Incendiary title aside, I'll pose a simple question. Was Dave's summertime blues ill founded? We all remember the ongoing summer controversy regarding Olshey's purported lack of a game changing maneuvers in the free agent market. Some thought he made solid moves and others felt that there was no big splash- and that camp believed that, without a big splash, marked improvement would be minimal. I myself was pretty impressed. First, it didn't really strike me that we had the ability to make a Super Sexy Move. Second, the more I learned about each player we picked up the more excited I became. A lottery pick of a pit-bull PF for peanuts? I'm in. Lopez, a physical center coming off his best season as a pro? Sounds like improvement, albeit not the second coming Bill Russell, but hmmmmm, pretty cool. Dorell Wright? I had to check up on that one. OK, a sharp shooting defensive minded SF. Nice. I like. Mo Williams? What!? As a back up? Yes please. All in all it seemed that Olshey was prudent and sharp and reasoned and opportunistic any place he could be. Well played. Although it's my first post I have been an avid BE reader since Jscott was predicting 63 wins. I think Dave is a tremendous writer and a great basketball mind far more sophisticated than mine. It is only with a sense of good nature that I poke fun at his eyorish demeanor over the summer. Certainly I would have never guessed a 10-2 start and a dawning optimism that we may have a pretty serious squad. But I did think that Mr. Olshey had obviously done, if not an extraordinary job, definitely a solid one. One thing I think is worth noting is that the Blazers themselves really did (and proclaimed it from the start) think they could be very competitive this year. Perhaps missing from the analysis was the upward trajectory of the starters and the quality of leadership. Guys like Matthews and Nick and LA want to win now. And believed they could. I think that the improvement of the bench has had a profound effect on the starters in ways that can't be translated through stats. So Dave are you willing to admit you kinda went a little Sylvia Plath on us this summer big guy? All comments and suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.