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Teamwork is Blazers best asset

Posted By Opinionated On Jan 18 2011 @ 3:26 am In Portland Trail Blazers | No Comments

Tonight was not the most spectacular display of Blazer basketball, but it was a momentous occasion. LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a career high 37 points. The game started flat, was too close for comfort and ultimately ended with the Blazers getting the ‘W’. But I think tonight was about something bigger–teamwork.

It was announced today that Brandon Roy successfully completed double knee surgery. Which is great to here. And Greg Oden was at the game this evening, cane in hand, engaging in time out conversations. However, the display on the court showed that the team can really do it without Brandon and Greg–the supposed franchise players. In fact, the Blazers have a better record without Roy. What does that say?

When Brandon returns–and I am not going to speculate when that will happen, but personally I think he should take as long as he needs–the team will be a different team. Aldridge, Camby, Batum, Rudy–they all work well together. So, how will Brandon fit into that system, if and when he returns?

The team was originally built around Brandon, which worked for some time, but it has come to light that it wasn’t necessary. Then it shifted to Greg, and we all know how that story goes. So, what does Nate do when he has his All-Star back?

Play him off of the bench. He knees will never be the same again; his quick moves are questionable; and who knows what is conditioning will be like. Start him off the bench, let him really get back into the swing of things without the pressure to perform. Clearly we can win without him; not that we don’t need him or want him; but that we need him at the best he can possible be. And you can’t get that be forcing him to start 10 days after his surgery.

Imagine, the All-Star that is now LaMarcus Aldridge, Camby in the Middle, Batum on outside with Andre at point and a healthy Brandon Roy–now that’s a pretty good team. Then you’ve got Matthews and Fernandez coming off the bench, along with Joel–not a shabby looking bench either.

Is is necessary to have Brandon back? Maybe not right away, but if the Blazers have any chance of getting to the playoffs, let alone past the first round; absolutely.

To the TrailBlazers trainers–please don’t screw up Brandon’s rehabilitation, cause we really need him.

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