out, we had an eraser in the Thrilla

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 03/02/2013 9:14 AM

    Its hard to blame it all on one dude,50 points in the paint? Its really all on JJ.lol. Ufortunatley there arent exactly a bunch of options out there for us to sign at center.So we had just better re-sign him and focus on our bench cause we could possibly have the worst bench in NBA history. 16 points a game off the bench. Seriously? You have to look long and hard to find a team with worse bench production then that in this game
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  1. Posted 03/02/2013 10:08 AM

    My biggest question is who would the blazers have if we lost JJ that would be consistant on the boards on both the offensive and defensive end of the court ? I sure dont see batum on the boards consistantly altho he was at the beginning of the season, seems to me that he has reverted back to his on again off again play unfortunately. All this talk about trading JJ or him asking too much to stay in portland. Portland was the only team that wanted him after the Kings waved he out of the nba, I am sure JJ hasnt forgotten that and I hope that he has at least some loyalty from that situation! I agree he doesnt always defend like he should but even though he is the energizer bunny for portland on a regular basis his defence does suffer a bit at times more then likely he gets some fatigue dont ya think?

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 03/02/2013 12:27 PM

    Exactly,he needs to be a blazer
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  1. Nuno
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    Posted 03/02/2013 12:48 PM

    I would love to keep JJ, he´s a great player and a important piece of the team now. But in order to sign him for the money he deserves and will demand for sure, we need to assure we can get a 6th man that can score of the bench, SG/SF and a Defensive minded Center, for a good price, with good i mean low, cause I think we will need at least 7 or 8M to keep JJ here... so that would leave us at best with 6M to fill the other gaps... if we dont we will have a team very similar to this season´s.

    So in order to make this team Stronger, either we find a couple cheap but good players to come of the bench and score/rebound/defend, and resign Hickson, or we let him go, and get 3 or 4 quality players, a Starting Center, that can play good D and also score, a PF similar to JJ and a  SG, that gives some points of the bench.

  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 03/02/2013 12:55 PM

    If we do sign Hickson do a 8 million dollar deal we would need to find some great defender to come in and play with Leonard, Hickson, and Aldridge....

    A lot of teams can play 4 big men...GSW can play Biendrins, Lee, Ezeli, and Landry

    Clippers can play Turiaf, Griffin, Deandre Jordan, and Odom

    Pacers play  Mahimi, Hibbert, West and Hansbrough


    Hickson, Aldridge, Leonard and then we would need another 4/5 that plays great D and rebounds...

    Players that can help if we sign Hickson are : Mareese Speights, Ekpe Udoh, Greg Stiemsma, Brandon Wright


    If we do sign Hickson and another bigman we would be using a lot of our cap space..... Idk if we would have enough to sign a back up Maynor or Ewill


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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 03/02/2013 4:31 PM

    The teams that play small ball successfully are teams that accept that role. When you have guys that say, i dont want to play this position or that position it becomes a recipe for complacency. Physically, L.A. should be able to play the pivot. He just isnt committed to play that position mentally. He's stronger than most people think. Were he beastlike as JJ, he'd be playing center with no problem.
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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/02/2013 11:41 PM

    if leonard can continue the way he's played the last couple games i'd say try him out in a starting role next season and maybe sign hickson as a 6th man if he can come cheaper then 8 mil cause 8 mil for a bench player is a bit rediculous and just go after o'neal or something to back/mentor leonard 

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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 03/03/2013 12:52 PM

    Yeah lets start leonard and bench hickson. WHAT?? come on, hickson had 18 and 16 again last nite, doesnt minnesota have that ugly white russian everyone wants us to sign? Ohh well for him right. But he's tall so, he must be better
    I am a fan of Sexy Blondes at courtside
  1. riverman
    riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 03/03/2013 1:10 PM

    He had 18 and 16 in 27 minutes! I've said before that JJ is our first half scorer. Does it really matter if he starts and a true center comes off the bench?  That kind of production in 27 minutes is hard to find.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Nuno
    Nuno
    Posts: 212

    Posted 03/03/2013 1:56 PM

    That´s something the management will need to think about...

    We may keep JJ and get 2 more pieces, but we need to go after cheap players.

    For example,

    PG: Lillard / Maynor,

    SG: Mathews/ /Barton

    SF: Batum / Claver

    PF: Aldridge / Hickon / Freeland

    C: / Leonard

     And getting at least 2 more pieces... would makes us a more strong and experienced team

    SG/SF: G. Neal/ M. Webster/ K. Bogans

    C: J. O´Neal/ A. Gray/ A. Blatche

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