Sean Meagher's roundup today directed me to Dwight Jaynes' latest, where he says some things that are obvious--but others that make me wonder if he's actually in the locker room or in interviews hearing these things, or is just making crap up?
"-- There were a lot of players unhappy with their role on this team before last night's game but I'm guessing Nate McMillan added another one to the list in Denver. Marcus Camby went 5-for-5 from the field, had four rebounds, a steal and three blocked shots but played just 16 minutes and 7 seconds. "
Are a lot of players unhappy with their role? Does Felton really think he didn't deserve benching at least as a trial? Is Batum still unhappy, if he ever was, now that he's getting starter minutes? Has Wes ever said he was unhappy? Are the rooks complaining? I'm not saying none of what he's saying could be true...I just hadn't ever heard it said by another reporter, and as far as Camby is concerned it sounds like bunk. The guy needs rest, and he knows it. Plus he's much too long a veteran to think he's some offensive weapon that catches fire and should be left in as the "hot hand."
"Once more McMillan comes out after the game and scorches his players for lack of effort and for being outhustled and outworked. That seems to happen constantly."
Really? I think it was twice, last night and the Washington game.
"-- If there was ever a team that needed a mega-trade it's this one. Get some of the malcontents out of here and bring some winners in. Of just bag the whole thing and think about a good draft pick."
Who are the malcontents? Does Jaynes follow any other teams? There are some serious malcontents out there. (cough--HOWARD--cough). The worst malcontent on the Blazers is Rudy Fernandez...last year.
"The rookies aren't getting a chance at all to develop on a team that is seemingly going nowhere. Inconsistency abounds."
This he says after EWill and Johnson get extended minutes--not to mention that if you want the rookies to play, how do you also prevent malcontents like Camby from getting upset?
"So many players seem to want out of here and many of them appear to have checked out already. It's a mess."
Who has checked out? Wes? Wallace? Babbitt? I really have no idea. I don't see anyone that's checked out; I see guys losing focus. That's different.