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Highkin: Raymond Felton Shouldn't Be Only Blazers Scapegoat

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Sean Highkin of Portland Roundball Society writes that Portland Trail Blazers guard Raymond Felton shouldn't be the only one to blame for the team's struggles this season. ------------------------------------- So why has Felton received the dubious distinction of the season’s all-purpose scapegoat? We can find the answer by re-reading virtually every interview he gave to any major media outlet this season. First, he was in shape and loving the up-tempo style. Then, his poor play was a result of his showing up overweight to training camp and don’t blame me, it’s the lockout’s fault. First, he was simply comparing McMillan unfavorably to Mike D’Antoni. Then, it was all the coach’s fault for not showing enough confidence in him. This brand of flakiness and lack of accountability gave too many Blazers fans flashbacks to the days of Bonzi Wells telling Sports Illustrated that fans don’t matter to players. Felton didn’t do himself any favors with his play, but it was his propensity for excusing said on-court performance with whatever explanation was convenient for him at the time that secured a future of spirited booing at the Rose Garden, no matter where he ends up. In the minds of Blazers fans, the season that almost never happened is going to go down as the season where Raymond Felton happened. Ultimately, this was just one more reason why the Blazers were never as close to contending as fans and media thought. ------------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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