KP has admitted that he needs to fight his own tendency to stay busy--to make deals rather than stand pat and see how things develop. After watching the Redeem Team--arguably the second-most talent-laden basketball team ever assembled--struggle to beat the Spaniards, I hope KP redoubles his efforts to restrain himself.
One poster said the other day that the lesson of the Olympics was that the US couldn't afford marginal stars like Williams & Boozer: we need wall-to-wall all-stars. I replied with the opposite take: that what the US Olympic team needs is more guys with common basketball backgrounds and basketball philosophies who know how to play together as a team. (I threw out the probably unworkable idea of emphasizing guys from the same college program, e.g. Duke, UCLA, or North Carolina.)
What's this have to do with the Blazers? Think about it: if a team made up of the best players in the NBA struggled to beat the Spaniards, what are Blazer fans doing continually lusting after Chris Paul @ the point or Vince Carter @ the three, etc., etc. Yes, you need talent to win an NBA title. But by now, the Blazers have that in spades. They might even have TOO much talent.
The young Blazers--minus Oden, Fernandez, and Bayless--reeled off 13 games straight last season. What the Blazers need more of at this point is time to mature and experience playing and winning together. That's what the Spaniards had, and that was nearly enough for them to beat the Redeem Team. So lay off, KP. Pick up a hobby.
Of course, this is open to debate. So debate away...