Tag:Brandon Roy
Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

Posted by Royce Young

It's pretty clear that Michael Jordan is making some phone calls right now. On the heels of reports that Charlotte is interesting in trading for Baron Davis, there's another rumor via FanHouse that Jordan has discussed a trade with Portland sending Gerald Wallace, DeSagana Diop and D.J. Augustin to the Blazers for Andre Miller and Marcus Camby.

The Davis trade had a strong smell of desperation to it, but the possible deal with Portland makes a bit more sense. The Bobcats give up a lot more, but they don't jeopardize any long-term financial flexibility with the deal. Camby's contract is up after this season and Miller has a team option on his contract next season.

Obviously Jordan is interested in acquiring a more play-making oriented point guard. The Bobcats lost that when Raymond Felton went to New York over the summer. Most felt like Augustin might be able to handle that responsibility, but it hasn't worked out well. Plus, who knew the Bobcats would also miss the inside presence of Tyson Chandler. Camby would certainly be a solid addition in that sense.

But the Bobcats would lose a core piece in Wallace to get two veteran players. Much like the Davis deal, it's a bit of a now-or-never move, but the good news to this one is that it doesn't put a bunch of cash on the books for the next few years. Giving away Wallace hurts but if the Bobcats are considering a blow-up of the roster, this deal makes a lot more sense than the one with the Clippers. There's a chance the team could win with Miller and Camby (especially in the weak bottom half of the East), plus the Bobcats open up a number of new roster options with the new financial flexibilty.

The Blazers would certainly be interested in this deal as Brandon Roy has publicly voiced some issues he has playing with Miller in the backcourt. Plus there are reports Roy has even asked for either he or Miller to be moved because he doesn't feel they can co-exist in Portland's backcourt. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported last week that Portland is considering going young and trading Camby and Miller. Maybe this is a suitable deal for Rich Cho and company.

Wallace was an All-Star last season and one of the premier small forward defenders in the league. While he's a really good player, he's also under contract through 2012 with a player option in 2013 at around $9.5 million a year. Not a massive financial committment, but depending on where Portland is at, it's something long-term.

Portland isn't extremely strong at small forward with Nicolas Batum, but I'm not sure Wallace is that big of an upgrade. Batum has shown flashes of being a good scorer in addition to a premier defender. So what's better to do, cut into Batum's minutes but get Gerald Wallace or go with Batum as the future at small forward?

Just another rumored deal that probably isn't that close to getting anywhere near done, but it's clear that Jordan is on the move with his roster. And Portland makes a good candidate to play with.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:11 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Shootaround 12.23.10: McGrady calls out Bosh

Tracy McGrady calls out Chris Bosh, the Bobcats look to deal for a veteran point guard, Chris Webber asks questions about Brandon Roy, the Kings look to build a new home and Landry Fields continues to get a lot of love in NYC. Posted by Ben Golliver  shootaround
  • Tracy McGrady returned to Toronto Wednesday night and was booed by Raptors fans, years after he departed the city for Orlando. McGrady's response, via the Vancouver Sun. "“Keep booing me. I love it. It really doesn’t bother me at all,” said McGrady, who at one point even talked back at a heckling fan after hitting a shot. “It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh and selling out the city like the city was horrible or something, making crazy comments about the city.”
  • The Bulls destroyed the Sixers the other day, and Tom Haberstroh notes that center Joakim Noah's absence couldn't come at a better time for Chicago, given their easy schedule over the next six weeks.
  • Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin tells NBA Fanhouse he's not too thrilled about the idea of rebuilding in Yao Ming's absence. "Rebuilding is definitely not something I want to go through again," said Martin, whose contract runs through 2013 and has a combined $24 million remaining after this season. "Daryl thinks I'm an important member of this team, especially on the offensive end, for many years to come. But this being the business, you just never know." 
  • Speaking of Fields, the Knicks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, causing PostingandToasting.com to get pretty excited about life. "Landry Fields. Oh, Landry Landry Landry boy. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love when you get a hand on a rebound, helping the Knicks regain possession without ever personally securing the ball. I love when you cut baseline for easy backdoor buckets. I love when you make slick passes in transition. I love when you nail open threes, ugly as your form may be. I love when you poach passing lanes so expertly that it looks like the pass was intended for you. I love you when you bum rush the offensive glass for tip-ins. I love when you block the shots of guys who tower over you. I love when you throw outlet passes right on the money. I love when you claw over screens to draw charges. I love when you laugh, because I laugh too. I love when we sing to each other. I love when we frolic and pick wild berries together. You complete me, Landry Fields."
Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:48 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Blazers' Brandon Roy out longer than expected

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy will miss another week due to knee pain. Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy

Last week, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers all star guard Brandon Roy would miss three games with ongoing soreness in his left knee, pain that has limited him significantly so far this season.  On Tuesday, Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller announced on a Blazers.com streaming video program that Roy's absence will be longer than expected, as he will not travel on Portland's upcoming road trip.  Later in the program, Blazers GM Rich Cho echoed the news, saying, ""We have to be patient. Brandon is going to take another week off, he's not going to go on this road trip to Golden State, Utah and Denver. We have to be patient." Portland is off this week, but plays three games in four nights on the road beginning with a Christmas Day date with the Warriors in Golden State. The Blazers then have a back-to-back against Northwest Division rivals, facing the Jazz in Utah on Monday and the Nuggets in Denver on Tuesday. Roy's production is down across the board this year, as he is averaging 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, below his career averages of 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

The Blazers will continue to start guard Wesley Matthews in Roy's place and will hope that reserve guard Rudy Fernandez continues to provide solid production off the bench as well. Matthews and Fernandez have blossomed a bit in Roy's absence, but both still need to prove they can bring the consistency that Roy was known for during the first four seasons of his career.

The Blazers surely miss Roy, but managed to sweep the Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks in his absence this week. On the year, the Blazers are currently 5-1 on the season when Roy doesn't play, fueling speculation that his role may be diminished when he does return.   As of now, though, the Blazers have not yet firmed up a return date for Roy. The Blazers next play at home on Dec. 30 against the Jazz.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:31 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 5:13 pm
 

The wheels are coming off in Portland

As news comes of Roy missing games, we explore how Portland is headed for major change. 
Posted by Matt Moore

I see a bad moon rising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightning. I see a bad time today. And it's all in Portland. 

Earlier this week, Brandon Roy spouted off to the media about Andre Miller, and not in the "I love my teammate" way. He threw his teammate under the bus. From the Oregonian  earlier this week:
"I dont know how people want us to play, because this is the personnel we have," Roy said. "I wasnt that slow until you put a guy who is kind of slow next to me. Ive always been kind of slow ... not to be controversial at all, but I was slow my rookie year, and now its ..."
Frustrated, Roy shook his head.
via Memphis 86, Portland 73: Late swoon sinks Blazers again | OregonLive.com .


In case that wasn't clear, the "slow" guy is Andre Miller, starting point guard and the Blazers' big free agent acquisition. That's a pretty clear shot across the bow for a guy who's always been known as the stand-up star in Portland. But as Roy's health has deteriorated, he's become progressively more abrasive. He's not okay with who he is at this point, which is natural. He's been robbed of his game, his explosiveness, of his abilities, and that tends to set you back, emotionally. He's still able to hit that step-back jumper, can still be an assassin. But it's every time down the floor, the percentages keep dropping. 

Now, we find that Roy is out three games and will be evaluated after that. This comes the day after an ESPN report of a conversation between Roy and management about it not working  with Miller. It should be noted that report is about as hearsay-ey and a report can get. Taken alone, it's just one of the usual blips in a season. But this is not an isolated incident. There's a pattern forming here. One that spells the end of this Blazer team as currently constructed, and leads to the idea that this team is likely headed for a pre-deadline blow-up. 

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the team is considering ditching its veterans and going young, moving Marcus Camby and Andre Miller. It would mean a total and complete blowup of a team that just a few years ago was considered to be on its way towards a championship. Since that time, Greg Oden has gotten hurt 1,700 times, Kevin Pritchard has been fired along with Tom Penn, and now Brandon Roy is on the shelf, for what rumors say may be a longer stint than expected. This was a team that with Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, Martell Webster, Nicolas Batum, Oden, Roy, and Przybilla was legitimately looked at as a team that would contend in a few years. Oden was the first domino to fall, and in a mixing of metaphors, Roy may be the nail in the coffin. Even with a scrappy playoff appearance last year and a push of eventual Western Conference Finalist Phoenix, the book has been out on Portland for a while. They simply have not had the fortune you need to build a contender. You can have the talent, the vision,the coaching, but you have to get lucky with injuries, and Portland has not, to say the least. 

In the meantime, Portland and its fans are left to wonder how this all went down this way, and how it all came undone so quickly. That Roy is outspoken is not such a concern, but that he's been so forthcoming and emotional is a bad sign. It's not just that Roy's going through a hard time right now, it's that he's going through such a hard time he can't hide it from the media or people in the community. And while people there have a soft spot in their heart for him for his terrific play, at the end of the day, the team and its fans want to move towards a championship. And if Roy's unable to get it done, complaining about his backcourt partner isn't exactly going to endear him to either of those contingents. 

