L.A as a 3 point shooter?
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  1. Blazingdownunder
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    Posted 08/10/2010 5:47 AM

    Can anyone see LaMarcus Aldridge as a 3 point shooter? I thought that this would be an interesting aspect that could be added to his game (besides rebounding), but LA adding more range on his jumper could turn him into that coveted 'stretch four' that seems to come up a lot.

    This could be beneficial to our offense as well with a hopefully (PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE) healthy Greg Oden occupying more space in the paint and potentially commanding a second defender.

    I think this could be an interesting discussion seeing as we had Channing Frye not too long ago, and as soon as he left for Phoenix he developed and was encouraged to shoot from distance. His recent re-negotiated contract is testament to his ability to shoot from three, and seeing as LA has a nice stroke already i don't see why he couldn't take a couple more steps out.

    Thoughts?
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  1. kolbe055
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    Posted 08/10/2010 8:19 AM

    Absolutely. I feel like that's part of Lamarcus's game that the coaching staff hasn't taken advantage up. I think he has a smooth stroke that if he worked on from 3 he could be really effective. I think give it to Roy on iso, or throw it in to Oden, and instead of having Lamarcus on that baseline, move him back for that corner three and in case of a double team kick it out to him for a triple.
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  1. Hg
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    Posted 08/10/2010 10:14 AM

    I have been campaigning for this for 2 years.

    LMA doesn't rebound well, so let him stay out and shoot 3 pters. That would give us LMA, BRoy, and Batum as 3pt shooters and BRoy and Batum can create their own shoot. That leaves LMA as a spot up shooter.

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  1. Brandon Weinant
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    Posted 08/10/2010 11:05 AM

    LMA could become a deadly long ball threat.
    however i'd much rather in normal game situations he play high low with greg.

    becides the lost art of the midrange jumper.

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  1. blazers3030
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    Posted 08/10/2010 2:40 PM

    i like LA's touch from distance, but I would hate to see him get lost on the perimeter like Sheed did toward the end of his career.
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/10/2010 10:38 PM

    Thats just it.Towards the end of your career, hopefully you play smarter, not harder. LaMarcus has always had, " the touch". That fluid stroke that has " money" writtten all over it as soon as it leaves his hands. It's knowing at what time to use his strengths that will ultimately determine his success. I've seen L.A. play the center in a few matchups, and remember thinking, he should take Perkins, or Horford, or Joakim, or any other undersized pivot to the three point line or beyond. He could then survey his options, and shoot it, or dump it down to Roy or whomever. I'm willing to wager my Blazer Fandom that there isnt a sane basketball fan that wants to see their squad against ours when we're clicking. Give me 70 consecutive games out of G.O. playing like he did before he got hurt and we my people, will rise.
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 08/11/2010 11:14 AM

    I actually hate this idea. No offense, but if he's busy shooting 3's from the perimeter, then he's not rebounding the ball. If you have Batum shooting the three and using his length and speed to be the third rebounder, then you NEED Aldrige in or near the paint to help Oden rebound. As it is, Aldrige doesn't have the explosive speed to get good rebound position from mid range jumpshots, he certainly couldn't do it from the 3 pt. line. If you want to be a Championship level team, posession of the ball is key. That means rebounding. The great thing about Oden and Aldrige is they have the kind of speed that allows them to transition on defense and get back to rebound on the defensive end, but what we need is both to be able to rebound on the offensive glass. By spreading Aldrige out beyond the arc, you remove his ability to assist with that. Rebounding is THE key to Aldrige being an All-Star Power Forward. Rebounding alone. He already scores at All-Star levels and with Oden and Roy healthy in addition to Batum becoming more of an offensive threat, Aldridge's rebounding becomes the weakest link in the offense. Keep him near the paint.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/11/2010 11:32 AM

    I agree with RCR! It's fine if he hoists up a 3 every 3-5 games or so or out of desperation, but he's best suited for posting up on the blocks or shooting around the foul line and a little extended. One of my biggest gripes when we had Sheed here was he slowly but surely started to drift further and further away from the bucket as his career with us progressed. He, like LA, is a great back to the basket player, and I cringed every time Sheed would hang around the 3 point line instead of putting in work down low.
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  1. Goonie
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    Posted 08/11/2010 11:54 AM

