Hey there. Rudy's got a new post in his Marca blog, been a while (last one was from last month). Always interesting to hear his insight. Here's the original link for us Mexican speakers, the translation below the jump.
Hi everyone. Today I'd like to tell you what's like playing while you're running a fever, like I'm doing right now.
In the NBA there's no time to rest, so if you're like me, with an important bout of the flu, the team doses you up and up you go. I've been running a fever for a few matches now: in Denver I had a horrible time, I was feeling really dizzy. They gave me some strong meds, the kind you throw everything up, and the fever came down pretty quickly, but you're always feeling kinda weak. Now I'm getting better, but you still notice it: i'm in the kleenex phase. I've only stopped training for one day, and now, that we can't fall asleep if we want to get into the playoffs, you can't stop.
Playing with a fever it's not an excuse: against Sacto, for example, I missed a lot of shots, and that's all there is, i'm being too irregular. I play one day ok and then the next one bad. In fact, against Indiana and Denver I played two good games in a row and I thought: "Hey, Rudy, today was supposed to be the bad one..."
Like you know, I went through a phase where my morale was very low. I was playing few minutes and badly, and I was feeling that I wasn't a part in Nate's plans. But now I'm trying not to dwell on that and just try to make the best of the playing time I have.
During the All-star break I was feeling bad, and while all my teammates left, I stayed in Portland to train alone. Luckily, friends from Barcelona came and I could tune out a bit. I needed it. We came up with the famous Dwight Howard-like dunk video, one of my mates has got a camera that can film slow-motion replays, and we put it in my web. The "defender" is the Blazers' rookie trainer, who didn't have holidays during the all-star break like me.
By the way, they've told me that my personal and National squad trainer, Paco Fernández, is doing ads for a spanish brand of mattresses. I hope he's not too greedy and can send me one, cause my back is killing me...
A big hug for everyone.