Ford's Fixer Uppers: Burning down the Blazers

Here are five steps to turn around the troubled Trail Blazers, starting with the trade of Rasheed Wallace.

Updated: August 12, 2003, 10:57 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
It just wouldn't be an NBA offseason without the Blazers stage diving into the NBA trade mosh pit -- so it was with warm, familiar appreciation that we learned this weekend that GM John Nash was attempting to extradite Rasheed Wallace and Ruben Patterson to New Jersey for, of all people, Kenyon Martin.

It makes perfect sense if you think about it. The Blazers are stressing character now, and Martin is definitely a character . . .

Martin, for those of you with memories that erase upon seasons end, was the 2001 version of Ron Artest. Martin, during his second year in the league, picked up an NBA-high six flagrant fouls (the same number Artest picked up this season), 12 technical fouls, was suspended for seven games and was fined $347,000 over the course of the season.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer