What The Hell is Portland Thinking! Espn Insiders I Need You
Scrol down to "Blake to start ahead of Miller". WTH is Portland thinking. Miller backup! Shouldn't it be the other way around? I dunno the details of this but we need an espn insider and we can discuss. If this is true, it doesn't look good. And is Jerryd Bayless gonna rot on the bench again this year. Common Portland, he's the guy that needs to play in order to develop. He's talented n needs a chance even know he has no playmaking skills. He'll learn from the fly and his point guard duties will be easier because of Brandon Roy's playmaking abilities.
Its not true at all I refuse to believe that non sense honestly Nate is not that stupid. As for Bayless situation I see him getting traded to a team that needs him right now he isn't ready to be the point guard Portland needs and he isn't the shooting guard they need especially with Brandon Roy around.
Miller is more experienced, betted defender, better playmaker, and better scorer thats bullshit. and can someone post the Oden one?
Portland just has too many good players. If Blake starts over Miller than i will lose all respect for McMillan. I understand people like Blake, but he isn't even close to the player that Andre Miller is. And please trade Bayless so he can play. It's criminal to keep a kid that works that hard and is that talented. I remember reading on an article on Hoopshype a few day ago that quoted kevin pritchard saying that Bayless was the hardest worker he has ever seen. No lie
actually it is true, I read it this morning. However, it pretty much reads that it's Blake's job now, but Miller has the opportunity to earn it in camp.
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan lists Steve Blake as the starting point guard ahead of Andre Miller entering training camp.
"Blake will be the guy as training camp starts," McMillan told The Portland Tribune. "I've talked to Andre about that. He understands that's the role he'll be coming into. I told him and I'll tell everybody else, we will come up with the best rotation for the team to give us a chance to win games. I don't want starting to be the big deal for this team. We need a balanced rotation, where we can best take advantage of what our players do. The bottom line is, we'll go with what works to give us the best chance to win. We don't need to get caught up with who is starting."
They'll let the Two Vets duke it out in PreSeason and Training Camp and Blake will be the Opening Day Starter, but I expect him to head to the bench before the end of the 1st NBA Week. It's not like he's going to last all season. I don't think it's that bad and I'm sure Andre understands. As for Bayless, how long has it been? It feels like more then 1 Season. I think he's going to be a benchwarmer along with Pendergraph and Cunningham, oh and Juwan Howard. They need to package him and send him elsewhere because Miller is signed for 3 years I believe, but I think he could work like listed above because Roy's playmaking abilities, but I doubt it'll be given a chance. The guy needs playing time, but I think it was McMillan who said it's a 10 Man Rotation. My guess is it is something like this
PG - Miller, Blake
SG - Roy, Fernandez
SF - Batum, Webster
PF - Aldridge, Outlaw
C - Oden, Pryzilla
What do they need?? If they traded Bayless, would they try to get cap relief, a future pick, or what? They seem to have plenty of depth at every position. I guess they could use an upgrade at SF and possibly a backup PF?? Is it worth giving up a possibly great young player??? I know they cant play him much and it would be awful to let him set on the bench but they dont seem to havea need.
They're good at every position and if Outlaw begins to bang better with other PFs then they are set there too. I don't see anything wrong with their Small Forwards if Webster returns to form as Batum will soon improve and provide the defensive presence along with Oden if healthy. One thing I will say though, I am hearing Rudy will leave because he wants to start so if that's so...I need to look up his Contract and see when he can go, if it's soon then I think they should keep Bayless. This team has so many Franchise Players, B.Roy, L.A, G.O, and Bayless was considered...well at least a Building Block. It's crazyyy. They really built their team through the draft.
They have Team Options on Rudy, Batum, and Bayless for the next two years after this season and one for Oden next year too...
They got plenty of time with this team as Roy is locked up and so is Webster and of course L.A should be locked up soon as well.
its blakes job going into camp but i doubt it will be long before miller is running the team. i mean why would portland go pay somethin like 21 million for a backup pg? the only thing that blake does better than miller is shoot the 3. you all want bayless to be traded so we can see him play but i hope he stays and developes in portland. the kid is nasty as soon as he figures out how to run a team he will own the starting job for years. plus i doubt the blazers would get anywhere near his talent in return so why throw away a potential future all star?
and will an insider please post the one on oden
If you think about it, I don't see this being that bad of a move. Don't get me wrong, Miller is the better player but as a team I think maybe Blake is better off with the first unit. They have Roy and Aldrige who's going to be doing most of the scoreing 1 on 1. Blake is a better shooter than Miller and when they kick out of the double Blake will be able to knock down the 3's. Miller will be able to come in with the second unit and kill it, making them an overall better team. It's not about having all your best players out there. It's about using the team to it's max just like how Lakers had Lamar coming off as the 6th man.
Let me clarify by saying that I think Andre Miller is a much better player than Steve Blake, but I think Blake just fits better next to Roy than Miller. I think Portland wasted money on Miller. Come 4th quarter time, the ball is always in Roy's hands, as it should be, and Blake is a much better alternative for a kick out 3 than Miller is. Although Miller is a big assist guy, the ball usually spends a lot of time in his hands dribbling. I just dont see his style of play as a good fit next Roy. I think Portlands best 4th quarter lineup is when they move Roy to poiint and play him with Rudy and Outlaw, webster, etc. seems to me they kind of wasted money on Miller. just my opinion though
I agree that Miller is the better all around player, but I think Blake is a better pure point guard. Blake is much better when Portland wants to play an uptempo game, but Miller is a superior one-on-one threat.
brandon roy is not adre iggy, but miller fit in fine with him...I feel like given the superior talent surrounding miller compared to his philly teams that he will recognize his duty and opportunity as a veteran point gaurd...he's not a vet like cassell, who only looks out for himself, and as the year progresses i think we will see miller develop as a serious team leader, despite what this article claims
ok ok wait a min..i agree miller is a better player but maybe portland is doing a lil bit of what denver and dallas does...is jr smith a better over all player then d jones?..is jason terry better then who ever they had starting at the 2?..blake is a better shooter then miller easily so maybe mcmillan wants to use miller as a back up because of that?..if that doesnt make sense then you can say the same thing for dallas and denver. im not saying i fully agree but i can understand if thats his logic for it
blake a better pure pg?????...then miller?..the same miller who has averaged a double double before without a whole bunch of scorers around him? the same miller who has a 7.4 ast career average compared to blakes 4?