It might not yet have the online fanaticism and cachet of baseball, but the NBA and its fans are starting to catch up in the world of team-devoted blogs. To this end, Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom s Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each NBA team. There are fewer than there are for baseball, but they re out there, if you look. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours, even) for selection, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today: The Portland Trail Blazers.
You can talk about your Wilt Chamberlain, your Shaquille O'Neal, your Bill Russell, your Kareem Lew Abdul Alcindor Jabbar. For our money, for one season in 1977, there was no better center in the history of the NBA than Bill Walton. The Trail Blazers won their only championhip that year (the same year that Elvis, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx all bit the dust, by the way). Back then, Walton was a big guy with a speech impediment who was a rebounding machine. Today, well, he doesn't rebound much anymore. As for the speech impediment, you be the judge. The (Jail) Blazers are now owned by Paul Allen, as that early Microsoft gang continues in its quest to own and rule the entire West coast. As for the Blazers' current state of affairs, let's check the blogs.
3. The Inferno. "The closest I ve come to marriage is the Blazers. They have become a sort of haphazard wife. The marriage began in the late 80 s, and like any relationship, it has climbed mountains and fell into dark valleys. The Blazers and I have, to say the least, had our moments of intense love and deep hatred."
2. Blazers' Fire. Kudos are in order for exposing Dennis Rodman and hios agent for saying that the Blazers had offered Rodman a tryout, when in fact that appears not to have been the case. Blazers' Fire
1. Blazers Baskteball. They brought us the news that Sebastian Telfair was fined and suspended for bringing a handgun onto the team plane. Plus, pictures of Ralph Waldo Emerson. This blog has all the tools.