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Sheridan: Blazers Are "Light Years Away" From Competing In West

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Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com gives the Portland Trail Blazers a "C" on their offseason report card and believes the team's new management and coaching staff could have second thoughts about joining up. ---------------------------------------- There will come a time at some point during the season when one of the Vulcan vultures will fly down from Seattle, have a meeting with the coaching staff and front office, after which Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts and Jay Triano – three of the nicest guys in the NBA – will look at each other afterward and have their Kevin Pritchard/Tom Penn/NateMcMillan/Rich Cho moment: "Why, again, did we decide to come here?" This is a no-win situation for the new hierarchy with the famously impatient owner Paul Allen, with Portland light years away from being able to compete with the top 6 teams in the conference. Should be well-represented in the Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend, with perhaps two centers (Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland) and a point guard (Damian Lillard) in that game. Roy Hibbert would have been a nice addition, but they had to know Donnie Walsh would match that offer sheet. Prediction: Dwight Howard will have a 30-30 game against them at some point this season, and Nicolas Batum will have been worth the money and the headache that came with matching his offer sheet. ---------------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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