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What if..

by Joe Donlon

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Posted on November 14, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

Have you seen the Blazers lately? Wow. They've won their last 4 games -- all at home against VERY good teams -- and are on a nice roll. You'll get a chance to see them tonight on KGW. They're in Denver, playing against the Nuggets. After last night's victory against Detroit, someone in the newsroom said, "Imagine if they had Oden." That gave me pause, because I hadn't really thought about that in a while. Maybe it's because -- as painful as it was -- I had finally come to terms with the fact that Oden wasn't going to play this season. But, indeed -- imagine.

These guys are fun to watch, and easy to root for. I've only been here 10 years, but to me - that's what a Portland Trail Blazers team is all about. It's what the community has come to expect.. and after some rough years, the fans finally have it again.

I love what Nate McMillan has done to the atmosphere. Not to mention - the player decisions that have been made of late. I can't help but think back to the selection of Lamarcus Aldridge. Fans wanted Adam Morrison (Draft The Stash!) with that lottery draft pick, but someone in the organization saw something in Aldridge -- that we're all seeing now. Nothing against Morrison, but that was a brilliant pick. Trading Randy Foy for Brandon Roy on draft day - was another coup. Jarrett Jack was a great pick, along with Martell Webster - who's starting to shine. About the only player the Blazers missed -- was Chris Paul. But who's counting?

Anyway, look for your rejuvenated Blazers -- tonight on Newschannel 8. The pre-game show starts at 5:30, and then it's game on!

Which means we only have a 5 o'clock newscast tonight. And wouldn't you know -- we could have used a few more newscasts tonight! There are several new developments, with a number of big stories -- from Snowball the deer, to the fate of Gabriel the foster child. Also, two students have been arrested for bringing a gun onto school grounds at Reynolds High. Plus, Nancy Francis sits down with the teacher who was convicted of stealing a student's jacket - and selling it on eBay.

We'll see you soon.

Joe Donlon