Now I must arrive at the time of my change from scientific rationality of thinking into the delusional thinking characteristic of persons... But I will not really attempt to describe this long period of time but rather avoid embarrassment by simply omitting to give the details of truly personal type.
The mathematics faculty were encouraging me to shift into mathematics as my major and explaining to me that it was not almost impossible to make a good career in America as a mathematician. So I... became officially a student of mathematics. And in the end I had learned and progressed so much in mathematics that they gave me an M.S. in addition to my B.S. when I graduated.
Drafted out of high school a year ago, this 6-foot-9 small forward was so raw he barely got off the bench in Portland last season and most of this year as well. Now he's getting a chance to play as part of the Blazers' late-season youth movement, and he's been impressive. Over his past 11 games Outlaw has averaged 11 points (on 56.6 percent shooting) and four rebounds in just 24 minutes per game while playing solid defense. He's been a real pleasant surprise, ... His medium-range jumper has definitely improved. He's a good defender who will block shots at the small forward position. He's further along than we anticipated.
I studied mathematics fairly broadly and I was fortunate enough... also to make a nice discovery relating to manifolds and real algebraic varieties. So I was prepared actually for the possibility that the game theory work would not be regarded as acceptable as a thesis in the mathematics department and then that I could realize the objective of a Ph.D. thesis with the other results.
There's no question there was a lot of talent there. From 1 through 15 we had as much or more as anyone in the league. We were winning in the vicinity of 50 games, had the highest payroll. But that wasn't producing anything better than first-round elimination in the playoffs, so the decision was made to go in a different direction.
Nash lost one potential trade asset last month when center Arvydas Sabonis decided to retire. With a year and 6 million left on his contract, Sabonis could have been bait to teams seeking cap relief next summer. We had some fairly attractive offers, ... But they were for players with long-term contracts that weren't worth it in the long run.
That talk is ridiculous. Those are the same people who said Chauncey Billups was a bust. The fact is, it takes a while in the NBA, and it takes a while to make the transition from high school. The bottom line is, when we drafted him, there wasn't any commitment to play him in his rookie year, he was going to sit and learn from the veterans. Yet, somehow he forced his way onto the floor through way of practices. And this year, there was no commitment to start him, but somehow he won the starting job. Then he got injured.