Originally written August 16, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
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When the Dwight Howard saga came to a merciful end last Friday after his trade to the Lakers, NBA fans in small markets rolled their collective eyes, and settled in for another big market championship that will almost assuredly take place next June. Blazers fans were in the mix, and it was made more painful that their bitter rivals to the south once again reaped the rewards of an awkwardly out-of-balance trade. For the second time this summer, and third time in the last five years, the Lakers received a hall-of-fame player (Pau Gasol and Steve Nash being the previous) while giving up next to nothing in return. It’s time for this to stop. It can, and the proof is there. I give you the model franchise for the Blazers to emulate… The San Antonio Spurs. Four titles in eight years since the end of the 20th century, and all without the aid of large TV markets or lop-sided trades. Smart management, excellent draft day maneuvers, and a lucky home run in Tim Duncan were all the Spurs ne...
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