Hey look at that, Blazer news, and just the kind they wanted to hear. One guy being part of an assault investigation and another going under the knife. Now that's the Blazer off season I remember, not all this Vegas Vacation stuff about how they may have actually found their impact perimeter player. At the very least they finally gave me something to get pissed off about. Amazing how one messed up day can wreck a fairly positive off season. Let's get to it.
The Marcus Aldridge is going in for arthroscopic shoulder surgery, could be minor, could look like Kerry Wood in there. How very Blazer of them, as usual the front office has no idea what's going to happen. I kind of liked The Marcus when they first drafted him, kind of a more aggressive version of Channing Frye. The injury knock on him was that his knees might not hold up, now he's got shoulder problems to go along with it. Sooooooo you traded up to the #2 pick in the draft to take a younger version of Theo Ratliff. Well done. Look on the bright side, you haven't given him a 4 year contract worth 11 million per yet. It would really suck to be going into camp with a starting 5 of Jack, Roy, Morrison, Z-bo, and Joel. This makes me want to fight a wall. Let's move on.
Speaking of our old friend Z-bo, smooth move. The Fast and The Furious thing down Broadway at 3AM was entertaining to be sure, but this is a potential time bomb. At best he decided to throw a 2 man bachelor party with a couple hookers. That's quite an "at best" scenario isn't it? I'm not even going to get into the worst case scenario, I think we all know what that is.
The question becomes where do you go from here with him. I'm not sure where this leads, they may call up the Knicks and try to unload him and Miles for Frye and Jalen Rose, that would still work and would be a quality move on many levels. Despite this angry rant, I do like what I've seen out of Pritchard so far and if he is the one calling the shots over there and not Subterfuge Stevie then they may have a shot to get some value out of him. I've defended Z-bo in the past but I'm getting dangerously close to the end of my rope.
On a happier note to end things, Team USA looked fantastic in crushing Slovenia. Everyone looked good. They dominated on both ends of the floor, James, Wade, Melo, they all looked like the players we expected them to be. The first quarter was dicey, but I'm not going to complain about one bad stretch. Terrific performance, their best yet. That one gets an A.