Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  61 responses

Brandon Roy Upset About Playing Time in Game 2

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

For NBA stars, there’s probably nothing harder to accept than the realization that they’re no longer the proverbial “Man”.

When injuries take this all-important status away — but leave guys with enough to play, but not quite enough to dominate like they once did — it can be especially difficult to deal with.

Welcome to Brandon Roy’s life.

Roy was upset with head coach Nate McMillan’s distribution of minutes last night in Game 2, as the Portland Trailblazers went down 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks. Brandon barely played, and when he did, he had almost no impact on the game whatsoever.

The Oregonian reports:

The urge to break down came in the first half of the Blazers’ 101-89 defeat to the Mavericks. It was in part because of the humiliation of being the Blazers’ last substitute, chosen to play after Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, and even Patty Mills. And it was out of frustration of being used in the most throwaway of fashions: 2:36 at the end of the first; 3:06 at the start of the second; not at all in the third; and 2:17 at the start of the fourth. All told, the three-time All-Star played a scoreless 7:59, missed his only shot from the field, missed both of his free throws, and made one turnover.

“There was a point in the first half, and I was thinking ‘You better not cry,”’ Roy said. “I mean, serious. I mean, there was a moment where I felt really sorry for myself. Then I was like, nah, you can’t be sorry for yourself. I’m a grown man, but there was a moment there that I felt sorry for myself. Especially when I think I can still help.”

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little hurt, or disappointed,” Roy said. “But the biggest thing is to keep moving, to try and keep my spirits up. But it’s tough man. I just …. I just always thought I would be treated better. That was a little disappointing for me.” Earlier in the day, Roy said he is frustrated that people think his biggest obstacles are his knees. His knees, which were both operated on in January, feel good, he says. It is his mental game that needs work, Roy says. He needs to find a rhythm, regain the confidence in his shot. It’s why he spent the eve of Game 2 working out in American Airlines Center from 7-8 p.m. Roy said he believes he can still help this team, but he can’t do it the way McMillan used him on Tuesday.

For the series, Brandon Roy is averaging a paltry 1 point, 1.5 assists, and 17 minutes per game. He says that he does not plan on speaking to Nate McMillan about his ever-diminishing role.

For Blazers fans, to see their former superstar fade away like this, along with their team’s backs now up firmly against the wall in the series, that’s gotta be especially tough.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Zog

    put him in the starting lineup give him a chance

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    He is being a good soldier, for the most.
    When he has played, he has been in-effective. What can Nate do, really.

  • el_larsen

    it would be a nice move indeed.
    the more i hear the guy the more i love him.this guy cares .and nowadays it’s rare

  • AJ

    We’ll take him in Phoenix!!!!!!!!

  • dma

    Brandon Roy must not have watched himself play a pathetic 26 minutes in game 1. His defense was bad pre-injury but my goodness he made me look like Ron Artest on D

  • Oh Nose

    I’m waiting for the — “BRING HIM TO NYK, MAKE IT HAPPEN WALSH” — post

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I really think Roy should have taken the rest of the year off to fully rehab, get in shape and work on his game. Not saying that he sucks, but while he was out, the Blazers established a rotation and a rhythm without him and its gonna be hard for McMillan to break that for the sake of him getting his game back.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    I like him, i really do, but using the excerpts above for context, i find his behaviour here a little baffling.
    He has no intention of raising the matter that nearly drove him to tears with Nate? Really? But telling the local paper is gonna make this better how?
    Btw. Marcel Mutoni’s 1st two paragraphs here are so true, it hurts.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    There’s a time and place, BRoy.
    0:2 down in the playoffs is.not.it.

  • greg

    i like his grit though he played hhurt last year nd he would go but coach is pulling him back i love seeing that in a baller

  • JTaylor21

    For somebody that the media used to claim was such a nice and humble guy, dude sure complains a lot.

  • OneStep

    The way he is right now he makes Mike Bibby look like an All-NBA defender. He has no speed and no lateral quickness. His coach is doing what every coach is trying to do: win games. Unfortunately, when Nate looks down his bench Roy is the least able of everyone there right now. Maybe with a good injury-free offseason he can regain some of his previous form. Regretfully, I somehow doubt it.

  • T-Money

    Brandon Roy has been a whiny selfish brat for some time now. This is a guy who put a veto on Andre Miller starting over Steve Blake because Steve Blake would let him control the offense. He’s not team first at all and I’m not surprised that he’s talking about his playing time to the media instead of talking about being down 0-2.

  • Anthony

    i wud b mad azz hell too. the role players was acting scared azz hell BUT when roy was in there he was too passive..

