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This may be a bad time to bring up a tender subject. Honestly, there really isn't a good time to bring up unfavorable matters. Especially ones that many believe have long-been resolved. That being the case know that this letter is written with appreciation and confidence in your abilities.
L-Train, step it up now, or lose a rare chance at greatness.
Yes. You read that right. You have been the rampart player of Rip City for months now. Brandon was essential at the start of this season. I'm sure you've thought back to then and remembered the talk about "The Natural" and his amazing work, each a singular talent and working side by side. Perhaps you've thought you were the star in the wings and deserving of equal time in the headlines.
Brandon's your friend, teammate and Rip City neighbor. I get that.
Then Roy's surgeries happened and you stepped up for the city, the team, the franchise.
Those headlines you may have been hoping for, they were written. The points, statistics and looks to you for leadership started to rack up.
The Blazers became your team according to the common themes in paper and internet media. And I'm going to tell you that you deserved the adulation. What's more, you still do.
So why are there reports being released describing you as being "tired?"
Is it because of the Mavs? You know how to work past that because that's your job and you love the challenge. So I don't buy it.
Is it because of the team? I doubt that too because you're a team player, knowing that what affects one, has an effect on all.
Is it because Brandon saved the day, got the talk of getting him in the Starting Five and relegating LMA to BRoy's "Pippen" become resurrected? I want to say no, but a tired Aldridge can't respond strongly enough to challenge such misconceptions.
And perhaps that's what's being discussed, quietly.
I started this letter warning that the subject was going to be tender, so understand my honesty is not considering your feelings or fatigue or frustrations. That's what friends do. Speak with verve and in straightforward language.
I'm like a lot of your supporters who have seen you do things to make Brandon Roy jump for joy and wince in pain for doing so. But he reacted just like all of us in Portland - your team and your fans - overjoyed to see your talents shine when we thought the season was over and wishing, hoping for someone to step up when opportunity reared itself.
We want to see you be the post-up presence that made us jump for months before Gerald showed up, Andre lead and Joel or Marcus became the enforcing presence.
Dirk Nowitzki is desperate to win a championship. Are you? Show him.
He's willing to step on anyone to get that board, that shot, that inside presence. Are you?
I've never met you, but I've known you now for years. It's clear that your heart is in the right place. Right there, in the middle of your chest. You know that you can step it up and fatigue be damned.
Thursday night I'll be standing all night in the 116 section, even if I get tired I won't sit if you don't stop putting Dirk through his paces.
I'm your friend, and not the only one that knows you have a whole team friends who want to jump for joy seeing L-Train stopping the Mavs again and again and again.
Dig deep, this opportunity is too important for any distraction.
Respectfully Your Humble Friend,
so..since you are going to be in the RG for the game, just bring a printout of this blog and a note from MJ (actually my first and middle initials are MJ-so I'll write the note, just don't tell them it's not Michael Jordan). Weave your wave through the inner maze of hallways, find the Blazers Locker room and read this to LMA. BTW...you may want to wear a hockey mask and have some type of plexiglass between you and LaMarcus, but I think it will help with the game plan.UpRise
Like the blog name "Patch Dispatch". But onto the blog. I know everyone wants LA to step up and score like he did early on in the series, but it might not happen. Not only did he play the 2nd most minutes in the regular season (as a big) but he has to D up Dirk on one end and try to score on two big centers on the other end. He isn't able to take breaks on defense like Nowitzki does. And frankly, his D on Dirk has been phenomenal this series as Dirk is really only scoring from the line. I think it would make life a lot easier on LA if more of our role players got hot to take some defensive pressure off of LA. Right now, Dallas is packing the paint, making it tough for him to operate. If we can hit some outside shots, the paint will open up like the Red Sea, allowing LA to go to work.
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