I'm watching the latest episode of Mythbusters last night when it hits me. As fans, don't we make a lot of statements about our beloved Blazers which are subject to debate or could be flat out wrong? I know I do! Some of the statements below are subjective and thus have no right or wrong answer really. I figured I would post this and take the pulse of Blazer nation. We won't do the whole "busted" or "confirmed" thing like they do. I'm just curious to see how all of you feel about the following statements.
Undecided (..and explain a little)
Choose one of those and if enough people respond, I will tally the results and see what we come up with. I do some statistical stuff in Excel where I work. I thought it would be really interesting to see a visual representation of fan opinions. I guess in a way this is like ten fanposts (well, more like 10.5) with a poll attached to each. Feel free to explain your answers if you'd like but I'm really just looking for agreement, disagreement or an undecided on each # below. Bear in mind these are not my statements. I don't necessarily agree or disagree with any of them. I just thought they were a good collection of stuff I've heard fans say before.
1. Nate McMillan is not the "championship coach" this team needs long-term. His new assistant coaches won't inspire much change, particularly when it comes to pace. Contrary to what he says, his offense is broken in some respects. He's just too stubborn.
2. Based on last season's results, LaMarcus Aldridge isn't worth the contract extension he just signed. If he wanted to prove himself, he should have tried out for Team USA and committed himself to excellence.
3. Paul Allen "jumped the shark" as an owner with regard to his handling of KP's dismissal. He meddled too much and the team took a step back this offseason as a result. You may like the Cho hire, but still feel KP was a better fit.
4. Brandon Roy can adapt his game to play with any PG out there, even if it were Chris Paul handling the rock most of the time. You have faith he can put his ego aside and let someone else run the offense.
5. Greg Oden's body won't allow him to be the player we [the fans] all hoped he could be.
6A. The Blazers should continue their hunt for a quality, long-term solution at starting PG.
6B. As a followup to 6A: It's highly unlikely Jerryd Bayless will ever develop into a starting PG in the NBA, for any team. By starter I mean the team's #1 option at that position, not just an injury replacement.
7. As a fanbase, we're too high on Nicolas Batum as an emerging talent. He may be good, but let's not get carried away. The Blazers front office may have passed on some great trade opportunities as a result of this fervor.
8. The Blazers don't have a superstar on their squad. Brandon is a #2 quality player at the moment (Joe Johnson comes to mind) and LaMarcus is a #3. This team needs a true superstar to compliment Roy & Aldridge or the Blazers will struggle to compete for a title, let alone win one.
9. We've likely seen the last of Joel Przybilla on the floor [active] in a Blazers jersey.
10. The new CBA is likely to affect the Trail Blazers organization in a negative way when it comes to trades and free agent acquisitions. Less opportunity for sponsorships in a smaller market plus less salary [from a new CBA] will hurt the team down the road.