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Versus : Aldridge vs Durant


Versus : Anthony Davis & LaMarcus Aldridge

Song: “Problem Child” by Jadakiss & Styles P.


L.A. has a career night with 40 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.

L.A. to L.A.  Make it happen, coaches.

Song: Toro y Moi “Fax Shadow (Shlohmo Remix)”

L.A. may be struggling, but L.A.’s not struggling. (hold for applause) 40 pts. tonight in a win over the Spurs.

L.A. may be struggling, but L.A.’s not struggling. (hold for applause) 40 pts. tonight in a win over the Spurs.

O&A: Rudy to LaMarcus.

Song: Flatfoot & Jesus Brown “The Easy Way”

NBA Off Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

There’s a curse in the City of Roses. Sure, the strip clubs might be great and the food cart scene might even rival Los Angeles’ own street food scene, but there’s a curse. A big man curse. It started all the way back in the late 70s with the very loquacious Bill Walton and his string of injuries after winning the title. There’s the 1984 draft and the Blazers’ decision to draft Sam Bowie with the second pick instead of Michael Jordan and more recently, the decision to draft Greg Oden instead of America’s newest hoop hero, Kevin Durant. And of course, the string of injuries that plagued the Blazers’ bigs last season and sadly, a bit of this upcoming season as well.

However, the Blazers’ curse isn’t as awful or demonstrative as the Los Angeles Clippers’ curse. The Clippers have consistently drafted high quality talent and managed to waste it away where as the Blazers have been a fairly consistent team, especially within the last few years. Not necessarily consistently great, but a consistently good, middle of the pack Western Conference team. Unless LaMarcus Aldridge or Brandon Roy’s arms and legs, respectively, fall off, the Blazers should be in the playoffs this season. The Blazers are a strong and competitive team, but for some reason, I just feel that they’re comfortable with being a middle of the pack team. 

Key Additions

The Blazers acquired Marcus Camby from the Clippers mid season for some magic beans last season. Camby served as a particularly nice band aid for the ailing Blazers in their playoff push. Of course, it’s going to be better to have Camby for a full season, but can Camby hold up over the course of a 82 game season? Especially with Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla still on the injured list and with Jeff Pendergraph recently added to that same list. It’s not easy being a big man in PDX.

Wesley Matthews also joined the team in the offense.

Key Subtractions

Potentially Rudy Fernandez, if he has his way and gets traded/released from his contract with the Blazers.

Predictions & Fun Facts

Will Greg Oden play in over for 50 games this season? Can LaMarcus Aldridge take his game to the next level? Can the Blazers sack up and take it to the next level? The Northwest division is going to be one helluva of a tester with the scary Utah Jazz and America’s sweethearts, OK City Thunder, and the schizophrenic Denver Nuggets.

If I can make the pop culture/sports comparison, The Blazers remind me a lot of the show, “Running Wilde” with Will Arnett. All the elements for a great series are there: (created and written by the masterminds behind “Arrested Development” and a strong cast), but it doesn’t work. It’s not a laugh out loud show, but chuckles and smirks. That’s what the Blazers are; the talent is there, but it just doesn’t add up to anything worthwhile.


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