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Mike D'Antoni: The Key to PGOTF and so much more?

Mike D'Antoni resigning from the Knicks could be an opportunity the Blazers can't afford to miss. Imagine this;

1. Blazers make no trades this season that lose cap for the future, trade Wallace if it becomes apparent he intends to pickup option.

2. Blazers hire D'Antoni as head coach (he has history here so it's not that much of a reach)

3. Blazers sign Jeremy Lin, who realizes that D'Antoni's system had so much to do with his success that it has he needs to follow D'Antoni

4. Blazers match whatever Batum is offered, because he is a perfect fit for D'Antoni's system

5. Blazers use remaining cap space to fill out the roster with players made for D'Antoni's system, such as Barbosa, Pietrus, or Grant Hill as athletic "glue guys" (Alternatively, they could trade for some of those players, such as trading felton for Channing Frye)

This leaves the team with something like:

PG-Lin

SG-E-Will

SF-Batum

PF -Frye

C-Aldridge (who statistically plays better at center than PF, and would be a great fit with the new up-tempo style)

Sixth Man- Matthews / Barbosa / Pietrus / Hill (depending on who signs)

Bench - N. Smith, Chris Johnson, C. Smith, Kurt Thomas, and Rookies/Filler

This looks like a team that is meant to play D'Antoni ball. It will take a full commitment to the style, unlike in NY where they tried to force a square peg (Melo) into a round hole.

I know people say that D'Antoni's style can't win in the playoffs, but it came awfully close a couple times. I would be willing to take a shot, would you?

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