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Kenneth Faried, man

16 & 14 in 34 minutes tonight including the game clinching block and run out dunk. Regret may be a useless emotion, but it doesn't hurt to evaluate past decisions. Why on earth did we go against seemingly every analyst (and fan, for that matter) to reach for Nolan Smith above the Manimal? When they can get an NBA skill (rebounding) at #21, how on earth does a team talk itself out of it. I remember the rumors that we had an under the table agreement not to draft Faried as part of the Dre for Felly trade, but nothing ever surfaced. Or maybe it was another PA point guard crush? Sometimes it's silly to look at drafts in hindsight because often most of the league is wrong about a player. In this case, though, it seemed like everyone but the Blazers would have gone Faried over Smith. I would love to hear the inside story on what went down. Faried would have been so fun to cheer for in the Rose Garden. Especially on a rookie contract.

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