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2012/2013 Portland Trail Blazers Are Not Built To Win!

Young Blazers too green to win anytime soon. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON THE 2012-2013 ROSTER
2020-04-09 18:52:12 by Chief Editor
Summary:By Herman L. Brame
Recently it appears that the Blazers go through an annual purge at the conclusion of each NBA season with management deciding to get younger and weaker. Recent purges have included players who are making significant contributions to 2013 playoff teams.

These purged Blazers on playoff teams include the likes of Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Andre Miller, Jeff Blake, Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton, Jerryd Bayless, Jarrett Jack, Patty Mills and Hasheem Thabeet. Several of these former Blazers have been real Blazer killers in their games againts their old club.

The Blazer roster is at variance with the basic characteristics of recent NBA championship teams such as Miami, Dallas, Boston and the Lakers. Each of these teams is noted for having at least one sure fire Hall of Famer and a veteran All-Star, productive veterans and a handful of young comers. Portland's only potential, future Hall of Famer appears to be Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge is a veteran All-star. Portland lacks productive veterans to provide added leadership, while the Blazers have an over abundance of green young players who are not particularly productive.

NBA basketball is a young man's game, but not as young as the Blazers have decided to become. The Boston Celtics won with thirty something year olds Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The Mavericks won with over thirty players Dirk Nowinski, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. The Lakers won with thirty somethings Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol while Miami won with thirty somethings Dwayne Wade,Udonis Haslem and LeBron James in his latter twenties.

Blazer management needs to spend the money necessary to attract and retain the best balance of veteran players over an extended period while mixing in just enough youth to keep the team growing. Portland has had some bad luck with the injuries to Brandon Roy and Greg Oden. The Blazers should build around the core of Lillard and Aldridge with both of them retiring as Blazers.

The Blazers need to build a true NBA playoff caliber roster by carefully matching the very apparent roster profiles of the top NBA teams. The last thing the Blazers need is some rationale for trading LaMarcus Aldridge who has years left in his prime. Hopefully, Aldridge is not considered too old for the Blazers and therefore expendable. Blazer fans deserve a mature NBA team that is also a great incubator for young upcoming players.


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