    Yeah I dont wanna see LA wander out too much around the arc looking for the 3...but i think in certain offensive sets especially on smaller teams, letting him drift on the perimeter and get a swing pass and look for the 3 would be okay....its a good way to keep the defense on their toes if he works on 3's. BUT...even having him pop out for a swing pass and look for a slasher off a pick would be a pretty good offensive set to run in the mix. His height would be good for a lot of entry passes to either hook up our other big men, or hit a slasher to the rim. it kinda opens the middle so it wouldnt get crowded. I love LA's stroke on perimeter shots, but like u guys are saying, i dont wanna see him live or die on the outside shot cuz theres no doubt we need his presence inside.
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  1. ***Jason***
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    Posted 08/11/2010 2:01 PM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 08/11/2010 11:32 AM
    I agree with RCR! It's fine if he hoists up a 3 every 3-5 games or so or out of desperation, but he's best suited for posting up on the blocks or shooting around the foul line and a little extended. One of my biggest gripes when we had Sheed here was he slowly but surely started to drift further and further away from the bucket as his career with us progressed. He, like LA, is a great back to the basket player, and I cringed every time Sheed would hang around the 3 point line instead of putting in work down low.
    Sheed was a good shooter though. Better than Lamarcus. He shot .337 for his career and was over .350 a few times. That's not bad considering Kapono only shot .368 last year. Once I heard he could shoot the 3 equally well with his left and right hands. Don't know if it's going to happen, but I think it would be sweet if LA could stretch it like that. Get another body out of the paint and let Greg go to work.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 08/11/2010 5:34 PM

    I agree with Hawes and R.C.R.  Anyone remember Uncle Cliffy?  Both he and Sheed adopted the philosophy, "hey, I get paid whether I sweat or not" and got lazy.  As DHawes22 said, it WAS a slow progression...but BOTH of those guys did it.  Not again...please!
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  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 08/11/2010 6:38 PM

    Yeah I was pissed when i heard that's what he was working on in the off season like 2 or 3 years ago. He needs to work on his damn post moves going TOWARDS the basket and rebounding. Also would be nice if he developed some sort of competitive spirit, like one that would make him want to bang down low and fight for rebounds and play tougher defense, and one that would make him want to play against and alongside the best in the world at the world championships and Olympics. But so far he's shown absolutely no interest in any of those things. Actually I wish he was mentioned in trade talks more!
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/11/2010 7:33 PM

    Not exclusively, occassionally is what im saying. Missed assignments, smaller teams, absolutely.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 08/11/2010 8:56 PM

    Posted By Hg on 08/10/2010 10:14 AM
    I have been campaigning for this for 2 years.

    LMA doesn't rebound well, so let him stay out and shoot 3 pters. That would give us LMA, BRoy, and Batum as 3pt shooters and BRoy and Batum can create their own shoot. That leaves LMA as a spot up shooter.

    hg

    Dont you think that his rebounding skill is more important and valuable to the team? If he is going to work on any aspect of shooting, it should in his post game, keep up the dominant mid range j and add a few more power or athletic post moves. If you would like another 3pt shooter, then get Andre Miller outta there and work with Bayless. Andre is getting old, Jerryd is young, quick, athletic, and is money from deep.
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  1. Layup100
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    Posted 08/14/2010 10:48 PM

    I gotta laugh when I hear somebody say that lamarcus Aldridge should put up a bunch of threes.Or even better.He's not such a great rebounder, so why not let him shoot more threes? Spend more time away from the basket.kinda like a lot of guards do.Except Lamarcus is a power forward.Power forwards need to board.And they need to board hard every night.We should'nt encourage Aldridge to rebound less by having him out there on the perimeter, looking to shoot a lot threes.We all know if Lamarcus wanted to average 10 or more rebounds a game, he would.He's just gotta do it! Plain and simple.And once again, at power forward,he really needs to be  and really should be doing it. Also, Lamarcus has a great medium range jump shot that he needs to put to use more often. As well as a great low post game which he needs to also put to use more often.Both of these options are also not only much better scoring options(percentage wise), but also leaves lamarcus and other Blazers closer to the basket and in much better position for a rebound.As is always the case with a three versus a medium range shot or close in shot.With rebounding being so crucial to victories,this can't be over-valued or overlooked.Anything less than ten or more rebounds a game(the great majority of the time) from lamarcus,always was and always will be disappointing, when you consider that every year he's more than capable of being among the league leaders in rebounding.But never even comes close to doing so.People talk about his double digit rebounding games as though he's a point guard grabbing ten or more boards.Don't forget.Besides being a great athlete,6'11" and a power forward, he's making elite player money.Yet apparently,we don't require him to be a monster on the boards.And lamarcus, as history has shown way more often than not,appears to be okay with that.Even more so, like most power forwards nowadays,he seems to prefer it.    
  1. Crim
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    Posted 08/15/2010 12:54 PM

