February 24, 2006

Portland trades away the last of the Jailblazers: and preps for the future, while the owner--Mr. Seventh Richest Man in the World--whines that he's losing too much money.

posted by togdon to basketball at 10:21 AM - 21 comments

Sometimes it's kind of refreshing from here on the East Coast to know that the Knicks aren't the only hopelessly dysfunctional team in the league.

posted by chicobangs at 11:00 AM on February 24, 2006

If you're losing money, it is called a tax break. Quit whinning. You're making more money by losing money.

posted by dbt302 at 11:53 AM on February 24, 2006

Tax break does not = "making money." you get to recoup some of your losses, but it is still a loss! Also, I must say... what the fuck... The blazers.... oh the blazers... This team is so notorious for trading one useless player at a position they are deep at for another one or two useless players at positions that they are also relatively deep at. I don't get the politicking this team is doing. they could at least have mede a significant salary drop. three million dollars? that is awful.

posted by everett at 12:07 PM on February 24, 2006

Who cares! The Knicks suck, the Blazers suck so it does not matter! One thing I will ask is what will Portland do without the "Kobe Stopper"?

posted by bkdet at 12:15 PM on February 24, 2006

Interesting. I didnt realize Portland had an NBA franchise. I thought they went the way of the ABA. LOL

posted by osubuckeyenut at 12:26 PM on February 24, 2006

One thing I will ask is what will Portland do without the "Kobe Stopper"? Focus all the rape jokes at the other team?

posted by togdon at 12:26 PM on February 24, 2006

Right... the blazers who up until two years ago had made a record 22 straight playoffss... went the way of the ABA... "LOL" Sorry about going fanboy, but I gotsta defend my team.

posted by everett at 12:34 PM on February 24, 2006

Yeah.... the Knicks have no direction, and no ambition. They get the best players available, but theyre overpaid, and dysfunctional. Thomas could have gotten Ratliff and Miles- two decent plaers. They would have teamed up with Curry, Crawford, nad Marbury. Thats a playoff caliber starting 5. But- he screwed things up again!!! Francis is garbage.... just a copy of Marbury.

posted by redsoxrgay at 01:04 PM on February 24, 2006

I have no idea if the Blazers even have a real plan, but it's been nice watching McMillan be a bright spot. He makes you feel like things are on the way up, unlike the management of this team which clearly doesn't know what it's doing. Meanwhile, Paul Allen wants money? I think the state has more important issues to deal with. Like keeping kids in school five days a week. And making sure the state has jobs. Nah, screw that stuff. We need Paul Allen's professional basketball charity more than that.

posted by diastematic at 02:04 PM on February 24, 2006

The Blazer's are at least 10 years away from a championship. They have no superstars. Detroit is thought of as the best "team" in the game and they have 4 all-stars (5 if you count Prince who easily could've made it). That means that the Blazers are at least 4 superstars away from a championship.

posted by budpatient at 02:24 PM on February 24, 2006

Actually, they're not rid of the JailBlazers now that their Golden Boy had his little Louis Vuitton handgun incident on the airplane. I wish Thomas would have taken Miles off our hands in Portland. Last year, he was fined for shouting racial slurs at Mo Cheeks who may be a crappy coach but is black just like Miles. The guy is a headcase.

posted by autzenrocker123 at 03:45 PM on February 24, 2006

Bryon Russell's still in the league? Damn, anybody can get a job in the NBA these days!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:52 PM on February 24, 2006

The Portland Trailblazers are one Mark Cuban away from a championship. We admit down here in the shade of Dallas that Cuban bought the worst franchise in the NBA and it looks like today that they may be the best. I have followed the Pistons since they drove their stuff a little further north from Ft. Wayne, Indiana but do believe the depth that Mark Cuban's checkbook has provided Dallas is more than enough if, of course, the depth of San Antonio isn't too much. Oh well, I have followed the Spurs since they trashed the Dallas Chapparals stuff and drove down to The Alamo and started playing basketball.

posted by Bud Lang at 03:53 PM on February 24, 2006

And Sacramento quietly shed some contract, (Brian Skinner, 10 million), while picking up a rookie small forward, (Sergei Monia, 2 million) and a veteran center, (Vitaly Potapenko, 3 million). A nice payroll reduction move by Petrie to avoid the luxury tax that was looming.

posted by geekyguy at 03:57 PM on February 24, 2006

NBA and it looks like today that they may be the best. Not yet they aren't! They first have to get pass the Spurs in the west. The regular season is just to see who gets home court advantage, the real basketball starts in the playoffs! This may be their season to do that, but then they still have to beat the Pistons in a 7 game series. Of course this is all hypothetical!

posted by bkdet at 04:25 PM on February 24, 2006

That means that the Blazers are at least 4 superstars away from a championship. I don't know if they are four superstars away from a championship, but I do know that they are three good players away from being a respectable NBA franchise again. Maybe using some of those lottery picks a little more wisely would be a good start.

posted by bigrobbieb at 05:35 PM on February 24, 2006

I agree with bigrob! Great analysis!

posted by bkdet at 05:52 PM on February 24, 2006

The Blazers need to get better. They need to find a player that knows how to win. They have some talent, it's just not harnessed well. They need a veteran that can give you versatility on both ends of the court. And maybe some leadership. They need a Robert Horry, a Donyell Marshall, hell Devean George would prolly make this team better. It wouldn't hurt to decide on a point guard either. Jack, Blake, Telfair, and Dixon are all the exact same size, but different players. Choose one or two and trade the others for a shooter or something.

posted by Snikastyle at 10:47 PM on February 24, 2006

Paul Allen losing money ? Rich people lose money differently than normal people. Lets say last year paul allen made 100 million dollars. but this year only made 98 million dollars. He will tell you He's losing money.

posted by drywallking at 11:26 PM on February 24, 2006

when a geek runs anything but a geek business you get decisions that are more than a little bit off center.

posted by meijer067 at 12:04 AM on February 25, 2006

i do though wish paul allen was my uncle

posted by meijer067 at 12:05 AM on February 25, 2006

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