You know I'm not a fan of the pre-season, too long, meaningless, just enough games to get people hurt, etc. However, there do appear to be a few running subplots to this Blazers pre-season, they are as follows:
Ime Udoka could be a sign that things are starting to turn around for this franchise. After tons of "upside" moves based solely on guys being able to dunk real hard (see Outlaw, Travis), now they may have actually gotten lucky on a player. It seems as though he's perfect for this rebuilding effort, a guy who fills up the stat sheet with rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, and most importantly no turnovers. I haven't seen him play yet, so this could be some false hope, but just looking at the box scores and hearing the reviews, he sounds like Ruben Patterson without all the garbage.
Jarrett Jack can play. We may be on to something here.
Brandon Roy...see Jarrett Jack.
This team might be a little better than we thought, more on this to come in the season overview from both of us later this week. The season starts in a week, it feels like forever when your team stops playing after 81 games and not deep into the playoffs.