    This wouldn't work for blazer fans because they won't be happy until we get a 4 who plays like a combination of Karl Malone and Buck Williams, no matter how much more L.A.'s style fits into modern basketball, it will never be enough for the "purist" fans. This would and will be great when L.A. starts to work on his three more, but if these guys are whining about how soft he is now, imagine if he was lighting it up from 3....they have meltdown. I'm glad you guys don't have a say in how players develop their game.


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  1. Lenwen76
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    Posted 08/15/2010 2:02 PM

    LMA needs to rebound .. You live by the 3 you die by the 3 ..

    When your team is leading in rebounding .. 9x outta 10 your team wins the game .. because it has control of the rebounding which literally controls the games flow ..

    I'd rather see LMA becoming a banger and rebounder .. then a 3pt artist ..

    Thats not even debatable to me.
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  1. rasheedfan2005
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    Posted 08/15/2010 3:17 PM

    move LMA to SF and elt him be a wuss and put pendergraph in at PF to dunk on suckas and bang like the beast he is
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  1. Layup100
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    Posted 08/15/2010 5:29 PM

    Man,I sure am glad to see that most of us are thinking clearly and can't stand the thought of Lamarcus taking more threes and rebounding less.Taking more threes! That's what the rest of the league wants Lamarcus to do.So he can't dominate from mid-range and in.So he can continue to rebound like a shooting guard.Anyone who really wants the Blazers to win, must want lamarcus to not only put his mid-range and close-in offensive games to better use.But even more so, want Lamarcus to rebound like he can, like he should and like he needs to.It's almost  always been his choice to not to be a monster on the boards.His choice!Imagine that!Ya think Coach Sloan would've put up with that.Or coach Rivers.As well as some others.Unfortunately,too many coaches are tolerant of power forwards playing much of the time like small forward -shooting guard combos.It's great that the league is athletically, better than it's ever been.But certain fundamentals like rebounding,free- throw shooting, mid-range shooting and low post games are worse than before.Once again, coaches are always stressing rebounding and defense as the primary keys to victory.Lamarcus staying close to the basket on the offensive end will not only lead to many more points for him as well as rebounds.But will do the same for the other players on the court. And cut down on on the other team's fast break opportunities.Lamarcus is 6'11", a great athlete,playing power forward and getting paid elite player money.There's no excuse and never has been for his consistent lack of rebounding and scoring from close in.It's always been his preference and we simply, like many teams do of their power forwards, tolerate it.Imagine that!
  1. Layup100
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    Posted 08/15/2010 9:09 PM

    We won't be happy until we get a power forward like Malone or Buck?Really? Well if you're talking about a power forward that rebounds hard every night, uses his mid-range game and low-postgame almost exclusively and gives his all on the defensive end.Then yeah!We're not gonna be satisfied!And why should we be?You talk about us being purists as though that's bad.As though that means we should play ball like they did in the 50's.you've got to be kidding me.We're talking basic,fundamental basketball.Coaches are always pushing rebounding and defense as the biggest keys to victory.it goes without saying that Lamarcus will take some three pointers.And if he's hot, then of course he'll put more up that night.But his focus has to be on rebounding, defense and taking advantage of his mid-range jumper and low post game.Modern basketball, although it has more great athletes, it sure has a lot less attention being paid to certain fundamentals.With rebounding,free-throw shooting,mid-range shooting and low post games worse than before.And by the way ,before you talk about how you're glad that we don't have a say in how a player develops his game, grasp the obvious.The stuff that new basketball fans already take for granted.Blazers of the past,the administration and 99.9% of us Blazer fans want Lamarcus to concentrate on his rebounding, mid-range jumper and low post game.I'll tell you who,aside from a few Blazer fans,would love to see Lamarcus take a lot of threes.The rest of the league.This way he not only can't take advantage of his mid-range jumper and low post games(much higher percentage shots)like he normally could,but his rebounding advantage as well. 
  1. TayC
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    Posted 08/16/2010 4:01 PM

    Watch the L-Train runaway with the MVP in a couple of years.
    He would already have one if he was on a terrible team. and the way you guys treat him.....he just might
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  1. Layup100
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    Posted 08/17/2010 7:48 PM

