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Felt: "The Guardian" On The Blazers

Here's Hunter Felt breaking down the Portland Trail Blazers for the British newspaper The Guardian. ----------------------- The Portland Trail Blazers began the season losing two former "futures of the franchise", Brandon Roy (forced by injuries into premature retirement) and Greg "Mr. Glass" Oden (who just broke), before the season even started. Led instead by franchise present LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers have emerged as a genuine threat in the West, particularly at home where they seem practically unbeatable. Over the past few decades, the Blazers have been more defined by disastrous draft choices (Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan, Greg Oden over Kevin Durant) and disreputable rosters (the so-called Jail Blazers era) than what they've accomplished on the court. But this could change if they continue to keep pace with the likes of the Thunder and the Lakers (although victory over the Thunder spurred Oklahoma City to back-to-back-to-back wins). With the city of Portland entering the public consciousness with the hipster-parodying sketch comedy show "Portlandia", I could see Blazers gear replacing trucker hats and retro t-shirts as iconic symbols of this omnipresent subculture: "I'm wearing a Nicolas Batum jersey, he's a pretty good player but you probably never heard of him." ----------------------- So much going on there. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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