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Doom, dispair, excessive misery....being a Blazer fan

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Argh, the Blazers own the top pick in the draft and are looking at a center. Their history picking centers as the first or second pick has been depressing. Walton stayed mentally and physically healthy enough to bring one NBA champion to town before flaking out, but most of their other center choices are only remembered when Sports Illustrated lists the top 25 draft busts in NBA history.
post #2 of 18

lessee...

Oden, Aldridge, Randolph, Roy, Jack...Get some wing players to come off the bench, and with even just Oden & Roy you'd be set for 8 years. Chill out.

I'm a Warriors fan and waited 13 years to see them explode on the Mavs in the playoffs. Enjoy the journey of watching your team grow...

Oh, and for the fans from Utah, good luck, and just remember this:

http://ballhype.com/story/baron_davi...i_kirilenko_2/
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Dino -

That's the problem. They look like they should be set for the next decade with a solid coach and lots of young talent. All they are lacking is a dominant center. They've been here before many times and have blown the opportunity.
post #4 of 18
The Blazers passed over Michael Jordan for a center. As a Sonics fan I can only hope for a (metaphorical) repeat.
post #5 of 18
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The Blazers passed over Michael Jordan for a center. As a Sonics fan I can only hope for a (metaphorical) repeat.
Yep, the people in Oklahoma are going to be very happy to see Durant play in the NBA.
post #6 of 18
No, you want misery, come be a Timberwolves fan. Guarunteed, if there are 5 can't miss players in the draft the T-wolves will pick 6th. I don't think you can find a more mis-managed team in the NBA, especially when it comes to drafting players. One pick (Garnett) has panned out since this franchaise started. Is it any wonder we are still Minneapolis Laker's fans?
post #7 of 18
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No, you want misery, come be a Timberwolves fan. Guarunteed, if there are 5 can't miss players in the draft the T-wolves will pick 6th. I don't think you can find a more mis-managed team in the NBA, especially when it comes to drafting players. One pick (Garnett) has panned out since this franchaise started. Is it any wonder we are still Minneapolis Laker's fans?
They arent that bad. They hit with the Garnett pick and were good enough to not have many other top 3 picks.

If you need a mismanaged team, look at the Knicks. Hawks. 76ers are in rough shape. Blazers too.

Plus theyve been around for what- 15 years? Not that long, especially when you figure for the first 6 or 7 theyll defintely suck just due to expansion.
post #8 of 18
T-wolves ? Yeah they have suffered of late . I have the aflliction of being a long time Sonics fan. we get the 2nd pick in the draft and it looks like they will be in Oklahoma City in a year or so.
At least in Portland you have a somewhat local but committed owner . Now get him to dump some pf his billions in the team .

Is Whitsitt still the GM ? i want to thank you guys for taking him off our hands but having Wally Walker as ours was a big turn for the worse. He runa a team as well as he played for the Sonics. Mediocre at best.

Good luck to Portland. I might just have to trade my loyaltiy to the last remaining PNW team . Oh the pain.
post #9 of 18

Incompetence? Dubs is thy name

Sadly, I get incompetence; I've been a Warriors' fan since they were the San Francisco Warriors. This is just the draft, not the bad FA signings; see for worst moves: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/sto.../5/203352/4177

here's a list:

What was the worst Warrior move in NBA history? That's the tough question because there were so many. How about...

Trading Wilt Chamberlain on January 15, 1965, for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer, and cash.

Allowing former Rookie of the Year Rick Barry and his 35.6 PPG to jump to the ABA's Oakland Oaks in 1967 to play for his father in law.

Warriors swapped Robert Parish and their 1980 first-round draft pick to Boston for the first and 13th picks in the 1980 NBA Draft. Golden State used the No. 1 pick to select Purdue's Joe Barry Carroll. The 7-foot center would ring up six seasons of at least 17.0 points per game (including 24.1 ppg in 1982-83), but Parish would go on to win three championships with the Celtics, teaming with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale on one of the best front lines in NBA history.

1986 Drafting Chris Washburn at #3 in the infamous Len Bias draft. Mark Price went at #25, Dennis Rodman at #27 and Drazen Petrovic went at #60. When Warriors staff picked Washburn, who had size and talent, up at the airport the story goes he was quietly reading a comic book in the car and wouldn't talk. He was later banned from the NBA for repeatedly failing drug tests.

Dealing Mitch Richmond to Sacramento in 1991 for rookie forward Billy Owens and a 1995 second-round pick thus breaking up RUN TMC. Owens would be traded many times over the years.

