Jorga posted a question the other day about whether the Blazers should hire additional assistant coaches. She pointed out that a number of Blazers didn't log enough time in college (if they attended at all) to learn basketball fundamentals. But what about those Blazers who attended college but maybe didn't log much time in the streets? I'm talking about the need for someone to teach the Blazers that fundamental of street hoops: the alley-oop pass.
The Blazers NEVER seem to pull this play off. I've noticed Blake attempt it at least three times this season, and each attempt led to a turnover (although one was charged to LMA as a missed field goal attempt). Alley-oops are uplifting for the dunking team and demoralizing for the dunked-on squad. They also can fire up the home crowd like no other play. Therefore, alley-oops have value above and beyond the two points they directly result in. But FAILED alley-oops have the opposite effect; they're very deflating.
SO: how about hiring an alley-oop coach for Blake and the other alley-oop-deficient Blazers. (I should point out that race has nothing to do with this deficiency: Jack and Roy are as lame at this play as Blake is.)