As I presume all of us do from time to time, I let myself wander as I prepare to reflect on the season.
We weren't expected to do much as for as playoff contention is concerned. Forget the expectations (or lack there of) had we made it to the first round. There were certainly some low points, but I'm not going to get into those right now. There were some high points but, I'm not going to touch on those either.
For now, I thought I'd share some thoughts, ideas and ponderings. Let us call them musings.
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I am the farthest thing from a Laker fan there ever will be, but I would never cheer for an injury, including that suffered by Kobe Bryant on Friday night. He's already had surgery and it's been deemed successful; the prognosis for return is 6-9 months. Bryant seems determined enough to come back. However, I do think a lot of the coverage was overblown. For a while, "pray for Kobe" was trending on twitter. I am Catholic and I pray for many people and many things each night. However, while I wish Bryant no harm in what is now his recovery, I take a different approach:
Mind you, I'm not trying to be insensitive. In the grand scheme of things, an injury to a guy who's won five championships and a league MVP award in 17 seasons is not nearly as prevalent as others who are extremely less fortunate. More than anything else, I merely feel it's a matter of priorities (yes, I know I could simply add Bryant's and every other injured athlete's name to my prayer list ... but ... well, I think you get the point).
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I may never understand the fascination many people still have with a movie which came out 36 years ago. I've seen some who still establish their screen names after characters of this movie. Look, I know Star Wars
was supposedly revolutionary when it came out. However, it seems to be an average story with character studies common to many, many other films. It certainly has its flaws.
I'm not trying to negate those who have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, this movie and its franchise, but I wonder what life would have been like in a galaxy far, far away if there were more traditional parenting:
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I have to give some huge props to one of our Canadian friends. He's not a basketball player; he's an astronaut. No, this isn't a part of the lame NCAA tournament commercial! I'm talking about Commander Chris Hadfield, who has lived his last four months -- and will live the fifth -- at the International Space Station before coming back to earth next month. Not only is Cmdr. Hadfield fulfilling missions according to his assignment, he's sharing his life aboard the ISS. Whether it's his photography taken of various points of earth or just how the heck you make a peanut butter and honey sandwich in zero gravity, Cmdr. Hadfield is your guy.
There's even a video with a conversation between he and Star Trek's
original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, (click to play the Hadfield-Shatner conversation, then more of Cmdr. Hadfield's videos should will appear after its completion):
By the way, if you're on twitter, take a second to follow Cmdr. Hadfield at @Cmdr_Hadfield
... it's well worth it and, when you follow him, be sure to check out his photos shared via twitter.
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* Rightfully so, LeBron James will win this year's MVP award. You couldn't really give it to anyone else after seeing James lead his team to 27 consecutive wins.
* There is no question Damian Lillard will win Rookie of the Year. The only real question at this point is whether he'll sweep the Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors. I'm banking on Damian doing just that. His only real competition was Anthony Davis (of the Hornets ... Pelicans ... Helicans? Pornets?), who is injured and out for the season (perhaps we should add Davis to our prayer list).
* Several NBA pundits have already chimed in on Coach of the Year, suggesting the coach to whom I would give my vote if I had one. That would be George Karl of the Nuggets. Over the past calendar year, Karl has had to revamp a huge chunk of his roster and he's done it remarkably. Of course, we Blazers fans will assert that said revamping was made easy by the mere presence of Andre Miller on the roster. I'm not inclined to disagree.
* I trust that Neil Olshey has a vision for the Blazers, and that it's an exciting one. My only question is: Who is in those plans, what position and whom they will replace are the questions which will jump start the off-season. That's when excitement begins. Certainly, Olshey could run his plan by me at any time. You can find me on twitter, Neil!
* Speaking of twitter, it's a shame Joel Freeland does not have one. He used to, but said in Dustin Hawes column On the Clock with Joel Freeland
that he simply did not "find enjoyment" in it. "What?" said this girl who is approaching her 35,000th tweet!
* I have decided that twitter can be addictive, which is strange for me since I have
nothing close to an addictive personality.
* After attending the Stanford football Cardinal-White spring scrimmage yesterday, I can truly say, watch out Pac-12; the Cardinal Pac-12 championship repeat is underway (by the way, Stanford won the scrimmage!)!
* I have the topic for my next blog, but you'll just have to wait!
In Kassandra's Words features periodic 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