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Nolan Smith Appreciation Thread

Someone has to write one, I suppose.

As Ben notes in the main page, Nolan Smith has signed with a Croatian team. While his departure from the Blazers was a foregone conclusion--there were 15 guaranteed contracts for next season and he wasn't one of them, his actual inking of a contract with somebody else makes a formal end to his Trail Blazer career--or at least this phase of it.

Smith did not have an enjoyable two years with the team. Much of that has to do with the guy drafted one pick after him--and it's a bit unfair for Smith to suffer for the stupidity of Paul Allen or Chad Buchanan or Larry Miller, or whoever was running the three-ring circus that was the Blazers front office in 2011. Smith over Manimal was only one of many stupid decisions made that summer. Smith did look decent serving as Kyrie Irving's understudy at Duke, so it's not surprising a team would take a flyer on him; and with the PG situation in Portland generally (the whole Andre Miller saga).

But the problem he has--and I have it too :)--is that he doesn't appear to be an NBA player. Maybe he will prove his doubters wrong, and that he needs a better situation than he had in Portland. Here's hoping he gets it in Croatia.

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