So this is Roy, from franchise savior to malcontent, from cold blooded assassin to bench warmer. The body, this sport, is cruel and that's the way it goes. The only question will be if Roy remains in Portland once the foundation is reformed.  With Wesley Matthews taking on the role of the franchise's go-to scorer, and a management group looking to go younger, not only could Roy conceivably be moved to someone willing to take a chance on his knees (consider Philly with Elton Brand or either team that signed Grant Hill after Detroit), but also gone could be his biggest advocate, head coach Nate McMillan. 2007 is now ancient history. And Brandon Roy's not quite ready to catch up to the times.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 2:19 pm
 

Brandon Roy will miss Portland's next three games

Posted by Royce Young

The Portland Trail Blazers announced Brandon Roy will miss the next three games with a sore left knee and will be re-evaluated next week.

In other words, crap.

It might not be much, but obviously the pain and discomfort in Roy's knee is getting to him. He clearly hasn't been himself this season and has grown more and more frustrated by not only his situation, but the team's.

The hope here is that the rest is just something much needed for Roy and that nothing will come of it that we don't already know. But for whatever reason, any time a player in Portland goes in for a re-evaluation or an MRI or something, we all fear the worst. And for good reason.

The Blazers signing of Wesley Matthews has turned out to be one of the more brilliant moves of the offseason, mainly because of Roy's situation. It's likely Portland saw this situation coming and that's why they overpaid in most people's minds when they signed Matthews. But having him as a kind of insurance policy has been huge for Portland.

Roy's re-evaluation could be a big moment for the Blazers. There has been talk about Portland blowing the wheels off the car and starting over. Potentially, depending on what they see with Roy, next week's evaluation could go a long way in deciding that.

At the same time, maybe the Blazers will feel that Roy's situation isn't as bad as originally thought. At least that's what we can all hope for.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:11 am
 

Shootaround 12.16.10: A tale of two celebrations

Posted by Royce Young
  • Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News: "They came down the stretch the way they did Wednesday night, into all the noise that kept rolling in from the past, out of the collective memory of the place. And on this night, it wasn't just the Knicks who were back like this, big as they were Wednesday night and big as they have been this season, but the Knicks vs. Celtics was back, too. It was as much a part of the Magic of the night as anything else. LeBron and them are here Friday night. It can't be better than what the Garden saw Wednesday night from the Knicks and Celtics. And what it felt. And what it remembered most of all. ... Twelve seconds left. Celtics ball. Game still tied. Knicks and the Celtics, going toe to toe again. All that. The last time they both had good records this late into a season was 18 years ago. When Doc Rivers, now the Celtics coach, was still a Knick. The ball ended up in Pierce's hands. Stoudemire ended up on him, right side. Pierce stepped back, made it. Four-tenths of a second left. Pierce ran a victory lap around the Garden. Finally the ball was in Stoudemire's hands again, then it was in the air. Then through the net. Ten years after the last basketball nights we had like this, one second too late."
  • John Canzano of The Oregonian: "I've advocated for a bold move from the front office. And as I'm shouting into the halls at One Center Court, what I hear in response is a mostly empty echo. Feels a lot like the big moves and major decisions are Seattle-driven and out of the hands of general manager Rich Cho. And so it's again incumbent upon owner Paul Allen to make a shift and redirect the franchise, as he did in giving up on his Jail Blazers Era. End this Frail Blazers era. The priority needs to be on collecting reliable players with healthy knees and keeping them that way. The longer the Blazers cling to the current roster, the longer they insist this can be salvaged by waiting it out, the longer they lean on wishing and not on sound basketball business, the longer it will take Portland to escape itself."
  • Seth of Posting and Toasting on the New York-Boston game: "Ugh. It's been over half an hour, I've taken my postgame shower, and I'm still a wreck. I think Joamiq summed up how a lot of us felt after that ending. Had Paul Pierce 's game-winning step-back J been the end of the story, I'd be okay right now. It was a bummer, but I saw that one coming. What I didn't see coming was a spot-on Amar'e Stoudemire three that sent me into a screaming, windmilling frenzy before I realized it was launched well after the buzzer sounded. The human nervous system is not equipped to deal with such an emotional swing."
  • Ryan DeGama of CelticsHub: "But to look at it from another angle, this was a superbly entertaining game in no small part because of the unrelenting offensive pressure the Celtics and Knicks applied to the other’s defense. What basketball fan wouldn’t enjoy this game? Both teams moved the ball, made cuts for layups, hit their jumpers, pushed the ball in transition, snagged offensive rebounds, hit crazy shots off the dribble – basically all the things you could want from an offense."
Posted on: December 11, 2010 12:23 pm
 

Brandon Roy's really starting to miss Brandon Roy

Posted by Royce Young



I love Brandon Roy. Well, let me check that. I love the healthy Brandon Roy.

