Apr 20, 2009
We made it!!! Now all we have to do is STAY here. The Portland Trailblazers are in the playoffs for the first time in 6 years! We are the youngest team in the NBA, but we made it in. We were just about laughed off the court when our number one pick in the draft hurt himself and didn't play at all last season, but Oden proved them all wrong. We have rookies starting, and our coach was questioned about that, but who's gotten West Coast Division Coach of the month, two months in a row? It was OUR coach. Ya know the one all the "analysts" questioned? We have one of the best records when playing at home in the NBA. The Rosegarden is a force to be reckoned with. Our general manger and our owner are good guys who are willing to let our team jell before they make any trading decisions. Because everyone worked so hard together, we made it to the 2009 playoffs!
Yes, the game on Saturday was at home and our boys choked a bit. Like an 30 point difference choke, but we still have 6 more games. Hopefully our boys realized just how BIG the playoffs are and it isn't just like any other game. If they don't, well we've got next year. No Blazer fan can say they are disappointed in these boys because NOBODY expected them to make it this far. Plus these boys are an amazing group of guys. They've gotten their fans back, they've gotten the whole state behind them, and they have other teams scratching their heads wondering exactly how they were beat by 20+ points by the youngest team in the NBA.
I'm just thankful to have a team of men whom I could run into at the grocery store and say hi and get a "hi" back. There aren't any run ins with the police about drugs, domestic abuse, driving without a license, or getting into fights in the locker room with the coach. I am proud of be a Blazer fan, once again!
This house will be a house full of tense moments on Tuesday when we play the Rockets again, but not matter what, I'm proud of our team. I'd still like to get as far in the play offs to play the Lakers and SMASH them, but we'll see what happens.
"It's a good day to be a Blazer, again" Bill Schonley
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