    Lamarcus would've already won a league MVP if he was on a terrible team.That is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read on this site,in many ways.For example,when ever in the history of the league,has a guy who's had a great season on a terrible team, won the league MVP.The answer is never.This is common knowledge and a basic understanding of the game.As far as the way we treat him.We've all been waiting for years, for lamarcus to man up,rebound more, play tougher defense and use his mid-range jumper and low-post games more often.Once again, he's a 6'11" power forward, a great athlete and is getting elite player money.His preference for long-range jumpers and staying off the boards is not what any team needs or should be getting from their starting power forward.We, like many teams, have been tolerating  this for way too long from our starting power forward.And a lot of good it's done us or any team.What team has ever won a championship with a starting power forward that among other things, did'nt board hard practically every single night.And here comes Buck Williams to hopefully help rectify these issues with Lamarcus as well as our team rebounding and defense in general.   
  1. Hg
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    Posted 08/17/2010 7:57 PM

    LMA is what he is, it is not a matter of what we want it is the matter of who he is. If we wanted a inside threat and rebounder we should have kept Randolph. Or we should have drafted a different type. You are saying we want LMA with cabooses. We want you but we want to change your whole game. We just have to accept what he is or continue to bitch until your fingers bleed.

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  1. Layup100
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    Posted 08/17/2010 9:59 PM

    That is completely ridiculous.Yes he prefers to stay outside on offense so he can take long range jumpers and not have to rebound.But that's not who he is.He's a power forward with a smooth mid-range jumper and low post game and the ability to be one of the best rebounders and defenders at his position.Accept what he is or continue to bitch until our fingers bleed?Ridiculous!First of all, as ardent fans, we should'nt accept a lack of rebounding and low post scoring from a 15million dollar a year power forward.Secondly,you and the few others that are satisfied with Lamarcus' play are the only ones doing the bitching.The rest of us, who have a clue and really want the Blazers to win, are doing the complete opposite, sharing ideas and feelings about the team we love, in the hopes of getting better,winning a championship.Only a few blazer fans and the rest of the league(for good reason) want Lamarcus to stay as far away from the basket as much as possible.Imagine that!How he's been able to not only get away with playing more like a small forward than a power forward,but re-up at 15million a year, is unbelievable.And yes,there are other teams with the same reality.But none of them,not one of them, have come close to winning a championship.Now,as frustrating for a variety of reasons as it would be,if Lamarcus does'nt come around and step it up nightly with his rebounding,defense and mid-range to low post offense, then trades need to be looked into, not acceptance of what's been going down for years.    
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 08/17/2010 10:17 PM

    I think the idea that any NBA player "is what he is," is a bad philosophy overall. If that was the case they wouldn't have to work on things in the offseason. These guys are gifted individuals and they can continue to develop in all facets of their game or they can get complacent and make their rediculously high salaries for not breaking a sweat. He'll need to develop a 3 ball for longevity, but that isn't what he needs focus on at this point in his career.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 08/18/2010 5:59 PM

    Posted By Layup100 on 08/17/2010 9:59 PM
    That is completely ridiculous.Yes he prefers to stay outside on offense so he can take long range jumpers and not have to rebound.But that's not who he is.He's a power forward with a smooth mid-range jumper and low post game and the ability to be one of the best rebounders and defenders at his position.Accept what he is or continue to bitch until our fingers bleed?Ridiculous!First of all, as ardent fans, we should'nt accept a lack of rebounding and low post scoring from a 15million dollar a year power forward.Secondly,you and the few others that are satisfied with Lamarcus' play are the only ones doing the bitching.The rest of us, who have a clue and really want the Blazers to win, are doing the complete opposite, sharing ideas and feelings about the team we love, in the hopes of getting better,winning a championship.Only a few blazer fans and the rest of the league(for good reason) want Lamarcus to stay as far away from the basket as much as possible.Imagine that!How he's been able to not only get away with playing more like a small forward than a power forward,but re-up at 15million a year, is unbelievable.And yes,there are other teams with the same reality.But none of them,not one of them, have come close to winning a championship.Now,as frustrating for a variety of reasons as it would be,if Lamarcus does'nt come around and step it up nightly with his rebounding,defense and mid-range to low post offense, then trades need to be looked into, not acceptance of what's been going down for years.    

