This is written after the season and before the draft and free agency kicks into play. Despite the disastrous season of injuries and intrigue, the Blazers are in good shape to structure a championship challenging team before Lillard’s peak has passed.
Chauncy Billups has super numbers, and if he can keep a super big ego out of the way he may just turn out to be the coach who can help attain the big ONE. So far he has proven to be liked by players and works well with Cronin and staff. A significant numerological year in his cycle is 2024, and that year (one way or another) will be a key to defining his legacy with Portland. The 2023-24 season will have much to say about Portland’s quest for a second NBA championship.
Clearly, giving Joe Cronin a permanent tag as general manager was a plus move by ownership to keep a very talented GM and good person who brings stability and good decision making for the future. Damian Lillard’s loyalty may just pay off, and make him (along with tens of thousands of other Blazers fans and staffs) very happy with the moves that have been and will be made. Numerology draft pick= Tari Eason.
Much could be said, but the sports writers and pundits have done this, so this writer will keep this missive to the point as a brief summary of what was and quick peak ahead at what might be.