On the Portland Trail Blazers, who dealt forward Rasheed Wallace to Atlanta for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim and center Theo Ratliff in a five-player trade:
"Not only did the Blazers get two players for one, but they also improved their standing in the community by getting rid of Rasheed. Now they have new issues. They've been planning to rebuild around Zach Randolph, but will his offensive role be diminished by Abdur-Rahim, who has always been a high-volume shooter? If they start Shareef and Zach, one of them is going to be out of position, and both are going to be vulnerable defensively. This was already the worst defensive team in the league, and now it has lost its best defender in Rasheed, though Ratliff's shot blocking may help a little. Plus, Shareef is not a leader: He's a soft player who struggles with double teams and isn't known for hitting the big shot in the clutch."