There are alot of questions floating around about the Portland Trail Blazers. Coaching? New GM? Wesley? Roy and Miller? PG position by itself? I could go on and we could go nuts worrying about and considering each of these questions until rational thought becomes myth.
There comes a time, though, when no amount of arguing, discussion or pessimism is going to change a situation for the better. A time when you just have to let things play out so you can separate fact from fiction. The truth concerning the Portland Trail Blazers probably follows closely with the thought that "we don't even really know what we have yet."
We most likely have, at least, a winning team. 50 wins this season is probably not a stretch. The catch is, strangely enough, we haven't seen these guys really get a chance to blend together, work out solid rotations where chemistry is good, or even figure out what is expected of them as far as roles. We've been so discombobulated with injuries that none of this really got the chance to happen.
We have some injury issues to consider again, a new GM and much more we could worry about and definitely should discuss but the world is not ending. Probably 2/3 of the NBA cities would take our team and coach in a heartbeat. I feel a little spoiled to have the Blazers sometimes. We are small market after all...with one of the richest men in the world as an owner. PA may run things his own way but without him we might be worse off then some of the weaker teams in the league. Never the budget or the people to even think about building a contender.
I know there will probably be many that disagree with me, but I'm just saying let's let this team roll the dice this season. Let the GM and coach try to do their jobs. Trust the players to work hard and fight for something special, and the GM and coach to do what needs to be done if the players just aren't cutting it. Trust Nate to deal with whatever injuries pop up and still come out with a winning season. Has he given us anything less than this?
Let the team off the hook, so to speak, for minor perceived infractions and set them loose to torment the Lakers in the regular season, win the games that everyone says they won't, make the playoffs with half the roster in-tact (full roster this season) and leave many larger market teams wondering who just knocked them out of their playoff spot.
Every team has issues and every coach and GM has flaws. Let's them play awhile and let's see what we have.