Did anyone else catch this gem on Yahoo Sports?
Here's the juisciest morsel for those of you too lazy to click on a link:
Coach Nate McMillan said the Blazers were going to make adjustments, and suggested at practice that he may even try using both Przybilla and Greg Oden, both 7-footers, at the same time against the Rockets.
Not sure why he'd break that little scouting tip to Anne M. Peterson of the AP... but that's a debate I'll leave to you guys. May I just say something though?
YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!
I know that Oden is limited offensively, but WHY have we not seen this at some point this season? In an era where coaches have gone very small, sometimes because they lack team height (see: Blazers, Circa 2002-2006) but also because it is an effective strategy sometimes.
However, there are not many teams with such a surplus of height as the Blazers.
Joel Pryzbilla: 7' 1"
Greg Oden: 7' 0"
LaMarcus Aldridge: 6' 11"
Channing Frye: 6' 11"
Travis Outlaw: 6' 9"
Nicolas Batum: 6' 8" (plus the wingspan of a 757)
Brandon Roy: 6' 6"
Rudy Fernandez: 6' 5"
Steve Blake: 6' 3"
Sergio Rodriguez: 6' 3"
Jerryd Bayless: 6' 3"
Yao Ming: 7' 6"
Dikimbe Mutumbo: 7' 2" (and 78 years young! Where's that fountain of youth, Deke?)
Luis Scola: 6' 9" (I didn't know he was this tall)
Joey Dorsey: 6' 9" (and he's played six minutes THIS YEAR)
Brian Cook: 6' 9"
Shane Battier: 6' 8"
Ron Artest: 6' 7"
Brent Barry: 6' 7"
Carl Landry: 6' 7"
Chuck Hayes: 6' 6"
Von Wafer: 6' 5"
Aaron Brooks: 6' 0"
Kyle Lowery: 6' 0"
With both Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla being legitmate starting NBA centers, and a surplus of height at the other positions. Why wouldn't you try playing both Greg and Joel at the same time? No other team in the NBA can go as big, position by position as the Blazers. With Joel playing "Center" and Greg playing "Power Forward", Gregzilla is born. Where then does Nate go from there. I say Big. REALLY big.
C: Joel Pryzbilla
PF: Greg Oden
SF: LaMarcus Aldridge
SG: Nicolas Batum (I'm not so sure about this. I think Rudy would be better)
PG: Brandon Roy
Who would not love to see 6' 7" Roy on little Aaron amidst this forest of giants? Well, me. I would not only love it, I would cherish it and cradle it in my arms, whispering sweet nothings into it's ear.
So what do you guys think?