Dec 24


Well, that time of year has finally arrived.

It's the time when family and friends gather to celebrate with each other, to share their triumphs and tragedies of the previous year, and to share good will amongst those closest to them. Many families will gather from miles around; perhaps other states; perhaps even in other countries.

New faces will be greeted cheerfully and welcomed into the warm, comfy environment. They will become immersed in the festivities, filled with the joyous sounds of the season.

Some faces will be absent, yet missed very greatly. Some have moved on. Some will be unable to attend. Still some may just be able to return.

Mostly, everyone will be excited for the joy of the moment and gifts of many kinds will be exchanged. They will look to the promise of what is to come. Who will be treated to good fortune? Who will have that special moment? Who will further himself the most?

Needless to say, these wondrous moments of the season will be toasted with great anticipation.

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You don't need me to tell you that the NBA regular season starts today, and that the season may not have happened due to the lockout. I don't think there's an elf at the North Pole who doesn't know about the ins and outs of the lockout and the eleventh-hour deal which was made to make this season happen.

Five nationally televised Christmas Day introduce fans to the 2011-12 NBA campaign. But Blazers fans are much more concerned with Monday night when the Blazers host Philadelphia at the Rose Garden.

Four new faces have already integrated themselves on to the Blazers roster, so much so that team captain LaMarcus Aldridge has already remarked about the chemistry the team has. We got a glimpse of these guys in the pre-season and should be treated to some incredible and exciting moments during the season.

Each player on the roster should get some meaningful minutes given the condensed schedule. That should be a good thing for Blazers. There's a striking group of starters and several veterans coming off the bench. What the youngsters may lack in experience, they make up for it in exceptional athletic ability and desire.

And character, well, we've got that too! You'd have no trouble inviting any and each of these guys to dinner while setting out the fine china. They're friendly and focused. As anyone on twitter can tell you, each guy engages fans with enthusiasm and optimism. It's a real treat to follow the guys; so much so, I thought I'd list the following guide to the Blazers' twitter handles:

LaMarcus Aldridge: @Aldridge_12
Nicolas Batum: @Nicolas88Batum
Marcus Camby: @MarcusCamby23
Wesley Mattews: @wessywes2
Jamal Crawford: @JCrossover
Elliot Williams: @EWill901
Craig Smith: @CSmeezy1
Nolan Smith: @NdotSmitty
Armon Johnson: @AJALLDAY1

Additionally, Chris Johnson's wife, Tammy, updates what's going on with Chris via her twitter account, @MissTJohnson.

As for myself, I don't want to make predictions, but I am optimistic. While some on this team are new to the Blazers, it seems like we have a lot of depth. It's been a few seasons since we've been able to say that. I believe we can make a strong run to -- and into -- the playoffs.

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Personally, I don't watch a lot of the NBA other than the Blazers. I'm generally too busy to try and keep up with it all. I am glad there will be games being played rather than none at all. I will miss the players who are gone, but I am excited to see the new guys. I am extremely optimistic the Blazers have a good shot in the west.

But to take a step back, I would like to take this part of the blog to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, and new year. Who knows really what the season will hold? What we all should anticipate is that there should be a lot of excitement, fascination and pride in our Blazers. The time is now.

Tis the season.


In Kassandra's Words features regular blogs throughout the year. Comments and questions are welcome and encouraged. Seasons begin and end; players come and go; our Blazers are forever. Please follow on twitter: @PDXKass


  1. There must be a bright future for everybody. Happy Christmas.

    by sopadeajo on 12/25/2011 6:56 AM
  2. Miss Kassandra:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts and wisdom of words with us. Have I ever told you that you have a wonderful mind LOL?

    I would like to take this time to wish you Happy Holidays. Are you at your mom and dads, I hope?

    I am totally with you on the Blazers; many are pondering on the wins and losses, the one and done in the play-offs, or not having a super star on our team for bragging rights. For me, I am tickled with our roster, A mixture of young, too young, old and too old gives us wisdom with the want to teach, and energy with the want to learn; all together gives us strong chemistry and a chance to win every game. I will miss the one's that are gone, or moved on., but welcome with delight the new ones that take their place.

    As you know, I am not a win or nothing type fan, I just want to see us play with energy and desire every night. With the depth we have we should be able to do just that. My biggest concern is the plague that hits our team not just in injuries, but the plague that hits our shooters. Those are the only two things that can really destroy our season. Other then that I am looking forward to an exciting season

    The time is now


    by Hg on 12/25/2011 7:13 AM
  3. Merry Christmas Kassandra. As a college student I'm sure the opportunity to be home with family has special meaning for you.

    You alluded to our depth this year. I think that the utilization of that depth could be key in avoiding fatique related injuries and fresh legs in our starters in this compressed schedule. By using all of our players we may lose an occaisional game but overall win many more.

    by Ancientone on 12/25/2011 11:35 AM
  4. merry christmas Kassandra! I agree we have great depth for the first time in a few seasons and we are going to need that with this crazy condensed schedule. good news everyone in the nba is in the same boat with this schedule. I like our chances and I believe if fan fest is any indication we are going to have some entertaining fast breaking basketball. We finally have the guards who can run the floor and use the gifts of the fast break that our players have. We have some great athletes and your right wonderful guys...I would not be ashamed to invite them to dinner they truly care about the community and kids. They care about each other. I love the mentoring that raymond is doing for nolan. I love how nolan is eating it up from the vets. I got a kick out of the prank war that has started between nolan and wesley...to those not following these guys on twitter your missing out on great insight into who are they are as people and the commaraderie they have. Their conversations on twitter are hilarious. if it is like last yr they will more then likely tweet each other while in the same room or on the plane...I miss some of the guys who are gone too...cant wait to see what happens tomorrow...
    this season is truly going to be interesting for everyone not just the blazers...i watch other teams so I know what to expect when the blazers play them.
    have a good christmas vacay with the family...etc

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 12/25/2011 2:05 PM
  5. Nice blog Kass!! Merry Christmas..

    by Keisha on 12/25/2011 8:14 PM
  6. Merry Christmas to you and all the blazers nation. Nice and sweet picture of Blazers symbol with santa's hat :)

    by Tiago Torigoe on 12/26/2011 3:38 AM
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