Mike Rice

Feb 10

Wednesday's practice for the Blazers was most interesting – both Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby came back to practice. They had a 30 minute limit but did take part in all the physical full court and half court activities. In fact, Marcus Camby looked like he had not missed a minute of games or practices. He was rebounding, passing out of the high post and moving around like he did before he was injured.

Brandon Roy did not look tentative at all. In one drill where Nate was working on dribble penetration and kicking it out to open shooters, Brandon did the best job of getting around his man and finding the open shooter. He was pushing off on both legs without any discomfort at all. He was really enjoying being back and looked like he could have gone the whole practice.

After practice Roy would not put a time line on his return but you could tell he will try to talk Nate into an early return. Nate said he would evaluate the Roy and Camby after the 2nd practice, Thursday with the two players, Jay Jensen, and the doctors. After watching the practice you could tell everyone was excited to have their veterans back. You could not tell from the match ups who might lose playing time but you would have to think Rudy will be playing some back-up point guard while Brandon will be coming off the bench at the 2 and 3 and maybe some point guard work.

Until we see about three games of Roy, there is no way to measure how Nate will use his line up, Nate knows the seven man rotation he was using to beat San Antonio and the Bulls would be difficult to use over an extended period of time.

Another little side line to the practice Wednesday was the three-on-three three-point contest. The sides were Andre Miller, Luke Babbitt and Wesley Matthews against Nic Batum, Patty Mills, and Rudy Fernandez. They played 12 games and Andre Miller kept yelling out it was Team USA against the rest of the World. You might think this would be a one-sided contest but you would be wrong. Team USA with Dre yelling "USA, USA" (you can hear it in the background of the Nate video) won 10 games. Team World with Rudy, Nic, and Patty Cakes won two. You would have thought someone stole their per diem for the next trip the way they went to the locker room.

If you wonder about Brandon Roy's comeback and Greg Oden's return, (by the way he looks great lifting weights while the team worked out).

Here are a few players that had the same operations as Brandon and Greg and I will let you see the results. Grant Hill has changed his game but still helps Phoenix win. Amare Stoudemire and Blake Griffin both had knee injuries that Oden has and they have lost nothing in their ride to be All-Stars this year. Zack Randolph was never a great athlete to begin with but the micro on his knee did nothing to stop him from 20 points and 10 rebounds the next three years. Other names – Jason Kidd, Djuan Blair, Tracy McGrady, Kenyon Martin, Andrew Bogut, Andew Bynum, Chris Paul, Gilbert Arenas, Steve Nash to mention a few all had the support of their fans to help make the comeback possible. I hope Blazer fans give Brandon and Greg that same support. It seems both of them have, according to some fans, planned this injury thing in some kind of master plot to sit out part of the season. But the more I think about it -- those fans are not really Blazer fans -- because they wear purple and gold to most games.


  1. Great blog Mike. It's nice to hear that Brandon, Greg, and Camby are doing good and are happy. It's also nice to hear Dre being a vocal leader, for the most part lol.

    Nice list, gives me a lot of confidence that Greg and Roy can come back strong, although I've always believed that. It's great to be a Blazer fan this season. This team is getting deep, adding a lot of chemistry, and they all are sounding very happy. Being a twitter guy, it's always nice hearing the Blazers talk to each other as if they were family. Camby has said Adridge is his little bro, and Patty, Rudy, and Batum have all said Aldridge is like his big bro.

    Things are looking for very for the Blazers, and that's what this city needs after having a punch to the gut after a punch to the gut.

    As far as the rest of the league goes, the Denver situation looks like Melo will be leaving (Not to LA, so don't worry), and with the resignation of Sloan, I expect Utah to fall. Although, it really hurts to see Sloan go. One of the best coaches of all time, and certainly the most underrated of all time as well.

    Not only do I think we'll make the playoffs, but we'll win at least 45 games, go against the 3rd or 4th seed (meaning we'll get at least 6th or 5th), and I think we have great chances of beating OKC or Dallas and getting past the 2nd round. Heck, I'd even be fine with going against San Antonio and shocking the world.

    by Herr on 2/10/2011 5:09 PM
  2. Awesome blog Mike. It gives me hope about Greg and Brandon being able to have decent careers after surgery. That's quite a list of players that did well after their surgeries. Plus what a story of commradery of the guys doing the 3 point contest. This team has really gelled together and it is showing in their play as of late.

