Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• I’d just like to point out that since Portland traded Jarrett Jack to the Indiana Pacers, the Blazers have not lost to a team with Jack on the roster.
• The Oregonian’s Jason Quick bashes Hedo, hates on hockey-loving Toronto, praises Miller, and has this quote from Rudy:
Fernandez refuted a Spanish newspaper account that he is unhappy in Portland and looking to sign with Real Madrid. “Right now, my heart is in Portland. It doesn’t matter if the newspapers talk about me, my contract is in Portland, and I’m happy in Portland.”
• Regarding the Rudy situation, in his latest chat, ESPN’s own John Hollinger agrees that it’s a non-story.
Joe (NY): Do the Blazers move Rudy Fernandez this summer? He’s been pretty mediocre this year and he might bolt for Spain if they don’t, might as well try to get something for him. He’d be great on a team like Phoenix, Golden State, or New York
John Hollinger: The earliest Rudy can bolt is 2012, so I don’t think the Blazers are too worried just yet. Spanish media like to stir the pot on this subject, but FIBA won’t allow a player to ditch a contract and jump countries.
• Mike Barrett is happy Portland has Miller instead of Hedo:
Andre Miller was fantastic once again, this time going up against the guy who left the Blazers at the altar last summer, Hedo Turkoglu. Miller had 18 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and didn’t commit a single turnover for the second-straight game.
• Kelly Dwyer likes how Portland takes care of the ball:
Portland played 96 minutes of pro basketball in 48 hours, and turned it over nine times. Darren Collison gets that in 32 minutes.
•TrueHoop Network sister blog Raptors Republic had this to say about the Blazers pace:
The Blazers were on the second night of a back-to-back; they were missing Oden, Pryzbilla, Camby (and just traded Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw). Ok, so they are tired, and playing a bit short handed, but remember I talked about pace yesterday, and this Blazers team is used to having less possessions a game than everyone other team in the league. This slower tempo actually helps to balance out playing heavy minutes in back-to-back nights.
This slower tempo also made Juwan Howard a huge factor in relief of Camby, who continued his streak of being injured in Toronto.
• From Frank Zicarelli of The Toronto Sun: You know how in Oregon we have the Oden vs. Durant debate? Well apparently Toronto has its own version:
Brandon Roy made his annual visit to Toronto and the second-guessing soon ensued.
It was inevitable as it was unavoidable.
What if the Raptors had taken Roy with the first overall pick in 2006, instead of Andrea Bargnani?
Go ahead, read the article and then come back. First off, Mr. Zicarelli does not bother to get basic facts right. Roy has been selected to the All Star team three times, not two, and was also Second Team All NBA. Also, it’s not just Brandon Roy that the Raptors missed out on, I’d have taken LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, or Paul Millsap over Bargnani.
Get ready to spit up your drink after reading these choice quotes:
Roy’s ability to beat his man off the bounce spreads the floor and provides his teammates open looks.
Bargnani’s impact is similar, only he uses his outside shooting to draw his defender away from the basket.
Bargnani can be as effortless and efficient as Roy, but only when he’s not settling for jump shots and is attacking the rim.
Brandon Roy is one of the most offensively efficient players in the history of the NBA. No, Mr. Zicarelli, your Charmin-soft, non-rebounding, non-shot blocking, non-foul drawing disappointment of a number one pick does not impact the game on a similar level to Brandon-Freakin’-Roy. Just because they play in the same league, doesn’t mean they are “in the same league.”