Originally Posted by Kumo
I honestly just don't know how I can be a good fan of this team anymore. How much more fun can they suck out of basketball?
Wow. Really? Almost sounds as though you think the Blazers are doing this deliberately. Perhaps a more rational response and less emotion should prevail.
Is it really surprising about Oden? He wasn't playing, complaining about pain, and the Blazers were noncommittal about his return. Honestly this situation has been obvious for several months now.
Bottom line is that Oden has really never been an on-court factor. His absense this season has no impact. Without him the Blazers will field a competitive team, especially with the return of Pryzbilla. It is reasonable to expect them to make the playoffs as 7th or 8th seed (like last season).
Expectations for them to win the championship even with a healthy Oden and Roy would have been unrealistic. The team isn't that good.