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Christa

If the team is so great then why can't they win?

Brian

Fair enough. I'm not sure what they need. I just
think that Randolph and Wallace make a good
combo. I think whatever we do or don't do, though, the Blazers will play better once the trading deadline passes and all this uncertainty is over.

Evan

Well, now that they have traded Wallace. What do you think of it? Personally, I think it was a terrible trade. Right as the team was on a roll and have won 8 of their last 10, they had to go out and ruin it. Also, what do you think of the Blazers playoff chances now? I think they are pretty slim.

Brian

The bottom line with the Wallace trade for me is that Rasheed told the Blazers he had no intention of re-signing with the team after becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. So we had to trade him if we expected to get anything in return. I like that we did that instead of trying to sign a free agent this season -- unless it had been Kobe, who I'd love us to have despite his legal problems. But having said that, I'm still a little sorry to see Rasheed go. His teammates have repeatedly said what a rock Rasheed was in the locker room, and no one can deny how talented he was. I also think he was finally starting to mature a little bit. His technical fouls were way down from previous years, for example, and before the trade he was really playing well. So Rasheed's time as a Blazer will always be kind of a Shakespearean tragedy to me, especially when you figure in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. But I think Shareef Abdur-Raheem and Theo Ratliff represent a good return on Wallace. Both are really talented. The only problem is that Abdur-Raheem's best position is power forward, which Zach Randolph also plays. To answer your question, though, Evan, I think it's 50-50 on whether we'll make the playoffs this year, but who cares anyway? Aside from the pride of tying the longest streak of NBA playoff appearances, it would have done us little good to simply lose in the first round again. I'd rather see us get a good draft pick. (Sorry for being so long-winded.)

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