First of all, let me say that none of this is a criticism of the team so dont take it that way. Its simply a discussion of how we differ from some really strong teams.
I was listening to Kenny the Jet and Charles on TNT talking about Boston picking up Marbury and it brought up an interesting thought about team chemistry.
Neither Barkley or Kenny had even an ounce of concern about the Celtic picking up Marbury and they both said the Celtics team, Doc Rivers and Garnett will absolutely not tolerate any poor behavior from him. I think Barkley even said they will put their foots on his throat and make him conform to the team or else he wont be there.
Contrast this to Marbury coming to Portland and Im guessing everyone would flip out saying he would come in and destroy our culture. Or consider the same thing with other guys like V. Carter. There is a huge concern by the fans and team that one player could come in and make a huge disruption.
I would just like to discuss this. Is it simply because of our youth? Is it because our leader, Roy, is not as intimidating as Garnett? Is it the coach? Doc Rivers is a relatively young and inexperienced coach, very similar to Nate. But does Doc have more control and influence over his teams actions than Nate would?
Lets talk about how the blazers are different and how they can strengthen their culture to a point like the Celtics where one guy cant come in and make a huge disruption. Is it simply a matter of letting the young guys grow up?
Do we simply just lack the toughness necessary to get in a guy's face?