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Name: Travis Ogdon
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Member since: April 17, 2003
Last visit: September 18, 2008

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Portland trades away the last of the Jailblazers: and preps for the future, while the owner--Mr. Seventh Richest Man in the World--whines that he's losing too much money.

posted by togdon to basketball at 10:21 AM on February 24 - 21 comments

Remedial basketball for millionaires.:

posted by togdon to basketball at 04:41 PM on February 13 - 29 comments

Ugh: With Kirk Snyder, Jameer Nelson, Pavel Podkolzine, and many others still on the board last night when Telfair's name was called, is this another Sam Bowie, or is there some basis to the conspiracy theory?

posted by togdon to basketball at 01:22 PM on June 25 - 7 comments

Recent Comments

Utah Jazz to Deal Fisher to Warriors for Brown, McLeod, and Owens.

Also, if 82games doesn't have a commonly reported salary to generally agreed upon utility ratio tool nestled somewhere deeply in their sweet bosom, they should really work on one. Something like: (Salary/Season) -------------------- = Utility TSNP/g or something. So, roughly, Adonal Foyle is 538922, Erick Dampier is 525263, Joel Przybilla is 283018, and newly minted Ben Wallace is 468750 (smaller is better as we're basically comparing dollars to output). Not that I'd rather have Joel over Ben (Ben has those intangibles, although I do really like Joel). Per buck wise... Joel is a pretty good deal for a non-rookie contract.

posted by togdon at 06:32 PM on July 06

Utah Jazz to Deal Fisher to Warriors for Brown, McLeod, and Owens.

You have to remember that Joel was injured for about a third of last season (26 games), he shared time at center with Theo Ratliff (Theo averaged 23.7 minutes per game vs. Joel's 24.9 minutes per game and they were almost never on the floor at the same time), and Zach Randolph--despite all of his problems--is actually a kind of decent (7.2 rpg) rebounder. He's no Ben Wallace, but then... he's getting paid half as much. Without having to share time with Theo, and with a full healthy season I can see his numbers creep up a good deal. And at "only" ~$6M/season he's a steal when compared to a couple of other recent "top" free agent centers.

posted by togdon at 05:52 PM on July 06

Utah Jazz to Deal Fisher to Warriors for Brown, McLeod, and Owens.

lilnemo, three hoops posts in one day? I'll sum up my feelings on all three... The Bulls trade had to happen, 'cause there was no other way for Ben to wear #3 (oh, and it makes sense for both teams). I've always thought that Marquis Daniels could be the poster child for High Times, despite the fact that he's never been caught (just look at him). Fisher is going to be good at one thing... getting Deron Williams (and some of the other youngsters) up to speed. How 'bout the Blazers?

posted by togdon at 02:57 PM on July 06

Portland trades away the last of the Jailblazers

One thing I will ask is what will Portland do without the "Kobe Stopper"? Focus all the rape jokes at the other team?

posted by togdon at 12:26 PM on February 24

Mark Cuban is Getting Jobbed

The Knicks are oh so much worse. Houston makes $39,843,750 over the next two years, Hardaway $30,375,000, that almost makes the Blazer's moronic spending look reasonable. In general it seems that the marquee players of yesteryear have nice fat contracts to warm the bench with.

posted by togdon at 02:23 PM on May 27

So who's got Mo's back?

Miles was just echoing a lot of what's being said in the stands, except with racial epithets thrown in. Mo Cheeks and likely GM John Nash are goners at the end of this season. Coaching/GM'ing by committee serves only to accomodate the vocal minority. No one I know, including serveral season ticket holders, ever cared about the off-court woes as long as the on-court performance wasn't affected. Trading guys like 'Sheed for upstanding characters who can't play for shit has served only to alienate people who go to basketball games to watch basketball. The Miles, Ratliff, and Randolph re-signings/extensions were all dumb moves. The only smart move they appear to have made in the offseason was to pick up Pryzbilla, who they then sat for almost the first half of the season before they realized he could actually play.

posted by togdon at 05:59 PM on January 30

Is Tim Duncan Better than Kevin Garnett?

