We started out thinking we’d post some reaction from around the blogosphere from Celtics fans (the team most screwed) and Trailblazers fans (the luckiest team). But it turns out that while Celtics fans are tearing up the interwebs with their anger and lament, Blazers fans are nowhere to be found.
After winning a lottery in which they only had a 1 in 20 chance, it’s like they don’t even know a team exists. There are more Celtics fans blogging about the Blazers getting Greg Oden than there are Blazers fans. And this, it seems to us, is exactly why the Blazers don’t even deserve to get Oden. (And we absolutely hate the Celtics — it just seems like the sports gods are fucking with them though.)
Well, without further ado, here are some angry C’s fans:
“The 5th overall pick in a 2 player draft… that’s what we get out of 82 games of tanking, inept coaching, mongoloidian general management, and Personal Injury…
Portland as a franchise was floundering. Every player they had was some sort of criminal. Dogfighting, weed smoking, assaults, OUI… you name it, the Blazers had someone who did it. We got Bassy Telfair and is gun collection from the Blazers. The team sucked, and the fans- normally the NBA’s most consistent sellout- were shunning the Blazers for Lumberjack Contests and Salmon Fishing Derbies. They got the #1 overall pick.” — High Above Courtside
(Right, it’s Portland’s fault that Danny Ainge traded for Bassy.)
“What does this mean for the Celtics? In my opinion, it means that the Celtics are absolutely the more desperate team in the league this summer. I think that if the Celtics can’t package this pick with Theo Ratliff’s contract and extra pieces for an All-Star caliber veteran, Paul Pierce will be gone by the trade deadline. That also, in my opinion, would be best for both the organization and Paul Pierce (if we can’t get ourselves a veteran All-Star this summer).” — Celticsnews.com
“The worst possible scenario played out in the lottery. The Celtics dropped to the #5 pick and the Grizzlies dropped to #4. Do you realize that there was approximately a 6% chance that the Memphis and Boston would pick 4 and 5? I think David Stern just sent an anti-tanking message to both teams. I would have felt better if the lottery were televised instead of being held behind closed doors.” — Loy’s Place
“I am usually a pretty optimistic Celtics fan, but right now I don’t know how to feel anymore. I can’t end this blog/rant saying all will be well and we should stop worrying. My prediction? An all-star veteran somehow becomes available and we trade the pick, Green, Ratliff, and Delonte West for him. We might even have to add a future pick. What will most likely really happen? No veteran becomes available; we draft Wright and wait at least three more years for him to develop. By then Pierce is all but gone and who knows how our other youngsters will have developed. Optimism? Sorry, wait a few more months before you get any of that from me.” — Celtics 24/7
“NOOOOOOOOOOO! It was all for nothing. The injuries. The tanking (fine, we can say it now). The agony. The misery. The futile dream that something might go right for the Celtics. You know what? I’m not jumping off the bridge yet. Maybe Tony Allen comes back. Maybe Gerald makes an improvement half as big as Al Jefferson’s third-year improvement. Maybe Rondo develops a shot; maybe Perkins adds something (anything) to his game. And we’re still in the Atlantic Division. But, dammit, I wish I’d be thinking about going deep into the playoffs, instead of my 12th straight year of hoping everything goes right and we just get there.
I hate sports.” — Bunkosquad