November 30, 2008

The Worst Trade in History? Conley and Warrick Blazers? Spare me.

I didn't really want to bring this up, but wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't.  Many of you have been hearing the chatter or rumors flying about a possible deal with the Memphis Grizzlies which would send Travis Outlaw and Sergio Rodriguez out of town for Mike Conley, Hakim Warrick and Javaris Crittenton.  (Ick.)
Portland has long coveted Conley, in large part because of his childhood friendship with center Greg Oden. Conley and Oden grew up together in Indianapolis, playing together through a Final Four season at Ohio State. Pritchard knows that Conley has the credibility to get in Oden’s face when he needs a push, and that’s played an important part in his trade explorations.
We need someone to get in Oden's face?  GROW UP GO.  You shouldn't need childhood buddies to get you motivated.

Luckily Kevin Pritchard came to his senses and released some sort of statement squashing this ridiculous idea of a trade.  I'm still not sure why the Blazers front office likes Conley so much?  By no means do I think the kid is a better player than either Blake or Sergio.  And we all sure as hell know that Hakim Warrick is only half the player that Travis is.

OK, I've said enough about this rumor.  Blah.

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Anonymous 11/30/08, 7:09 PM  

just wondering...

why would you blast g.o. based on an unatributed quote in your post? unless it comes from a blazer insider (and by its context, it doesn't appear to), it's worse than meaningless.

and "some sort of statement"? as i recall, kp's response was that t.o. was "absolutely" not going anywhere. fairly positive...

and finally, i've seen nothing from the blazer's front office that they like "conley so much". where did that come from?

just wondering....

Anonymous 11/30/08, 7:45 PM  

The rumors have been flying since the day they drafted Oden that they wanted Conley. Rumors aren't always just completely made up, someone usually says them first. And this one has been repeated oh, at least a dozen times.

And I'll likely continue to blast Greg until the guy really shows me some intensity and gut. I want him to be a beast yet he continually shies away from his opportunities.

Matt 11/30/08, 8:42 PM  

I thought Oden looked good today. He was blocking shots, showing athleticism and Nate left him in at the end of the game which I think is a first this year. Not 100% on that.

Anonymous 11/30/08, 9:29 PM  

He was definitely a player today. His presence was felt on the defensive end and was a key part to this victory. It was soooooo nice to see!

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