Portland Trail Blazers Media Day is underway! We'll have continuing coverage throughout the day and a summary of all the day's proceedings at its conclusion. In the meantime our friends at CSNNW have been live-tweeting some of the comments from Trail Blazers players. Here are the highlights with light analysis.
Lillard said getting cut from Team USA was like them saying "you're not good enough". Using it as positive motivation heading into season— Comcast SportsNet NW (@CSNNW) September 29, 2014
If you read our summary of the Blazers executive interviews, you'll understand when I say this scans like Lillard is the love child of General Manager Neil Olshey and Head Coach Terry Stotts. On the one hand Lillard knows how to say exactly what you want to hear. On the other hand, he seldom speaks without mentioning a fierce commitment to winning, putting expectations directly on himself in the process. Either way, feel free to sigh over the guy...again.
Lillard: "I just want to be a better player than I was last season. I want to do whatever I can, to make the team a better team."— Comcast SportsNet NW (@CSNNW) September 29, 2014
How did we miss this one on our Media Day Bingo chart?
Lillard: "People expect us to be a good team because of last year and we should expect that from ourselves." #BlazersTalk— Comcast SportsNet NW (@CSNNW) September 29, 2014
I think those two may have been talking with each other.
Mathews on personal goal for this season: "Get better in anyway I can help this team win."— Comcast SportsNet NW (@CSNNW) September 29, 2014
Wait...we already had that space filled in on the Bingo card from Lillard.
As we said in the executive interview summary, this is the elephant in the room this season. If I'm going to believe the "every year is a contract year" sentiment is genuine from anyone, though, it's Wesley Matthews.
Lopez on comparing Kaman to himself: "We are both crazy in our own ways."— Comcast SportsNet NW (@CSNNW) September 29, 2014
Hooo boy. This is like your mother-in-law and your crazy auntie both coming for Thanksgiving dinner, both volunteering to help in the kitchen. It could be marvelous and it could be a disaster. Either way, somebody ought to video tape it.
That's probably the best, most sound thing we could hope to hear from anybody on the team. In fact you could almost wrap the proceedings there.
The Blazers will do well if they remember San Antonio as much as they remember Houston. The first-round victory may open up the door to greater vistas but the crushing loss will be the goad to prod them through that door.
. @nicolas88batum says he's a fan of sleeved jerseys thanks to wearing them exclusively this summer with the French National team— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) September 29, 2014
Welp...I guess that means he's a fan favorite no more. What's next, fanny packs?
LaMarcus @aldridge_12 says he's going to avoid talking about his impending contract negotiations this season— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) September 29, 2014
There's that elephant again. This is the proper--and really only--approach for Aldridge though. You can bet that after today the whole organization is going to develop collective amnesia around next summer's financial matters. They'll only be reminded if they do fantastically well or fantastically poorly.
You can hear complete audio of all the Trail Blazers player interviews--including those listed above and Thomas Robinson, Steve Blake, Chris Kaman, and Dorell Wright--here.