BREAKING NEWS OUT OF RIP CITY!
Brandon Roy has been selected to participate in the 2008 All-Star Game in New Orleans.
The Western Conference Coaches picked Roy and to me it is a bigger HONOR than being voted on by the fans who only pick their favorite players.
I emailed Jay Allen with my prediction -I thought BRoy would make the team over Ginobli because I felt BRoy is having a better year leading his team. Congratulations to Brandon Roy who is the 1st Blazer since Sidney Wicks to make the All-Star team in his 2nd year.
If you read the pre-season predictions of Jason Quick ( who does a poor job trying to cover the team for the local fishwrap) along with many other publications and Blazer critics, you will see I had faith in the roster after Pritchard sent Zach Randolph to the Knicks.
I remember Jason Quick saying on the Fan that he thought the Blazers would have a hard time replacing Zach's scoring. I disagreed.
I felt it was the best move because losing a player who would not pass the ball or run the court in favor of Lamarcus who will do all those things and play defense would make the entire team better. I thought Lamarcus would hold his own and make fans forget Zach Randolph ever played on the team.
I give the Blazers a solid "B" for winning 28 games going into the All-Star break.
The Blazers have a few players in a slump including Lamarcus Aldridge and Martell Webster.
The key to getting back to winning depends a lot on Aldridge and Webster. Can Aldridge get his groove back over the next 15 games? and will Martell step up and make the injury to James Jones irrelevant.
If both players can step up their games including their defensive effort, I believe the Blazers can still win 40+ games. James Jones returning will also be needed for the Blazers to win 40+
"That's my story & I'm sticking to it"