Truly, (healthy) Brandon Roy is one of my top five favorite players in the league. He's one of the most devastating one-on-one players in the league. He's one of the top closers in the game. He's a big shot taker and shot maker. He's a star. An All-Star.

And I miss that guy. And so does the current Brandon Roy.

Against the Suns Friday night, Roy basically said, Screw the minutes thing - I'm playing this thing out. And he did, putting up 26 points in 41 minutes, leading his Blazers to a big win over the Suns on the road. He looked like himself for the first time in weeks. After the game, Roy spoke candidly with The Oregonian about his limitations and the frustrations that are coming with it.
Q: You played a lot of minutes. Coach Nate McMillan said you told team trainer Jay Jensen that you felt good.
A: “I just wanted to play. I’m done with the whole minutes thing. I just want to play. So I told Jay let’s just open it up and start playing and no more monitoring minutes.”

Q: What do you mean?
A: “No more monitoring minutes, I’m just going to play.”

Q: That’s what you said?
A: “Yeah.”
Roy has been on a minute count since his ragged knees became more of an issue. His left knee has been swelling and causing him discomfort. He's had surgery on it before, as well as the right. As a result, the Blazers have tried to limit his usage. But clearly, he's done with that. He's sick of playing two minutes in a quarter. He's sick of only seeing the court for 25 total in a close game. He's the Blazers' star and he wants to be on the floor. Understandable.

Because of the frustration that has come with being held back by the team, Roy talked a little in the interview how he doesn't feel like himself. “[I'm} not worrying about it anymore. If I’m going to be hurt, I’m going to be hurt. If I’m going to play, I’m going to play. So no more trying to balance it during games. If I’m going to play, I’m going to play. If I feel good enough, then I’m going to play.”

The whole thing has just gotten to him. Roy knows he's an All-Star talent. He knows he's one of the premier players in the game. He knows the Blazers just gave him a max extension a little while ago. He wants to earn that. He wants to have his name beside Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and all the rest of the great players in the game. But right now, he's just known as another injured Blazer player. And that's driving him nuts.

But things aren't going to change. His knees aren't going to heal all of a sudden. Roy has to come to grips with what he is and go from there. If that means re-inventing his game, that's what he's going to have to do. If that means he's going to just forget trying to protect it and play until he can't anymore, then that's what he's going to have to do. He said in the interview he's not thinking about it anymore. That's what he's got to do.

That's tough though, for a guy that sees himself as an All-Star. To go from that to role player isn't something easy. Wesley Matthews' rise in Portland has been some of good fortune (and maybe the reason they "overpaid" to get him), but it's also pushed Roy aside a bit. Roy has to learn to not judge himself based on what the final statistics say. Really, it's a mental adjustment for him. But by no means an easy one. It might be easy for us to just say, "Adapt to your new role, Roy." But that's not him. He's a star. It's just his body's fault for betraying him.

Roy's never not put up numbers. He's never not played well. He's used to the box score treating him right. And lately it hasn't been. He's been seeing 22 minutes, 12 points and two assists lately. Which probably made the 26-point night in 41 minutes in Phoenix like heaven to him.

You can't fault Brandon Roy in any way though. How can you blame him? It's only natural for a player who has been where he's been and gone through the injuries he's gone through to get frustrated with himself and the situation.

But it's what he's been dealt. He has to start making the adjustment. He has to just accept what he is now. That's way easier for me to write than for Brandon Roy to understand. And that's why he's decided to say forget it for now. He knows the kind of player he is. He's a star. An All-Star. But he's not the same guy that came into the league five years ago. Which is a shame, not just for Brandon Roy, but for us too.
Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:56 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Blazers 'not responding' to coach Nate McMillan

Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan admits his team is "not responding" to him during its current six-game losing streak. Posted by Ben Golliver nate-mcmillan The Portland Trail Blazers enter Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers riding a six-game losing streak, their longest such streak since 2005-2006, when the team won just 21 games. Following the sixth straight defeat, a road loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night, Blazers coach Nate McMillan admitted to The Oregonian that he is having trouble reaching his team.
"Evidently, they're not responding to me, because all these games look similar," McMillan said. "So I asked them: 'Is it clear what we're asking you to do?'"
His words were met with blank states and silence. "They didn't say anything," McMillan said. "The thing is, they didn't have to say anything. I think the games show that. We're not getting it done." 
Dwight Jaynes, a Portland-based television and radio host, blogged that the comments, plus the team's lack of effort, signal that McMillan's time in Portland may be running out.
And while I watched the Trail Blazers’ pathetic effort Friday night in Washington against the Wizards, it crossed my mind what I’ve written here previously — are the Blazer players trying to get their coach fired? It sure looks like it. 
Sometimes, players just tire of hearing the same messages from their coach. At some unconscious (usually) level, they work toward an outcome that they’d like to see — the departure of their coach. It certainly looks as if the Blazers, on some level, have chosen this course. 
There's no question the Blazers are playing lackluster, defeated basketball, losing game after game with second-half collapses, playing without inspiration and purpose. Any time that happens, the coach finds himself on the hot seat. It's worth noting that Portland's losing streak coincides almost exactly with the team's announcement that center Greg Oden would miss the entire 2010-2011 season with microfracture surgery. The Blazers are 1-6 since the Nov. 17 press conference announcing the decision to undergo surgery. Prior to the news, the team was 7-5.  If there was a concerning element to training camp this year, in hindsight, it was an overall attitude that can best be summarized as, "We just need to hang on until Oden gets back." Rather than truly confronting life without Oden, players, coaches, management, media and fans alike used his absence and expected return as a mental crutch. That was reflected in indifferent play during the preseason, a failure to consider the ramifications of playing LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby heavy, heavy minutes, the salary dump of rotation spark plug Jerryd Bayless and the team's decision to make due with fourth-rate backup centers after second-year big man Jeff Pendergraph went down with injury.  Whereas last year's Blazers rallied together in Oden's absence, greeting Camby's arrival via trade with huge enthusiasm that propelled the team into the playoffs down the stretch, this year's team has received the news of his absence with hopelessness and a wary eye towards the rest of a lengthy schedule. All star guard Brandon Roy's balky knee and inefficient play only reinforces that glass-is-half-empty mentality, because the guy who could always be counted on to bail the team out simply cannot produce as he was once capable. Which brings us back to the question of McMillan and his future. One factor lost in this discussion so far has been McMillan's long-term motivation to stay in Portland. His greatest skills as a coach, so far, have been motivating his players and designing an offensive system that takes advantage of his star player's abilities. With an older, already-paid roster and a not-what-he-used-to-be Roy, McMillan's skills are much less useful and effective in Portland than they used to be. Surely, he knows that better than anyone, and you have to wonder whether that will impact his desire to stay in Portland should he survive the season without being fired. He's coveted around the league for his ties to Team USA and his ability to relate to star players and bench guys alike. There might not be jobs that pay him more than Blazers owner Paul Allen does, but there will almost assuredly be better fits for his talents. The problem for Portland is that there is no readily available, quality alternative to McMillan in the short term. McMillan's best assistant coach last season, Monty Williams, left to serve as the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets. His most promising assistant this year, Kaleb Canales, is still too young to take the reins as a head coach. The thought of bland NBA lifers like Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka taking over on an interim basis is so depressing that we'll just pretend it's not even being considered. And there is no obvious candidate on the basketball operations staff to step in down the stretch like former general manager Kevin Pritchard did.  Somewhat sadly, the most qualified replacement candidate currently affiliated with the organization is Terry Porter, who is currently serving as the team's sideline reporter (yes, seriously). History has proven that, apples to apples, McMillan, despite his flaws as an in-game tactician, mediocre defensive results and griding pace, is a superior coach to Porter.  The worst thing the Blazers could do in this situation is make an emotional decision regarding their coaching spot in response to the losing. Reality is setting in and expectations are being lowered by the fanbase, which is completely aware of what is happening. A coaching change without a roster change is not likely to inspire any hope for the fans, except for a contingent that has wanted McMillan gone all along because his style is boring. It might provide a momentary bump for the players, but they'll still be looking around the locker room at the same group of teammates that have no answers themselves. In other words, a new voice could help, but it's not going to save this Oden-less season, not even close. Whether McMillan stays or goes, then, simply isn't that important of a question right now, given all of the surrounding circumstances. Therefore, he should be allowed to stick around, as long as he is able to keep the Blazers from embarrassing themselves.   Once the season is completed, though, all bets are off, for both sides. 
 
 
 
 
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