With Greg Oden down and no real games distracting our attention yet, it's natural for Blazer fans to look towards the future of the squad. The most heralded event of 2008 will be Oden's return. But I couldn't help but notice that another rising star is seeping into the consciousness of the Blazer faithful. You're starting to see more and more speculation about Spanish wing Rudy Fernandez...how good he might be and what he might mean to the team next year and beyond.
Since few of us have seen Rudy play in person, I decided we needed to talk to some people who have. So here are some quotes from various sources in the know about Rudy. We asked all of them the same questions: Is he really that good? What kind of an impact do you think he will have on the NBA?
Disclaimer: Many of these responses came in a language other than English. The Blazersedge Foreign Service Department did their best to come up with accurate translations, but we cannot be held 100% responsible for the results. We apologize in advance for any small inaccuracies.
From an assistant coach on the development squad for the Spanish National Team:
From a television broadcast play-by-play man in Spain:
From an opponent on the French National Team:
From an editor of a European scouting blog:
From an Eastern Conference executive who wishes to remain anonymous:
So there you go folks. That was the best info we could dig up. It seems like there might be reason for some cautious optimism, though I'm sure Blazer fans will keep it muted as they always do. What is it about us that makes us so chronically underestimate the guys we haven't seen yet?
Anyway...now better informed and wiser, please feel free to return to your sober, placid pre-season speculation.
P.S. Thanks to Idog1976 for putting us in touch with many of these sources. His foreign connections are truly amazing.