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Nice article on the Blazers.

For the Portland Trail Blazers the 2008-09 has to be considered a success, but perhaps not in a way many would expect. The team made its first appearance in the NBA Playoffs in six seasons, earning homecourt advantage in the first round after a 54-28 record placed them fourth in the Western Conference. The team – players, coaches, and front office – was all legitimately pleased about the 13-game improvement from the previous season, but they also know this is just a step in big plan.

What Went Wrong?

To be honest, not a whole lot. Portland's biggest issues this season were in the area of consistency, from all sorts of places. They would like to get the point guard position to be more reliable, so they know what to expect when they turn to the reserves. Right now Steve Blake, the incumbent starter, is probably better suited to a reserve role on a top team. The problem was that Sergio Rodriguez and Jerryd Bayless both failed to really take control of the reserve spot by producing, even when Blake was injured.

It's a little unfair to call it something going wrong, but the progress of Greg Oden being stilted by the midseason bone chip in his knee hurt both him and the team. Oden missed 15 games with that injury and it came right at a time when he had begun to show how dominant he could become. After his return from the injury he looked a little gun shy and began finding himself in immediate foul trouble every time he stepped on the court. However, anyone thinking Portland is starting to think twice about choosing Oden over Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA Draft is wrong. Oden still shows too much promise and the organization is 100% united in giving Oden everything he needs to become successful.
 

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Giving Bayless some minutes would help. He shouldn't be glued to the bench esp when he's unquestionably more talented than those ahead of him in the rotation.
 

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Yeah, I was wondering what happened to Jerryd Bayless. He was one of my favorite rookies coming into the season. Can someone fill me in on how is season went and why he fell a little short of expectations?
 

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IMO, the best way to fix the Blazers would be...

1) Trade Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and your 2010 First Round Pick to Chicago for Kirk Hinrich
2) Trade Sergio Rodriguez to the Knicks for virtually nothing (assuming they have some trade exception from one of their 100 deals)
3) Sign Shawn Marion to a deal starting at about $7m per season
4) Draft a big with the 22nd pick

PG: Kirk Hinrich...Jerryd Bayless
SG: Brandon Roy...Nicolas Batum
SF: Shawn Marion...Rudy Fernandez...Martell Webster
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge...Draft Pick
C: Greg Oden...Joel Przybilla
 

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What do you guys think the odds of the Blazers going after Artest are? We all know how he feels about Brandon Roy...
 

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If they aren't going to use bayless, why not trade him and some of their other peices for nate robinson, who wants to go there. Wasn't he college teamates with roy? All I know is I would love to have a highly motivated nate robinson on my team.
 
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