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Blazers G Brandon Roy apologizes for comments

Posted on: April 21, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 4:51 pm
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy apologized for emotional comments about his playing time following Game 2. Posted by Ben Golliver. brandon-roy

Following Portland's Game 2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy expressed some frustration with his playing time, telling reporters that he nearly cried during the game because he only played eight minutes. Roy questioned why he was being subbed in after fellow reserves Rudy Fernandez and Patty Mills and said his pride was hurt by the treatment. 

On Wednesday, Blazers coach Nate McMillan did his best to stomp out the drama. "As I said to Brandon, there is nobody in this state, including Brandon, that [wants] Brandon on the floor as much as I do," McMillan told reporters at the team's Practice Facility. "[Tuesday] night was a rotation that I felt we wanted to get back to our first unit and I went to that rotation. Bottom line is making decisions on substitutions is going to be me making those decisions as far as what's best for the team."

At Thursday morning's shootaround, Roy apologized for his remarks, which drew a large outcry among Portland's fanbase. "Frustrations, emotions, I'm sitting there, whenever your team loses, I get upset," Roy said during an interview videotaped by . "It was something that shouldn't have been said but I can't go back on it now. The biggest thing is, if I offended anybody by those comments, I apologize. It was just out of wanting to be out there and being down 0-2 leaving Dallas. It was hard." 

Roy said that he had met with McMillan but that the two hadn't spoken specifically about his comments. "Me and coach spoke. We'll be fine. It's the NBA, sometimes you have outbursts, you have to overcome those things and come together." 

The issue also apparently hadn't been discussed among the Blazers as a whole. "We haven't talked about it," Roy explained. "The guys, we came in and watched film yesterday, I think everybody's focus is how can we beat Dallas. This is a minor distraction. We've got to get ready to beat Dallas and not make any excuses."

The former All-Star guard backed off his statements concerning the rotation, saying that those decisions are McMillan's to make. "I think he should go with what he feels is going to be right," Roy said. "If he's comfortable with a lineup being out there, I'm ok with having to be on the bench. I was just emotional last time and maybe I shouldn't have said nothing. But if that happens tonight then I won't be complaining about it."

For his part, McMillan said the comments and ensuing reaction won't affect his rotation decisions or his handling of Roy. "He's going to play his role which is coming off the bench and we will see," McMillan said. "There wasn't any minutes promised or anything like that. All of our guys want to play minutes. Like I said, I'm trying to put this team in position, and I've talked to the team about that, to win games."

Roy's focus for Game 3 is on making the most out of his playing time regardless of how many minutes he is given. "I've got to try to produce a little bit faster," Roy said. "I've always been somewhat of a slow starter in my career, I usually start off slow and pick it up. I've got to change that tonight, start off a little faster, be a little more aggressive and then if I don't play that much, I've got to be OK with it and then I'll always continue to support my teammates if I am on the sideline."

Roy is averaging one point, one rebound and 1.5 assists in 17 minutes per game in the playoff series. Dallas leads Portland, 2-0.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:30 am

Blazers G Brandon Roy apologizes for comments

Brandon came back and had himself the kind of game I expected to be playing in the playoffs. It must be tough for a guy that age to go from superstar to role player so quickly and so early in his career. He just has to find a way to adapt and be effective.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:12 am

Blazers G Brandon Roy apologizes for comments

Yeah, I know.:)
I like Mathews.:P

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 5:10 pm

Blazers G Brandon Roy apologizes for comments

Roy, I love your heart and your competitiveness.  I'm sad that you are suffering physically and unable to attain your former greatness.  Hang in there, keep working hard, be humble, learn to live with what you have and not try to rely on athleticism that has disappeared, and you will be fine.  The greatest players learned to adjust as their physical capabilities diminished.  Sadly, your diminishment came early (not to say that you might never recover completely).  But attitude is everything.  I like your attitude about wanting to win and wanting to compete.  When the season opens up next year, I expect you to be ready to give it your all with skills renewed and strengthened during the off season.


I have another idea.  Talk the Blazers brass into sending Matthews back to Utah.  We'll take him.  Any price.

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