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It's clear he's grown tired of the constant scrutiny and sick of answering questions about his displeasure. But team insiders say that behind the scenes Fernandez seems happier than when he first arrived in Portland for training camp, in part because teammates have reached out to make him feel more at home in Portland. Oregonian They can depend on the disgruntled guard, homesick or not. "I can count on Rudy," All-Star Brandon Roy said before the Blazers' 100-78 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday. "I can trust Rudy to play hard and do well for this team. We all have moments where we want to get home. I'm a 2 1/2-hour drive away from home (in Seattle) and I get homesick. But I think Rudy will be good despite everything that's happened." At Oracle Arena on Monday night, Fernandez refused to talk about his "situation," except to say that he continues to take things "day-to-day." Oregonian Fernandez has been more engaged, more approachable and more interactive during practices, meetings and team outings.

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