Friday, June 30, 2006

Picture

O-Live's Eric Marentette has a picture of three of the newest Blazers (Aldridge, Roy, and Freeland) standing together at their introduction at Peninsula Middle School today. You know what I like about that picture? Roy is in the middle of the other two and he doesn't look that much shorter. (Some, but not a ton.) My heart sank a little bit when Minnesota took Roy and sank even further when we took Foye, whether the latter was hyped as a possible rookie of the year or not. The guy wasn't much taller than David Stern and that's usually trouble for a guy who will end up playing a lot of shooting guard. No such difficulties with B-Roy.

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

5 Comments:

Blogger Scott R said...

I'm with you on that Dave. I was EXTREMELY disappointed when Brandon Roy's name was called at 6 and I knew we were getting the 7th pick. I then muttered a few choice words to myself about another small guard that we don't need and turned off the TV to take my little girl to swim class. It wasn't until about 8pm when i returned and started watching the 2nd round when i was again elated! Now i'm at the top of my blazers "high". How saavy we were in the draft still amazes me. looks like we played the cards in our hand very well.

2:40 PM  
Blogger lyle said...

On top of all the other qualities roy possesses as a basketball player, i am really impressed with his attitude and personality, from what i've seen in interviews since the draft. he seems like a really down to earth and intelligent guy. and on top of that, he seems incredibly happy to be a blazer. which, with last year, might be a little weird. but i'll certainly take it any day of the week.

and the thing is, if we can't get rid of miles and randolph right now to get rid of their attitudes, the next best thing we can do is stack the roster with guys who are gonna make them self-conscious of how stupid/lazy/bone-headed they're being.

that was the thing about the rasheed/bonzi era, is that we basically had a general atmosphere where new guys would walk into and be perfectly comfortable slacking off, behaving dumbly and generally causing disservice to the team.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

That kind of thing can be easily contageous. There are some who would argue that JR begat Sheed + Bonzi and Sheed + Bonzi begat Zach. It needs to stop somewhere.

It's not so much that guys are being intentionally lazy, I think. It's more like being able to slack off is a sign that you've made it to the top somehow and don't have to do what you used to (or what the kids do). That's a dangerous ideal, one that can easily create a perpetually losing franchise.

Every once in a while I get a chance to work with adults...to teach them something, you know. One of the hardest things to get over is that unspoken obstacle in the back of our minds that learning/growing is for kids (and somehow a sign of weakness in adults). I think something similar is going on here.

--Dave

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