    by blazerdarren77 on 2/10/2011 5:32 PM
  3. when i think of roy i think of grant hill, a player with potential to be one of the greats only to be sidelined with a almost fatal career ending injury, grant hill after missing so many seasons, looked like he should retire, after being traded and everyone calling him washed up. finds himself a starter and a vital peice to the suns... when i think of greg oden i think of one player and thats jonathan bender, everyone reading this will say who prolly even the wise mike rice. bender was a player drafted the pacers and high hopes of being a great player, they said he had natural talent, almost of one player of darius miles but miles couldnt be coached and got too big of an ego and crashed his career, where bender had too many knee problems even going out for a dunk contest, but couldnt complete a dunk and gto all 36's. bender retired, and went down to new orleans to create and build houses for the needy, and to my surprise came back last season to play for the knicks he averaged 8.9 point. i was in shock to see he played. so maybe down the roads oden can make some team a nice back up or third center. but idk if he will be a big peice to the blazers

    by jamie (guy) on 2/10/2011 5:42 PM
  4. oh p.s. if you watch the just casey episode form the PF you will see the competition justin pans back and forth so you only see one part of the game but you can def hear USA USA USA

    by jamie (guy) on 2/10/2011 5:43 PM
  5. Thanks, MR. Its great not to feel like the only BRoy and GO fan left in Portland.

    by DeVinMzM on 2/10/2011 6:28 PM
  6. I was told Wade and KG overcame similar injuries too.

    by Herr on 2/10/2011 7:35 PM
  7. Nice read Mike :) I am looking forward to seeing Roy comeback, as well as Camby, Thats pretty much a given if your a Blazer fan. I really hope we give Brandon Roy some time to get back into the mix. Too many so called fans like to turn their backs and badmouth Roy, and seem to think they have all the asnwers. Yet Id love to see these "fans" basketball background, Did they play ball through high school, did they attend basketball camps, do they really know the ins and outs of the game...Nevermind on a PRO level, which I could only imagine.

    The world is full of armchair quarterbacks, who accomplish very little or nothing yet are the first to be critical and have nothing but negative to say. Im a true 100% Blazer fan thick or thin. Cant wait to see a full healthy squad. Lets keep riding LA....he is the real deal, and were playing very under the circumstances, any help from Roy and Camby will be most welcomed.

    by whitefeather21380 on 2/10/2011 8:35 PM
  8. Thank you for the practice update Mike R. I can't wait to see BRoy play without dragging a leg. Being an outsider and not knowing how bad BRoy's and Greg's knees are worried me, but I knew they would rehab and give it its best shot and I never quit believing in either one. What ever they become they will be adding to the team not taking away.


    by Hg on 2/10/2011 10:37 PM
  9. great blog and ty for the list of those who have had those surgaries and have returned. i absolutely support both players greg and roy. good to hear about the game after practice too funny. i love reading the guys joking around on twitter and the banter they have. so refreshing to see this. also good to hear that roy and camby did well in practice and glad the coaches, trainers and medical staff are being conservative on not rushing roy or camby back. i love reading your insights that only you could give

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 2/10/2011 10:38 PM
  10. With Sloan outta the picture, and us gettin' Camby and Roy back....hmmmmmmm....7th place here we come!

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 2/10/2011 11:37 PM
  11. @whitefeather

    I wanted to thank you for looking down on us bloggers who congregate here just to hate and stew.. thank you for blessing us with you presence, and a valid nickname for our returning star...Here's an armchair POINTGUARD for ya... who is such a blazer fan to not just hide behind.. or bandwagon all that MUST be good because it is... but simply observes, and has valid concerns.. anyways, it goes a little something like this.

    Lets remember... that BRoy is not the "Stay Humble" guy we all fell in love with. We saw that when he decided to take out his personal frustrations on our beloved, truly humble Andre.

    I feel burned.. I really bought into it... and because of this, I don't trust that Roy wants to come back and be a supporting roll.

    IMAGINE... if you had a city to call your own.. that was YOUR city... would you just give it up? Especially if you still believed you weren't done? What would you say in interviews?.. That you're gonnna take back your town?.. or would you tactfully acknowledge a smaller roll till you got your foot back in the door...

    i HOPE..... HOPE... that I'm wrong, and just overly cautious... But we've all read and heard what Miller said (compliments, btw..) about Roy.. and more importantly, what Roy said about Miller... I just hope he changed the piece of paper on top of his locker from "Stay Humble" to..

    "Get Humble"... For LMA's sake

    Go Blazers!!

    by Blazermaniak on 2/11/2011 12:45 AM
  12. Living in Toronto with NBA network we get most of the Blazers games but it's a blue moon if we're tapped into a Comcast NW broadcast, usually always the away team's (the only time that's been good was when Clyde the Glide was broadcasting from Houston, love his jolly laugh). Blazer bias aside, Mike and Mike is the most professional, knowledgable, entertaining crew to have on the sidelines, always a treat to hear you guys.

