Trail Blazers fans have a window to win, too.
Jody Allen is the problem. Jody Allen inherited the product of genius, of Microsoft, an operating system that worked. Jody Allen's Blazer operating system does not work. She is cheating loyal fans, a team, and a city that deserves better. For what? Her 15 minutes of fame clinging to her brother's legacy? For more money? I sense potential spite, jealousy, long standing sibling rivalry at her brother's success? Be a hero for once on your terms Jody, sell the team to Phil Knight, for the team, for the fans, and mostly for yourself.
Honestly feel bad for Blazer fans. They deserve better. Here in LA the Lakers have an unbelievable tradition and a loyal fan base but…..it’s Southern California/ there are so many entertainment options that if the Lakers want a full house they better have a good product or fans won’t show. I never understood the “nobility” of fans showing up for a team and franchise that were losing and clearly didn’t care. In Portland it’s like ownership knows they got you. What are your other options on a cold Feb night? They know the fans will keep showing up because it’s a loyal, hyper provincial market and so it honestly makes you wonder what ownerships incentive to field a good product is if stands are full and merchandise sells regardless. Portland fans deserve better.
Blazers fans deserve a new owner! Preferably Phil Knight. On paper Jodie Allen has the control. But in reality, Portland & Blazers fans own the Blazers. Jodie Allen needs to do the right thing & do what her brother would want, sell the team to a new owner. A new owner like Phil Knight would bring a fresh perspective with new found excitement & commitment to winning that currently doesn’t exist. Everything they’re saying now is lip service & false hope, with management playing their roles & concerned with their own job security. We want a new owner! We want Phil Knight!
Remind me what was wrong with Terry Stotts? Oh yea good coach.
to lose by 50 or more in the modern NBA the owner, the GM and coach should be fired, the players should be ashamed of themselves.
I have to wonder if Jody is doing this on purpose so we all hate the team so she can move it to Seattle and fetch way more money.
Dear Jody you suck.
Unless a disgruntled superstar decides he wants out, AND wants to play in Portland, the Blazers chances of dramatically getting better this off season are really small. Even if we get the #1 pick and draft Victor Wembanyama, he is not going to push the Blazers to a contender, in a time frame where Dame is still near his prime. Given Dames desire to win now, unless a trade for a superstar without gutting the team happens, time to trade Dame, and build around the young, potentially solid young nucleolus we have. The malfeasance in dealing with Neil Olshey is the curse that just keeps on giving.
Email to Jody in Seattle-its your friend Robb (ex season ticket holder) again down here in Canby.I forwarded JC's column to you last week about selling the Blazers to Phil knight but didn't here back...I just forwarded this weeks column to you with a plea to please sell ASAP because your product on the floor is pretty disgraceful again this season...I'm also forwarding a check for $20.00 from my SS check ..you can add it to the 4 billion your asking for the team...I'm hoping it will give you additional incentive to sell quickly...sincerely your friend Robb (ex. season ticket holder)
Back in the seventies the motivation for Blazer fans, at least in the bars around town that I haunted (John.s Meatmarket, Jake's, etc) was "I'M GOING TO THE BLAZERS GAME" rather than what the team was doing on the floor. The new car smell was still there, tickets were scarce, and, face it, there wasn't much else going on in stumptown. It was an interesting study in the functioning of the human ego. Over the years the Blazers have seemingly been successful in dampening this phenomena, although I haven't been in the bars since the eighties, so "he who talks does not know, and he who knows does not talk'", so I guess my motivation is just to have a little shade to throw on the Blazers, Forgive me Jody, but SELL (or move 'em to Seattle!). Charlie
I can't remember the last time I actually thought the Blazers actually had a chance to go all the way.
playoff teams, plenty, a few really great players, Dame, of course, but a Team you knew every game going in, you had the advantage?
What could you possibly get in a trade for Dame? I don't see a way you can possibly get anything good enough to build around him to win, so, best of both worlds get him where he can get his ring and enough pieces to rebuild, bottom up, the right way, coaches, owners included
I hope it can get turned around, but I have serious doubts it will happen with current leadership. Trustee Jody Allen doesn’t seem to care much, and Paul’s ‘ol lackey Bert Kolde seems inept at everything involving the Blazers. Hopefully they wake up and sell the team very soon.
John.. I have more faith in the Blazers' beleaguered fans -- but the team itself? Not so much. It's an easy call with a rookie GM.. a semi-involved front office.. and a well-meaning underexperienced coach. This team has a long way to go in rediscovering an identity we can cheer for.
Damian Lillard is in danger of becoming the Blazers' version of Barry Sanders: the greatest player in team history who ultimately went nowhere.
This column has a familiar ring to it for a lifelong Seattle-area guy. It is time for the team to be sold to an ownership group based in Omaha, followed by the Commissioner assuring the Portland community that this is not at all the first step in the Trailblazers becoming the Omaha Cyclones.
Observations from an OG sports fan with waning NBA enthusiasm;
-tough to be a Blazer Fan with the current ignorant management running the show. No basketball acumen whatsoever.
-the game is becoming a parody of itself, which leads to fan apathy, both for the casual fan, as well as hardcores.
-a perfect opportunity exists for the Blazers to lead the city back to the unique jewel it used to be, as a pride/rallying point. Poor management and ridiculous leadership has the city in a downward spiral, much like the Blazers.
-I feel for fans of Rip City…R.I.P.
John, I greatly appreciate reading you column each day. I agree with you 100%. The Blazer fans deserve better. I’m one of the Ushers. I’ve developed come good relationships with the guests in my section. I hear their frustrations. It has been a rough two years. I work as an usher because I am a fan. Working for the Blazers allows me to be there for every game. Most of us love our jobs and we consider ourselves lucky to be able to support the team and to work to make the fan experience a good one. While I am tired of losing I am sad the season is over. I am excited by the possibilities of next year and can’t wait to start the journey again next fall.
Fan loyalty is a mixed blessing. Most FANS refuse to vote with their feet and wallets — the only things team ownership cares about.
The Blazers — and too many fans, it seems — are content to be a middling (at best) team that (usually) doesn’t embarrass on the court or off. A “nice” team of “nice” people in a “nice” town.
The Blazers are the horse in this one-horse town, and that’s the way they like it. It’s why we don’t have an NHL team, which would be a shoo-in. The Blazers don’t care; they don’t have to.
Part of it is lack of vision. Going back to the Delta Dome, Portland is a city that thinks like a town. The only reason the Trailblazers exist is because Larry Weinberg, of Los Angeles, saw an investment opportunity in a growing town and a growing league (late ‘60’s NBA).
Portland remains the only top-25 media market that does not have at least two major league franchises, while smaller markets have three or four.
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Sports could do great things for a city that is in desperate need of something to rally around. But there’s a lot of cat-herding to be done and our “leadership” is too divided to know where to start.
Darn, what a shame about this once proud franchise. The Trail Blazers didn’t just represent a city. They represented an entire state and we people in our state were happy to back them up. What the Blazers need, they can’t find. They need two brilliant men like Harry Glickman and Jack Ramsey and a great staff and roster, who were just as proud of the fans as the fans were of them.