The Portland Trail Blazers are without question a team on the rise. They have one of the league's best power forwards to go with a stud young point guard and their salary cap situation is far from a problem.
That being said, they are in the unenviable position of being not quite good enough to contend and not quite bad enough to secure a high lottery pick.
I went into this article trying to talk myself into why the Blazers could make the playoffs. Sure, growing up in Michigan, I am not a natural Blazers fan, but as a transplant in the Rose City for close to five years, it is safe to say that this team has grown on me.
The Blazers fans have a charm all their own. I encounter them on an everyday basis—the sweet, affluent soccer mom that I see every time I go to Zupan's, the punk girl that cuts my hair at Bishop's, the vendor for Tim's that grabs his coffee at the same Starbucks.
This city is thirsty for a winner and it is unlike any fanbase in the country.
Which is why it hurts me so much to know that the Blazers will most certainly go another year without a playoff berth. Here are five reasons this is so.