see...thats what im saying. I believe this group is overrated. We are talking about a guy who couldn't get the bench last year. The only guys who we know contributes are Roy, Aldridge, Rudy and Outlaw.... Im not predicting a title, i wanna wait and see. I saw at least 30 different posts saying " there gonna give Bayless the reigns this year, he was MVP of the summer league, he should start!" People need to slow down. He will not start and to be honest with you- I would not be shocked if a team like Toronto or Phoenix calls offering a Stats or Bosh and want Bayless in return.
STAT and Bosh? Get serious. The Blazers are not going to do that, it is just not happening. See, you can play the, "wait and see" card, but realize that their are people who are fans of this team and what they are doing in ways that you are the Knicksboy. You like what the Knicks are doing, as a fan, you are biased to what the Knicks do. I too like that the Knicks have put themselves in a position to have a super power team, though at the same time, I am not necessarily a fan of the Knicks farnchise. I have never been a Blazer fan, but I consider Portland my home, I loved when they got Oden and I see the formula they are using plus the perspective pieces they have in place to building a contender. Of course we will have to wait and see Knicksboy, so for now, if you play that approach, you win the argument. But, the fault in that approach is that if you suddenly jump on the band wagon and Bayless does become a solid contributor, than you are jumping on the band wagon. I will play that approach with the Knicks, who as of right now have no real pieces that can lead them to a title down the road, and say that since the Blazers have some guys on their team right now who can potentially (key word) lead them to a title, that I do now think theyt are title contenders. Also, Paul Allen spends money, so does Dolan (even though Dolan did some horrible things with his money, as did Paul). Add in that Pritchard and Donnie Walsh have good basketball minds, you are probably looking at teams that could be in the finals in the next 2/3 years.
Im not biased. That's the ideal thing tho. Be Honest : if you had to guess how many people (percentage) think Portland is winning it all? I would say a legit 15%. That is crazy for a team who (lets get serious) had 1 good season. I mean, i believe in the wait and see approach but many people (mostly POR fans) are getting a little crazy. I think this Portland team will be the old school Blazers. A very solid team with solid players (a couple stars) but not a title team.
As for the Knicks...i am skeptic #1 i wanna see 2 superstars around this time or i wanna see Dantoni fired.
they're building a solid team for the future. title contender? not yet, but if they make the right moves this summer, they can take that next step and grow as a team. heres a post i posted yesterday
I read that they are going after David Lee, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. 2 of your big 3 of the future are LA and Oden, what they need is a back up power forward like a Mcdyess, Juwan Howard or Leon Powe . I think the Blazers should either sign Andre Miller or Mike Bibby or trade for Hinrich. If they are looking at small forwards, why not go after Tayshun Prince or Shane Battier? Both the Pistons and Rockets are in rebuild mode and Travis Outlaw is only 24 so he'd be a solid piece for those teams. Battier or Prince would give excellent defense, can hit the open shot and are veteran leaders that the Blazers are in dire need of. Another option from what I've read is Shawn Marion which isn't a bad option either.
so if they get say Andre Miller and Shawn Marion or Tayshun Prince and get say Mcydess or Powe as the back up PF, i think they're the 3rd best team out West behind Lakers n Spurs while Denver is right behimd them. They have the potential and ability to grow as a force out West, i dont see them being just a playoff team
I do not exactly understand your last response. The ideal thing? But, I agree that the Blazers have 0% chance of winning a title next year. I believe they have a 95% chance of being a title contending team in 2-3 years and believe that their pieces are going to be superior to the old school Blazers due to the quality of players and this teams depth. Yes, I know you will name me old school Blazers players (I will do it for you, Drexler, Ainge, Kersey, Robinson, Duckworth, Bryant, Porter, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My), but this team is looking like the players could trump those from back than. I apologize for calling you biased, that was a bad assumption on my part, but your argument I guess does not make sense to me as saying they will not be contenders next year therefore they will never be contenders. I think their window is much larger than just next year. So, I agree with you saying they are "overrated" by people who believe they can win it all next year, but to say that they have the look of a team that will not contend in the near future, with the formula they have plus the pieces they could add to make their team rock solid, does not seem like a very strong argument to me.