It looks like our Roy Wonder finally said enough is enough after San Antonio game; he's going to start holding his teammates accountable on the court. Read these comments from Roy:
"I don't really care if I hurt somebody's feelings, or stub somebody's toe," Roy said. "This is bigger than one guy now; this is about the team. I'm going to let you know now. Because I want this bad."
Coach McMillian's response after the Minnesota game:
"There were a few of those (confrontations) tonight, which was good; they need to do that," McMillan said. "It's them holding each other accountable for not being where they are supposed to be. It's communication, and even if it offends guys, that's OK. They might get mad, but they will remember to do it the next time."
This is really the next step that needs to happen with this team. I'm not saying they need to fight with each other, but they do need to start holding each other accountable. This is what happens on successful veteran teams. And especially with teams who have superstars. Just look at guys like Chris Paul or Kobe, if you mess up they are going to let you hear about it.
Part of the reason you previously did not see anyone on Portland stepping up to hold others accountable, is their youth and the "veteran" players are more or less role players. So, there was no clear hierarchy on the team. Now that Roy has established himself as a star in the league, and at the top of the hierarchy, he is the one who can and should take that role. Not only will this help make his teammates better, but it will also make Roy better; because if Roy is going to stick his neck out and take the role of calling his teammates out, he is going to have to make sure that he himself does not slack. I am really excited about this new development and if it continues throughout the season, we are going to see it reap big dividends.