Mar 05

'Joel got a lot of respect from everybody, even Free Throw Guy'

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, Bobcats, BrandonRoy, LaMarcusAldridge, RudyFernandez
On Saturday night, Joel Przybilla and Dante Cunningham played their first games versus the Trail Blazers as members of the Charlotte Bobcats. Here is what some of the players and coaches had to say about going up against their former teammates just 10 days after the trade.

Joel Przybilla

On being on the visiting team in the Rose Garden
“It’s different. I didn’t know what to expect, but this is my job, my profession. I’ve played a lot of basketball games, and I just came here focused and trying to get the win.”

On the reception from the crowd
“It was great. I don’t know what to say. I’ve had a couple receptions when I came back from injury, and this one. I’ll remember this until the day I die.”

On the crowd chanting his name toward the end of the game
“At first I was wondering if they were chanting. It’s kind of wild. It means a lot to me and my family. The time and effort I’ve put into this organization, people respect that. We’ll see what happens.”

Nate McMillan

“I love both guys. They were good for us. I love what both of them bring to the floor. They come in and they work the same way every day, regardless of whether it’s practice or games. It is kind of strange to see them over there.”

LaMarcus Aldridge

“Yeah, it’s fun whenever you play against a guy that I had dinner with for five years, so he was just talking to me. It was just fun to be out there with him. It just felt weird, you know?”

Brandon Roy

What’s it like playing against Cunningham?
“Like practice. He’s a good defender, he can guard a number of positions. It was good to see him get some playing time tonight.”

On playing against Przybilla
“It was kind of funny seeing him at shoot around in different warm ups. It seemed like he’s in good spirits. I’m just happy that he’s happy right now. It looks like he is playing good, he’s moving around pretty good.”

Rudy Fernandez

"It's too hard, no? Because one week ago we play together and right now we have different goals, different teams. It's tough, but it's better for them probably play more minutes. For sure we miss them but this is a good experience."

Did Joel seem nicer than he would usually be to an opposing team?
"Yeah, I think Joel play long time here. Sometimes it's tough come back to you're home like seven years and play against friends, because we have a very good relationship with Joel and Dante. I think for Joel probably more special game for him."

Nicolas Batum

On not getting a chance to dunk on Joel
"He got a chance to dunk on me, almost."

On dunking on Dante
"Yeah, I feel bad about that. I know. He knew the plays! Come on. He knew the plays. He should have got out of the way."

On playing against Przybilla and Cunningham
"It was weird, weird to play against Joel. I think for everybody. Coaches, for us, for the crowd to see Joel and DC, because everybody loved them. Everybody loved them. They are very nice guys. I wish them the best."

Was Joel a bit nicer than usual?
"Joel was like a big brother for us, for everybody, so we've got respect for us. We've got respect for him too. He knows that. Did you see what happened with Free Throw Guy? When Joel tried the free throw, (Free Throw Guy) was like (Batum stands completely still). Joel got a lot of respect from everybody, even Free Throw Guy."


  1. great quotes from those guys, Casey. it was very weird to hear Joel's name and realize he was playing against us.

    by Kassandra on 3/5/2011 11:17 PM
  2. I thought he was going to cry when he fouled out and got the standing Chant. The Rose Garden crowd is great. I read all day long on how they were going to go all out for Dante and Joel to let them know they were missed and loved.

    Just terrific


    by Hg on 3/5/2011 11:28 PM
  3. He did look alittle teary eyed. Ummmmm can we get Joel back? Im serious...I heard "rumors" thats Blazers could get him in 30 days, I dont know. Sounds like Jordan might wanna keep him....But anyways Casey...In know you dont have any pull with organization lol...but just gotta spread the word, we fans really want Joel back!!...Mr. Allen had to see that @ the RG. Even if never is 100% and is getting up there in years, Id LOVE to see him retire a Blazer.

    by whitefeather21380 on 3/5/2011 11:31 PM
  4. whitefeather: We could have gotten him back in 30 days if Charlette released him, now we have to wait until he becomes a free agent and sees if Cho makes an offer that Joel will accept. He said he wasn't going to be 100% for about 2 years and with the possible lock out that might make it about right for his return.

    Mostly Joel just wants to feel wanted and he found out Portland fans wants him, I don't think it has to do with how much money is on the table

    by Hg on 3/6/2011 5:07 AM
  5. Joel is such a classy guy. He did a lot for this organization and was a huge part of this team rebuilding. He will forever be a Blazer. It was very strange seeing him in a Bobcats uniform.

    I hope that Dante has success with the Bobcats. It was nice to see him get playing time last night, especially after reading before the game that he wouldn't.

    Nic's quotes are great. Great work Casey.

    by krizzikinz on 3/6/2011 12:09 PM
  6. Great job Casey- love the quotes from the guys! So wierd to see Joel and DC on the other team..hope the best for them but miss them as well...

    by RedRudy5 on 3/6/2011 1:51 PM
  7. good blog casey and man it was hard and i was torn both great guys. i hated to see them both go but wish them success with the bobcats

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 3/6/2011 6:23 PM
  8. When Joel retires, Portland should hire him as big man coach ASAP

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 3/6/2011 10:10 PM
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