My wish for the NBA Trade deadline.
Knight ownership would be the best deal for the Blazers since Glickman hired the Schonz.
As a small illustration of how far the Blazers have sunk, I don't really care anymore.
I hope and pray Phil Knight can see the Ducks win a CFB title before he passes into that great good night.
I hope your wish comes true. Mediocre is what the franchise became in the last few years of PA ownership. Hapless is what is what the franchise is until ownership/leadership holistically changes.
I don’t trust Jody Allen at all. Trailblazers are at risk every day she has control of the team.
I understand the passion John, but to me that ship sailed 20-25 years ago. Whitsett almost destroyed it, the failed losers that followed finished the job. Now I don't even watch the NBA. IMO it's a league that is dropping in popularity fast...and IMO Lebron and his ilk's antics don't help that perception.
I know my opinion on this means absolutely nothing, but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person with this opinion. I absolutely love Phil knight and his attempts to do all things that are right for the community/state of Oregon, and the state of Oregon's athletic community, as he sees it. But IMO he's tilting at windmills.
The ownership of the Trailblazers are parasites. feeding on the passions of it's loyal fan base, and using that passion for the Blazer Ownership's own elitist agenda without giving anything in return to those loyal fans. Mediocre has been the order of the day for 3 decades...Not spending money yet rake it in from loyal fans. Not selling the franchise to a very loyal potential owner (Knight), in order to squeeze every single drop of loyal fan's money before selling. Paul Allen was a mediocre owner that just happened to be very wealthy...his sister is 10 times worse.
I would not care a whit if the only real professional sports franchise in Portland went belly up.
Give us all a break Jody and sell the Blazers then stay in Seattle with Bert and the boys and do your nothing there ............
The Blazers need to be sold quickly, like yesterday. The franchise will be stuck in mediocrity until Jody and Bert are gone. I’m still a little worried about that buyer being Knight, mostly given his age. What would happen after he’s gone? Would his kids take over? Another Paul Allen trust type situation? Or?
You are so right about the Blazers. I watched as they won last night, beating a team without its star. I watched as Dame gave a hug to Josh Hart as he slid out the tunnel during warm ups to pack his bags and fly to New York. I watched the GM and Allan's sister sitting there smiling and joking about something as if everything is honkydory with the Blazers. And I watched the look on Dame's face at each timeout...a look that says "I'm loyal to these fans, I love Portland, but I'm getting nowhere with this franchise."
For some reason, you never see the word “visionary” used to describe Bert Kolde.
Going nowhere at all is a good comment JC.. It's clear the motrivation with Jody Allen and crew does not give ticket buying public much priority if any at all. Same song umpteenth verse.
I'm so used to these minor shifts the Blazers have made over the last 15 years that I've become apathetic to the organization as a whole. I was at the first exhibition game they held; a double header involving Seattle, LA, San Francisco and Portland. Got in for I believe $5.00. Followed them through the championship years and into the 90's, then lost interest in them because they became too vanilla in any moves they made. By the way, when they announced the name of the Portland franchise at that double header, and it was a fan vote, the fans at the MC stood up an booed the name Trail Blazers! Good times!
Very well said!! History is filled with examples of owners who do not have the capacity to build a winner. Example: NFL Chargers owned by a single family for decades. Has never achieved any sustained success. Chargers owners are known for building apartments in Stockton. It is a far stretch from apartments to building a skyscraper. Yet because of money and ego they persist enjoying being in the room, but have a record of failure getting to the next level. Some people, as you say, can see around the corner, others don’t have the vision to turn on the lights to see where the corner is.
So sad to see the Trail Blazers drifting rudderless at sea. As others have said I think this started some years ago. Long gone are the hay days of the late 80’s early 90’s.
Hopeful for the day Phil buys Blazers also. I refuse to buy into the Blazers organization as it sits today. Been a Blazer fan all my life and this management group has let us all down. Hope for change soon.
PS. Loved the Sun Tzu and Phil would have written the forward.
So CJ traded for Hart and now Hart is gone for Cam Reddish and some draft picks. Young guys already on the rooster coming into their own. Who knows what the future holds but ...?