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Quick: McMillan Doubted Crawford; Aldridge Wanted Blame Shared

Jason Quick of The Oregonian has a lengthy Portland Trail Blazers season retrospective, which includes the news that former coach Nate McMillan had reservations about signing guard Jamal Crawford. ----------------------------- McMillan and Crawford had several conversations, and according to McMillan, none of them centered around the Blazers and the desire to win. Crawford instead wondered about himself: How much would he play, how many shots, what style of play? When McMillan told him he would have to play defense, Crawford blanched. ... As training camp continued, and the internal conversations about signing Crawford heated up, McMillan had grown irritated. Entering his seventh season in Portland, McMillan had transformed the franchise from laughingstock to respectability by placing team above all. Nothing he was hearing from Crawford suggested he would be a team player. His gut told him not to endorse signing Crawford. ----------------------------- Also, Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge said that he felt McMillan didn't put enough blame on himself for the the team's poor play. ----------------------------- "Sometimes (as a coach), if you take the blame for it, it makes the team feel like you are with them," said Aldridge, a co-captain. "But if you are always 'This is y'all, this is y'all, this is y'all' -- and I love Nate -- but I think that was one of the things that made guys stop listening." ----------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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