http://bleacherreport.com/articles/411935-is-portland-returning-to-the-jailblazer-daysFast forward to today.
There was the bizarre open threat to any franchise that played Darius Miles.
There was the trade of Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake in mid-season.
The awkward, unexplained firing of Tom Penn.
The curiosity over what would happen with Kevin Pritchard.
The disgruntled antics of Rudy Fernandez.
The draft day send-off of Martell Webster...
...and the even more bizarre hour-before-the draft firing of Pritchard.
Suddenly, many of the features that led to the Jailblazers era were returning.
Here were the back-stabbing office politics. Here were the other hall-marks... the importing of talented players at the cost of home-grown guys.
Not even I would argue the trade of Outlaw and Blake for Marcus Camby did anything but improve the team.
Arguably, as much as I like Webster, the drop-off from him to Luke Babbitt is not really a difference maker over the course of the season.
The problem is more based in the nature of fandom.
I am mostly a Blazer fan, with the nature of the team taking second place. A few examples seem to fit here.
Back when Jim Paxson was the Blazer "star", the team was, frankly, pretty blah. They played a modestly quick but not exceptional style of ball.
By contrast, the years when Clyde Drexler was the main gun, they were a very fun, run-and-gun, high scoring machine.
Pretty long article so I didn't know which parts to quote. Just quoted the start of the bad bits.