The NBA season is upon us

October 31, 2008

The NBA season kicked off this Tuesday so it’s time for some thoughts.

Aldridge and Roy

Aldridge and Roy

Greg Oden gets hurt in his first game in the NBA and is now out 2-4 weeks.  People are making a ton of Sam Bowie jokes but I feel these are misplaced.  As are the feeling that Oden should be the savior of the franchise.  With players like Roy, Aldridge, and Fernandez there are plenty of other places to go.  The Blazers will just have to figure out a way to utilize Pryzbilla in the starting line-up which is something that worked pretty well last season.  Plus as the season moves along I’m predicting other players on the team will improve as well such as Channing Frye, Travis Outlaw, Jerryd Bayless, Sergio Rodriguez.  It was one game and it was against an LA team firing on all cylinders while it looked like only Rudy Fernandez was at full speed on Tuesday.  I still have high hopes for the TrailBlazers and expect them to reach the playoffs regardless of what Oden does.  John Canzano of The Oregonian agrees with me.

Then we have my Golden State Warriors.  With an off-season where we lost Baron Davis and Monta Ellis was injured in a freak moped accident (how bizarre is that) things are not looking great for the fans of Oakland.  Luckily Correy Maggette was added to the mix and in his first game came out and led the team in scoring.  Stephen Jackson played well also.  Al Harrington is asking to be traded, and I feel that it’s probably time to let him go anyway as he doesn’t seem to be fully utilized in Nelson system.  Hopefuly a complementary piece can come back in trade.  I’m a fan and I hold out hope that they can make the playoffs, but things are going to have to fall into place pretty quickly for that to be an option.

People are talking about how the West is falling off compared to last year.  And it pretty much had to.  So many teams were at a basically level point of competitiveness in the West last year as the former(?) powerhouses of San Antonio, Dallas, and Phoenix saw a slight decline while other teams are becoming the new powerhouses like New Orleans, LA Lakers, Utah.  The Rockets have maintained for a while, but adding Artest seems a savvy move that I think will pay dividends over the next couple of years.  I think they’ll at least make it out of the first round of the playoffs (finally!).

The East is looking better with the Knicks and Heat looking like they could be competitive as opposed to the total pushovers they were last year.  I still think the top of the east comes down to Boston, Detroit, and Cleveland, but the Raptors are on the rise and Dwight Howard and the Magic are nothing to trifle with.

My initial feeling is that we’ll see a New Orleans vs. Detroit final as New Orleans figures out how to make it through the playoffs and Detroit’s young talent becomes more valuable while the veterans will see little drop-off.  I give it to New Orleans, though.

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Portland vs. Sacramento and mini-links

April 11, 2008

I’m currently watching the Blazers play horribly against the Kings. What I really want to do is watch the Lakers play the Hornets. How is this not on national television? I want to see these two teams. I’ll probably see them play sometime in the playoffs but things are heating up and on a Friday night I’d be watching that at the sports bar rather than sitting at home watching a less than exciting Portland game.

Maybe I’m just feeling bitter that it now seems like my Golden State Warriors may not make the playoffs (true fans always keep hope until it’s statistically impossible). So if the Warriors do not make it I’m going to have to throw my support behind the Hornets. With CP3 hopefully clinching up an MVP award tonight the Hornets are not a team that someone wants to go up against in the playoffs.

Just eight more days until the playoffs kick off. Maybe it’s time for me to do some end of the season links as the game progresses.

I really enjoyed this website about LaMarcus Aldridge being the league Most Improved Player. Being a comic book fan and a Portland resident it resonated with me. Good job Portland in knowing your audience. Now, is it going to work on the voting committee?

LaMarcus Aldridge

Paul Shirley retiring? Well at least he had a good run. He managed to get a book published was able to travel the world was playing a game and was paid for the whole thing. I have a feeling that he’s going to be alright in his post-basketball career. Although I wonder if he’ll ever be able to get away from basketball or if he’ll just explore where he fits within the world. And a shameless plug to read his book. Anyone who wants to know what the harder side of professional basketball is give it a gander.


Links 1/27/2008 – Kellan

January 27, 2008

The Suns are planning to play a game outdoors. The NBA will not be upstaged by the NHL and their outdoor hockey. In all seriousness, though, now that I’ve heard about it I’d like to go to the game. Maybe this can become a more common thing.

Here is an article that Jeff and I discussed for a moment in Podcast 8. It is about the Blazers and their “old men” ways.

On the last links post I complained about how bad the games were last night. Well the double header today may make up for it. Apparently I just need to get out of the house more on Saturday nights.

A Red Sox fan finds out that success and championships has its negative consequences for the fans as well. We’re beginning to feel this in Portland with the Trailblazers as tickets are beginning to be more and more scarce. The deals aren’t as good of deals as they used to be either. But it is what comes with success. Other Read the rest of this entry »