It seems like every few years a team will start out the season incredibly hot and be on pace to win 70 games early on. And it seems like every few years when that happens, you'll hear TV commentators, when asked if the team will reach 70, say "They shouldn't even try." I guess the thought behind that opinion is that the team should focus on winning the title.
Well I say, "forget that". If your team wins 70 games, it enters the "Best team ever" conversation. If you can get into the history books, I think you need to try. Sure, your fans will always remember that 63-win championship team, but who else will?
Which brings me to this year's Portland TrailBlazers. Kevin Pritchard, today, has the chance to do something that has never been done in the league and will probably never be done again. He can, and should, make history. I don't think I need to tell you how. Okay...maybe I do.
Trade Steve Blake for Jamaal Magloire.
Think about it: you trade guy 1 for guy 2 one year, re-sign guy 1 in the offseason, and then turn around and trade him for guy 2 again. What are the odds that it would ever happen? One in a million? Don't we all want the Blazers to be a one-in-a-million type of team?
You would tell your grandchildren about this trade someday. Well...maybe not you, but you can bet Steve Blake and Jamaal Magloire would be telling their grandkids. Steve Blake would become the player most screwed by the Blazers since Fred Jones waived $3M in guaranteed money to play in his home town, and then got traded after a couple months of living the dream.
I know...the salaries don't match up. NJ has no use for Steve Blake. But you know what? I don't care. Sometimes you have to work hard to make history, and that's exactly what KP should do today. Get on the phone and make it happen.
History is waiting.