was in Portland this week and has a piece
on how the Portland Trail Blazers are working guard Brandon Roy back into the mix that includes some nice quotes from Blazers coach Nate McMillan.
"We have talked about that, about making adjustments," McMillan said. "Every player goes through that. It's just he is going through it at 26. Most guys go through it at 33, 34, where you have to adjust how you play and what you do and how teams use you. If you play long enough you go from starting to possibly coming off the bench, from isolating to posting up, from being able to guard a smaller guy to looking to guard bigger guys. It happens."
It's not easy. McMillan understands that. He knows what it's like to have your body fail you. As a player, McMillan waited nine seasons to make it to the NBA Finals. When he did, as a member of the Sonics in 1996, a severe back injury limited him to two games in the series against Chicago.
"I know what [Roy] is feeling," McMillan said. "You work so hard to get to this point and now you can't perform. I had a back injury. I was like why, where did this come from? That's one of the toughest things to deal with, to not be able to perform because something is there that hampers you, keeps you from playing the best, being at your best. As players, all we want is to be healthy and for it to be me going against you. If I've got something holding me back, on a big stage, that hurts. You're questioning a lot of things. It's like you're playing, you're doing something you love and something is slowly taking it away from you. You don't see many ways to improve. Sometimes, you get to a point where you are embarrassed by the situation."
McMillan has played Roy above his minutes limit two games in a row
but word came down this morning
that Roy will not play tomorrow night against the Sacramento Kings on the second half of a back-to-back as planned.
-- Ben Golliver | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter