Listen: Portland, CJ Mccollum And Blazers discussed on Big Time Basketball
"I'll talk to me about Mellow Koran do you. You know I said at the beginning of the show. I don't. I'm not sure there's much we could take from the first two games because of the blazers injury problems like I think there's sort of it sort of propelled mellow into having a bigger role than I think he that the team wants him to have. I think he's obviously clearly going to be behind Damon. CJ and more of a complementary apiece and he put up some decent numbers last night. Do you think that mellow can be the answer. To the to the blazers problems you think he could still be a serviceable number three option option on a team on a playoff team. I talked a little bit about what you're seeing from Carmelo web looks great Really do for God have been out of the League for over a year awesome. Change may be fast lead. US never been mellow thing. But he's out there Chinese plant hard and Offensively I mean Shit. He looked better better than a lot of people in the entire association. You know to be off that extended period of time and just jump out there and play against you know nope record is the best team in eastern conference to jump out there versus Pelicans and you know Even though they both resulted two losses. But he's he's he's getting his legs up under he's making quick unnecessary moves and in all. I'm happy for him. But you know collectively a feel like he can be the you you know. Consistent third guy possibly four God that can score you know fourteen fifteen at night because as all catch shoot driven and we saw him do that had without Dang Willard out there last night so. CJ mccollum at a hell of a game Dane comes back sometime in the very near future. And I was looking at their schedule. You know they got the cast. Under the Bulls Clippers Kings Lakers o'casey Wolves Pales Warrior Sons Nuggets and mix and we looking and at the schedule like that. It's like all right. We can go ten and four and were eight games back right now in the western conference now that puts us up in the mix again with plant five above above five hundred basketball and we kind of make make up the ground that we lost early on right now. We just didn't go so the only way is up for this Portland team and I think think that dame and the way that their bill coach Terry Stotts. They're going to figure it out really even with their lack of size and Assam whiteside has not been a good fit with these guys. You're still high Portland. I think they have so much talent by I counted out before. So that's why I'm always hesitant to. Let's say a team that went to the western conference. Finals can't make the playoffs and I look at the teams ahead of them. And you know let's face it you. The mass are going to be in the clippers going to be a the rockettes. Nuggets in the Lakers. Outside of that is pretty much open. San Antonio has been a disappointment as of late. And you. Yeah no I I do not see them just having so many struggles Would score the basketball. You heard rumors of Marta. Rose in possibly on the tray block off lost all types of conversations in assigns you know they start off to one hell of a stark nick. Seventy four seventy three in lost A handful of games names out the next Four or five. So you know that. That's a young team. Still gotta go through the growing pains. I think there'd be outside looking in at the end of the day and I think the the the Portland Trailblazers still battle-tested they got Damian. Lillard man he's one of the top at his position and they still have a CJ mccollum and you act Carmelo Anthony me. I think the team is going to rally around him somehow. No Fun way to squeeze oils. Yeah you look it up to the top six in the eastern. I'm sorry the western Astra Conference. I think I think most of those Ama the Lakers nuggets rockets clippers mavs and jazz are probably playoff teams. I'm I feel pretty comfortable saying that. That bottom to spot where it's occupied by Minnesota Soda in Phoenix. Right now. Those are I mean then you get to Sacramento. Even New Orleans is back in the mix. You're talking about Portland still in there. There's still a lot to be played a lot up for grabs there for those last two spots. We got excited about Minnesota and Phoenix. But they're coming back down to Earth a little bit. I you talked a little bit about the Spurs and I WANNA get into them. It's a perfect segue seven straight losses. I mean that's the first time that's happened since the since I think. Tim Duncan was at wake forest. Like this is. This is a team that you know. It's funny because they're bad defensively too. which is odd for for Popovich team? Can they turn it around. And how much value do you think. Demar Rosen and lamarcus Aldridge have in the trade market right now because those two guys that are also kind of having disappointing years here Koran the I. R. A. Lot of no rumours were smoke. There's fire but you hear no discussions about Marta. Rosena here author's name being thrown out there possibly going back to the Portland Trailblazers Organization. WanNa do right by him just because you know he elected to come there and inequality lender under situation happened so I think they're going to do good business by him if he don't want to be there and they're gonNA find a way to you know. Make sure that he makes a seamless transition transition