Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/24/12
We’re only halfway through the season and Blazer fans have already gone through the 5 stages of grief more times than a character from a Cormac McCarthy novel. Thus far it’s been a season defined by a tragic retirement, road futility, eye rolling surgeries, role confusion and tumultuous times. In other words the All-Star break couldn’t come sooner for a Portland team that has played 34 games in 59 days. For a club that started 7-2 and briefly announced their entrance into the upper echelons of the West, an 18-16 record is not what many Blazer maniacs had in mind heading into the second half of the season. Despite the underachievement, bright spots have seeped through the cloud of mediocrity hovering over this team and produced some exhilarating moments through the season’s first semester. In honor of the upcoming awards season, let’s take a moment to hand out some halfway hardware. And the Oscar goes to… Most Valuable Player: LaMarcus Aldridge This is like giving the aw...
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