Trading the 1993 #3 Draft Pick, Penny Hardaway, and three No 1s for eventual Franchise destroyer CWebb that has haunted the Ws ever since.

Cohan purchasing the team in 1994 the year after - and the last time - the Warriors make the playoffs. Cohan sides with Nellie so CWebb takes his early out clause in his contract; and then Cohan gets rid of Nellie who wanted the W's lose to obtain the number one pick. The Curse of the Ws exists to this day of continuous playoff drought years.

The 1996 Drafting of Todd Fuller over Kobe Bryant

Hiring Coach PJ Carlesimo in 1997 who tells Spree to put a little more mustard in his passes and Spree proceeds to choke Carlesimo leaving his imprints on the SI photo of PJs neck

The 1997 Drafting of Adonal Foyle over Tracy McGrady

The 1999 Drafting of Greg Foster over Andrei Kirilenko

2002 Drafting of Mike Dunleavy No. 3 while Amare Stoudamire goes at No. 9 to Phoenix

2005 Drafting Ike Diogu over Danny Granger but this is still up in the air.

...

Two moves/choices that i though really hurt were letting (Keith/Jamaal) wilkes and gus williams go in the late 70's. wilkes was solid with the lakers and williams led the sonics to the championship.

...how about not being able to work out a deal to keep Gilbert Arenas?

how about russell cross in '83 instead of drexler, d harper, jeff malone, doc rivers or dale ellis?

billy owens for richomnd....richmond was a very good player for a long time, while owens was decent for 2 years.

another overlooked draft pick was jeff ruland. he was drafted and traded to wash immediately in 1980 when we drafted jbc. although he was injured throughout his career, he was an allstar and his career may have taken a different path with the warriors.

more.... john starks was sitting on the bench with warriors and became a big part of the knicks success in the late 80's and early 90's.

trading for alton lister instead of drafting kemp.

...

the signing of jo jo white and giving up a high 1st rounder to boston. i don't remember who they drafted.

the trading of our first to atl for blaylock instead of drafting jason terry.

bernard king for michael ray richardson. just when we were turning a corner. we couldn't or wouldn't match an offer by the knicks.

this doesn't really count, but the nba(david stern) cheating us out of patrick ewing.
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I could go on...but, I need to get some coffee now...and a tissue. You could make several allstar teams with the guys the Dubs coulda/woulda/shoulda picked or kept...
post #10 of 18
You gotta be fargin kiddin me. Please ... being a Celtics fan (or should I say wanting to be one, it hasn't been possible for about 20 years to do so while sober) is waaaaaaaaaaay worse.

congratulations on getting Oden. He could be the next Bill Russell.

We are stuck in basketball purgatory - 20 or so losses in a row this year to get a better lottery pick and now the 5th spot. We're so screwed.
post #11 of 18
I have been rooting for the Warriors also this year. Not since the middle 70's have they been a good team . It's about time.
post #12 of 18
I'm a Knicks fan. My father-in-law is a Blazers fan. For several years, we've been able to commiserate about the fates of our respective teams. Now, it seems, I will simply miserate.
post #13 of 18
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I have been rooting for the Warriors also this year. Not since the middle 70's have they been a good team . It's about time.
ah yessssssss, rick barry, keith (pre-jamaal) wilkes, phil smith, clifford ray and battling al attles at the helm. that's when my lakers were hoooooooooorrrrrrible. that '74/'75 team surprised the washington bullets by sweeping them in four for the championship. i recall they played their home games that series at cow palace in daly city.


i dig the throwback jerseys - "the city" - i saw on some of the warriors fans.
post #14 of 18

link to 74-75 playoff video for Dubs' fans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQmnpFjyfg0

Check out Bill King in the video. After the series with the Bullets, my Dad took us all down to SFO to greet the Dubs...
post #15 of 18

guess which top draft pick...

...will be missing this season.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/...Greg-Oden.html

tim conway "ow."
post #16 of 18

too bad

I was really looking forward to seeing Oden play. I feel your pain. Hopefully, he'll end up at least as strong as Amare...
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Argh. It's happening again. They use a top three pick to draft a big man without any knees. At least they got a championship out of Bill Walton before both his knees and ego blew out, but the rest of the lot has been nothing but expensive futility.
post #18 of 18
I take back part of what I said. Looks like the luck of the green came through for this season possibly with Garnett, Pierce and Ray Allen being a formidable triumverate of offensive talent. You were right - Oden out for a year, wow.
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