Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• So, tonight Portland takes on Chicago. The Blazers have put a hurt on the Bulls in the recent past, here is hoping that trend continues and Chicago doesn’t pick now to have a revenge game. Matt Scheelar of Bust a Bucket has the shakedown. For the Chicago perspective, check TrueHoop Network sister blog By the Horns.
• Portland has a roster spot open. Hoopsworld’s Tommy Beer has the low down on the waiver wire.
• Rob Mahoney of Pro Basketball Talk exposes the dark league-wide conspiracy against the Lakers. Don’t believe it? Click here and here for more proof of this sinister plot.
• Recently Portland has had trouble keeping a lead. Last night Boston couldn’t hold onto a lead either, losing to the Cavaliers after shooting 70% in the first quarter. Alright, first let us pause and enjoy a Celtic loss—perhaps they didn’t touch enough before tipoff—okay, back to losing a lead: this is the NBA, these things happen to everybody. It only becomes worrisome when it becomes a trend.
• Stephen Curry burned the Birdman, burned him badly.
• Oh God, the “Summer of LeBron” isn’t even here yet and they’re already looking forward to the summer of ‘11? Pretty soon we’ll have a free agency Farmer’s Almanac. (2013’s free agency forecast: Amaré Stoudemire will be rumored to be traded at the deadline, yet will no one really wants him and he will stay put.)
• This year’s draft may be an unusually deep one if players make the jump early to try and get in under the current CBA. I’d say that’s a savvy move, because you’d better believe that if the player’s association has to choose between cutting something that affects veterans, like say the Mid Level Exception, and cutting the rookie pay scale, the rookies are going to get thrown under the bus. Also, I’m thinking this is going to be a busy draft with quite a bit of player movement. Lots of teams with cap space may take themselves out of the free agent race by taking on a pick and a bad contract. Let’s start the irrational Portland trading up for John Wall rumors… right… now!
• Jeff Pendergraph has a really nice car. Mike Rice nicknamed his ride the SnakeMobile.