Portland Trail Blazers’ uniform re-design contest

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Oh what could have been!  I mean the Blazers’ uniform history, not the fact that they could have had KDTrey35.   Well, I’m back at it — Paul Lukas from ESPN is having another uniform re-design contest and I’m in.  The Portland Trail Blazers are on-deck.  For those curious folk, the original ESPN article is shown here.

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Seattle’s sports teams are in the dumps

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The Seattle-area sports teams, both college and professional, have probably hit their lowest point this year and it’s not even funny.  I understand that teams’ success is often cyclical, where winning seasons are often followed by losing seasons, as teams rebuild.  However, the current sports scene in Seattle is downright depressing.

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Savior in Seattle?

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Alias: KD

High School Cred (Oak Hill Academy, VA/Montrose Christian School, MD):

2005 Parade Second Team All-American
2006 Parade First Team All-American
2006 USA Today First Team All-American
2006 McDonald’s All-American
2006 co-MVP of McDonald’s All-American Game

College Cred (University of Texas):

2007 John R. Wooden Award
2007 Naismith Player of the Year
2007 Adolph Rupp Trophy
2007 AP National Player of the Year
2007 AP All-America 1st Team (unanimous)
2007 Oscar Robertson Trophy
2007 NABC Division I Player of the Year
2007 ESPY Award — College Athlete of the Year
2007 Big 12 Tournament MVP

NBA Cred:

2007 NBA Draft – 1st Round (2nd pick overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics
2007 NBA Rookie of the Year (Practically a given. The more intriguing question will be “Who will finish 2nd in the voting?”)

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Sonics get Kevin Durant, trade Ray Allen

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On June 28, 2007, the SuperSonics’ future changed forever – hopefully, in a good way, of course. With the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Seattle picked Kevin Durant out of Texas. This pick was not a surprising after Portland picked Greg Oden, out of Ohio St. as the No. 1 pick.

What was surprising was the trade of Ray Allen and Seattle’s No. 35 pick to the Boston Celtics for their No. 5 pick (Jeff Green from Georgetown), Delonte West, and Wally Szczerbiak. I would have thought that Rashard Lewis was on the trading block, but now it seems that the SuperSonics will re-sign Lewis.

Ray Allen, arguably one of the league’s best scorers, was not the type of player that could bear the burden of leading his team to the playoffs. He was with Seattle for 4 seasons, and went to the playoffs once or twice, I think. So I guess the SuperSonics were looking in a different direction, team-wise, by trading him.

I was never a fan on how Ray Allen arrived in Seattle. Four years ago, he was part of the trade that sent Gary Payton, my favorite all-time SuperSonic, to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Perhaps now they should bring back Gary Payton back to Seattle for some veteran leadership, and hopefully retire as a Seattle SuperSonic.

Is this a bad omen?

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I’m a huge Seattle SuperSonics fan — ever since they won their one and only NBA Championship back in 1979. It has been a painful road ever since. There have been a few bright spots along the way. One memorable one was during the Gary Payton / Shawn Kemp era of the mid 90’s, when they played the Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Championship Final. Unfortunately, the SuperSonics lost the series 4-2. As of now, there is still doom in gloom in Sonicland, because the current owner of the SuperSonics plans to move the team to Oklahoma City or Kansas City, if the city of Seattle doesn’t come up with a plan to build a new downtown arena for the SuperSonics.

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