At one point early last season, Charles Barkley thought the Portland Trail Blazers were the best team in the NBA. They started the season 7-2 before hitting a bit of a tailspin and losing four of their next five. By March, they were below .500, and by the trade deadline they’d fired their coach and traded away productive veterans for draft picks and were tanking hard. By the end of the season, Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford were two of the biggest jokes in the league, Greg Oden and Brandon Roy were retired and the Blazers had missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
Not the best of seasons for the Trail Blazers, which is probably why Wesley Matthews would prefer that you never bring it up. From the AP:
”Last season was such a debacle,” he said. ”I don’t want to talk about it for the rest of my life.”
For the rest of his life, you got that? That time he made eight threes, setting a career-high? Don’t bring it up. That wicked pass he threw to LaMarcus Aldridge? Shut up about it. There are other things to talk about, such as anything else, OK? Definitely do not bring up how he shot the worst percentage from the field in his career or how he took a solid step back from his successful 2009-10 season, whatever you do.
And really, I have to imagine that most Trail Blazers wouldn’t want to talk about last season, which turned out to be the eighth-worst in terms of winning percentage in the franchise’s history. I’m guessing pretty much everyone involved in that mess would be happy to act like it never happened. Except Luke Babbitt, maybe. Things worked out pretty well for him.