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i think the players' intelligence is showing. so far we're seeing the guys figure out how to hold on or come from behind. too many people think sports are purely athleticism when the great majority of success is done through thinking about and sorting out the situation. that's where i think our balance of veterans & youth is paying dividends.~ KMM
You're right Kassandra (good to "talk" with you again; I nominated you for courtside reporter a couple years ago; still think it's a good idea). No matter how much physical skill you have, you must have the IQ and experience to go with it. For the past several years we have had the physical component but we have lacked the experience. I am enjoying "watching" the brains working this year as well as the muscles. Plus I am one who thinks that Nicola could play every position on the team, and he's getting close. What an amazingly versatile player he is.
nice seeing you around again. i know you, Hg and a few others want me to be a sideline reporter, but i'm just dead set on a career in law! appreciate the compliment though. the iq thing is something i think we had with Brandon, and we missed it at times the past couple of seasons. it's unfortunate how things turned out, but i think there's a great combo of seasoned veterans, 4-8 year veterans and youth. i remember for a while when Marcus and Andre were our only real veterans. it was great to have the youth, but adding guys like Jamal, Raymond and Kurt is going to make a huge difference. Nicolas (i know it's Nicola, but Nicolas is just a tad cuter!) can play any position (hey, if Boris Diaw can start at center for the bobcats, Nicolas could serve a few minutes at center!). i'm generally not a fan of guys playing out of position, but he's a unique case. he has the height of a sf, but the skills to cover pf when needed, sg and pg. in fact, he and Crash rocked it while playing together at sg and sf, respectively. i'd like to see us explore that a little bit more, especially if it means posting up a small young guard like Ferdette with Nicolas as we did last night. all this talk is making more excited about the team and season!~ KMM
First of all, I see nothing wrong with a double major: law major/ace reporter. My best friend has a law degree and have never even thought of practicing law. He was a success as head of production for The Golf Channel, among other things. With your knowledge and eloquence about sports/basketball, there could be a wonderful career that combines all of your talents. As far as the Blazers IQ these past few years, I do agree about Brandon. He was a prodigy with almost innate knowledge and ability. But with his inexperienced supporting cast, he had to do much too much himself. Now Nic and Wesley and even LaMarcus have a great support group, so they should be able to shine as never before. More than anything, I'm hoping that Nate will be able to expand his imagination to encompass all the possibilities his crew provides, while not being afraid to let loose some of his youngsters (Elliot, Nolan, and even Luke and Armon) to close some games and spread their wings. Before the season's over they WILL be needed.
actually, that would make it a quadruple major. i'm also studying political science and u.s. history. my uncle is an attorney and i used to talk to him about his work when in was a little girl. i've always wanted to be a civil litigation attorney and that's still my plan. as for the blazers, we seem to be in agreement. i really like the mix of players we have. a lot of the vets seem to be mentoring the youngsters. i absolutely love that!~ KMM
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