    I am so surprised at how much you know about LaMarcus, and how much you know about what he really wants and can do. I think that perhaps its more of what you would like LA to do and want, just like how the whole country decided to hate LeBron james for a decision that was entirely up to him to make. Perhaps the reason LA takes these far out shots its because he knows he can make them, and i know he can to, I SEENT IT! But your also forgetting the reason why he takes these J's, because of hi height it allows him to rise up over mostly anyone, and with those lanky arms and high release its almost as it the ball is being shot from 9ft high. As for his rebounding skill, im sure its not because he is afraid or anything like that, but you can count on the coaching staff to have something to do with it, or the fact that it SHOULD BE ODENS JOB! I mean with greg oden in the paint there is hardly any room for another giant. You say its amazing how he is resigned, i say its amazing at how Oden is still in the NBA, guys plays what a little over 50 games in 3 years and still there is soooo much hope, ha. You do realize that LA has carried his team when it comes to the dominating force on the inside, and you should be so lucky to even have him on your team, because you can bet with all the negative attention that you and the rest of your haters posse' are giving him, he's starting to wish he stayed on CHICAGO! 
    And then you''d be stuck with Tryus Thomas, T-Time, who is just a horrible  sized PF, and something to really Bitch about.
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  1. Layup100
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    Posted 08/18/2010 10:44 PM

    Unbelievable!How you can take the obvious(What Lamarcus can do,but doesn't too much of the time) and turn it into a disagreement, said ever so sarcastically and pretentiously!Enough with that.As far as Lebron goes,no doubt, it was only his decision.Anybody who thinks otherwise. isn't being logical.And if that's the case, it's time to change the subject.As far as taking a lot of long range jumpers because he knows he can make them,you know, you've SEEN IT!Weve all been watching the same Blazer games.Yes, he does hit a few long-range jumpers in most games.But this isn't about him not putting up some long-range jumpers.This is,and has always been about Lamarcus rebounding more, taking more shots, not less shots,while focusing almost exclusively on his mid-range and low post games.Now, noone's forgetting and noone has ever forgotten the obvious reality that Lamarcus is tall and can rise above most of the league.Clearly, this would benefit him even more with his rebounding game and with his mid-range and low post gamesway more than it would with his three game.As far as rebounding goes, no doubt the coaching staff, as I've mentioned before,just like with many other teams,has something to do with it.At the very least they're tolerating it.Anyway,how in a million years you could try to justify in any way, a  power forwards'  overall(not always) lack of rebounding, is truly illogical.It's always been the undeniable responsibility of the organization, the coaches and the player.For obvious reasons. Enough of this spoiled child approach.Now you acknowledge that lamarcus is'nt a much of a rebounder, but do'nt think it has anything to do with being afraid.Well, true or not, as you know, a lot of Blazer fans think otherwise.Whatever the reasons,no matter.It's got to change.By the way,justifying  Lamarcus' lack of rebounding, by saying,it's a fact that it SHOULD BE ODEN"S JOB! and there's hardly any room in the paint with Oden already there, is 100% nonsense.Just what the rest of the league would love to see.Only our center going after rebounds.That takes the cake!Basketball101-Everybody rebounds, especially centers and power forwards.Oden is another story, for some other time, lots of finger crossing with Greg.We have'nt had a consistent, dominating, inside force for many years,much less Lamarcus carrying us(his team-LOL) as a dominating inside force.There are times for objectivity and times for subjectivity.Most of what goes down on the court is objective, not subjective.Like if someone is a dominating force on the inside.It's real simple.Now,there might be a few people out there who have wiped their hands of L.A. and are just teeing off on him.This is unfortunate.Just like someone(although for different reason(s))trying to distort the truth.But clearly,the great majority of us know the game, love the Blazers and just want us to be the best team we can be.Championship or not.Obviously, talking and writing about it is part of what we do.It's part of sports.Normally, even if the criticism(s) are'nt accurate or completely accurate,they're at least coming from the will to win.That's a good thing.Unfortunately, that's not always the case.For example,haters and their posses as you would put it.Except they,unlike the great majority of us,are full of anger and conflict,not concern,ideas and suggestions(and yes, not all is rosy,that's life).Clearly,a big difference between the two groups.like day and night.Naturally, not to be grouped together.Just like ballplayers,embrace the true fans,forget about the haters.Tyrus Thomas is one of many players in the league who made it and continues to stick around almost entirely due to his athleticism.With basic basketball skills taking a severe backseat.Imagine that!Salud to all the true blue Blazer fans!
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 08/19/2010 9:53 AM