  • Anthony

    @tmoney wth are you talkn bout….. he was asked the question and if you are a four time allstar thats better than than the one starting in the your position you have the right to be mad……. think b4 you write sumthnnn stupid again

  • T-Money

    Anthony: Go look at his game logs in March and April and then give me one single reason why he should play over Wes Matthews, Batum or Wallace besides the fact that his name is Brandon Roy. He’s getting lit up on D and takes contested off balance pull ups. That’s it, that’s his game right now. The next time he’ll get to the rim will be the first time since the ASG.

  • J-MAC

    T-Money I think that was you that said look up “cold in the D”? Man i LMFAO watching that ish…

  • RunNGun

    Knicks don’t want Brandon Roy; they’d rather have LaMarcus Aldridge. Roy’s got to understand that his knees will go any day now due to the lack of meniscus. Portland’s doing him a favor by improving the longevity of his career. Brandon Roy, as a famous person once said, “KNOW YOUR ROLE JABRONI and SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTH!”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He ain’t being a good soldier. Eff that.
    This dude has been selfish for a few years now and I’ve been saying it. If he’s not going to change his game to co-exist with the other players, then he needs to ride the pine.
    He still wants to over dribble and only wants to be active when he has the ball. Do the little things. Set screens, run the floor, get to the right spot and take your shots quickly. Man, he didn’t play because he can’t play the way the team is playing now, or he doesn’t want to play that way.

  • Anthony

    @tmoney broy lost a step but wesley mathews or batum did not do anything….. so if you want to win i guess you lean on your allstar

  • Anthony

    all dey gotta do is run pick n roll wit him n L.A or run him off screens

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    An All-Star in name only.
    Dude doesn’t want to play the right way. Period.
    He wants to be a pseudo two guard, who dominates the ball, runs down the clock and has the green light take any shot. Well, just like that doesn’t work for Atlanta, it won’t work for Portland. If Roy came in, moved without the ball, hit open jumpers, and didn’t stop the ball, he would get playing time. But he refuses to do that because that’s not the way he’s “comfortable” playing. Well Nate McMillian isn’t comfortable playing you. Deal with it.

  • B-E-Z

    I said it after Game 1…..The reason they lost was because ROY was playing more minutes than Matthews!!!! Roy has the same problem T-Mac “HAD”…I say had because T-mac has even become realistic in what he can do now. T-mac understands he’s not the same player which means YOU DON’T GET THE SAME RESPECT!!! Brandon Roy basically said I SHOULD BE PLAYING BECAUSE MY NAME IS BRANDON ROY. Funny he didn’t say after playing 26 minutes last game I felt I deserve to be out there more LOL he just said I DESERVE BETTER?

  • Anthony

    roy took 2 shots last night… wat were u watchn allen ….. Sound like u talkn bout melo

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m talking about his career in general. Last night he barely played, which is why he cried. And when he did get in, he just drifted and over dribbled when he got the ball before being killed on defense.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Say it with me IN unison, my fellow SLAM brethren;
    “Pride only hurts. It never helps”.
    (Marcellus Wallace, “Pulp Fiction”)

  • Anthony

    i guess so but their problems arent broy… portland played zero d and let two 35+ year old drop buckets on em

  • don

    complaining about your playing time when you’re down 0-2 is so selfish, especially if you’re not much of a help when you’re on the court.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Blazers, as a whole, played very good defense. What are you saying? Peja and JKidd hit shots. And Dirk was Dirk. If Kidd is shooting 60 percent from 3 there is not much most teams can do. He got some easy shots, but he also hit some very tough ones.

  • Anthony

    he was wide open on them threes and so was peja.. plus the pick n roll d was awful

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    I been lit up on here before for calling Roy selfish and whiny.
    Told ya so.

  • http://slamonlie.com nbk

    I missed everything but the 4th quarter of the Mavs Blazers game. – But still I would like to pull a Jukai and say, I have been pretty firm on my belief that the Spurs are in more trouble in the first round then the Mavericks are. I don’t see Portland winning this series

  • add

    i see a trade comin up in the near future…

  • MLK4Life

    He looks nowhere near 100%. I understand him wanting to play, but just watching him move, he doesn’t even look like he’s capable of being a threat at all. He had two knee surgeries this season. I’d take a 100% Rudy Fernandez over a 60% Brandon Roy. People were talking about him not even being able to play again this season. This is the second time he’s come back and tried to play when he should be rehabbing. He came back during the playoffs last season and was a shell of himself. Just bad luck I guess. He will never be the same player he was on his way to being. Too many knee surgeries. The explosiveness is gone.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Killing what little trade value he had left

  • underdog

    Welcome to Gilbert Arenas’ life.

