There's a well-intentioned website out there right now soliciting people to sign a petition to keep Brandon Roy in Portland.
I have no problem with that. And I have no problem with fans' passionate pleas to not use the amnesty clause on a player who has become a fan favorite and an all-star in a Trail Blazer uniform.
But I'm also wondering if people haven't gotten a little carried away with their "role" as a fan. The website includes this passage:
This petition is an effort to give Blazer fans an opportunity to express their support for the Blazers to make either choice regarding Brandon Roy and the amnesty clause in an open process that takes into account fan opinion (on both sides), team finances as it regards future payroll and cap flexibility, and the current on-court basketball abilities of Brandon Roy. While affirming our gratitude to Brandon Roy for bringing Rip City back to Portland, we also want to make the fan voice heard that supports the use of the amnesty clause for Brandon if it is deemed to be in the best long-term interest of the franchise.
Do you believe the Trail Blazers ought to "take into account fan opinion" on the Brandon Roy situation -- or any other situation involving player personnel?
If you go back to the time with Roy was drafted in 2006, as I recall there was a huge fan movement at that time to draft Gonzaga's Adam Morrison. "Draft the 'Stache'" they called it. Good thing the franchise didn't listen to the fans at that time, choosing instead to get both LaMarcus Aldridge and Roy in that draft.
And my point is, decisions involving players and the team's roster are best made without the type of undying devotion and emotion fans bring, are they not? Isn't it best to divorce oneself from all the warm fuzzies of previous heroics and look at the situation moving forward?
Yeah, I know it sounds a little crazy to say "ignore the fanbase," and I don't mean it that way. You listen to them, I guess. You just don't let what the fans think interfere with your decisions. Come on, this is a franchise that parted ways with Clyde Drexler, Maurice Lucas, Mychal Thompson, Jim Paxson, Jerome Kersey, Terry Porter and just about all the other fan favorites.
But I'm open on this one. Hey, a lot of fans think of themselves as shareholders in the team because of money spent on season tickets.
Curious what you think about keeping Roy -- and about the fans perceived "right" to have a say in it.