Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
Brandon Roy showed up Tuesday night at the Garden with the Milwaukee Bucks visiting the Rose Garden.
Too bad his former team mates didn’t.
Portland were throttled 116-87 last night, and look to be fully ready to test fans’ patience over these final 20 games. Not playing defense is fine, if you’re the Washington Wizards or on the And-1 Mixtape Tour (does that still exist?). But for a team that has prided itself on consistent defensive effort for the past several seasons, these recent atroscious blowouts are concerning.
- The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito wrote a gamer for last night’s Blazer abuse by the hands of the Bucks. Brandon Roy showed up, Crawford didn’t and the Blazers dropped to 21-25, losing for the fourth time in five games and the second time in the three games coached by Canales.
- If you haven’t seen it yet, PRS’ own Rob Simonsen offered some consolation for last night’s Portland loss: more losses equates to a better draft pick. Glass half-full, Simonsen.
- Nate McMillan is gone. And in one of the better stories written lately, the Oregonian’s Jason Quick chronicles the pyschology behind losing a high profile job through the lens of coach McMillan. You should read the whole thing, but here’s a snippet:
The rain was beating down and the March day was turning to night when McMillan leaned into the car to kiss the driver — his wife, Michelle. It was Tuesday night, and inside her SUV were boxes containing the contents of McMillan’s former office here at the Trail Blazers practice facility.
The contents she carted away represented more than just knickknacks, mementos and basketball playbooks. They represented an era of Trail Blazers basketball, an era that had now passed.
- Elliot Williams will still be a center piece for the dicussion on potential as he won’t be suiting up again for the Blazers this season. The AP is reporting that Williams is electing to have surgery on his dislocated left shoulder as opposed to rehabbing it.
- Chris Johnson isn’t on waivers anymore. The New Orleans Hornets have picked up Johnson, Jim Kleinpeter of the Times-Picayune reported. The terms of the deal have not been annouced.
Thoughts, ideas and challenges to 1-on-1 games, are happily accepted in the comments section.