The big question in Portland these days is not if a move is going to be made, it’s how soon. And really, how many moves?
I’d love to give you an answer, or even an idea, of what that will look like, but interim general manager Joe Cronin can’t give that type of insight these days, him being all of two weeks on the job. He’s trying to sift through what has become a colossal mess.
It’s bad enough that the Blazers (11-18) have lost seven in a row, and 10 of their last 11. But it’s how they are losing that has made them particularly uninteresting. This team doesn’t look remotely together, remotely prepared, or sometimes even remotely interested.
They’ve become a drag to watch. They are stale. Boring. And apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so. The Moda Center is featuring more and more empty seats with each passing game. Wednesday’s loss to Memphis featured a generously announced crowd of 15,773. The most entertaining part of Wednesday’s game was the halftime show, a guy who balanced things on his chin — a wheelbarrow, a table, a bike, a ladder. I mean, we were still talking about it in the media room after the game. We certainly didn’t want to talk about the game.
The problems are all over the place, but let’s start at the top.
I believe in first-year coach Chauncey Billups, but this has been a rough go. I think he is smart. I think he is a good communicator. And I am inspired when I listen to his vision of how the game should be played — sharing the ball, aggressive defense, pushing the pace. But we are two months into the season and the team still has times when it is unorganized and unprepared.
It’s little things.