We are starting to see a trend with this team that makes you wonder what is really going on. These players are constantly inconsistent and fighting this upward battle of trying to establish themselves on this team. There are two players that have gotten consistent playing time that still remain on this team, Roy and Aldridge. However you look at all the other players on this team that still remain, we never know what they are going to produce. Everyone jumps on Rudy, Martel, Bayless, Oden, Batum, and Miller for their unpredictably, yet there is a much bigger problem.
I know what I might say may get my post removed, but I'll take that risk. The problem resides solely on the system implemented by the coach. We can continually talk about how certain players aren't achieving success or playing well, but folks the system is designed for one player to succeed, Brandon Roy. I don't care who you have on the team, this style will not win championships period! Everyone who wants to believe otherwise is only fooling themselves into thinking it will work, the fact that its been tried and proven to fail. Any comparisons to Kobe and MJ, you're really looking for something that isn't there, they ran the triangle offense, that has far more player and ball movement than any type of system we run. All the players besides Roy are suffering because of it, yet we are constantly banging on the players.
Its like only feeding your kids fast food, yet you blame them for getting fat. Well feed them something that is real, that has vitamins and natural foods in it, not some fabricated junk food that you want to stuff down your kids throat cause your lazy! You wonder why they're fat? Their body can't break down all the chemicals in the food, what they need is structure and a sound eating habits to help them thrive and grow, kind of like the Blazer players.
The frustrating element to all this is that the media has totally bought into Nate McMillan. ESPN, Blazers Edge, Comcast, and the Oregonian have all given us this Coach of the year mumbo jumbo. Hello these players get thrown under the bus every game when the system fails. Take Utah the other night, do people really believe that the players quit playing hard, didn't scrap enough? Really??? Did anyone really see the game with constant ISO of Brandon Roy? Even peoples posts after the game said we lost because LA and Batum couldn't hit a shot. Folks one or two missed shots doesn't cost you the game, the system cost you the game!! The problem isn't the players here, trust me the players are good to great for the Trail Blazers. The system doesn't make the players any better or help them get any easier shots. The game isn't supposed to be one on one, no its supposed to be give and goes, cuts and screens, back doors, quick precise passing that makes the defense have to adjust which creates easy shots. Instead we play a style which we constantly fight the clock and have to take horrible shots, yet blame Rudy.
Its like reality is completely distorted and everyone who doesn't agree is considered a hater. This is basketball and its learned and developed by many across the world, yet if someone has a varying opinion of the Blazers, they are taken to the cleaners that they think they know more than an NBA coach. Well very possibly they are seeing something that the coach is blind to. How long are we as Blazer fans going to have to watch player after player suffer and want out of the organization before we wake up. If Rudy was playing poorly, and it was solely on him and his lacks, he wouldn't be calling for a change. This is someone who is sorely frustrated and trying to adapt to a system that has only one way of working. Not to anyones strengths but Brandon Roy. The game of basketball wasn't designed to be played this way, but rather to play as a team. What will we do when Batum gets frustrated with his role on the team, we gonna ship him off too? Really is this what we want, to be indebted to one player and one coach who believe in controlling the whole game with slow methodical offense that doesn't translate to winning in the playoffs. Folks this problem will not go away, this will be even more of a problem when Greg plays again next year, how will Roy and Oden coexist? Impossible under this system, and fooling ourselves into thinking it will work will only cause all the players on this team to become more frustrated and dysfunctional as time goes by.
There is clearly one solution, but the media and many Blazer fans don't want to admit is, Nate has to go. You can keep throwing players under the bus, you can blame them after every game, but no matter who the players are, you'll still have a coach who is so limited in his system that the personnel will get frustrated. Nate plays a style that worked in the 90's, isolation like Charles Barkley and Gary Payton use to run, yet the NBA is different now. You can do it for one play, but not for half the game, or a quarter or even a half a quarter. The NBA does watch other games, scouts other teams, so the reality is hitting hard and will continue to until this issue is addressed. Call me a hater, call me a Rudy lover, but I'm neither. I will admit though I really enjoy the game when its played right, with ball movement, player movement and great defense. Its an art form and we are going to see less and less of it until McMillan is gone.