Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Ruben and Ron

With the trade floodgates about to open, there is much scuttlebutt brewing about some of the NBA's finest players getting ready to change the registration on their Maybach's and the addresses on their Omaha steak subscriptions. Troubled amateur boxer Ron Artest wants out of Indiana, and in my opinion, no place fits him better than Portland. A Ron Artest for Ruben Patterson and change seems to work. RealGM says it's a go. With Artest scheduled to make 6.5, 7.1, and 7.8 million over the next 3 years, it would seem to jive with the 6.3 and 6.8 that The Rube is on track to receive in the next two years. The Blazers get the best defender/enforcer in the game, and the Pacers get to sustain a decent level of defense and hustle while possibly acquiring a young talent that is languishing on the bench in Portland, a la Jermaine O'Neal. That would mean saying goodbye to Travis, but it's not like Nate is playing him anyway. It would also piss Artest off to no end, which would please Larry Bird and the rest of Pacer management. Of course, this won't happen due to all of the squares who think character should come before winning, which is a loser mindset if I've ever heard one. Personally, I promise to let Ron-Ron punch me in the face before every game if it will translate to wins. Artest would bring the thuggish-ruggish bone mentality that this soft Blazer teams is so sorely lacking. He's also averaging 19 points a game, which might translate to the Blazers actually scoring 100 points before seasons end. In the Whitsitt era, this would be a done deal, but the question now is: Do Nash, Patterson, and Mr. Big have the stones to go against supposed public opinion and get an impact player with a checkered, not-so-distant past? Hell, no one is showing up anyway, so why not take a chance?


At 4:13 PM, Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

Getting Artest=Stupid idea.

Simple math.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Lance Uppercut said...

You may be right, I may be crazy. Hey, but it just may be a lunatic the Blazers are looking for.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger jans said...

We wish we could get Ron-Ron.
Sorry Donnie Walsh is not as dilusional as Nash.
For Rube (shaking head).............

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Lance Uppercut said...

I realize Ron for Ruben is a stretch, but Ron for Ruben AND Outlaw isn't too bad. There are a few things to remeber: The Pacers are most likely not going to trade Ron to a team in the East (unless it's a real sweet deal), Ron has enough baggage to push his price down, as well as the fact that everyone knows he's going to be traded, which also pushes down his value. Finally, with Ron gone, they need defense, so that makes Rube a little more valuable. I don't think this is going to happen, but there have certainly been more lopsided trades.

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Jason Fulgham said...

I really don't think that Portland would consider doing this deal unless it was a three way and we got a different player in return. Ron plays the right way but his immaturity is something a young ball club does not need from its best and veteran player.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

Artest is a very good player. My problems are three fold:

1) We already have an abundance of SF's and that's his natural position. It makes our log jam even worse.

2) Artest went into the stands and fought with a few spectators- none of them the one he was really after. That tells me something.

3) He's a quitter. He just quit on his team and it was reported he never even told his 'teammates'. He just up and left them.

Portland is not a perfect place, but as a team trying hard to change a (deserved) poor image, this just doesn't make sense.

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Lance Uppercut said...

Good points by all. Artest would have to play SG, which he can do, but it certainly isn't his natural position. Artest is great, but he's not the kind of guy that you take on when your team is in desperate need of a PF, and already has 8 SG's. I didn't think about the quitter aspect, but it's a good point. I'd also bet my life that Artest is bi-polar, which isn't the kind of guy you want around, especially when you consider that even with Artest, this team is going to lose more often than not. He also swears that he's signing with an East Coast team when his contract is up, so it's not like he'd be around for the long run, i.e. when the Blazers are actually old enough to make some noise.
I'm looking forward to hearing about some actual trades involving the Blazers.


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