Yes, I know Deron Williams was the face of your franchise. He is an incredible player and represented the heart and soul of your franchise. Players of his caliber do not come around often and when they do you feel as though everything is going to work out for your franchise. Abruptly, however, players do leave. I am sure you are still in the beginning phases of shock regarding his departure, but let me talk you off that ledge for a moment.
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Ok, first let me say that I think both of our franchises are similar in a myriad of ways. Small market, relatively isolated geographically, rapid basketball fans, etc. We are now similar in another way, which is that we both lost our franchise players in the same season. They were both guards. You may have realized that I am talking about Brandon Roy's knee problems (If you do not know, he had no meniscus in either knee and is playing on what he described as "bone-on-bone". As an aside, Chris Paul is currently playing with the same problem). We recently signed Roy to a 5 year max extension, and a few months later discover that the rest of his career is in jeopardy. One surgeon (according to an inflammatory rumormonger named Canzano who happens to be the biggest name in Portland sports) said that Roy has at most 2 years left. If he doesn't practice. And plays less than 70 games a season. And plays less than 36 minutes in those games. Yikes.
I know what you're thinking. "But Game.Blouses! Aldridge is playing like an all-star and can easily pick up the missing production!" Millsap is also playing quite well, though truthfully not carrying the franchise as Aldridge is. Perhaps now that Williams is gone he can make a similar quantum leap. But here is the real message: We essentially lost our superstar for a role player on a max contract (the new incarnation of Roy, they are saying he may not even start. Again, yikes). You lost your superstar for a former all-star at the same position, a budding PF with tons of potential, and 2 likely high first round picks. Everything will be ok, trust me. And don't even get me started on Oden...
So the moral of the story is: The franchise will go on. I promise. Wait until draft day; it will sting much less