Today we find out that the Millionaire Professional Basketball Players and the Billionaire Owners of the franchises they play for have once again broken off talks over just how many dollars of BRI the players should get and a few "system" issues. This is one common mans view of this Lock Out...
I am a huge Blazer fan and have been since the beginning of the team. As regulars know I am an emotional, dedicated fan who thinks Brandon Roy should be a Blazer for life even if there is an amnesty clause. I also still believe that Greg Oden has tremendous potential and was the CORRECT choice in the draft with the information available at the time just like Sam Bowie was back in the day. I don't question and distrust Paul Allen, I don't hate Nate McMillan because his offense is too slow pace and I love Travis Outlaw AND Steve Blake because they were members of the team I love...Not because I am ignorant but because I save my distrust, hate and second guessing for REAL problems in the world... of which there are many.
Two weeks ago I was LOCKED OUT! After 5 years of working 60 hours a week and surviving a very rough economy... And after the last two years of record sales (I was the Sales Manager)... I was fired because the owner of the business I worked for couldn't control his personal spending. His greed and disregard for me and my family are a REAL problem for me!.. NBA Basketball and My Portland Trailblazers are a distraction from these REAL problems and I feel betrayed and insulted by these rich by any measure, spoiled, petty little people. Do they realize how totally shallow and unnecessary they really are to REAL people?.. Do they understand that they are not curing disease... or solving world hunger... or bringing about world peace... THEY PLAY A GAME!!!... Even though I love Brandon Roy and LaMarcus and We$ and GW and Nate and support Paul Allen in his decisions the truth is that they are ALL being ridiculous and forgetting that if it wasn't for guys like me... and the rest of BE... there would be no THEM!
Sorry about the rant but this whole thing is surreal to me. If these guys want some real problems all they have to do is keep this foolishness going and eventually guys like me... with REAL problems... will just give up and turn to Beaver or Duck basketball. They're cheaper...closer...and playing for the right reason!