    Any other blazers fans going to be at the v. Raptors game tonight? I can not wait! You can take the boy out of RIP CITY but you can't take RIP CITY out of the boy! I made signs a month ago and now my Ontarian wife loves the Blazers too, which makes me love her more of course. I think she's got a crush on LA....so do I though. See you tonight Mike!

    by Jimbohoff on 2/11/2011 3:10 AM
  13. I can't blame Team World for being a little upset with losing to Andre Miller and company, in a 3 point contest. That would be like losing a best bangs contest to Casey Holdahl. I mean no disrespect to Andre Miller, just that he's not known for his long distance shooting ability.

    by tominhawaii on 2/11/2011 3:46 AM
  14. Great Blog! Great to hear about the goings on at practice. Glad Roy and Marcus are getting closer to return. I still have a lot of faith in both Roy and Oden- just think we need to be patient.

    by RedRudy5 on 2/11/2011 12:21 PM
  15. Good ol Blazermaniak.........I am no better than anyone else on here..and its good to have valid concerns. Thats what these blogs are here for, Peoples opinions. I tend to agree on most of them, while others I do not. I myself am frustrated with the Roy and Miller issue.

    But you need to understand, that while Roy "may" not be as humble as he used to be, its for good reason, the city of Portland, the team untill has put its entire weight on his back...A player when he was healthy, was depended on winning the game for the Blazers. When you were at the Garden, or watching from home..and it was 4th quarter time, YOU wanted Roy with the ball..and for good reason,9 times out of 10, the game ended with a W for us.

    So NOW...take all that pressure thats there...the huge contract that you signed during the offseason, then your injured...not playing well at all...confused..upset..frustrated..media reports of how much your game has changed..and what is ROY going to do now??? Whats the future of the Blazers??...thats alot of responsibility for anyone,nevermind a young nba star, in a 1 pro sport town. So sometimes players get frustrated that voice out, says things they did or didnt mean...and then the media grabs it, and its HUGE drama. I am not excusing Roy, and I love Dre!!..man hes a workhorse for this team, but I guess im a patient fan of this team, I like to see things get fully played out before I move the pieces on the chessboard...Ive been either playing or watching basketball for 23 years now, and have seen ups and downs and all kinds of crazyness..so that have given me the maturity and inteligence pertaining to this game that us Blazers fans love, to keep things in prospective and see how it goes.

    On a sidenote Blazermaniak...my comments were never geared towards you personaly, yet you seem to taken it personaly..hmmmm....I stopped playing organized bbal after high school, that was 13 years ago, and got into mix martial arts, But yet, basketball is in my blood and I follow that still more than anysport, But Iam farrrrr from perfect.. I make mistakes just like anyone else.

    by whitefeather21380 on 2/11/2011 2:04 PM
  16. Good ol whitefeather...

    All valid points.. and you're right.. I was one who wanted our All-Star Roy on the floor.. Still would/do.. if he can produce. I'm very excited.. but even more nervous. As we all know, our team is pretty volatile.

    Nothing personal.. just had actually typed that up for another blog when i spotted this one.. so I tweaked it abit after reading yours.

    Here's to passionate fans on a great fan website!!

    Go Blazers!!

    by Blazermaniak on 2/11/2011 2:57 PM
  17. The bottom line is this: Camby?? dont worry about him, he will be able to come back and the dynamics of this team changes very little at all, except get better.

    Now with Roy...we have to wait and see which Roy we get back..I hope he starts off the bench and sloowly gets back into his rythem, and becomes the player he once was..AND plays well with Miller..thats going to be key, Miller is big part of this teams success and I really hope that they can get along better, or things could get interesting. So untill all this plays out, Ill remain optimistic for Brandon Roy.

    by whitefeather21380 on 2/11/2011 7:25 PM
  18. Agreed^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Nice win tonight Blazers!!

    by Blazermaniak on 2/11/2011 8:55 PM
  19. Can't wait to see Marcus back on the floor.

    by mbmurr1 on 2/12/2011 10:06 AM
  20. Well, the Blazers' are doing what we want them to do. Apart from winning games, they're going into the All-Star break as (likely) the hottest team in the league. If we beat the Hornets, which I feel fairly confident that we will, than the Blazers will be on a 6 game winning streak against the Lakers, looking for our 7th, in about 8 days.

    If Roy does not come back against the Hornets, I don't think he should come back against the Lakers. EVERYONE wants that win, and if we're going to test how the new LA and the new Roy play together, well, an important game like the Laker game isn't going to be a good choice.

    All I can say is we're looking up and moving forward. BEAUTIFUL. Feels nice to not be 8th seed anymore. Doesn't feel nice until the end of the season when we're 4th or 5th and beat OKC.

    by Herr on 2/15/2011 4:31 AM
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