Two years ago Kobe and Odem stepped into a Blazers huddle and started to jaw at the VERY YOUNG Portland squad. Portland players looked around and basically looked like deer staring into headlights. Oh, how things have changed, if that same scenario happend with this not so young Blazers team I think we would actually have an altercation and a well deserved one.
Portland is not the western conferance doormat any longer we are young but we are also talented, alot is said about basketball IQ Portland has a ton of it, these players learn on the fly as well as anyone in any field. Well, (I'll give astronauts a little more credit doctors,military,etc,etc)we all can see there is a maturity happening, the team is growing. Heck, the fans are growing as well, the rose garden is finally losing the old guard and the new generation, like the blazers are exciting.(and excited) The Blazers are players in the western conferance arms race again.
Does portland need to make a move this summer? I was all for it but after the SA and LA wins Im not so sure anymore. Maybe just maybe we let this team grow up a little more and Portland starts to bring some of its intensity to the road and we find out what I suspect upper management has known for awhile, the pieces we want to aquire are already here we just havent seen them mature yet.
side note: Rudy I hope you get well soon.