Cliff Gardner

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Let's go Blazers!

I've had a great summer so far. Three awesome camps in the bag. Now I'm going to be working on other stuff for the school year and talking myself into thinking the Blazers can contend this season. It's not that tough. We lost (in as much as a 41-41 season can be considered losing) last year because of a lack of size, a lack of leadership, and spotty point guard play. Now we had Greg Oden in the middle, we're a little bit older and we've got two new point guards in Rudy Fernandez and Jerryd Bayliss...on paper, we're good enough to make the playoffs and maybe even win a series or two, especially in the run and shoot western conference where you need to be fast and have good three-point guys, and we've got a glut of fast foreign dudes and loads of shooters (Blake, Roy, Outlaw, Jones, Bayliss)...and it's only going to go up from there. Plus, even if something's not working and we need to make a move, we're more loaded with prospects, draft picks and cash than any team in the league (which also means we can make a serious run at any one of the roughly 458 great free agents who will be on the market in the next two years). I've picked a great time to come home from Ukraine, GO BLAZERS!


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