Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/14/13
Four years ago, on Valentines Day in February 2009, the Portland Trail Blazers were the team of the future.  They were 32-20 going into the All-Star break, riding Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and a deep bench, playing Nate McMillan’s slow-paced, low-risk brand of basketball.  Greg Oden was finally playing, and he’d shown flashes of brilliance.  He was inconsistent and had trouble staying out of foul trouble; he had just put up 16 points and 10 rebounds in a win against Oklahoma City a few days earlier, outplaying the number two overall pick, Kevin Durant, who went 6-15 from the floor.  The Blazers were headed for the playoffs, and the Thunder were 13-40, headed for the lottery.  Despite Oden’s slow start, he was starting to get back to full strength and looked like he might one day be a dominant interior defender and rebounder.  Roy was an emerging superstar, one of the ten best players in the league, and an elite closer. He was days away from playing in his first All-Star G...
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