Posts Tagged ‘Flynn’

“Look Canales – I’m a peacock, you gotta let me fly!”

Egads, Blazers management.¬† WHAT THE F— ARE YOU DOING?¬† So you had to give the blazers a pass for going out and whopping the Bulls¬†right after they fired Nate, and dumped 40% of their starting lineup.¬† I get it.¬† But the blazers have all the tools to be losing at this point (I’m looking at you the quadumvirate known as Flabeeksonabbitt), and should also be auditioning the aforementioned Flabeeksonabbitt for future rotation gigs – given that even with the dumping of Wallace and Camby, the blazers still have a 32, 33, and a 39 year old (none of whom are on long-term deals) logging a combined 66 minutes in the rotation.¬† Canales, clearly auditioning himself for next year, more than auditioning any members of Flabeeksonabbitt, gave them a combined 8 rotation minutes last night (4 to Flynn, and 4 to Babbitt).¬† The proposed explanation, is that Canales wants to give the members of Flabeeksonabbitt some time to learn the offensive and defensive schemes.¬† The big problem I see with that is, what does teaching them the offense or defense have to do with helping us lose games?¬† If I were Paul Allen I’d dictate that nobody be taught any offense or defense for the rest of the season.

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Sometimes its hard to accept that a true change in fate requires a complete bottoming out.¬† People often go down career paths they aren’t passionate about, in order to put food on their tables.¬† Others might get too deep into a bad relationship, because the person stuck by them through hardtimes.¬† When you’ve been a marginally successful sports franchise with aspirations for greatness it can be difficult to just letgo of those dreams.¬† A simple coaching change and a little addition by subtraction can provide new motivation to a flailing franchise.¬† Call it the Ewing Theory,¬†or a gut check, or maybe just a kick in the butt.¬† The reality is the irrepresible¬†Kaleb Canales, a couple bruised egos in contract years, and a few competitive veterans who’ve never learned to tank, and suddenly you’re back to vying for the 8th spot, maybe the 7th.¬† The question is: if you’re the Blazers GM… or i mean if you’re Mr. Spock, what are your intentions here?¬†The Blazers¬†have a legit shot to get two top ten picks in the best draft since 2003. Or you can probably take a good shot at the 7 or 8 spot in a year where Western conference competition looks weaker than it has in decades.

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