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Saturday, January 08, 2005
The clouds briefly broke in Blazerland last night
I haven't sat down to watch the Blazers in over a year. Last night, I inadvertently switched over FSN and caught the last five minutes of a home game against the Heat. Despite a late game rally orchestrated by Damon Stoudamire, the team quickly succumbed to Hack-Proof Shaq and half-heartedly careened towards their third straight loss.
Same ol', same ol' but what made the game notable was Ha Seung-Jin. The Blazers signed the 7-3 center back in December and his appearance on the court marked the first time a Korean player has played in an NBA. As he entered, Shaq headed for the bench. He laughed off the crowd's heckling and his teammates' jokes, unwilling to take part in league history.
In a season mired with sub-mediocre efforts, injuries and levels of depravity that make the franchise's past antics look like a church bake sale, it was a rare moment of respectability. According to the Oregonian's coverage of the game, Maurice Cheeks doesn't expect Ha will receive further playing time this season. He'll probably be placed back on the injured list once the Blazers sign a new power forward. I guess that rules out the possibility for an in-house parody ad co-starring Verne Troyer and a Powerbook.