[Welcome to our new (somewhat) daily post on all the Blazers links fit to print. We are having a tough time naming this feature—ShavLINK Randolph?—but if you have any suggestions, comment below. The winning suggestion will take home this Jarrett Jack bobblehead on my desk. Seriously, I want this thing off my desk.—Ed.]
• Mega-poster Timbo over at BlazersEdge has a few words for Garnett. Rex is coming to eat you, KG.
• The Utah Jazz are in talks with Memphis concerning trading Ronnie Brewer for a draft pick. But here's the thing, it won't even be the Grizzlies own pick! This is a direct result of the “toxic” offer Portland made to Millsap during the offseason. Matching that offer has cost Utah rookie PG Eric Maynor, potentially Brewer, and probably another player as well. Only after moving Brewer would Utah be close to getting under the luxury tax line. That brilliant offer was what you call a “win/win situation,” had Portland signed Millsap, they’d be a little better off up front (or, he’d be injured…) but the Jazz matching his salary has cost them a good backup PG, and perhaps their starting shooting guard as well.
• Sheed from Bustabucket has a great recap of last night’s game, along with some encouraging observations such as:“After a sluggish start offensively, Aldridge had Dalembert on the block sometime in the 1st quarter. LA turned middle like he was going to shoot another fadeaway jumper. But instead on this possession, he spun back, went left right at the body of Samuel. He drew the foul and made the shot. It was that beautiful variation of a drop step that we all want him to do more often. They are giving it to him, he just needs to take it.”
• Sergio Rodriguez is not currently in the Kings rotation. I keep telling people, “No, he will not turn into Steve Nash once he leaves Portland, Steve Nash can SHOOT!” I hope that once and for all this will help put to rest the notion that Nate McMillan “held Sergio back.” Not being able to finish at the rim, defend, or shoot from distance is what held Sergio back (Hat tip to amlmart1).
• Samuel Dalembert talks about Haiti. For a guy who has had his work ethic questioned so much, Dalembert was a straight-up hero to arrive in the arena a mere six minues before tipoff—completely wrung-out emotionally and physically—yet still he put up a 10/15 performance.