There has been one particular question floating around the last couple of weeks concerning the future of the Portland Trailblazers, and it may or may not come as joyful news.
Should they keep Brandon Roy, or should they use the amnesty clause to release him?
This question has caught the league's attention, and currently without a GM, the Blazers have a lot of thinking to do starting tomorrow as player signings begin.
In what we have called the Roy/Aldridge era, the Blazers have won a whopping zero playoff series, and they're currently in pursuit of a different outcome in these upcoming years. But in order to do so, one thing has to change, and it involves moving on from their past success—and Brandon Roy.
Everyone seems to have piled up a stack of false hope, which has quickly turned into a never-ending snowball effect of people talking about Roy's so-called "comeback." This will come back and hurt them in the long haul if they don't realize soon—better yet tomorrow—that it might not happen.
After the former NBA All-Star scored 18 points late in the fourth quarter, rallying the Blazers to a much needed Game 4 victory against the eventual NBA champions, Blazer fans began to wonder if Roy really did have enough left in the tank to get back to superstar level.
What most forget to mention, though, is the aftermath of "Iso-Roy" and his postgame quotes, which led to yet another playoff series loss. Yes, Roy was the main reason the Blazers fell short, and no, he did not mark his comeback with what was, in it's own right, an impressive individual performance.
Roy is a cancer—the type that isn't willing to come off the bench, even if it's for the betterment of the team. He is Allen Iverson all over again but with less talent. The Blazers need to get rid of Roy while they can. Their future success depends on it.
But enough with Brandon Roy.
The Blazers have announced that Greg Oden will indeed be a Blazer this upcoming season. This is a good start considering it doesn't look to be long term.
With good role players —Wesley Matthews, Gerald Wallace, Nicolas Batum, and newly acquired Raymond Felton—surrounding LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers do have the tools to compete in the West.
But we know that this hasn't been the problem for the Blazers. Their main problem has been trying to find who their No. 1, go-to player is. Though it is obvious that Aldridge should be that guy, things haven't gone as planned.
Once again, it all comes back to Roy; if the Blazers decide to keep him, it will be déjà vu. Aldridge will go back to being second to Roy's selfish antics and will never reach his full potential, which will result in a limited Blazer team that can't move on from the past.
Coach McMillan looks to be all-in with Roy and even suggested starting him once again, something only ignorant Blazer fans would love to hear. What's next? Oden becomes an All-Star? Come on Blazer fans, you're better than that.
The future truly looks to be uncertain, and the worst part is it doesn't have to be this way. The Blazers have the key to a brand new car but have continued to ride the beaten up Chevy (Oden and Roy) that's going nowhere. Blazer fans, I hope you guys have asked Santa for a miracle because you sure will need one come Christmas time.
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