    Ok this topic has ceased being a regular discussion topic. I'm sure these novels have great insight, but it is hard to take any of them serious with the countless grammatical errors. Bottom line, none of us are the coach of the team and if Nate doesn't have a huge problem with it, why should I? Nate has his coaches, his staff, working wit LA on what ever it is LA is working on. I doubt that Buck Williams was hired to help LA with his 3 ball, so I'm not terribly concerned. I think Oden would benefit as much, if not more, from LA helping rebound than from LA spreading the floor. That's my opinion, my observation, and my deduction based off of what I have seen in the talents of our players. Am I a professional coach? Nope, that's why Nate has the job.
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  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 08/20/2010 3:30 PM

    Posted By RipCityRevival on 08/19/2010 9:53 AM
    Bottom line, none of us are the coach of the team and if Nate doesn't have a huge problem with it, why should I? Nate has his coaches, his staff, working wit LA on what ever it is LA is working on. I doubt that Buck Williams was hired to help LA with his 3 ball, so I'm not terribly concerned. I think Oden would benefit as much, if not more, from LA helping rebound than from LA spreading the floor. That's my opinion, my observation, and my deduction based off of what I have seen in the talents of our players. Am I a professional coach? Nope, that's why Nate has the job.
    We all know none of us are NBA coaches. So what? I guess that means no one should say anything then? We all have our own opinions, it's ok to have one, and this place is for sharing them. You don't need to qualify yourself by agreeing with the coach or saying you are not the coach and you don't need to talk down on someone for not being the coach and having an opinion that is not yours.

    I think Lamarcus needs to rebound more and go towards the hoop more on offense. I am really, really happy that I heard (from Bayno) he is actually put on weight and is working on being more physical and working on moves towards the basket, instead of fade aways every chance he gets. On his own. I think that is great! The biggest frustration for me though is it's not like he can't rebound more or play more physical, because I have seen him do that for 2 months straight. He looked hungry for rebounds and I was so excited. Then the 2009 playoffs started against Houston and he went right back to his old self. Then last season started and he stayed there, except for a few games hear and there. So for me the problem is that he can but just doesn't. I've also said before that I think it is a mental thing with him and I wish Nate would figure out how to get through to him (if he is even concerned with that aspect), but I like that Bayno said he needs to work on it mentally and physically. Finally seems that Lamarcus may be getting it. What a huge improvement to the team if Lamarcus can take that step and stay there. Seriously, that would be huge! Especially if we stay healthy this year and Brandon working on being lighter and more explosive. I can't wait to watch now.
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    Posted 08/20/2010 3:46 PM

    OK, for the grammar nazis (which i am too sometimes) - corrections.

    *  "he is actually PUTTING on weight"
    * "a few games HERE and there"

    ... and I was just thinking how frustrating it was to decipher posts like layup100's and sifting through all the "noones" and sporadic placements of periods. I swear reading Facebook and blogs and these comments are dumbing me down!
    I am a fan of comcast and the blazers making deals that keep screwing us over!! woot!
  1. TayC
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    Posted 08/20/2010 6:08 PM

    First off. I choose to spell words incorrectly at times. And its the Internet, who the hell cares about my penmanship or spelling, because im the only one who should.
    Pineapple Express - "Seen't It"
    Second, i am not and never was trying to agrue that LA should shoot farther out or 3', bcuz, he shouldnt.
    Third- You made very nice points Layup100, and i thought that was a quality rebuddle.
    Fourth and finally.......
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
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    Posted 08/20/2010 8:41 PM

    Posted By TayC on 08/20/2010 6:08 PM
    First off. I choose to spell words incorrectly at times. And its the Internet, who the hell cares about my penmanship or spelling, because im the only one who should.
    Pineapple Express - "Seen't It"
    Second, i am not and never was trying to agrue that LA should shoot farther out or 3', bcuz, he shouldnt.
    Third- You made very nice points Layup100, and i thought that was a quality rebuddle.
    Fourth and finally.......

    What happened? Did you fall asleep at 4th?
    And you choose to spell words wrong because you don't know how to spell it in the first place, for convenience or just for fun?
    If you want people to read your posts and easily understand them you should care about it. Especially if you write a long one. That's just what I think.
    I am a fan of comcast and the blazers making deals that keep screwing us over!! woot!
  1. teradasan
    teradasan
    Posts: 7

    Posted 08/20/2010 11:17 PM

    LA can and will - I suspect - grow into the player we dreamed he would be.  Could happen this year.  We didn't have a chance to settle into a defined system for 2 seasons yet made the playoffs both times.  LA had a lot to do with that.    LA can flat run the floor and finish.  I love that!  Needs to rebound more.  I think that'll come.

