Nate McMillan’s Real Achilles Heel: The Blazers Have Too Much Talent

December 31st, 2009 by Brian D. Leave a reply »
In a moment that seems to symbolize everything that has supposedly gone wrong for the Blazers this year, Nate McMillan recently blew out his Achilles tendon during a practice. Yes, that's right. The coach had to suit up because the Blazers couldn't field a ten man practice squad. 

Of course, the injury bug has only gotten worse for the Blazers since then. However, as bad as things are, and as painful as his torn Achilles might have felt, injuries are only a temporary problem for Coach McMillan and the Blazers.

A more serious problem could crop up when all these injured players return: What to do with all that talent.

In professional sports, of course, talent is everything. It’s more important than coaching. It’s more important than scheduling. It’s more important than luck.

In some sports, such as baseball, the more talent you have on your roster, the better your team is going to be. The correlation between talent and on-the-field success is almost perfect.

In the NBA, however, there really is such a thing as having too much talent. Mo ...

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