Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  11 responses

Nate McMillan on Brandon Roy: ‘He’s Going to Play His Role’

Nate says that he understands Roy’s frustration, but doesn’t plan on making any changes to his rotation to appease him. From The Oregonian: “The Blazers watched film of Tuesday’s game and did not practice Wednesday, but McMillan met with reporters at the team’s practice facility. He said that he had not read the story but had spoken to Roy about it. ‘I said to Brandon, there’s nobody in this state, including Brandon, that (wants) Brandon on the floor as much as I do,’ McMillan said … McMillan said the change has been a major transition for him, too. ‘It’s a challenge every time I call Brandon’s name off the bench,’ McMillan said. ‘That’s our All-Star. We’re going through a season where we are trying to figure out what he can do and how he can help the team and get him through this year. But I know what he has done for this organization. And to call Brandon Roy’s name as a backup is different. As I said, I’m trying to put this team in position – and Brandon knows that, and I’ve talked to the team about that – to win games,’ McMillan said. ‘So the rotation’s going to be different.’ Asked about how much Roy will play Thursday, McMillan said: ‘He’s going to play his role, which is coming off the bench. And we’ll see. There wasn’t any minutes promised or anything like that. All of our guys want to play minutes.’ Finally, when asked if the issue could be a distraction, McMillan calmly but firmly nudged the questioning to Game 3, saying, ‘No, because we’re moving to the game tomorrow.’”

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  • MLK4Life

    Good coach. No need in playing a guy who’s nowhere near where he used to be. He’s hurt. The organization could have very well sat Brandon down for the season. He’s lucky he’s getting any minutes at all.

  • Fat Lever

    If you just read the articles headline, you’d think “sonned”. Nate’s right, Wes Matthews, right now, seems to be a better option at the two than a severely limited Roy, although I don’t understand how Patty Mills is ahead of Roy on the depth chart. Only way that should happen is in the Paul Hogan Fan Club.

  • Anthony

    wes mathews is better but he needs to step up … the dallas mavs had a 3 point shootout game 2 and easy pick n roll

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I’ve always liked Nate. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember any controversy, or any clear misstep on his part. Handled this nicely!

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

    Nate handling this the way it should be handled. He sympathizes with BRoy, but at the same time he’s letting him and everyone else know its his team and his rotation and that the way it should be.

  • MikeC.

    Nate is worried about the Trailblazers, and not feelings. Good stuff coach!

  • D.Stokes

    Now thats how its done.

  • bull22

    after all that yacking about how they were glad they got the mavericks and now are being abused by them, he may as well try something new… i picked the blazers in six, so i severely underestimated these mavs….. good try though brandon,, but pretty soon it will all be over and a good vacation is awaiting your team….

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

    Nate is still classy.
    I would think Mills is ahead of Roy for defensive purposes. Pressuring the ball, etc. Could be wrong.

  • JL

    come on blazers why does it seem like they are not really underperforming but they are still losing this series? Is it the defense that is lacking? This is a darn good team we’re talking about here.

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

    I love coaches like Nate. But Pop is the king.