caseyholdahl

Feb 27

Gerald Wallace Is Nervous, Marcus Camby Is Starting

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, BrandonRoy, geraldwallace, Hawks, MarcusCamby
Plenty of notes from a busy Sunday shootaround before tonight's 7:30 PM game against the Hawks at the Rose Garden.

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Gerald Wallace participated in his first practice, albeit a shootaround, as a Trail Blazer Sunday morning in preparation for tonight's game.

"It was great," said Wallace, who went through shootaround without his trademark headband. "Everybody made me feel welcome. Guys are trying to help me with the plays and get going. It's going to be a transition, it's a new system, whole new set of rules so it's going to take me a minute to adjust and get used to the plays and defensive strategies, but hopefully everything will work out good."

Wallace, who McMillan said will come off the bench against the Hawks, still has a ways to go when it comes to picking up Portland's system, which, according to Wallace, is vastly different from what he had become accustomed to during seven seasons with the Bobcats.

"It's totally different because here they start from the inside out," said Wallace. "In Charlotte, we used our wings a lot. Our wings were our main go-to. The main thing is trying to get adjusted to being in certain situations as far as they work from the post."

Getting to know the plays is just one of the challenges facing Wallace. Being the new face in the Portland locker room after being the team leader in Charlotte's will be an adjustment, one that might be more important than knowing when and where to set a pick.

"New situation, new system, not knowing what's expected of you, not knowing what to expect from the guys around you, the situation that you're put in," said Wallace. "It's nervous. It's like the first day of school for me. Coming in, these guys have been together for three, four, five months and you're the new kid in the school now. So everybody is obviously looking at you, you're trying to get adjusted to everybody, you don't want to step on any toes. It's a new setting for me."

The good news is that there's a game tonight, and Wallace thinks getting back out on the court will help calm his nerves.

"I'm just ready to play," said Wallace. "Like I told my mom, I'm still in shock. I'm still kinda shaky, kinda nervous about the whole situation and everything. So my main thing is getting back into basketball and playing the game that I love. It's always been my escape. Basketball has always been a thing that I can turn to, kinda get away from all my problems. I'm so anxious for tonight. Just ready to get out there on the court and get to running again."

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Marcus Camby will make his return to the court tonight after missing the last 16 games after undergoing surgery to repair a partial medial meniscus tear in his left knee. According to Nate McMillan, Camby will start though he will be limited to 20 minutes, or as close to 20 minutes as possible.

Camby's return comes just in time for a Trail Blazers team that is trying to make a final push to stay in and improve their standing in a tight Western Conference playoff race.

"Hopefully we all seem to mesh together, hopefully quickly," said Camby. "The last 24, 25, 26 games are important. We've got to find a way to distance ourselves from the pack because you look at the playoff race, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, everything is all bunched up. Teams are separated by one, two or three losses. It's imperative that we get off to a good start."

As for Brandon Roy, who is two games into his return from knee surgery, McMillan said he will still try to restrict Roy to 15 minutes as he is acclimates into the Trail Blazers lineup.

"(Roy) was OK," said McMillan. "I need to keep him at 15 though, not much more than 15. He was OK, didn't have any setbacks or swelling or anything like that. For this game here and going into next week we need to try and keep him minutes limited."

McMillan noted that, after playing Roy 24 minutes in the Friday night's overtime victory versus the Nuggets, that he needed to do a better job of holding back the three-time all-star.

"We talked about it, but (team orthopedist Dr. Roberts) understood that was a different situation with us having nine guys (that) Brandon could possibly go over," said McMillan. "Everybody went over their minutes. LaMarcus 50, Wesley 49, so ... we got the win, so. We'll try to keep him close."

Gerald Wallace At Practice (video)


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Marcus Camby at Practice vs Hawks (video)


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11 Comments

  1. Nice blog cant wait for tonight to see how the standing ovation going to be when he finally enter in the game and score his first point as a trailblazer. #Ripcity

    by Lkiki503 on 2/27/2011 12:05 PM
  2. I kinda want to see Roy up to 17 min. because if he can handle 24 with no side affects he can handle 17. And he was a threat to Denver last game when he drove he collapsed their defense every time.

    by Brandon Roy7=Beast! on 2/27/2011 12:12 PM
  3. Sweet blog. The sky is the limit once we have Roy,Camby, and Wallace in sync with the rest of our team. It's an exciting time to be a Blazer fan. Can't wait till the playoffs!

    by SupernovaReigns on 2/27/2011 12:36 PM
  4. i can already hear the Mar-Cus-Cam-By chants! yayyyyyyy

    by Cristi on 2/27/2011 12:43 PM
  5. Is Wallace gonna rock a headband or does Nate still outlaw them?

    by deuce503 on 2/27/2011 2:01 PM
  6. uhm idk nate gotta let him wear it..its his signature

    by nhoelzle on 2/27/2011 2:13 PM
  7. Great Blog! Looking forward to seeing Marcus back and Wallace playing!

    by RedRudy5 on 2/27/2011 2:22 PM
  8. Good news! Finally near to full strength. If Marcus and G-dub can pick up some of LMA's minutes and interior defense, we have a reasonable chance to move up in the standings and maybe even make it past the first round. I am not too worried about the playoffs at this point however, we simply need to keep building on our defensive improvement and unselfishness in sharing the ball. As happy as I was to see B-Roy make some plays, I agreed with Mr. Jaynes that he was not being the playmaker I had hoped for upon his return. Several times it was back to the isolation plays while others stood around and watched. Hopefully some more practices together will fix some of that.

    by Just Tim on 2/27/2011 2:59 PM
  9. Good stuff casey,I'm jazzed to see Crash hit the RG floor ,literally.Blazers are really adding a killer piece withe addition of Crash and his toughness.I'm psyched

    by DowntownVinnie on 2/27/2011 3:23 PM
  10. I'm just very happy. It's so exciting to see how our Blazers have been coming along this season. And I agree with the thinking: It'll be awesome with Roy, Camby, L.A., Wallace -- it'll be excellent when they can all get on their feet again... I'm not sure, but it's starting to look like we'll be a very dangerous team for the rest of the N.B.A.

    by briantheblazerfan on 2/27/2011 4:25 PM
  11. Is Nate gonna let Wallace play more or what!

    by 123456 on 3/1/2011 5:33 PM
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