The only way to move forward from the current Frail Blazers era is by changing the culture of injury that haunts Rip City. I believe the best solution is to try something brand new that happens to be yet very very old.
I bet if he Blazers would have a mandatory 1:30 yoga session even once a week. Injuries would go down.
Not to mention mental health. Concentration. Visualization. Ask any sports psychologist, the elite athletes biggest muscle is their brain.
The jokes on us now. We are synonmous with injury. While they laugh we blame. This is a vicious circle.
Start the yoga program and they might laugh too. We would ignore the laughs and wait for the benefits. Then see who laughs last.
If we get a great yoga teacher there is literally no downside. No harm that can come of this.
Its simple streaches held with breathing.
And would do much to relieve the stress and pressure that these guy are under night after night under the lights.
I know that some players do some yoga for some streaching but I'm talking about making this front and center. Part of a paradigm shift overall team philosophy about health. Its preventive medicine. Its progressive thinking. Its the type of thing that only city like Portland could pull off.
And yes, there a business advantages that go along with the spiritual.
One can see Blazer yoga mats for sale at the Rose Garden. BLAZE incense! Couldn't hurt our popularity in emerging Basketball markets of the East. The symbol is basically the ying-yang anyways!
You guys, I'm super serial.
Its a movement. #blazeryoga on twitter.