Nov 28

Don't Stand So Close To Me

By caseyholdahl Posted in: JoelPrzybilla, Nets
Usually you want to team your team to stay close. Building a sense of camaraderie off the court has various benefits on the court, so if you can foster some semblance of esprit de corp, through proximity or otherwise, you do it.

But sometimes, close isn't necessarily a good thing, as is the case right now for the Trail Blazers. Even though they're known as one of the tighter-knit locker rooms in the league, sometimes guys are instructed to stay away. It's nothing personal.

Such is the case right now with Joel Przybilla, who stayed in Portland with a stomach virus while the rest of the team traveled to New Jersey to start a four-game Eastern Conference road swing. Przybilla, who underwent a full workout prior to Friday night's game against the Hornets, is up and around and probably feeling well enough to travel. But right now, on a team that is once again being defined by who isn't playing rather than who is, the chance of Joel passing along a virus to the rest of the team on a cross country flight was a chance the Trail Blazers weren't willing to take, even with Sean Marks out with an ankle injury.

"With that virus that he has you can easily pass that on to someone," said Nate McMillan. "The doctors felt that it would be a risk for him to fly with the team and possibly passing that to the players. So we decided, until he gets better, he gets his strength back, we'll leave him at home."

There's still a good chance that Przybilla will meet up with the team before the trip is over, most likely in Philadelphia or Boston, assuming he's no longer a risk to himself or the intestinal tract of his teammates.

"We're hoping he joins the team soon, but until that passes for him, we will leave him at home," said McMillan. "He'll workout and do some things (in Portland), but until that passes, he won't be traveling."

So after wishing and hoping and praying Przybilla would be back and ready to play as soon as possible, the team in now in the position of having to keep Joel at arms length. Just the latest in a string of cruel ironies the Trail Blazers have endured over the past two season.


  1. Another tough bump in the road - but until then, we wish our guys the best and hope that they do their best job out there on the court - that is the most we can ask as fans. Play hard, give yourself the best chance at winning and I know I'll be happy with that.

    by Anees on 11/28/2010 10:28 AM
  2. definitely more than "hardly writing" haha. im actually secretly glad joel hasnt had his comeback game yet because i realllly wanna be there when he does. so youre tellin me theres still a chance!

    by Cristi on 11/28/2010 11:25 AM
  3. I'm just happy to have Pryz back. Get healthy and get back on the court when you're well!

    by kaemicha on 11/28/2010 12:03 PM
  4. good move- we need everyone else to stay healthy!!

    by RedRudy5 on 11/28/2010 12:29 PM
  5. I'm hoping Przy is available ASAP. With Sean Marks out, we're getting to the point where Patty might have to climb on Luke Babbitt's shoulders on defensive possessions.

    by caseyholdahl on 11/28/2010 1:09 PM
  6. This team desperately needs an anchor in the middle. Outrebounded by 21 in the last game hurt. But the call to keep Joel away was the proper one - we need to keep the other guys healthy. Get Well Joel!

    by Napoleon7 on 11/28/2010 4:28 PM
  7. Talk about timing being off; Just as Joel is cleared to ply, he gets the flu. Let's hope it's not too serious to the point of him missing the entire road trip. Blazers need him and they need him ASAP. Get well soon Pryz!

    by blazerdarren77 on 11/28/2010 11:33 PM
  8. Casey, I thank you for the post :

    The caution is understandable and maybe noteworthy, but the chances are, that he has already infected the rest of the players. The incubation period for most viruses is about a week are so. Let’s hope the players immune system is good enough to resist the bug.

    Nevertheless, it does no good to Joel to be playing while under the weather. He will have enough to overcome without being weak from the results of a virus.

    Besides all that, I imagine his anxiety, better known as butterflies, is about the size of a condor with sharp talons, that in itself will make him weak LOL.


    by Hg on 11/29/2010 3:13 AM
  9. PS:

    I had forgot the story behind Scola, so I almost missed the reference to don't stand so close LOL. Very good in deed.


    by Hg on 11/29/2010 3:16 AM
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