Sitting at 8-3 with a 1/2 game lead in the division is not a bad place to be. What i have come to realize is that K.P. is much smarter than anyone of us (some will be excluded of course) could ever hope to be.
What i mean by this is that alot of people (myself included) have called for a "consolidation" of talent via a trade. I personally saw this as the ONLY solution to an otherwise overly talented team. Overly talented? Yes teams can be that, this team in my view was too deep, it had too much talent to ever keep all of its players happy with there playing time. I saw a two for one trade type scenario as our best case type situation. Something like Blake and Trout for Battier (my personal hope) to be what we needed.
Looking at things now......Trout out till January atleast, Batum out till.....man i forget but its a long time from now, Bayless out now with some wierd ankle thing.......(my hope is thats a little injury) and our depth is our best asset currently. Take any team in the league, subtract there starting SF and there best bench player(by performance to this point this year) and you will most likely have a team in disarray. We on the other hand will most likely plug along.
We have got to have Rudy step up, stupid off season euro ball......is it me or does every euro ball player seem to be having sub-par year. A person can only play so much b-ball. Anyways, Rudy has got to step up, hopefully J.B. comes back strong and soon, Juwan IMO will prove to be a huge signing....dude knows how to play. Martell is the wild card here......if he steps up and plays big we will be fine, but he has GOT to start playing like a top 10 draft pick SOON.
My overall point here is to say that K.P. not pulling the trigger on a trade seems to have paid off in spades at this point in the year, could you guys imagine if we did not have Blake or Web or Joel to help fill the gaps currently voided. Dante Cunningham, Steve Blake, Jerryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez, and especially Martell Webster.....these are the names that must step up in order for us to keep going forward the way we have been.
This has been as eventful and noteworthy a start to an NBA season as i can remeber the Blazers having. So far what i have learned is that we are in very good hands with K.P. Next time i play NBA2k10 ill try to resist the urge to trade Miller, Webster, Outlaw, and who ever else for some stud that i want. I see now Kevin Pritchard's strategy....injuries happen.....its good to have a legion of(above average-very good) players rather than a few VERY good players. This season is unfolding even wierder than i could have imagined and my faith in K.P. is as re-assured and as strong as ever.