10.30.07

NBA Opening Night : Aldridge Gives Portland Something To Dream About

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Spurs 106, Blazers 97

While this was most assuredly San Antonio’s coronation ceremony — and a typically clinical display by the defending champs —- please note the newly extended Tim Duncan was outscored by Portland sophmore F LaMarcus Aldridge (27 points on 12 of 19 shooting). OK, Aldridge isn’t nearly Duncan’s caliber on the defensive end, but the former Longhorn is showing the kind of poise that should make Portland relevant again, when and if Aldridge is paired with Greg Oden. Joel Pryzbilla pulled down 10 rebounds for the visitors, and TNT showed considerable restraint in waiting until the game was half finished before harrassing Eva Longoria.

Most importantly, the new Flash/Chuckster T-Mobile ad celebrates the sort of time-tested casual homophobia that’s sorely lacking from ESPN’s new RV spots. If you thought Jason Kidd and ‘Melo looked pained while listening to Stephen A., one can only imagine how they’d react to his latest Hard Wood column.

2 Responses to “NBA Opening Night : Aldridge Gives Portland Something To Dream About”

  1. matt says:

    aldridge looked pretty good tonight. i think reggie miller said something like rasheed wallace without the crazy. sounds about right to me. he’s a total defensive wuss though…won’t go hard for the board and tries to take charges instead of knocking someone down or going for the block unless it’s a help one. maybe he’ll learn to be a dick this year and get to the allstar game.

  2. Jason Cohen says:

    I’d forgotten how much I missed “Frank”

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