  • Anthony

    lol @mlk — a 40 percent broy is betta than a 100 rudy……. rudy is just like sasha v but just got a lil more ups

  • TheGlove

    I felt like they were conserving B-Roy’s legs towards the end of the regular season. He needs to be in the game at crunchtime. Nate will make the adjustments.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    @ Phil, it’s a good thing Marcellius thought that about pride considering what happened 2 him later…
    U’r the man bro.

  • MikeC.

    He wants to play more to establish a rhythm? The playoffs are not where you try to establish rhythm.

  • MLK4Life

    If that was the case, Brandon Roy would be playing more. Obviously, Coach McMillan doesn’t agree with you.

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

    I think Brandon can still help the Blazers out, but he’s going to need more than 7 minutes a game to do it. What can anybody do on the court for 7 minutes? He’s already accepted the bench role this year–I’d give him a shot. The Blazers need someone off their bench besides Batum.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Roy should be starting or playing more minutes. Blazer are going nowhere with Wesly Matthews or Gerald Wallace as your second best player. Let Roy play, he build confidence, then he can get back to around 20 a game and feel appreciated. This is why I don’t like Nate as the coach, Trade Roy or play him Trail Blazers.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Regarding court time – NATE ROBINSON has fell off the planet; DNP-CD for a young Thunder Team that no need for his abilities. Russell Westbrook, Hayden and Eric Maynor has the backcourt on LOCK

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    woops – Harden*

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @The Fresh Prince of Nsam.
    My guy.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    So Roy “does not plan on speaking to Nate McMillan about his ever-diminishing role”, but is OK with speaking to the press about it?

  • lockon

    just damn those injuries. hopefully he wont end up like penny

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    @Dacre: Nate just had surgery and he still hasn’t quite come back from it. Plus he didn’t have much time to get used to playing with the team before the playoffs, so there’s no way Brooks will put him in during the playoffs. No reason to.

  • jimmer

    Penny Hardaway. Spot on. Penny was 100 times better, but given the scenario, i.e all star selections, found the worlds biggest cliff to fall off, instantly erased trade value, spot on. Some thing tells me we won’t be seing this guy 10 years from now ala Grant Hill, either.

  • Rainman

    i second T-money (for once)

    this guy was complaining about Andre Miller because he didnt feel like the offence ran through him, he also blamed miller for slowing down his game, before he took a look in the mirror and his whole gimpy knee situation.

    I really feel bad for what has happened to him, its very unfortunate. But judging by how he’s acted the past 2 or so years, he’s been a me first player, not a team first player, and a whiny brat. period.

  • Rainman

    might i also add, Anthony is in a bit of denial…

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “he’s talking about his playing time to the media instead of talking about being down 0-2″
    He probably did say something about it, but the reason you’re not reading it has nothing to do with him, does it?

  • MLK4Life

    People, Brandon Roy had two knee surgeries this season. He cannot give you 20 points a game unless he shoots 30 times. He’s not the same player. He’s not sitting the bench because Nate McMillan doesn’t like him. He can’t play.

  • Anthony

    na @RAINMAN… i know broy probably wont b the same player… chose the wrong time to say this but… ppl are disrespectn him and not lookn at it from his poit of view….. u know damn well u wud feel sum way but at the end of the day the blazers need to step up and make this a series..

  • http://dude Chukaz

    He should hang out with T-Mac in the summer. That should make him more humble. Healthy BRoy was the 3rd best two guard in the league (because T-Mac was hurt). Healthy T-Mac was the 3rd best player in the league behind Kobe and Duncan. Roy wasn’t very athletic. A look at T-Mac’s body told you that he was born to play basketball. T-Mac had to athleticism, physical tools, and skill to go down as the best player ever. Roy’s an overachiever. If Roy had to experience T-Mac’s situation, he woulda killed himself.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Offensively, TMac was better than Kobe in his prime. He didn’t have Kobe’s work ethic or an interest in playing defense, but talent wise he was better. You are definitely correct about Roy tho. He’s never had a fraction of TMac’s skills or talent. Plus, Roy happend to luck out with the league having a drought of good shooting guards(with size). I’d still pick Ray Allen over him any day. He’s only slightly better than Iguodala offensively, and I’d pick him over Roy because he can play D, pass, and isn’t nearly as selfish. Roy has always been a tad overrated.

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

    Ugh… Co-sign Ugh.

  • Anthony

    say sumthn bad about broy now

  • _djr

    @Chukaz…”TMac had to [sic] athleticism, physical tools, and skill to go down as the best player ever.” – really? Offensively he was good for a few seasons, but didn’t ever really know you had to play 2 end’s of the court.

  • Simisos

    HAHA Roy wins the game for Portland whos talking now