Everything Bright Flickers
Whenever a goal is made, no matter how small or big it may be, there will always be obstacles in the way into achieving that goal. The accomplishment of the goal is always a good thing, a bright thing. But, if you've ever notice something bright, and studied it, you'd know that eventually everything bright flickers.
With the "new" Blazers that this franchise has tried to build after the devastating era known as the "Jail Blazer era", us fans have sat and watched this team, cheered for this team, and eventually fell in love with this team and it's players. We have seen this team go from a 20 win team, to a 40 win team, to flirting with Championship contention in a very short period of time. We gave expectations for this team, and for each player as each passing day goes by. So it doesn't seem so surprising when some fans, in frustration, tend to hover over the panic button when things don't look good, or the expectations aren't meant.
However, there are a few things that we, as fans, must remember when going for the goal of an NBA Championship. It is these "things" that frustrate us, make us ponder, and make us even lose some forms of hope. In my first blog on this new blog network, I'll try to explain what we must remember.
The first thing we must remember, obviously, is that each and every player in the league and on this Blazer team is human, and regardless of their celebrity status, they are exactly one of us. They feel grief, frustration, anger, excitement, nervousness, and they themselves set expectations for the team and themselves. Everything we're thinking, when we ponder the Blazers, is probably always brought up unless we're thinking very outlandish. Every player, even Brandon Roy, has probably thought about the "breakdown" of what we previously built around. There is nothing that separates us except the fact they are the ones playing the game and ultimately making the decisions.
The second thing that we must remember is that injuries, as much as we hate them, do happen. And, there likely is no "Portland curse". Injuries do happen in this league, and it's part of the game. Brandon Roy said it himself. It's unfortunate, but it happens, and we must deal with it. I am a fan of Twitter and Facebook, and often have every Blazer as a "Fan" or I follow them on Twitter. One player I have on my Facebook is Greg Oden. Every time Greg Oden posts a message, there is maybe one post (out of, let's say 30), that has anything to do with what he's talking about. 3 posts are people defending him, and wishing him a swift recovery. The other 26 are people cussing, swearing, and showing their frustration at Greg Oden's lack of games played due to injury. They seem to completely ignore the videos he's posted, in which he shows great sympathy, and blame him for something that happens to everyone eventually. There isn't a single player in the NBA that hasn't suffered from an injury before finishing their career. Injuries happen, and we must remember that, and respect our players for who they are, not what an injury does to their career. It's not their choice.
The last thing I'd like to bring up is that this team is a very young team besides Andre Miller, Joel Pryzbilla, and Marcus Camby. I don't think it's much of a coincidence that these players are often the ones brought up in trade talk, because they likely won't be here when/if we win the championship due to their age. The core we're building around, has it's oldest player as Brandon Roy, at 26 years of age. Oden is 23 years of age. Aldridge is 26. Mathews is 24. Batum is 22. That is a young team, filled with lots of talent. All except Roy (due to injury) is only getting better. Roy, even with his injury, was able to put up 20+ points in some of his games even with the soreness that is suppose to be gone when he returns. This team is young, and still has lots of room to grow. There is no need to give up on what could of happened. There still is the "can" and "should" happen parts.
Given these things, we all must remember that eventually everything that is bright, flickers. The Blazers future was bright when all these players came together, and we finally ended the Jail Blazer Era. It has been bright, and will continue to shine. But eventually the lights flicker. The Sun sets. But, they always return. Until everything is completely dead, then that is when the light needs to be changed.
The light is not yet dead, so there is nothing to change when it comes to our core of Mathews, Aldridge, Roy, Batum, and Oden. These players should never be traded, and no one should have any doubt that the brightness will not return.