I just needed to get this off my mind. Yesterday when I first heard of the Pau Gasol trade and the ugly details, I had a flashback to childhood.
One time my Dad, my brother and myself were playing a game of Risk. I had dominated, and taken over 1/2 of the world! Yee Ha! at 12 years old beating your Dad and your Brother at Risk is a big thing. But just as my dreams of board game world domination were about to be solidified, my Brother and my Dad made a peace pact, refusing to fight each other and focusing only on me.
What resulted was a combined effort of two opposing forces that destroyed my effort to take over the world. Before I was relegated to the embarrasing home base of Australia, I think I threw the board against the wall, sending millions of plastic roman Numerals all over the living room. It was a Napoleonic temper tantrum, but I thought the peace pact was not in the spirit of the game.
So when I heard the details of the "trade" Memphis made with the Lakers, that was much the same feeling I had.
Like Memphis and The Lakers had joined forces to ruin my day. Despite the emergence of Bynum, I looked at the Lakers as losing competitive relevancy over the next few years. Damn, now they will be a true rival.
I still think The Blazers are the team of the future. Plus for The L*kers or The Blazers you never know what the future will hold, there are no guarantees. It was just I was so looking forward to our envitable assencion and what I saw as The L*kers inevitable decline, and now it's going to be that much harder.
Well what I've learned since I was a kid, is to enjoy the battles. I think this is the dawning of a rebirth once again of The Blazers vs. The L*kers, they will once again be a relevant rival to The Blazers.