Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- At Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Portland is involved in talks to help facilitate a Carmelo Anthony trade and mentions that talks between Charlotte and Portland regarding Andre Miller are on hold due to the coaching change.
- Speaking of trades, Peter Vecsey reports that Andre Miller to New Jersey talks have been dead for a while.
- The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito reports that according to Jerry Sloan, the short-handed Blazers are a bit better than the short-handed Jazz. The difference is, the injured Jazz players should return reasonably soon, and Utah’s star, Deron Williams, is not counted among the wounded a’la’ Roy.
- Basketbawful doesn’t like the three-goggles.
- The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito says hey, December wasn’t that bad, well… on the court anyhow. Off the court, Portland had bet a max contract that Roy’s knees would hold up and December revealed just how risky a wager Larry Miller and Kevin Pritchard made.
In retrospect, there was some discussion of how Kevin Pritchard “caved” and gave Brandon Roy a player option for the final season; it’s a moot point now since Roy is sure to pick up that option. However, it does make one wonder what sort of data on Roy’s knee that the Blazer front office had in front of them if they were willing to make such a bet. Brandon Roy’s primary agent, Bob Myer, must be very pleased with himself for negotiating the deal, even if he is understandably concerned for his client’s future.
- The Oregonian’s Steve Duin thinks Paul Allen may sell the Trail blazers next year. Duin admittedly has no sources, so he’s basically just publicizing a hunch. This sort of journalism is catchy and low-risk since if it does work out, Duin gets to play prophet; but if it fails, well, it was a reasonable guess and no one is going to remember it in 12 months anyhow.
The reason Duin’s style works is that the idea of Paul Allen selling the Blazers plays to a Portland fan’s fears. “What if the new owner doesn’t love the team as much and won’t spend the money for a championship?” “What if Portland just ends up another small-market team without a deep-pocketed owner?” In the face of uncertainty, unlikely-but-terrible events feel as likely as more reasonable and probable options because of the high cost of being wrong.
- Dwight Jaynes takes of his sports psychologist hat, tries his hand at suggesting experimental arthroscopic procedures.
- At The Knicks Blog, Tommy Dee can’t see the Knicks making a move for Marcus Camby. Dee, if you will recall, was by far the most accurate source regarding Portland’s interest level in Andre Miller back after the Hedo Turkoglu fiasco.
- From TrueHoop Network siter site Nets-Are-Scorching Travis Outlaw is having trouble finding the success with New Jersey that he found in Portland. I suspect that much of the difference in Outlaw’s production is due to the fact that Avery Johnson is playing him at the three. In contrast, Nate McMillan used Outlaw as a small-ball four, giving Outlaw an athletic advantage over many of his counterparts.
- Rob Mahoney at TrueHoop Network sister site Two Man Game, says Deron Williams traveled on that buzzer-beater.
- That Kemba Walker sure is tearing it up in the NCAA, so why isn’t he number one pick material? (ESPN INsider). Personally, I think Walker will be a better T.J. Ford ( 07-08 Ford, pre-injuries), but he could surpass my expectations.
- Alright, it’s New Year’s Eve, and if there is one thing people love more than stupid-looking 2011 glasses with blinky lights (seriously, people, there aren’t even two zeros in the middle to make the glasses thing work any more, let it go) it’s top ten lists. In that spirit, let us know what your top ten (and worst ten, if you like) moments of the 2010 basketball year were in the comments below.