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Spirit of '76

I don't want to jinx the early success (however, we are nearly a quarter way into the season), but doesn't this team have a similar feel to the 1976 Trail Blazers? The team is buying into a system of passing and selflessness, much like the great Jack Ramsay was able to do with his team. It's the most entertaining basketball I've seen from our team since 1992. I think Stotts may be one of the most intelligent coaches we have had on this team. His in-game strategy is the best I have seen from a Blazer coach. He also is not afraid to mold his strategies around the team's strengths rather than trap them in his own stubborn vision of the "right way" to play. Rick Carlisle was correct about Stotts importance to the Mavs, a team that won a championship with a similar roster and style of play.

Our current star, Aldridge, is a team first player much like Walton was. The players have each others backs, as evidenced by the recent mini-brawl, and this can't be discounted as unimportant to the team's success (see current Knicks as a counter-example). Mo Lucas was the most famous of this breed of player, and that '76 team did not back down from anyone. The current team doesn't have a Luke, but Robin Lopez has surprisingly been a player bringing a certain mature toughness to the team.

This team is loaded with players who take accountability - another rarity. Lillard, Matthews, Batum, Aldridge, and Lopez are all players who you would want in the locker room. They are all talented team first players. How many loaded rosters have we seen here and around the league that implode due to personality breakdowns?

Of all the excellent Blazer teams in the past ('76-77; '89-'92, '99-'00), I believe this team is the most similar to the Championship team in terms of roster and coaching. The Drexler teams also had great team players but were not as well coached and beat teams with a lot of athleticism. The Sheed teams were loaded with talent and physical toughness but lacked the cohesiveness and mental toughness of the other two generations.

Thoughts?

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