Stats-wise, both this season and last, you could easily make the argument that Duncan is the third best, with Nowitzki being the #2 guy, and Garnett with a solid lock on #1. LeBron is looking like he might overtake Duncan this year... Fantasy-wise, on Yahoo! Marion is improbably the best player at the moment, with Nowitzki in 2nd, and Garnett in 3rd. I'm guessing this has a lot to do with the fact that KG isn't lofting up a bunch of 3 pointers, so he's missing out a bit on the scoring and their 3pt category. On TSN KG is far and away the best player. Watching them play live or on tv-wise I'd have to say that KG is by far the most exciting of the players so far mentioned. Duncan's game face may be great if you're a Spurs fan, but his lack of emotion is boring otherwise--especially if you're not emotionally invested in either of the teams playing. LeBron is quickly catching up in this category as well, last year you could tell he was going to be something, this year he's starting to demonstrate that more consistently. Barring injuries or a serious slump I see Garnett as a lock for MVP again this year, and competing with LeBron (and possibly Notwitzki) for the spot in a year or two. Duncan seems to be on the decline to me as the "flashy" MVP player. He's got a great team though, and I look forward to watching him play more of a team role in the years to come. For being roughly the same age Duncan appears to be getting older than Garnett at a faster rate. I suppose that if Garnett finally got a ring (or two) he'd probably ease off a bit too...

posted by togdon at 10:28 AM on December 09

Blink And You'll Miss It!

As someone who knows only a bit about the game, I wouldn't mind learning some more about it. chicobangs, check out this earlier thread

posted by togdon at 03:54 PM on June 29

T-Mac to Houston?

I guess the Blazers GM is the exception (Rasheed Wallace, Jermaine O'Neal). That's two GMs... Trader Bob, who we all hated, and John Nash, who appears to be kowtowing to the whack job fundies that find their way into the editorial section of the Boregonian.

posted by togdon at 12:32 PM on June 22

Since someone has to,

Does anyone have the ability to make a screen cap of Tolbert's suit(s)? I tried explaining them to the NBA haters today at work, and I just can't do them justice... The one last night slapped the one from Tuesday's game silly. I didn't see what he was wearing on Thursday, but I now have a reason to watch at halftime. I love that 'Sheed left Portland and is set to get a title. LOVE.

posted by togdon at 05:42 PM on June 14

A Beginner's Guide to Cricket

Not to derail too much, but does anyone have similar primers for Rugby/Aussie Rules?

posted by togdon at 06:02 PM on March 31

Rasheed Traded to Pistons

Do not taunt Rasheed Wallace.

posted by togdon at 01:42 PM on February 20

Rasheed Traded to Pistons

Anyone who watches any Western Conference team somewhat consistently will agree that their is an inordinate amount of contact occuring in the paint that is going unchecked. When a guard flies in and gets contact in paint, no matter how soft, the whistle blows. It's the big men who aren't getting the calls. Even as a Shaq hater it's frustrating to see refs let people hack the hell out of him (esp. Steve Javie). Part of me thinks the fewer whistles I hear at a game the better though. I hate the action stopping to watch the increasingly crappy FT% get increasingly crappier. As a Portland resident and a Blazers fan I was pretty crushed by the loss of 'Sheed (not all of us hated him). The media here demonized him like it was going out of style, and the religious wackos who camp out outside the Rose Garden latched onto him for no good reason. The only fans who didn't seem to hate him were the ones with their asses in the seats every game... At least now we've got character... I'd love to see the Pistons make a strong run in the EC, and then at least give the West a solid run in the Finals. A six or seven games series would be huge. It might shut the 'Sheed haters here in town up, and maybe I'd finally be able to watch more than a handful of games a year without having to shell out for cable...

posted by togdon at 06:25 PM on February 19

Rasheed goes to the Hawks in blockbuster deal.

Hate to say it jmd82, but 'Sheed is only there through the end of the season. He's said flat out that he only wants to play for the Knicks next season, and given what I've heard about ATL he's going to hate it there. 'Sheed is great when he's great. He's also the most frustrating guy to watch when he's going through the motions, and I predict he'll be doing nothing but going through the motions until the Knicks are 'ctc'.

posted by togdon at 12:51 AM on February 10

Rasheed goes to the Hawks in blockbuster deal.

At least the constant rumors will finally end... Most of the goons in the Boregonian forum think it's a good trade for Portland. I'm sort of disappointed that I won't get to see 'Sheed egg Jerry Sloan on one last time tomorrow night, but I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing Reefer lay the smack down on the Nuggs on Thursday (sorry, I couldn't resist). Theo Ratliff he seems like a nice 'free' upgrade over Dale. I still can't believe we traded Jermaine O'Neal for the worthless sack of crap that is Dale Davis. As for what's next... I'm betting that Dale Davis and Ruben Paterson get traded for an SG before the deadline. Any SG. Hopefully one with an expiring contract. I'm guessing that they'll either let Damon's contract expire next year or trade him to a team looking to clear cap space. No one is going to want him this season. I'm also guessing that if he were offered an extension for a hefty pay cut he'd probably mull it a lot longer than 'Sheed mulled his. Atlanta seems to be doing this solely for cap room at the end of the season. I'd expect to see 'Sheed in a Knicks jersey starting next season, dunno where Person will end up, but he seemed like a nice enough guy. With the cap room and a probable good draft pick hopefully Atlanta will be able to drag themselves out of the dumpster.

posted by togdon at 12:14 AM on February 10