Note: This was posted in 2012. Tanking got us the 2013 Unanimous R.O.Y Damian Lillard! Tanking is awesome!
Last night, was a personal low for me as a Po’Zers fan. With only a few games remaining in the 2012 season, I was excited to see our team face off against the #1 team in the West. The 2012 Spurs have surpassed everyone’s expectations with their cruise into the post season. This was an excellent chance for our young roster to play upset and gain momentum for next season. After the first quarter, the Po’Zers were down by 13 points. So, I decided to watch something more basketball related than what I was currently watching, “Khloe and Lamar: Lamar vs. Lakers.”
The Trailblazers started to tank the season on March 15th, 2012
- Marcus Camby for Hasheem Thabeet, Johnny Flynn and the Rockets 2012 2nd round draft pick
- Gerald Wallace for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and the Nets 2012 1st round draft pick
- Waived Greg Oden
- Waived Chris Johnson
- Fired Nate McMillan
When I learned we had lost two starters for garbage, I couldn’t believe it. My diehard Po’Zers fan explained to me how big those draft picks are. News outlets would share the same sentiment, “It’s all about the ping pong balls.” Dumping Greg Oden felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my knees. As cursed as we are, we didn’t need Bowie 2.0 lurking in the shadows.
However, firing Nate McMillan ended up being the best decision all day. As we all know, Nate McMillan sucks. You think you like McMillan, because he’s been around for so many years, but all he does is lose. He can win with losers, but he can’t win with winners.
The most important thing to note from all this; our city’s
only professional franchise is looking towards the future. The Po’Zers have multiple picks in a draft full of talent, rising stars and two marquee players heading into next season. They are currently courting top notch GMs to bring about this change. Still, it’s such a disappointment to see a team purposely tank their season. Hopefully, Tank gods will notice our sacrifice and lift the curse for a couple of years.