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Marcus Camby admits the players believe in a ‘Blazers Curse’

Apr 21, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

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The Blazers have an… unfortunate history, when it comes to injuries. (That’s like saying the Titanic had an unfortunate problem with icebergs.) It’s not just Sam Bowie or Greg Oden. It’s Brandon Roy and even rookies and second-year men who have fallen. Have any sort of negative pattern and the word “curse” starts popping up in sports. We’re a superstitious group, like the people in “The Wicker Man” or gamblers. But surely the players don’t buy into that stuff, right? Well-reasoned, stable people that they are?

Marcus Camby, traded at the deadline to Houston, was asked about the idea of the “Blazers Curse” and his answer was surprisingly honest. From ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Q: You know those of us in the media throw around words like “curse.” But what about the players on that team? In the Blazers’ locker room, are guys asking: What next?

A: They might not want to admit it, but when I was there, my goodness, people were saying, “Are we really snake-bit? Are we really cursed?” Doubts and talks like that came about. Everybody just tried to brush it to one side and remain positive, but it was hard to escape because everybody was talking about it. It’s hard to argue when it keeps happening year after year after year.

via Weekend Dime — Season-ending awards – ESPN.

Portland should have absolutely no problems signing free agents with that kind of press.

Maybe they should perform an exorcism. Or, you know, they could outsource their medical staff for a year.

That’s who I actually feel the worst for in this situation. There’s no indication that how the training staff treated the players had any impact on their injuries. But when you have that many, there are going to be questions. It’s like if you ran a McDonalds and it kept getting hit by a meteor, then re-opening, then wiped away in a flood, then re-opening, then getting hit by a tornado. At some point, people are going to look sideways at the manager even if he didn’t do anything.


  1. cdins - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Great analogy with the mcdonalds- not

  2. gmen4life33 - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    “It’s like if you ran a McDonalds and it kept getting hit by a meteor, then re-opening, then wiped away in a flood, then re-opening, then getting hit by a tornado. At some point, people are going to look sideways at the manager..”

    Nobody is going to be looking at the manager, that dude is dead. Multiple meteors and a tornado? He dead

    • raidmagic - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM


  3. 4thquartermagic - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I like how people who don’t believe in the Madden Curse or this curse think it’s dumb that players believe in such things yet it’s a widely held belief that sports are 90% mental.

    Also, being superstitious is part of the fun in sports.

    Don’t believe me? Look into the closet of any true sports fan and guaranteed they have one smelly-ass lucky shirt!

  4. cornholioooo - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Apparently there are differing opinions as to whether the Portland medical staff has played a role in these injuries:

  5. larrybrown43 - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Mr. Moore,

    You missed the most damaging Blazer injury. That was Bill Walton’s which was also a foot injury just like Bowie’e and Oden’s.

    When The Mountain Man went down, they were “Red Hot and Rolling” no more.

  6. lakerade - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    The curse is the weather and the arrogance.

  7. brianbosworthisstonecold - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    lakerade | Apr 21, 2012, 10:50 PM PDT
    The curse is the weather and the arrogance.


    Im sure the shitty of LA would love to have the weather that the pacific NW has to endure although you may be right on the arrogance part as far as the downsizing of the pleasure jet.

  8. decimusprime - Apr 22, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I live in Portland and not only is that true about the “curse” on them, anyone who leaves the blazers to play with another team, more times than not those players get better. Do things they should have done here. Just look at any good+ player in the last 10 years that left

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