Thursday, October 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am  |  39 responses

Brandon Roy ‘Wants the Ball a Lot More’

It’s a new season, but the Brandon Roy vs. Andre Miller vs. Nate McMillan saga is still going strong. Is this what a captain should tell the media? Via Blazers Edge: “‘Last year I thought it was different from two years before, just with adding ‘Dre. I think we’re going to continue some of that from last year but try to get back maybe from a couple of years ago, before ‘Dre came, where I get the ball a little bit more. I want the basketball a lot more.’”

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  • Noel

    He’s clearly upset he didn’t make Slamonline’s top ten

  • RobbieJay

    youd get the ball alot more if you were injured a lot less.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He must have been reading the comments in his Top 50 piece.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Told you.
    Dude is selfish and pig-headed but he’s getting a pass. That team was ROLLING with Dre making decisions and spreading the ball around, but Roy wants to pound the rock again because that’s what he’s most comfortable with.
    Look Blazers fans, he’s not that good. You don’t build your team around Brandon Roy as the main ball handler and decision maker. He’s just a two guard, who lacks the explosiveness of somebody like a young Kobe or Wade. He’s Joe Johnson West.
    Somebody needs to let him know that he needs to fall in line and learn how to score off screens, how to score on quick moves without all that dribbling. Become a better catch and shoot player, better at moving without the ball.
    Portland is going to be screwed until he gets the message. He ain’t Iverson.

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  • t-sizzle

    every superstar has an ego, but gotta be able to back it up with Wins, and i dont see that happening where this is going… roy just dropped a bit in my books

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    he scored 25pts a game, how much more does he want the ball?

  • PapaBearATL

    Wasn’t attitude an issue he had in highschool/college years?

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    trailblazing-lisbon, we’re waiting for you to chime in. allenp broke it down very well

  • T-Money

    Yeah, B-Roy is low-key selfish. Last year, he was pushing extra hard for Steve Blake to start even though Dre was clearly the better option there because Blake would just cross the half court line and hand him the rock.

  • onions baby onions

    Allenp spits the truth…just to make it clear though, while Portland may be screwed as long as BRoy keeps this up, IF he ever did focus on moving without the ball, scoring in catch and shoot/one-dribble pull-up sitations etc. his numbers would skyrocket, and Portland would immediately become one of the more dangerous teams in the game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I agree with the dood allen as well. Except Roy is far ahead of Joe at a comparable experience level. Even now Roy is better, and has much much more explosiveness. (check some tape)

  • http://ijustwantmynametolookbig.com Chukaz

    it would be ok if he was more of a scorer than he is. He’s trying to be da pocket version of lebron n wade but he ain’t athletic enough. He should try to be more like melo but with vision. he gotta understand that u don’t always get what u want. i wanna do stuff to a hot chick on my history class n its probably not gonna happen. like roy i got game but not enough to get what i want

  • hammer

    That’s what I’ve been waiting 4 broy 2 say. B more assertive. Sounds like he on a mission this yr 2 step his game up even more. Go blazers!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’ll concede that Roy got better faster and may be more athletic, but I still say their games are very similar. Joe is more crafty with his though, and works better on the block, while Brandon has a slightly better handle and is a better passer.
    Either way, neither of them is a Lebron or Wade level player who should be running 1-4 sets the entire game with high pick and rolls. They should be cogs, in the wheel, with an offense that does not depend on them to create everything.
    Andre Miller was better than Steve Blake and everybody knew it. But Roy was pouting to McMillian and since he’s the “franchise player” and McMillian’s best bud on the team, the coach caved.
    Then when Roy goes down (as he typically does) Andre just starts killing despite the team being short handed. He’s getting their wings shots, he’s making Aldridge looks good, basically he’s doing what Andre Miller typically does. The Blazers could have had that ALL YEAR without Roy talking abotu what he’s “most comfortable” doing.

  • AKR

    lol @ chukaz

    brandon would still be nice…he can let dre do his thing for the first 3 q’s and then jus rip it in the 4th kinda like kobes….hes gotta pipe down or blazrs will b in trouble

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh yeah i definately agree with you about the type of player Roy is and where heshould be fitting in. That’s without question, IMO the Blazers should run more offense through Aldridge more then ISO’s for Roy. (mainly because aldridge is so long, and willing to pass out of the post).

