Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!

Did that really happen??!?!?

As it happened, I found myself standing and cheering in the bar. As the text messages and phone calls rolled in, I was trying to remind myself that I cannot do backflips, so ignore the urge to attempt one. I high fived everyone in the place, whether they wanted to or not. I was drinking iced tea.

I immediately paid my bill and fled the scene. Every crappy song that came on the radio was my favorite. I left a crazed screaming message on my girlfriend's voicemail (who by the way, isn't a huge fan). Friends called and couldn't stop talking about the surrealness of this. It was a struggle to keep the speedometer around a legal level. I will admit, I felt a little wetness in my eyes. Unbelievable. How good can things get?

There will be much banter coming about who to pick, what this means to the franchise and the fans, and where to go from here. One of my first logical thoughts is that now I hope we can really trade Z-Bo without fear of talent loss (YES!). This can change everything. I will try to get to more thoughts when my feet touch the ground. Savor this Rip City.


Anonymous said...

The Turtle (Z-Bo) is gone!

StevieTee said...

Hey, how about this as a blockbuster trade: Portland trades the #1 draft choice, Zach Randolph, and Martell Webster to Seattle for the #2 draft choice, Ray Allen, and Robert Swift (assuming that Swift passes a medical examination)? (1) Does it work under the salary cap? Yes -- the salaries match up. (2) Does it benefit Seattle? I think so -- assuming that they draft Oden, then they have a starting line-up of Greg Oden, Zach Randolph, Rashard Lewis (assuming that they get him re-signed) in the frontcourt, and Martell Webester and Luke Ridenour in the backcourt. They instantly get much younger, and have a core that would be competitive for the next 10 years or more. (3) Does it work for Portland? I'd say so -- how's this for a starting line-up: Robert Swift, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Kevin Durant in the frontcourt, and Ray Allen and Bradon Roy in the backcourt? That would be a very young team (although having some veteran leadership in Ray Allen), but it could be a force to be reckoned with!