Monday, July 31, 2006

Wonderful Recap

In case you missed it, Jason Quick and Mike Tokito have posted a great summary of Blazer movement since the beginning of last season. In the excitement over moves it's easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, forgetting how different the team looked just months ago. The beat writers list every trade as they point out that ten members of our roster are no longer with us.

If you scroll through this blog's archives somewhere buried in all the posts is a warning not to get too attached to our players because historically few members of sub-20-win teams survive the rebuild. It appears the Blazers are accelerating that process.

--Dave (


Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

For the most part, every move has a purpose and hope of seeing this team in the playoffs again in 07-08 season. I'd say we're right on track.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

I have to agree with Prophet, I'm seeing a clear rhyme and reason to our moves and I'm very encouraged.

I'll be honest, this last one has me a bit stumped. I'm feeling torn between the idea of capitalizing on a "killer deal" at the expense of two guys who seem to personify what we are trying to build. I know that Blake and Pryz aren't allstars and probably won't be during their careers, but you've got to have several of these quality guys who are willing to play their roles for the betterment of the team. I don't know much about Magloire, but what I have heard doesn't put him in unquestionably in the "do what's right for the team" category.

We'll see, but it seems a bit of a slap in the face that the organization didn't handle the matter with Blake & Pryz more upfront and professionally by giving them a good explanation and more noble sendoff for Blake.

Perhaps this was Steve Patterson's baby and Pritchard would not have handled it this way. I agree the trade probably needs to be capitalized on, but I don't care for the way it went down at all especially given that it was out there for a few days and we had ample time to give Blake and Pryz a heads up.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous TwoDeep said...

Exactly tp43. And we've read words from Blake that expressed his deep disappointment (thought he'd done everything the Blazers asked of him etc). Still haven't heard any word though of Joel's reaction. Knowing Joel I'm sure it will be professional, but deep down he's got to be smarting. He did a bunch to demonstrate his loyalty to the team and Portland; for that he is rewarded by a trade for another center who will likely take away half of his playing time.

I know it's a business, but I'm extremely disappointed that Blazer management is so oblivious to what it takes to build and maintain team chemistry. I thought we had already learned that building a successful team takes more than just accumulating as many talented players as possible. Very sad move because we seemed to be on such a nice roll.

What do you think, is this Patterson's doing or KP's? Doubt that Nate was on board with it, especially considering how he worded his raction to the trade.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I agree with pretty much everything that's been said, including the fact that Blake was a stand-up guy. I also agree with what Canzano said this morning that with expiring contracts if we really want him back next year we can take a run at him. It'll depend on how he and JJ do this season.

As far as the roster, if we didn't have Raef this would be a no-brainer move (even forgetting the expiring contract which makes it even more of a no-brainer). I don't think that Raef is going to be as significant as the Blazers apparently do, so for my part I'm simply forgetting that we have Raef and penciling Magloire in for a lot of backup minutes at both the 4 and 5. We've seen that Nate will play the guys who earn the minutes though, so if I were Joel I wouldn't feel completely secure in the starting spot, even though it's likely his to lose. And yes, that would make me uncomfortable if I were he, but it's also part of the business. Magloire is on a one-year contract so it's not a long-term situation. And there were enough rumors swirling before the draft that he and his agent couldn't have been completely oblivious to the possibility. Besides, if he really wants to play on a winning team I'm not sure even Joel would have wanted to start the season with Ha and Skinner as backups at center.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous fatty said...

clearly s.patterson's baby and
a great move at that boy my man
mr.patterson is laying down the
law...magloire is a great family
& community man,a perfect fit
for the organization,now if he
can make the 2 cancers boys
disappear than we'll have a winner
by 09.........

1:08 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Magloire gives Przy the ability to go out and play. With either one as a respectable starter and/or backup they can play ball without having to worry nearly so much about fouls.

I really can't see a downside. They will both compete for the starting position and we know that Joel, at least, will be a professional if he doesn't get it.

I hope we can say the same about Magloire, but I'm less sure, so maybe there is one potential for downside.

6:10 PM  
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