It’s with a heavy heart that Portland Trail Blazer fans watch the Oklahoma City Thunder advance to the NBA Finals. Sure part of it is because the what-ifs surrounding Kevin Durant and Greg Oden. (Like what if the Blazers picked Durant, he went through three microfracture surgeries and was waived this offseason while Greg Oden and Russell Westbrook teamed up to be the best point guard-center duo in the NBA?)
The true tragedy doesn’t come from the Thunder advancing — it comes from the Spurs’ elimination.
There is a rare breed of transcendent players in today’s NBA. Kevin Garnett is the poster child. During the Celtics run to a 2008 title, KG was must-see television. Not just when he was on the court, but when he was on the bench as well. Any intelligent TV producer was telling his crew to keep a camera trained on Garnett at all times. His mean mug scowls drove ratings through the roof.
The San Antonio Spurs have one of those players: former Blazer back-up Patty Mills.
Mills is ...