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Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:55 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:56 am
Posted by Royce Young

Rudy Fernandez has been a pretty hot topic over the past few months. Multiple teams have made a run at him, most notably the Knicks, but Portland hasn't found a suitor. He wants to be traded, the Blazers want to trade him and the Knicks want him traded (to them).

But all that might be over soon. Fernandez told the Spanish website El Mundo Deportivo that he prefers a return to Spain. HoopsHype translates :

"If I could reach an agreement with Portland, so that they would not trade me to another NBA team and they would accept my return to Europe, I'd be pleased. ... My agents are looking for the best trade for me, but at the end of the day only Portland can decide."

That's kind of sort of huge. Fernandez reportedly had a list of four teams he wished to be traded to and it's looking like an ideal deal for him isn't on the horizon. Maybe this is some kind of threat so that the Blazers get something done soon. Maybe Fernandez really would prefer to return to Europe and resume his career there.

Whatever the case, have fun your first day on the job Rich Cho!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 1:22 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

Brownbomber, you posed some good questions.  First he isn't good enough to hate for one.  He is asking for stuff outside his stature.  If he leaves we all wish him well because apparantly as you have also stated we don't need someone of his competitive nature around.  he can go be a Demi-God to the Jr league it is fine with us, because he doesn't really affect the game.

LBJ now he has opened his own can of worms and I feel sorry for him in a way.  I have had a rollercoaster of feelings toward him.  First i wanted to hate him, because the hype and he wasn't a Lakers guy and I thought the hype was not warranted.  Even in his first year he changed that when it was evident as a rookie out of high school he was the best player on his team.  He was still humble and found a way to let Ricky Davis feel it was his team.  he even had that composure that most guys that have been around for a long time could not muster.  I quickly grew to like him as the Goliath I loved watching Kobe Bryant knock out with his sling shot.  Not saying kobe by any means equates to David in anyway, but it sounded good.  Then there was the Chicago game that began to show a chink in his greatness, I quickly lost respect for him, but he began to gain it back.

Then there was the I am bigger than the game announcement that many of us saw coming anyway.  Raising money for the kids was a good touch but it was way overdone.  Then he did the right thing with Iggy and after the way the Cavaliers organization treated Iggy, I saw the writing on the wall.  I guess in a way we all agree with Michael Jordan, in order to be the best you have to go through the best.  If all the best are on your team how can you seal a legacy, you can't.  All the rings in the world cannot change the fact you couldn't get passed them so you joined with them.  Lebron James shouldn't be villanized, but he has lost clout in a major way, maybe that will change when he starts winning titles, but what happens when he doesn't?

Now is Fernendez a PUNK, I think he misses the attention.  Is he a spoiled child getting a lesson in life he should have gotten when he was young, YES.  Punk??  The big thing is many of us don't really care and we are wishing him well as a statement as to his insignificance to the game.  Kinda like the backhanded compliment.  Fernandez is good enough to at least merit a look, but not good enough to be emotionally distraught about. 

SIMPLY PUT; go away you aren't a competitor anyway.

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2010 2:27 am

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

Fine.  He's been garbage the past 3 months of the season.  Cho, just cut your losses and let this guy go.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:37 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

I feel sorry for Rudy and it ticks me off that Teams go out and pick guys up in the Draft that don't fit into the Team's Plans. Crap like this can ruin Guys Careers and have done just that. Most guys that are Called a Bust generally played for the Wrong Team and thats in any Sport. All players have to be used for their no.1 ability at least. Dumb Team Management tend to drop the Ball on some Rookies as well as Seasoned Vets. But if you have never played Sports and went thru that Crap you wouldn't know. 

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:11 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

If i was Fernandez i would go back to Europe. He can get more money there. On the other hand its kind of funny how Fernandez actually made a list of teams he wanted to be traded to. Hes not that good.....

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 8:45 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

A duh i am duh duh! Fire this clown for writing this shit!

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 7:16 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

wlkwlk3, LeBron is NOT from Cleveland he's from Akron. I don't care if you want to consider it the greater Cleveland area. Also even if he was who cares? he's a 25 year old man and if he wants to leave home he should. The problem is the way he did it and the fact that he went to a team that already has one of the top 3 players in the league. The only reason that's a problem is because the media crowned him king while in high school and now he's not even the man on his team. I'm tired of people crying about him leaving Cleveland has if he owed them his career.
As for Rudy, bye! Why do you think we signed Wesley Matthews? I wish him well wherever he goes, unless he plays the Blazers...

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:16 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

It's a sports Web site, not the Wall Street Journal. A light and breezy style really doesn't matter too much.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 5:51 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

Rudy is starting to show more and more of his selfishness here just like another Spanish punk name Ricky Rubio.  WTF do they think this is?

Rudy had a great first season in the NBA.  He complained a bit when they traded Sergio away.  His second season in the NBA was really bad compared to his first and he totally dissapeared in the playoffs.

Unfortunately, now that he's run his mouth about wanting to return to Spain where its easier for him to be a "star" (since he can't seem to hack it in the NBA), he's hurt his trade value, and in the end hurting the Blazers organization.  I think this is sad because the Blazers gave him a lot of minutes, and put a lot of effort into developing him further, keeping him happy, etc. 

This may be yet another warning sign for people to think about when considering bring a spanish player to the NBA.  Too much drama, not enough professionalism.

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 4:29 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

BrownBomber are you serious? first to compare LBJ and Rudy Fernandez is rediculous, and though i know you are talking about the principles of situations, you are still missing the point. LeBron James was born and raised in Cleveland. he was supported and even "loved" by probably everyone that has family in Ohio. then after back to back MVP's and 60+ win seasons he not only quit on them he left them in a disrespectful and demeaning way. basically saying "nobody come here cause this place sucks and you won't win it all. i know cause this is where i'm from and i couldn't do it. oh yeah and i'm going to join the the other 3rd of the 3 greatest players in the game and a MVP honorable mention in hopes of winning multiple championships." 

Rudy Fernandez on the other hand said "i'm not better than Brandon Roy and will never be so can you please give me a chance to play somewhere else where i might have a chance?" 

both are behaving rather cowardly but only 1 calls himself "The King" and "The Chosen One". only 1 controlled an organization and could have IMO taken said organization to a championship if he stayed and maybe taken them out of contention for the next 10 years at least with his departure. 

those reasons alone are the answers to your questions though i could probably go on.

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:52 pm

Rudy Fernandez wants to return to Europe

I think you bring up a fair point and I do think that Rudy is a bit of a whiner.  I thought he was a great role player that brought energy off the bench and he could hit a big 3 in his first year.  As soon as Sergio was traded, Rudy started bitching about playing time.  Once he got playing time in the playoffs, he couldn't hit a shot until it was too late and couldn't gaurd anyone.  There's an old saying you are only as good as the man you can gaurd.  If that is the case than Rudy is not an NBA talent. 

I think that LBJ and him requesting a trade are fairly similar in that they are making moves and positioning themselves for what is best for them.  For Rudy, it is playing more even if it means the money won't be the same and the competition won't be the same.  For LBJ, that is going where he thinks he has a better chance at a championship even it it is less money and moving away from home.

I can't speak for all the media or Cleveland fans, but there are two reasons I think LBJ is getting more flack in the media than Rudy.  The first and biggest point is way more people care about what LBJ does than Rudy.  He impacts teams and is a one in a lifetime talent.  Basically, outside of Knicks fans, Portland fans, and people from Spain.....nobody cares about Rudy Fernandez.  The second point is more of my issue with LBJ than maybe what you are getting at.  I don't care where he went at all.  I honestly don't care if it was for more money, if it was to make his mom happy, or if it was to win championships.  It is the way LBJ handled himself through the process.  Holding a press conference to announce his decision and saying "I'm taking my talents to South Beach".  He came off as an arrogant POS and I personally lost a lot of respect for him.

I'm not saying what Rudy is doing is right.  I don't like when players demand things when they are under contract, especially to the media.  However, he is not getting the LBJ flack because NOBODY CARES. 

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