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KP? comment on State of Blazers

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The article is okay and over a week old , But I notticed a comment from "KP". posted By Kevin Pritchard, 22 July 2009 11:28:58 AM Hello to all Blazer fans, and fellow NBA fans.... I usually read these sites, and dont respond ever. But I feel I need to clear the situation regarding Brandons contract. There is no doubt that we want Brandon to be a Blazer for his entire career. Brandon has said he wants to play here for his career. For those of you that know Brandon, it is not about total money. He plays to win, and he wants to win multiple chmapionships, and be a contending team every year. I clearly laid out what that looks like. If we pay him and LaMarcus max dollars for the next five years, they will be using 60% of our cap space. With the assumption that the salary cap goes down further next year, if we sign them to MAX deals this summer, they will be using 70% of our cap space. I walked them through the history of teams that do this and their inability to compete for championships. (Orlando circa 2000 is the perfect example). I can not surround them with 13 complementary players with only 30% of my cap space left. I pointed out the successful teams and how their stars have made some concessions to win. (San Antonio, Detroit, 90's Chicago. At the end of the day, does it really matter if you were paid $160 million during your NBA career, or $150 million? I would challenge you to ask Kevin Garnett, or Ray Allen, or Pau Gasol, anyone who has tasted championship victory. With winning and winning championships comes more exposure and endorsements. I would argue that those dollars outweight the few NBA dollars you sacrifice. Lastly, Brandon Roy is an MVP talent and natural leader. You don't win MVP's overnight as your winning reputation has to build. I am a huge fan of Kobe, and he has been a great great player in our league for years, and you see how much he had to accomplish to win his first (and last) MVP. Just kidding, laker fans, wanted to have fun with a respected rival. I am a huge fan of the NBA and love talking hoops. -KP That honestly sounds like it really could be KP. Do you agree. Either way, the comment has some very good points that I hope KP is making to Roy about salary sacrifice for winning.

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