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"With the number one pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Portland Trailblazers select..."

"With the number one pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Portland Trailblazers select..."

These are the words that we will be hearing on June 26th. They just are.

This is not the power of positive thinking. Many fans of many teams will be trying to direct their positive thought for their own teams, and thirteen teams, despite the fans' positive thoughts will not walk away with the number one pick. This is not happening on account of my strongly thinking it will be so. The positive thinking argument doesn't favor us.

This is not because of good karma. Sure, Portland is a good story of how to do things right. But what about the generosity of Kevin McHale and the Timberwolves? In giving Garnett to Boston for loose change, the Wolves probably erased more karmic debt than Portland this year alone. And they didn't have to make up for nearly as much as we did. The karma argument doesn't favor us.

This is not a conspiracy by the NBA to make Portland a powerhouse. That is simply laughable.

This is not the basketball gods being appeased by us Portland fans. With all the comments I have read that are simply negative about our players, even here on the Bedge, I can safely say that if I were one of the basketball gods, I would be pretty cheesed off. We got the number one pick last year, and now we're still complaining? I'd be far more likely to favor the poor fans in Seattle who will soon be losing their team, or the Clippers, who really had injury problems. The basketball gods argument does not favor us.

This is not even really a miracle. Six chances in a thousand are really not that bad. There are things that we fear immensely that have far longer odds. Miraculous things tend to like higher odds, so people really know that they are miracles. Six in a thousand is just too common, so the miracle argument does not favor us.

This has nothing to do with what we have done. Not even a little bit. Anything we could pat ourselves on the back for, someone else can, and has done better. But despite this, we are still going to walk away with the number one pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. We just are.

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