    I think we've weathered adversity rather well and as things settle down the guys will each become more comfortable with their roles and offensive repertoires.


    Miller, Roy, Batum, Aldrich, Oden!   I'll take that starting 5 any day!  I feel chemistry brewing with that crew. Miller's a consummate pro. Roy, Batum and LA are older, wiser and better. And Oden was on the verge of dominance when his luck ran short last year.  Can't wait for the season start!



    I am a fan of Nate McMillan's unwavering faith and dedication.
  1. xvillainx_1
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    Posts: 38

    Posted 08/21/2010 7:03 AM

    why is it that everyone who plays for the blazers has to be a shooter?...he's a powerforward PFs rebound the ball...block shots...and score around the basket...when you rebound the ball you ensure your team more possessions.
    I am a fan of Brandon Roy
  1. Blazingdownunder
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    Posts: 42

    Posted 08/21/2010 10:35 AM

    Everyone seems to be thinking of the prototypical PF which definitely is a rebounding banging kind of player. Dirk Nowtizki is a 4 that shoots from range and doesnt rebound particularly well, and will one day be a hall of famer. I guess you cant make comparisons between LA and Dirk but it does raise the question is LA a typical PF or could he be... I definitely think depending on coaching and training development it could go either way, although it does seem the coaching staff want him closer to the rim.
    I am a fan of seeing an uptempo Blazers squad!
  1. Layup100
    Layup100
    Posts: 16

    Posted 08/22/2010 3:00 PM

    Tom L. letting everybody know how frustrating it's been to decipher posts from layup 100.Sifting through all the "noones" and sporadic placement of periods. Imagine that!One post out of many,has some unnecessary periods.One!And that was weeks ago(typed by a friend no less).But you, since somebody else criticized certain people's grammar,you thought you'd share that with everybody.All the noones?Yeah,right!Baloney!My grammar is solid and yet I choose to not to criticize other's, at times, poor grammar, because that's not what we're here to do.That's only going to at least, comparatively speaking, hurt, not help the situation.Also, even with the worst cases of grammar, we all know if not immediately, right after, what that person's point was.But you, with questionable grammatical skills, thought you should criticize harshly someone else with far superiorior grammatical skills, with one almost completely contrived argument and one totally contrived argument.Imagine that!Now what about the obvious is giving you so much trouble,that you have to decipher the information,get frustrated,feel less intelligent and ultimately, post this nonsense?look in the mirror!There you go!He's why you exaggerate,lie and foolishly criticize!And you call other people grammar nazis, though, despite your obvious  inadequacy with grammar, you consider yourself one too!Unbelievable!But by now, not surprising!You swear,no less, imagine that,that  reading facebook, blogs and these comments are dumbing you down!Well, if that's possible and/or true to some extent,who's fault or responsibility is that?You're wasting your time,yet again!Time to look in the mirror once more!











             
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    Posted 08/22/2010 4:21 PM

    Posted By Layup100 on 08/22/2010 3:00 PM
    Tom L. letting everybody know how frustrating it's been to decipher posts from layup 100.Sifting through all the "noones" and sporadic placement of periods. Imagine that!One post out of many,has some unnecessary periods.One!And that was weeks ago(typed by a friend no less).But you, since somebody else criticized certain people's grammar,you thought you'd share that with everybody.All the noones?Yeah,right!Baloney!My grammar is solid and yet I choose to not to criticize other's, at times, poor grammar, because that's not what we're here to do.That's only going to at least, comparatively speaking, hurt, not help the situation.Also, even with the worst cases of grammar, we all know if not immediately, right after, what that person's point was.But you, with questionable grammatical skills, thought you should criticize harshly someone else with far superiorior grammatical skills, with one almost completely contrived argument and one totally contrived argument.Imagine that!Now what about the obvious is giving you so much trouble,that you have to decipher the information,get frustrated,feel less intelligent and ultimately, post this nonsense?look in the mirror!There you go!He's why you exaggerate,lie and foolishly criticize!And you call other people grammar nazis, though, despite your obvious  inadequacy with grammar, you consider yourself one too!Unbelievable!But by now, not surprising!You swear,no less, imagine that,that  reading facebook, blogs and these comments are dumbing you down!Well, if that's possible and/or true to some extent,who's fault or responsibility is that?You're wasting your time,yet again!Time to look in the mirror once more!   
    Uh that was 4 days ago, not "weeks" ago, and your grammar is terrible, ripcityrevival said it's hard to take serious and I was just agreeing, saying it is frustrating to read because you have so many errors. Noone is not a word, you don't know how to use punctuation marks, you don't know how to put in a space after a sentence, you way over use commas, you erroneously add apostrophes, and it's confusing! I know not everyone has perfect grammar and everyone makes mistakes, I'm just saying it is hard to read when it is that bad. I know you think you have far superior grammatical skills than me, but that is just not true. I also did not lie about anything.
    I am a fan of comcast and the blazers making deals that keep screwing us over!! woot!
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    Posted 08/22/2010 4:31 PM

