Before I get started I want to say that I love the Blazers. I've been a fan ever since I was a little kid and nothing will ever change that. They're my favorite sports franchise. What I'm disgusted with isn't the players, coaches, or the direction the team is going in. I'm actually very excited about this upcoming season and the future. But I am disgusted with pretty much everything else.
The Blazers fans are the best fans in the NBA. There's no question about that. They're very passionate and with that passion comes a little bit of obsession. I used to be one of those fans who had to watch every game, press conference, interview, and whatever else had to do with the Blazers. Every day I'd search the internet to find the latest news on the team. When I'd watch a game if the refs called a foul or made a call that was against the Blazers I'd throw up my hands and roll my eyes. I bought in to what most Blazers fans have bought in to which is the refs, the league, and the nation wants the Blazers to fail. I get that most people want to believe that they're rooting for the underdog. I'll bet that their are Miami Heat fans out there that somehow think they're the underdog.
Today I saw Blazers fans debating who the Blazers should sign to fill out the roster or whether or not they should trade Joel Freeland for a 2015 2nd round draft pick. Reason one why I'm disgusted with the Blazers is the fans reaction to non news. I'm tired seeing people try to break down what impact the 15th man on the roster was going to have. A few years ago I saw people trying to break down what Michael Ruffin's role with the team was going to be and what it was going to mean. There's a lot of other non news stories out there that get huge reactions, from the Blazers swapping future second round picks with another team to signing Chris Johnson to a 10 day contract.
Reason two why I'm disgusted with the Blazers is the commentators overhyping everything. I'm not going to ramble on and on here. Instead I'm going to give you actual quotes and player comparisons that Rice & Barrett have made over the years. Enjoy these gems!
Here's some Mike Rice player comparisons and future predictions.
Before last season: "I think Nicolas Batum will average between 22 and 25 a game this season."
Rice compared Brandon Roy to both Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.
Rice on LaMarcus Aldridge during his rookie year: "If he puts on more weight he'll be just like Karl Malone."
Enough of Rice. Let's talk about Barrett. There's one quote in my mind that I heard him say a few years ago when Chris Paul was in New Orleans and wanted to be traded. The idea of trading everybody's favorite Blazer Nicolas Batum for Chris Paul came up. Here's what good 'ole Mike had to say!
"If I were in charge of making that trade I wouldn't do it. The only way I would trade Nic is if a top 5 player were offered in return and even then I'd have to think about it."
So basically what out pal Mike said is that if the people running the Miami Heat lost their mind and called up the Blazers and said that they'd offer LeBron James in exchange for Nicolas Batum and he was in charge he'd have to think about it. Which leads me into my third reason why I'm disgusted by the Blazers!
Reason number three: the unrealistic belief that Nicolas Batum is going to become a superstar. In fairness I think there are some fans who don't believe this anymore. But there are still enough who do. He's a good player. But if he's one of your top 3 guys you're not going to get anywhere near a championship. He has the physical attributes to be great. But so did Travis Outlaw. Nic has been in the league for 5 years now and he's averaged around the same numbers every year. He is what he is. So if the opportunity ever comes about that the Blazers can trade him for a legitimate superstar, I feel like there's no way anyone can argue that they shouldn't do it.
Last season I couldn't even watch a Blazer game if it were on CSN or KGW just because I can't stand the commentating. I'd get embarrassed listening to it even if I was sitting in a room by myself. The only games I watched were on the national stations. Yes sometimes the ESPN or TNT commentators are a bit ignorant and clueless as to what's going on in the Blazers organization. But I'd rather deal with that when listening to a couple homers and overhypers is the other option.
In closing, I just want to say again that I love the Blazers and I hope that when I hit publish on this that a lot of the Blazers fans see where I'm coming from. I get the passion and the obsession because I used to be one of those guys. But it's not necessary.