Thursday, July 20, 2006

How Things Change

Contemplating the weekend Blake/Dickau poll it struck me how quickly things can change. For instance:

--1 year ago everybody would have wanted Dickau over Blake.

--2 years ago nobody would have given half a fig for Joel Przybilla.

--3 years ago Zach, Darius, and Theo were the solid core for our future.

--Last summer Ha and Travis were rumored to be in trade deals that we turned down because we liked their potential.

--At the beginning of the season we were sure our future included a Russian or two. In fact four weeks ago Viktor was a fan favorite and likely long-term backup.

--In September we had five small forwards: Miles, Patterson, Outlaw, Khryapa, and Monia. Now most are looking forward to having just one, and they're not even sure about that one.

--A month and a half ago Webster had a 95%+ approval rating among fans and was the consensus future of the franchise. Now some are starting to see him as expendable.

It just goes to show you why it's good we're not in charge of things. (Although I suspect some NBA GM's also operate on similar principles.)

Add some if you wish...

--Dave (


Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

Fans are fickle people. And in Portland, VERY much so. That's why I'm more & more climbing on the Pritchard bandwagon as he strikes me as a person with a sense of patience and loyalty towards the players. That is going to be a much needeed commodity in the next few years.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous fatty said...

when you have dumb&dumber
which are outlaw*ha they
both have to go,and i'll
say it again if miles*fatbo
are still here,dave i'll see
you next june in nyc*msg
18-24 wins is perfect
hell if you can give pryzbilla
shaquille o'neal like treatment
then hell you can keep 2
cancers to a sorry franchise...

11:05 AM  
Blogger ignacio said...

Patience is important. Keep in mind that the self-selected demographic of those who comment on Blazer blogs are likely to be more excitable (and sure, more knowledgeable after a fashion) than your garden variety fan.

I'm optimistic and keeping myself in a state of "mental suspense" as Sextus Empiricus once advised.

But thanks Dave for the service you perform.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

I think some of this is a product of the record. You can't stand pat when you're a bad team so it puts a premium on the players to produce. When they don't, you've got to look elsewhere. Right now, excluding maybe Zach, you can't say we have a single rock solid player on the roster. Go look at any playoff team from last year and you've got at least 2-3 so I think it's somewhat to be expected patience is shorter. These guys aren't producing to the point where you feel comfortable with them long term. We all believe some of them will, but frankly none of them has to this point. For what it's worth . . .

12:42 PM  
Blogger drawingjeremy said...

I agree that record is a big factor, especially in a city with only one pro-franchise. If you think about a city like Boston, the Celtics may not be Blazers bad, but they've had a weak run since the late 80s/early 90s... but they have the Red Sox and Patriots to carry them recently, and when these franchises were weak they had the Bruins.

I'm guessing it's a little easier to be patient if you can cheer for your other home teams, who you feel good about for a nice chunk of the year. That is not the situation in Portland, which is why it is crucial that people think about what a good team we have had historically, and stay supportive through the bad times, be excited about the direction, the potential, small things, eventually it should pan out.

I am as guilty as the next person about flip-flopping who I think should stick around and who shouldn't. I was anti-Joel when he came to town. I was gung-ho about Ha's potential. I even had a glimmer of hope for Darius at the start of last season, before he was injured, for a week or so it looked like he was stepping up into the leadership position that Nate intended for him. Now I think that Ha was probably not the person to put much hope in, Joel turned out to be a solid hardworking player (if somewhat injury prone), and Darius, well we don't need to go there other than to say that I consider Ha less dispensable.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Goldstreet said...

...less than a month ago, the cry of the day was, "damn Blazer luck !" after we drew the fourth pick in the draft. We ended up getting FOUR 1st round picks, including number two.

...three weeks ago, the odds were about 9 to 1 Przybilla would be playing anywhere but Portland. Now he's signed on as a Blazer for 5 years.

...Twelve hours ago it was 105* in the shade. I was stuck in rush hour traffic amid honking horns and toxic fumes. At this moment I enjoy the cool, quietness of the early morning, sipping a great cup of coffee with only the sliver of a moon as my companion.
My, how things change ! ...

4:12 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

Well stated goldstreet.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Nice call on the draft one. I forgot about that completely.


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