So yesterday I read an interview with Tim Donaghy. He was asked if Portland fans were stupid to think that the Blazers have any real chance to win a championship in the next few years, or ever again. He pretty much said yes. Unless they get a huge name like LeBron or something or maybe draft a big name player.
I'm one of those Blazer fans who thinks that the Blazers are always playing against the refs on top of their opponent that night. If the Blazers played the Lakers in a 7 game series they'd have to be damn near perfect throughout the series to actually have a shot at winning it, and even if they were perfect they still may not win it.
3 years from now I think the Blazers should be the best team in the west by default. Kobe will be close to done if not done all together, the Spurs and Suns won't be a factor, and Denver I think will be a middle of the road team in the west. I think the best 2 teams in the west will be OKC and Portland. If Sacramento can get another potential superstar or a big name guy then they may be up there too 3 years from now. With that said, Portland and OKC are both small market teams who don't get any help from the refs in the playoffs like the Lakers or the Cavs do. You may be thinking "we have a superstar.... WE HAVE BRANDON ROY!!!" Unfortunately the league doesn't look at Brandon Roy as a superstar. By all means they should. But they don't. Also, all Blazer fans know how the refs constantly screw Greg Oden. If he's healthy and able to play 30+ minutes a night, the Blazers would be the best team in the west. Even this year. You look at the improved play of Nicolas Batum, Jerryd Bayless, Greg Oden, and the addition of Marcus Camby. If they were all healthy then they would be hard to beat. But of course if they were all healthy they may not have traded for Camby.
I guess as the years pass we'll have to see if the Blazers can get it done. If Oden is healthy then they'll be a contender. But will they be able to win a championship? It'll be really hard especially if they meet up against Kobe in the WCF or if they face LeBron, Dwight Howard, or Dwyane Wade in the finals. But who knows... Maybe I'm completely wrong and maybe, just maybe the refs always call it right down the middle. But I honestly doubt they do.