Coach Nate McMillan claims he doesn't have a preference as to which
team the Trail Blazers draw in the playoffs. And maybe he doesn't. But
he does have an idea of what teams the rest of the Western Conference
is hoping for.
"I think everybody wants us," said McMillan prior
to Monday's game against the Thunder. "I would think that all the teams
in the playoffs would want the young team. I would want the young
But the media on hand, including Yahoo Sports' Johnny
Ludden and ESPN's John Hollinger, weren't buying it. The media in
attendance seemed to be in of one mind that the Blazers are the team
most other playoff teams would like to avoid, but McMillan stood firm
in his declaration.
"I think they do (want to play Portland in
the playoffs)," said McMillan. "Just think about it: Would you want
Utah or would you want Dallas or would you want New Orleans?"
The answer from the media: a resounding "Yes."
McMillan, as always, remained steadfast.
Said McMillan: "If I’m looking at those teams, I would think that they would want a young team coming into the playoffs."
certainly is young, but I don't know that there are a whole lot of
teams outside of Houston and Dallas that would like to draw the Trail
Blazers. And if the Blazers end up with home court? No team, and I mean
NO team, wants to enter a series knowing they have to steal a game at
the Rose Garden.
Just don't try convincing Coach McMillan of that.