Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers Fans Should Focus on The Pieces Already in Place

HOUSTON - APRIL 24:  Guard Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers during play against the Houston Rockets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 24, 2009 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Adam CamachoCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

There are an obscene amount of articles discussing the Trail Blazers off season needs. 

Who will play PG and SF?

How will they use the cap space left by Raef LaFrentz's expiring contract?

Which players will the organization pick in the draft?

As a fan I really don't care to ponder these questions, nor do I feel the need to add to the mounting pile of speculation. Instead, Blazer fans, we should be focusing on the pieces of the puzzle we do have. 

It doesn't matter which free agents the team signs, who is traded away, or who is drafted—everything is going to be fine!

We all agree that Kevin Pritchard is as close to a basketball genius as it comes, so we should just sit back and bask in the glory of the Blazer's first playoff appearance since 2003. 

We have Brandon Roy! 

Roy is the best SG behind D-Wade and, as much as I hate him, Kobe Bryant. Anyone that doesn't agree with that statement needs to see Brandon play more games. B-Roy made the All-Star Team for his second straight season and was named to the All NBA Second Team.

Roy is a beast. He raised his point totals yet again this season and is getting to the line more often. His mid range jumper is lights out and his dribble penetration assures that if he doesn't score opposing teams will send him to the free throw line. 

Roy will be the leader of this team for many years. 

The other important piece of the Blazers' success is PF LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge is another rising star in this league that doesn't receive enough attention by the media. He has range on his jumper, can post up inside, and is a terrific rebounder.

The sky's the limit for LaMarcus. Don't be surprised to see his rebound and point totals continue to rise in the forthcoming season. 

These are exactly the type of players that Kevin Pritchard was looking for when trying to erase the "Jail-Blazers" image. Over the past two seasons Pritch has done an amazing job of assembling character guys with exceptional basketball skills. There is no doubt he will continue to do that for the 2010 season.

All Trail Blazers fans need to do is be patient. 

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