Friday, December 9, 2011

Brandon Roy

For the past couple of years everyone knew that Brandon Roy had serious knee problems. It's why he was traded on draft day by Minnesota to Portland. The Minnesota doctors were suspect of Roy's knees. That's common knowledge, isn't it?

Fast-forward to this off-season's lock-out. As the end of it was approaching; there were rumors that the 'Blazers were going to amnesty Roy. There were stories about how bad Roy was being treated, and how bad he was feeling about it. But, the 'Blazers knew the issues of his knees were going come into play, sooner or later. It seem that sooner has won out, but everyone knew it was coming. There were even whispers about why the 'Blazer gave him such a generous contract knowing the knees were an issue. The bottom-line, in my opinion, is that the 'Blazers were being very kind to the guy.

But, now Roy is about to retire, and his salary won't count against the cap because he's retiring for medical reasons. What does that mean? It means that the 'Blazers still have their amnesty option to use. Roy, I believe, wasn't going to retire. He was fighting for a spot on the 'Blazer's roster; even saying that he would accept a role coming off the bench. Then, few days ago he met with management to discuss his role on the team. The meeting was to address the rumors of Roy being amnestied by the 'Blazers. They came out of that meeting with the understanding that Roy was expected to be ready when camp opened.

What does all that mean? It means that the 'Blazers probably convinced Roy to retire for medical reasons so that the team can hold on to it's amnesty option. And what does that mean? Well, don't be surprised to hear that Roy is joining the 'Blazers organization in some way or another in the future.

That's a good reward for being a team player.

mike t.

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Posted by Michael C. Teniente at 4:16 PM

"The Lakers seem to be on the verge of getting Chris Paul with Pau Gasol on his way out, along with Lamar Odom. That leaves Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Andrew Bynum. What happens to Derek Fisher? LOL! And, once more, what about the bench?"

Posted by Michael C. Teniente at 4:51 PM

"The Hornets get Odom, Scola, Martin, Dragic, and the Knicks 1st rounder in 2012 for Chris Paul? That is one heck of deal for the Hornets! This isn't a one-sided deal. And the Rockets get a proven all-star in Gasol to replace Yao Ming. Tell me: what's wrong with this deal? This is just a case of envy.

I really think that most of the owners don't "get" the new CBA. It's the deal the owners locked the players out for. It was to create competitive balance. The problem, I think, is that the owners don't know what creative balance is in the context of this new CBA."

Posted by Michael C. Teniente at 6:52 PM

"What is holding up this deal? Small-market teams can only dream to have a balanced roster to compete with the 3 superstar roster. This is the competitive balance that the lock-out was all about. The small-market balanced roster model forces teams to play basketball the right way. This model is much like the Spurs model. The Spurs had capable players who committed to play the game the right way, and made stars out of Tony Parker and Ginobli.

Get it? They made stars out of Parker and Ginobli. Championships made stars out of Parker, Ginobli, Billups, Hamliton, and Prince. Team ball made these players stars when they won championships.

Paul is a league superstar. He hasn't won anything. Anthony is a league superstar. He hasn't won anything. Amare is the same as those two. It two philosophical approaches to the game. The big-market approach and the small-market approach.

Sometimes the league makes superstars and sometimes championships makes stars."

Posted by Michael C. Teniente at 8:35 PM

"Again, all this because the league and the players haven't figured out the full context of the new CBA - the 3 superstar roster model: big-market vs. the balanced roster model: small-market. And, of course, because of that, it leaves Lamar Odom feeling abandoned, and thinking of hanging it up and reporting to the Kardashians for the next phase of his career."

Posted by Michael C. Teniente at 11:19 PM



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