    Posted By Ripcitydownunder08 on 08/21/2010 10:35 AM
    Everyone seems to be thinking of the prototypical PF which definitely is a rebounding banging kind of player. Dirk Nowtizki is a 4 that shoots from range and doesnt rebound particularly well, and will one day be a hall of famer. I guess you cant make comparisons between LA and Dirk but it does raise the question is LA a typical PF or could he be... I definitely think depending on coaching and training development it could go either way, although it does seem the coaching staff want him closer to the rim.

    I think the problem is that he can rebound more! We've seen him do it, just inconsistently. I just want him to play better d and mix his offense up more, go to the hoop, post up and shoot jumpers or fade aways, instead og fade aways and jumpers 95% of the time. I just think he can do that and rebound more, and I think it is mostly a mental thing. I guess thing is he doesn't have that killer instinct or a really strong desire to dominate his opponent. If he had KG's attitude he would be unstoppable, but he seems more of a reacting personality instead of an initiator.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 08/22/2010 6:57 PM

    Posted By TomL on 08/20/2010 8:41 PM
    Posted By TayC on 08/20/2010 6:08 PM
    First off. I choose to spell words incorrectly at times. And its the Internet, who the hell cares about my penmanship or spelling, because im the only one who should.
    Pineapple Express - "Seen't It"
    Second, i am not and never was trying to agrue that LA should shoot farther out or 3', bcuz, he shouldnt.
    Third- You made very nice points Layup100, and i thought that was a quality rebuddle.
    Fourth and finally.......

    What happened? Did you fall asleep at 4th?
    And you choose to spell words wrong because you don't know how to spell it in the first place, for convenience or just for fun?
    If you want people to read your posts and easily understand them you should care about it. Especially if you write a long one. That's just what I think.

    Actually i was hoping that guy would fly in here and say

    Mo Williams

    I am actually very literate, i choose to mis spell them for fun, thats what the whole movie reference was there for, see i even added it in there with a
    Pineapple Express - "Seen't It"
    i gave it, its own line and everything. its a movie, a funny movie, kinda long, but funny.

    And "If you want people to read your posts and easily understand them you should care about it. Especially if you write a long one. That's just what I think"

    Duly noted, thank you.
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
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    Posted 08/22/2010 11:39 PM

    Oh, I have never seen that movie. ha ha
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  1. FamousRoy
    FamousRoy
    Posts: 144

    Posted 08/30/2010 7:10 PM

    While LaMarcus successfully shooting threes would be incredible, he needs to focus much more on rebounding.  That's what will make him an all-star, not being able to shoot the three.  That's why Pau Gasol is an all-star.  He averages about the same points as LaMarcus, and they're both their teams' second option.  But Pau averages 11 boards a game, and LaMarcus barely gets 8.  That's what needs to improve the most in his game.
    I am a fan of Defending the Rose Garden against the Lakers!
  1. Layup100
    Layup100
    Posts: 16

    Posted 08/31/2010 5:05 PM

    You put up  a post that was not only completely unnecessary, but also flawed with lies and exaggerations.Yet when I respond to it, your diminutive mind led you to defending your stance, reasserting the same nonsense.Imagine that!So typical of a person who says or does something wrong, for absolutely(naturally)no good reason!Unbelievable! Like a runaway train! Stick to the Blazers, where your opinions are normally rational, honest and said for the right reason(s)!The end!  
  1. Posted 09/01/2010 9:22 AM

    L.A needs to work at what he's doing because if he were to develope a 3 point shot it could completly mess his game up. It is a posability because you could be asking to much from him!
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