Obviously last night was rough. After waiting six months for the season to start and waiting a year and a half for Oden to play, no Blazer fan could say that they weren't disappointed. I personally think that way too much emphasis was put on one game but being guilty of it myself I'm not trying to place blame. The entire league, and national fanbase had their collective eyes on Oden. And I think nearly all Blazer fans could be guilty of overlooking the Lakers lastnight. I hate the Lakers but OMG, they could have killed anyone last night including Boston. I was listening to Canzano today and an LA fan called in to tell him that while we were all jumping out of our skin waiting for the season to start, hearing about how Greg was doing things that had never been seen in the practice facility, the LA media was hammering the lakers for getting blown out in the last game of the finals. We fell into a trap, a snakepit loaded with a bunch of angry, experienced assasins, who were very anxious to prove everyone wrong. And they had the perfect opportunity. A nationally televised home game against a young, albeit talented with huge potential, overhyped team and young center who had barely played with his team. Now don't get me wrong I love the Blazers. I think there were positives to be taken. Rudy was sweet. Travis passed the ball. And even though we got blown out I didn't get the sense that anyone was giving up.
But it begs the question. Are the Blazers better off with Pryz in the middle to start the season? Doesn't this give Oden a chance to work his way up with lowered expectations? Is it better in this horrible string of games to start the season to have a more familiar lineup, rather than a nervous kid with the weight of an entire franchise on his shoulders? If you start at the top it's a long way to fall, but if you work your way up it's easier to handle it feeling like you've earned it as well as having all of the experience gained in your rise to glory.
Let me know what you think