Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- At first, results of an MRI test showed negative results to the injury suffered by Marcus Camby on Monday night, but I think everybody knew that news was too good to be true: Marcus Camby has a partial tear of meniscus in his left knee. Surgery is expected later this week, and there is no timetable for his return. Add one more knee injury to the already ridiculous amount for one roster to suffer in just two years, and people are beginning to point fingers.
- Regardless of the current state this Blazer team is in, Jason Quick of The Oregonian harps the importance of the next several games for the Trail Blazer playoff hopes. With games coming up against Sacramento (twice), the Clippers and Pacers—the Blazers should expect to separate themselves from the .500 record they currently hover around.
- Wendell Maxey of Beyond the Beat is taking an optimistic approach to the Camby injury. Maxey believes that Camby’s knee surgery could speed up trade talks.
- Mike Tokito of The Oregonian breaks down The numbers involved with the injury to Marcus Camby. The big one, of course, is the number five—an unbelievable fifth knee surgery will take place this season, and it isn’t even the All-Star break yet.
- Chad Ford of ESPN addresses the current Blazers situation in his Chat:
Time to blow up the Blazers and start over? Or at least hire a gypsy to remove the curse?
Who would’ve thought that Kevin Pritchard ended up getting out just in time. Wonder if the curse is Karma. Paul Allen and company were pretty shameful in how they treated the guy who built the team … fired him the day of the draft … and now the team he built is crumbling right in front of them. The Blazers have so many injuries in issues, I’m not sure exactly what Rich Cho can do about it. They are hoping Andre Miller is a trade chip at the deadline. Believe it or not, they think Greg Oden might be able to get them something too. The two guys they don’t want to move — LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum — happen to be the two guys with the most trade value. It’s a mess.
- Despite another setback, there is still a game to be played tonight, and as Tonry mentioned in his preview—the Blazers should win tonight no matter who is healthy. Make sure to check out our TrueHoop Sister site The Cowbell Kingdom for some insight on the Kings.