Portland is sitting on the no. 4 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Perhaps disturbed by reports that LaMarcus Aldrige isn’t going to be confused with Ken Patera anytime soon, Blazers Edge’s Lance Uppercut has a dark horse candidate in mind for favorite team.

I’ve come to the conclusion that we should go with the local boy. The white kid. The guy who lead the nation in scoring. All heart, with an unparalleled desire to win. Played in a smaller conference, but put up big numbers game in, game out despite being consistently double and triple teamed. First team All-American. Once scored 50 points in a game. A prolific scorer, though a little suspect on defense. Sure to bring the fans back to the Rose Garden. That’s right, I’m giving into public sentiment and putting my support behind Eric Fiegi, former Corban College standout and current leading scorer for the Salem Stampede of the International Basketball League.

Fiegi is from Medford and played his college ball in Salem, which is way more local than either Spokane or Seattle. He doesn’t have the molester-esque facial hair that some equally creepy fans celebrate, but his curly red hair is certainly recognizable. He’s already worked out twice for the Blazers, so it’s obvious that someone in the front office sees the same thing that I do: A game changing offensive weapon with the abiltiy to reconnect to the local fan base.

So where’s the love? Where’s the “Draft the Red Warrior” campaign? No feature article from The Jason’s; Canzano or Quick. No group of marauding douche bags congregating at the Blazers practice facility to cheer him on. Is it racism? Localism? I’m sick of the continued persecution of small-town Oregonians.

Michael Jordan will reportedly become a partial owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Let it be noted that almost 3 years ago, I proposed that not only should His Airness be placed in charge of a franchise as soon as possible, but the Association so sorely needed his managerial acumen, MJ deserved to own TWO teams.

Miami is about 5 minutes away
from tying up the NBA Finals at 2 wins apiece, as the Heat lead 87-72. Dwyane Wade has 34 points thus far, 17 for Shaq (a respectable 5 for 8 from the line) and James Posey has contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. No crowd shots of his sister Parker, sadly, but perhaps she was given crappy seats. Dirk Nowitzki, no doubt troubled by Gary Glitter’s recent legal hassles, has only hit 2 of 14 shots from the field.