Don't get me wrong, Roy is a stud. He produces in every category and is clearly one of the top shooting guards in the league, but watching him strut his way through these first fourteen games has been infuriating. Its like one of those eighties teen movies where the ugly duckling gets a makeover by the popular kid and finds his popularity. Then his head gets too big and he turns into the very monster that had been making his life hell. Roy used to be the plucky underdog. He used to be the unlikely hero. Now he looks like the pretty girl who knows she doesn't have to do much to get what she wants. I've have watched him jog up court on the fast break, walk around picks at a tortes pace with one hand out calling for the ball, linger at the other end of the court to argue calls, and worst of all, holding the ball and jacking up fade away jumpers rather than putting his head down and taking it to the rack. Now, its a testament to his greatness that he is still filling the stat sheet, but this is the root of the blazers problem right now. Big contracts, expectation, delusions of grandeur. The blazer teams of the past three years won by out working you. This team doesn't feel it was to work any more and that starts with Brandon. Watch Kobe, Wade, Lebron, and you see the fight in them. They all play like their hair is on fire. Flying around the court, throwing their bodies around. This is what is expected of your superstar, and right now the blazers aren't getting it from theirs.
That said, its still early. Maybe all this will be sorted out when the lineup is( please let that be soon). Maybe Roy is just pacing himself for a long difficult run at greatness. Maybe its just a result of incorporating the new ingredients. I just hope, for the sake of the blazers and all their fans, that this is just a slow start and not the unmasking of the franchises cornerstone. We all know Roy is the hot chick...lets just hope he's not content with that.