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is there a plan b?


In a decade and a half of watching this team I have never felt as depressed to be a blazer fan. I know the jailblazers were a tough run, but we knew how that was going to end and the path was clear ( start over) I have loved watching this team even when they were securing one of the leagues worst records and always supported them. Now I find myself in the unfamiliar position of not caring. See, no matter the makeup of the teams of the past I always knew what to expect. Its easy to support a good team. Its easy to support a rebuilding team. Its hard to support a lost team. I no longer know what I am watching and even worse, I dont think that the management knows. We have all been percolating over the potential this team had to become great, then in just a few days we were made to question the very direction of the franchise. Our ( conceivably )championship core has been reduced to hopefully passable. Not two months ago I was questioning whether or not this team could see enough growth to challenge for a title. Now I wonder if this team can even make the playoffs, and if its even worth it to fight for that goal. Our core no longer possesses the ability to excel. it can only survive and thats not the path to growth. The good news is that Roy is still our best player. The bad news is that Roy is still our best player clearly playing at half his early activity level. There is no way he stays on the court in any consitent way if he has to carry that load. He also costs us as much as he gives us on defense and team chemistry. As I look around the league, I am hard pressed to give us an advantage over any team in the west in the next decade. That includes the CLIPPERS! What is our future? I like a lot of our players, but I don't see any building block players outside of Dre and Camby and I think we all know why thats not good. How quickly this has all been taken from us. The hope and excitement has turned to despair and frustration. So what is the braintrust thinking? They must see the writing on the wall in terms of moves needing to be made, but are they willing to make the hard decisions that are going to be necessary? Is there a PLAN B?My plan? LA can stay and would be a good piece. Roy is untradable and still could be a valuable piece in a smaller role.Keep oden cause we have a rich owner and cross your fingers.  Dante, and Mathews are great glue guys, and  there you have a good broth to add some meat to. Batum is our most valuable trade asset  cause of his potential so he will probably have to go, and dre and camby are the quality players with the contracts to make a big splash. I would hate to see them go but this team needs to find a future and a couple of thirty something studs don't fit the mold. We need to sacrifice this season for our long term future so the sooner the better. Give babbit, Armon, and patty mills some time with our Broth guys to see if there is anything there, and try to get some young studs like veregio, iggy, Love, Nate Robison, I don't know, but some young players who you can build around, then just wait for the right player to finish the soup to become available. Make no mistake, this team is not going to right the ship. its not just off course its sinking and we need the coast guard badly!

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