into another winning situation. Where a place where you can have a huge part of moving the needle in a success? I didn't see this. I didn't see this coming because you you had to help from Murray you had guys coming back But they always seem to find a way to rebuild on the fly or your reload and I think that they ran into a hiccup or fork in the road where you know. It's like one of those situations where you might have have to really you know unload and really rebuild and you know I would that be done or said I think a lot of people WANNA question the future of Pop A lot of things with organization going ahead when you look at Lamarcus Aldridge. How do you balance that? An analyst like done and or just not happy there he still has a lot to give. I can't say he's done because I think he was a one at all. NBA Teams as last season or just the season before so he still has a lot to give. He's still able to do exactly what he's done. He's not a guy that has a ton of wear and tear on his body because of the way that he plays he's picking pop guy always been that You know left shoulder turn around And and you know he's just never been like a physical style player so I think that he can play for years and years to come and I think the game still fits him assume Sam. Well so he's just has asked to be really motivated and in recharges and I think now is just like you know I think he probably feel like he's practicing his sanity man. You know doing the same thing over win over again. Expecting different results is the sign of that in the results is not changing for him to San Antonio if your if your Portland Portland. Because you know he's talked about potentially going back to the blazers and then there's also been some rumors about Kevin Love. What his future is in? Cleveland Portland's always been a team. That's come up because that's kind of his home home. Stay in you know I. It seems to be a good fit there. Do you think the blazers like do you think one of those is a better fit in Portland. Would you pull the trigger on a trade like that to bring in a guy like lamarcus the jets or or Kevin Love in. Which one would you rather have? I I think that when you look mellow you look at. Cj and all those guys is in you. We wanted that we talked about was the defense Of the Portland Trailblazers lamarcus Aldridge can bring that. Because he still can could be around around protecting the rim. I mean you won't Kevin Love to block shots man you know. Good luck with that I think that the definitive floor something that he's not going to bring that ball club but he will bring like stretch shooting and a ton of leadership and we talked about the feel good story of one of the field stories at a year with him. Being back in Portland It helped out significantly but Magas been there before I think familiar. You want another. I think the organization misses him and now he's done a lot of our organization so I feel like that gives him the edge a little bit in possibly coming back there so really. I don't WanNA put words in your mouth so I want you. I'm looking for Koran to vote with me but I'm GonNa let you set up the Luke don-shik interesting because I don't Wanna I don't WanNa sway him one way or another so go ahead on this one. We've had a lot of people back in me Karadzic. Let's we're GONNA hold on. Hold on what do you mean by backing you Hercus back. I mean you did not back. You know he didn't say recuperated. Hey Hey he's more on my side than he is on your side scowl. I would never know. Yes all right Krahn your so. Let's let me let me let me lay the case out for you okay. A couple of days ago and this created a big shit storm A couple of days ago. I made the case that I think Luca Danni which is is the best twenty year old in the history of the NBA. And I say that because I understand the pace is up I understand nobody plays you know the the defense is different. It's a little bit of a softer after game or offensive game. I understand that I. I'm fully aware but the numbers. He's putting up. I mean he's he's averaging basically his season averages right now thirty eleven and nine. Lebron has never averaged that and his entire career not age twenty at any point his entire career so takeaway twenty. That's impressive first and foremost. Secondly he's in the western conference a an incredibly difficult western conference and he has his Dallas Mavericks. I believe as what the four of the five the five seat right now in a non and five record basically doing it by himself because KRISTAPS Porzingis isn't giving him any help. Lebron in his second season at age twenty calves will the. We're not. You're not doing it anymore. That's fine that's fine. And maybe and maybe and maybe and maybe Lucas experience in the Euro League Playing against professionals clearly set him up to have more success at age. Twenty than maybe anybody else in the history of the League. The only guy I think you can say have a really good argument about is Magic Johnson winning winning the finals. MVP as a rookie at age. Twenty in in seventy nine eighty but even I said like Kareem was the best player on that team so I think there's an argument to be made that Luke dodges which is the greatest in the history of the NBA. I'll leave the floor. Was Korean was the best player on the team. At that point I believe so yeah he won the MVP that year. Who wanted to."