  • The Philosopher

    Always said Roy wasn’t great.
    Very good.
    Not great.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    ALLENP > Yessssss!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ve been saying everything I’ve been saying about Roy! He’s so spoiled! With Andre Miller, the team is CLEARLY better off. I think Brandon is very good, but one of the reasons that Portland started off so funny last year and that Andre and the Blazers weren’t doing so well was because BRANDON, the “team leader”, didn’t step up to get everyone on the same page. I strongly believe that Brandon holds himself back with his passive-aggressive attitude about having the ball. He’s so versatile, but he’s so protective of his “spot” on the team as “The Man”.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What’s really shocking is that he hasn’t gotten tagged for having a massive ego by the mainstream media. I guess you can blame it on the East Coast Bias and the fact that Roy’s team hasn’t had enough success to really get a lot of national scrutiny.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    here’s a “what if” question to ponder: what if blazers picked Durant? without a question it’s a devastating 1-2 punch, but will blazers have a championship team type of chemistry?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t think so albie, and it’s something people always ignore.
    I don’t think Roy wants to cede “man” status to anyone.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^^ Chris Bosh said the same thing about HIMSELF. and we all saw how that worked out.

  • JTaylor21

    It’s funny that people claim that dude’s this great teammate and person but everything he has done so far is the exact OPPOSITE. Dude is always bit*hing about wanting more shots. He thinks he’s LeBron, DWade, wants more shots to get fame BAWSE!!!!!!!

  • T-Money

    You just have to be unassuming, humble and not boasful with the media. If you can do that, you pretty much get a pass for everything. Not only Roy, Kevin Love is extra selfish too. Always b-tching about playing time, touches, not rotating to have a better angle on rebounds (he knows how he’ll get paid), openly questioning his coach’s decision.. but that’s all good as long as he’s a good quote. That’s alos why D-Rose can openly chase MVP-status and staying the man in Chicago: he’s such an humble kid.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Allenp: yeah i didn’t think he could settle as the pippen to durant’s jordan either. durant is much much better at playing off the ball (just my impression, haven’t gotten the chance to see him play all that much), but one would be asinine to not have him as the 1st option. roy then becomes ineffective when durant dominates the ball so much.
    i wonder if roy lobbied for the team to pick oden, because unlike the drexler/jordan thing 2 decades ago, roy and durant actually plays different position, so it’s not exactly a redundant pick.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Good point on Love T-Money.
    Also, it’s the Jason Kidd syndrome.
    When writers enjoy the way somebody plays, they tend to give them an extra pass when they do stupid stuff.
    People think Jason Kidd is cool because he passes a lot, but dude has multiple domestic violence accusations, is a coach killer and has feuded with teammates. Think about it.
    Pass first point guards, funny big men, and dudes who say “aw shucks” get the biggest passes in the league.
    Media members are the filters and gatekeepers and they tend to shape players’ images with the public.
    I remember that John Stockton used to wear a polo shirt and dockers to games. Or jeans. Nobody complaiend that he was underdressed or not professional. But, we see what happened when black players started wearing too much casual wear.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    give him the rock

  • VisionofGreatness

    The Blazers are stunted regardless of how much he gets the ball. They can’t beat the Nuggets, Jazz, Spurs, or Lakers in a series. So who cares?

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Lol @ Chukaz 1:49

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    @Allep, DavidR; hes not selfish and we might want to move him to PG once and for all, hes an excelent playmaker not just for him but for the rest of that team, i like Dre Miller but this team´s most used backcourt will be Roy with Wes Mattews…Roy´s basically a 6foot6 Point Guard but he should keep this sh1t of the media and work things out with Dre and McMillan…you do build a team around a playmaker/scorer like Roy, hes multidimentional and clutch as the come, just need to lead his team in person, not through the fu(kin media!!

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    @Allenp: The problem of Stern wasn’t with casual clothes. He didn’t wanted the Hip Hop and ghetto image of guys like Iverson.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Roy IS a good playmaker though… That’s pretty much indisputable. However, the team would definitely benefit having Miller run the point.

  • Kadavour

    Back in 07 or 08 i believe the Blazers won upwards of 80% when Roy had 7+ asts. They succeed when he controls the rock, they don’t when he dominates it. He’s right to want that kind of control, he’s wrong if he doesn’t see the obvious value in Dre Miller.

  • The Duke

    Give him the ball!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I know that. But that wasn’t the public reason given.

  • Groves

    Ball don’t lie, Allen-P don’t lie. Joe Johnson West (good call allen) is NOT a Kobe/Wade type.

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  • Rocketz

    It is very seldom that a star player on a team that isn’t winning doesn’t complain. Unless you get lucky and draft a humble future MVP like Kevin Durant. Ouch…to soon? You either build around your “star” or cut em loose and try something else.