While examining my fantasy basketball team this morning on ESPN, deliberating strengths and weaknesses, here at the midpoint of the season, I looked remorsefully at the only Blazer that I owned, unfortunately, one Raymond Felton, the thorn in our collective side.
He was the last player on my bench, his backup position to Jrue Holiday, usurped by the streaking Isaiah Thomas, a PG from Tacoma Washington, a 2 hour and 33 minute car ride from Portland according to Google Maps. I'm not quite sure how we missed on that one, and ended up with Chris Duhon II instead. However, this is neither here nor there, and our recent drafting ineptitude could be discussed at length in another post, namely one which raises the question of why a $500 million dollar organization doesn't have a permanent general manager.
I clicked on Raymond Felton, because he had the red star next to his notepad, indicating a new player note, a new bit of news on somebody so... noteworthy. A rush of excitement swept over me, as I hoped, with eager enthusiasm, that it was trade news or at least vague rumors that Raymond had implemented a diet or begun having regular sex with a woman, as I know it to be an excellent mode of dropping extra weight, building stamina and connecting oneself to his inner man, in the hopes that it would eliminate any future victimization episodes, as he is prone to to show when he is performing as the worst PG in the NBA.
Anyhow, much to my surprise, it was none of those things, but rather an enthusiastic writeup on his 16 point, 4 assist performance on 4 three pointers made. Hooray! My heart is filled with pure unadulterated joy... I moved quickly through the rest of the note, searching frantically for some trade news...until I discovered something just as exciting. As it was listed on Raymond Felton's player note on ESPN, "Felton also dealt out four assists, versus only one turnover, and added a rebound to complete his night. Before the game, the BLAZERSEDGE reported that Nate McMillan said, "I believe in Raymond. Raymond is going to be fine. He will still be in the rotation and we're going to need him to play well." While the Spurs did hold out Tony Parker on Tuesday, a game like this has to raise Felton's confidence as does less pressure coming off the bench."
We are officially being cited as a news source on ESPN! Now this may have been observed before by somebody else, but I have never seen it happen before. So to wrap this up, I just wanted to announce how much I love this blog, hence the silly excitement over our inclusion on the sports news mega mutant, ESPN. I hope that this site doesn't transform into that site any time soon, as I much prefer a more esoteric audience, but I wanted to note the achievement anyhow.
I really do appreciate the rare chance to find such a wonderful outfit of basketball fans, who are knowledgeable, intelligent, interesting and have a great sense of humor. I revel in the opportunity to support the damn Portland Trailblazers with such a fine group of individuals. Enjoy the All-Star brea, the most uninteresting weekend in basketball. We have a big second half coming up after the intermission, and an opportunity to turn some heads still. Maybe Raymond will come back a little leaner, with more stamina and more connected to his inner man; I did hear, after all, that he is spending some time in Vegas.