Plenty of talk amongst the media at the practice facility about the Allen Iverson to Detroit for Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess trade, but not too many questions put to the players or coaches regarding the move. I guess someone asked Nate McMillan about the trade, but I didn't hear it.
Luckily for me, I was still meandering around the PF after the trade was approved by the NBA, so I had an opportunity to ask Kevin Pritchard about this thoughts on the move.
"I think there’s no doubt that this makes Denver a playoff team," said Pritchard. "No question. They’re going to be a handful in the West now."
Pritchard didn't say which team's playoff spot Denver would be taking, but it stands to reason that it would have to be one of the teams in the 6th, 7th or 8th spot; a spot that, in theory, the Trail Blazers will be fighting for.
So what does Portland do to counter Denver's blockbuster? According to KP, there's not much we can do but keep on keeping on.
"The thing that we lack is experience and the only thing that can make up for experience is playing," said Pritchard. "So our goal is to just get better. We’ve got some really good guys. We’ve got to get healthy, then we need to get out there on the floor and gain some experience."