Take a look at #9, I couldn't agree more.
Never quite understood, from the moment this saga started in April, how a 27-year-old's knee troubles could be deemed career-ending if the player wants to keep trying to make an NBA comeback and if there are teams prepared to give him multiple last chances.
Not even a league-appointed doctor who has also been sanctioned by the NBA Players Association can predict the future. Especially with a player who's reasonably young by NBA standards.
At least that's how we see it at Stein Line HQ. There is zero doubt here that Portland's ability to pay off the remaining $18 million on Darius Miles' contract without those dollars appearing its payroll -- granted by the league's medical ruling in April that Miles' right knee is shot -- is a salary-cap benefit that the Blazers never should have been entitled to.
We instinctively take our team's side which is understandable but I can't side with the Blazers on this one. Miles hasn't done anything wrong, you can think his comeback attempt is pathetic but you can't blame him for it. It's obvious his knee problems weren't career ending, and he wasn't a typical medical retirement case.
While I can't blame them for trying the whole trying to hide Miles under a rock, watching and sweating to see if a team would sign him and hoping he'd fail/injure himself/get cut it didn't smell right. It's not something I'm proud of as a Blazer fan. I'd rather we just accept that John Nash stupidly gave a dumb contract to Miles and just wait until it expired. We shouldn't have snuck around, had this drama and then threatened the rest of the league.
In short this isn't the Blazers getting screwed, David Stern didn't conspire to punish us, Memphis isn't out to get us, Miles isn't evil-incarnate, we tried to take advantage of an injury to get a bad contract wiped out which any other NBA team would've done and it didn't work.