Nate has a tremendous challenge ahead of him this year. He has 3 rookies on the team now who will be expected to receive significant playing time: Oden (with only 1 year of college), Rudy (a little more experienced) and Bayless (with only 1 year of college). How difficult will it be to make the playoffs in the Western Conference while trying to break in 3 green rookies? In my opinion .... highly improbable.
So Blazer fans, we just might have to put those playoff aspirations on hold for yet one more year. But in the end, it will be so worth the wait if you just let yourself imagine what will follow! When it finally happens, I think we'll see that it will be more than just "making the playoffs". We're going to be winning some series'.
I'll not be at all disappointed if we fall short of the playoffs this upcoming season and will not be holding Nate accountable for it; unless he is not giving these guys a chance to progress. The joy and satisfaction will come from watching the development of these 3 high potential, exciting players, all the while observing the progress of our key guys, Brandon, LaMarcus, Travis and Martell.
This is going to be an exciting season .... almost thrilling! I am so pumped.