Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 4/26/12
How Portland’s year led to Crawford’s infidelity During last Fall’s frenzied NBA free agency period, former 6th man of the year, Jamal Crawford, was narrowing down a few teams he’d like to play for. The Portland TrailBlazers, one of Crawford’s top choices, had just come off yet another first round exit in the playoffs, this time at the hands of the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks, and had all of Rip City hyped for what could be an exciting year. LaMarcus Aldridge was coming off the best statistical year of his career. Gerald Wallace, who Portland traded for the year prior, was primed for a solid full year as a Blazer, and Raymond Felton was brought in via a trade with Denver, to be the point guard of the future. When Crawford did finally choose the Blazers, over the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, Portland looked like a lock for one of the 8 playoff seeds, with the tools necessary to compete against the likes of the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs ...
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