With the impending latest return of The Natural and Marcus Camby, I got to thinking about some of the memorable moments we've had at the Rose Garden with this particular team these last few years. The Mar-cus Cam-by night against OKC, the game four return of Roy last year, Aldridge's career night a few games ago vs Chicago, culminating in a standing ovation while he was still shooting free throws for points 41 and 42.
There is a good chance Brandon and/or Marcus will check back in sometime tomorrow night vs New Orleans. There is also a good chance that this will be one of the last such moments with this particular team, so we should all make a point to really savor it. Even though blowing up the team is starting to seem more likely than not at this point, it hasn't happened yet. We still have KP's cake coming out of the oven. 50 wins and a decent playoff seed are not out of reach. We're playing some great basketball right now and we've got 2 of our best players coming back.
Who knows where we'll be at this point next season. Lockout? Blowing up the team? Tanking for the lottery? This team is starting to feel a bit like an aging rock band. If you want to read my ridiculous comparison of the Blazers to U2, continue through the jump...
Brandon is Bono and LaMarcus is The Edge. U2 fans know that from the 80s through the mid 90s, the bands' live shows were propelled almost entirely by Bono's amazingly powerful voice and onstage presence. For the last decade, however, Bono's voice has started to fail a bit. He's still better than most, but not nearly as good as he once was. The Edge has really had to shore up a lot of the singing. His harmonies are turned up really loud in the mix and he has to double Bono's falsetto parts more often than not.
U2 is coming to Seattle in June. It was supposed to be last June, but had to be postponed due to Bono's back injury. This concert will likely be a) sold out and b) pretty awesome. It won't be as good as when I saw them in The Kingdome back in 1997, but it's still a U2 show while they are still technically in their prime. That is to say, it's still a big production, and the band still are "relevant". Even though they aren't as spry as they used to be, it's still the same 4 guys and they still have a recent album out that sold well and they're still headlining their own profitable stadium tour and on any given night Bono can still hit those high notes, at least a few times, and how many more chances will I get to see them where all these statements are true?
So like I said, that's our Blazers. This team could be blown up any day. Roy could get hurt again, or worse, look like he did earlier this year. But tomorrow night Brandon will likely return, and we are on pace for 50 wins, and we're going to the playoffs, and we have a shot. This very well could be the last time where all these statements are true.