Now that one time “Blazer Insider” Jason Quick of the Oregonian has been replaced by hundreds of more informed insiders on twitter and internet blogs, he’s become a pessimistic wannabe who resorts to shock value to stay relevant. “Listen to me. Look at me. I’m still alive”. A few days ago, a radio program on 750 The Game was “interrupted with breaking Blazer news”. I held my breath as Quick began to talk. “I’ve just learned that Steve Kerr has informed the Blazers he is not interested in the GM position”. Wow! Stop the presses! A one-time mediocre GM, has simply informed the team he’s not interested in the position. Sorry Jason, as much as I could tell by the delight in your tone that more bad news has come the Blazers way, the Kerr story is not breaking news. That’s barely even news. Yet the next morning, he tried to get more mileage out of it with a column in the Oregonian (“Hits just keep on coming for Blazers”). Another one of those bad news “hits” that Quick made a big deal of in the column was that there may not be a last minute tribute to Brandon Roy this year. Big deal. It would feel rushed and it’s too soon. Do that when you retire his number.
Quick continued in his article with these revealing quotes: “I can't take any more of this Blazers season” and “the final two weeks of this season have become one big yawn”. Doesn’t that sound more like what a disappointed fan would say rather than a columnist who is getting paid to cover the Blazers? If your JOB has become so boring (apparently because the Blazers aren’t going to the playoffs?) that you have to publically whine about it, then maybe you should take different beat that would offer more exciting things to write about.
Win or lose, Blazer fans never yawn (even in the middle of July when we debate who will be the 3rd string point guard). Personally, the last few weeks of the season have been interesting. Sure we’ve lost “the war” (NBA championship), but the battles have been fun, especially getting a chance to check out the young players such as the exciting J.J. Hickson. But the frustrated, angry, vindictive, and irrelevant Jason Quick even has to get a dig in on him when he wrote “ignoring J.J. Hickson's defense long enough to catch one or two glimpses of him jumping over everyone for a dunk”. You’re transparent Mr. Quick. Go away.