The Blazers: Veteran Leadership Must Start With Roy, Aldridge, and Oden

November 30th, 2009 by Brian D. Leave a reply »
After a 4-1 road trip and a stretch of dominance against weak teams which saw them run their record to 12-5, the Blazers are suddenly in danger of getting Nate McMillan fired, missing the playoffs, and being moved to another city.

Well, maybe the sky is not falling quite that dramatically.  They are, after all, 12-7, which isn't horrible.  However, their last two losses, to Memphis and Utah, have been inexcusably bad.

Fingers are pointing everywhere.  It's the offense that is sputtering because Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge can't adjust to Greg Oden's presence.  It's Brandon's fault for not adjusting to Andre Miller.  It's Miller's fault for adjusting to his new role by pouting and being lazy.  It's Nate's fault for making too many adjustments and throwing his team off-balance.  It's the injuries to Nicholas Batum and Travis Outlaw, which have caused everyone to have to adjust. 

About the only guy who can't be blamed is Greg Oden, which must be refreshing for him.  Well, Joel Przybilla's played pretty well, too.

The truth of the matter is: the entire team, with ...

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