The last time the Blazers looked this promising, LaMarcus Aldridge was just beginning to posterize Texas teenagers and a Lithuanian giant with a funny name was the team’s most exciting player.
Blazer fans have a lot to be optimistic about this year. For the first time since that fateful 1999-2000 season, (defined by the gut-wrenching image of the Kobe to Shaq one-handed alley-oop) this team feels like it has the perfect mix of chemistry, personnel and drive to make some serious noise come playoff time.
With that said, there remain plenty of questions that need answers before the spirit of ’77 can return to Portland once again.
1. Road Warriors?
Traditionally, Portland has not been a great road team. Despite their 48 victories last year, Portland only won 18 games away from the cozy confines of the Rose Garden.
With a 6 game road trip coming up, followed by a 7 game East Coast swing in March, the Blazers can ill afford to repeat the lackluster performances of last year’s road...