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Portland Continues Blazing Trail to Nowhere

I am sure LaMarcus Aldridge will get a kick out of these quotes from Nate McMillan  when he reads them.

“I’d like to see us add some guys in their prime to the roster.

Not content to stop there, McMillan adds:

“We have young; we have old. Let’s see if we can get some guys in their prime.”

Granted the Blazers do have some older players, Marcus Camby, Andre Miller, and Gerald Wallace aren’t spring chickens by any stretch of the imagination.  And yes, guys like Nicholas Batum,  Warren Matthews and Greg Oden are still young.

But, when I think of the Blazers, I never think ‘gee, that’s such a young/inexperienced team” or “damn, that team is too old to contend.”  No, like most fans, my first thought is, “if this team could stay healthy they’d be lights out.”

Were it not for Brandon Roy’s knee injuries they’d have an inside outside combo entering its prime, and which is rounded out by a solid group of veteran and young role players.

Put another way, imagine if Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire had Roy and Aldridge’s supporting cast of Miller, Camby, Wallace, Fernandez, Batum and Matthews?  Not only would the Boston series have turned out differently, but there’s a good chance that Miami would not be facing Dallas in this year’s finals.

McMillan might have tried going this route with his quotes to avoid rehashing Portland’s injury woes.  However, there’s a reason that this topic continues resurfacing, no team has been besieged by injuries like the Blazers in the last five years.

But hey in McMillan’s eyes I’m either too young or too old to know what I’m talking about.