A note on Nate McMillan: up until this year, I believed the Blazer's rudimentary offense to be a necessity for a young team in need of a simple, reliable system. But this year has me rethinking that--a veteran point guard on board who knows how to push the tempo, set up post plays, and facilitate off-the-ball movement; a roster (absent Brandon Roy) fully capable, even ideal, for an uptempo game; potentially insanely good distance shooters to run off of screens (Rudy and Martell)---and yet, here we are again relying on the same two-trick dog and pony show: pick and roll (and it's derivations) and iso's for Aldridge and Roy. Young teams can handle a real offense, Nate. Every good high school team does it. Every good college team does it. Why in the world aren't the Blazers doing it? We are eeking by on sheer talent alone right now, for lack of any semblance of fluid, creative, or dynamic offense. If you heard Kenny Vance on the 5th Quarter last night, you'd know he agrees with me. He called making Miller a starter a farce and a facade, blaming it all on Nate and Roy's "love affair" with Blake. I think that's part of the problem, but Blake is just playing the game the way Nate wants it played. I was one of Nate's biggest supporters until this year, but this offense is terrible. My JR HIGH teams had better offensive sets.