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Time to Pull the Goalie (medical staff)

So, the Blazers have another knee injury. That's what...6 now? (Oden/Przybilla/Camby/Williams/Roy/Pendergraph) This leads me to believe that change is needed. Before I even start, let me first say that I'm not accusing the medical staff for being at fault AT ALL. I think it more likely that this is the worst cosmic joke on sports to date, but that being said... In hockey, when a team is losing the game and especially if the opponent has gained momentum by scoring a few quick goals, coaches often pull the goalie and play the back-up. Most of the time, the goals weren't the goalie's fault but were due to either bad bounces, impossible to stop deflections, or poor defensive play by the rest of the team...but the coach still pulls him. It's nothing personal, it's a business decision. You see, sometimes the only way to stop a team from mentally collapsing is by giving them hope and a fresh start. There's something in the back of your mind when the back-up skates on the ice (I played college hockey so I'm speaking from some limited experience) that says, "Okay, now we can put that unfortanate-ness behind us and play OUR game the rest of the way". You all of the sudden feel as though no comeback is impossible nor even improbable (until they score on the back-up...then you're in trouble). I'm now suggesting that Blazer management needs to pull a similar move. I think they should consider letting the entire medical staff go (or at the very least, those in charge). Not because this is their fault, but because the team, and the fanbase, need to feel as though things are in control and in hand. No need to panic, the necessary steps are being taken. This is often achieved for teams with terrible records by firing the coach...same idea. Though in our case, a .500 record is bloody unbelievable so I don't think letting Nate go helps us. Just a thought, but I'm curious to know what you all think. Do you think the players are nervous or unhappy with the training staff? And if so, does/could this affect their play?
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