Joel Przybilla Coming Back Thanks God
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 02/22/2012 2:16 PM

    It is done.  Joel is coming back
    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 02/22/2012 2:18 PM

    Joel Przybilla decides he wants to return to the Trail Blazers

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 1:59 PM     Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:05 PM
    Free agent center Joel Przybilla will sign a free-agent contract with the Trail Blazers providing he passes a physical in Portland on Sunday.

    Przybilla said he made the decision on Monday.

    Przybilla, 32, played six and a half seasons in Portland until he was traded to Charlotte last February for Gerald Wallace. He played five games with Charlotte before shutting his season down on March 8 because of right knee pain. Przybilla had two surgeries on his right knee to repair a ruptured patella tendon.

    If Przybilla passes his physical, the Blazers will have to waive a player to sign him. Candidates are second-year guard Armon Johnson, injured center Greg Oden, or second-year center Chris Johnson.

    Przybilla is valued by the Blazers for his ability to rebound, block shots and set screens. One of the toughest and most respected players by his teammates during his tenure in Portland, Przybilla was a fan favorite.

    “Everybody here knows Joel,’’ team president Larry Miller said Tuesday night.  “You know what he brings to the table: toughness, rebounding, defense and the fans here love Joel. So he would be a great addition for our team. He brings defensive toughness and shot blcoking. Things that can help us.’’

    The Blazers have been pursuing Przybilla since the NBA lockout ended the first week in December. On the first day teams could contact free agents, Blazers athletic trainer Jay Jensen was on Przybilla's doorstep in Milwaukee that morning.

    Przybilla struggled with deciding whether he wanted to return to the NBA because he wanted to strengthen his right knee and more than anything, he was enjoying being a father to his two sons.

    But after returning to basketball workouts, he said his body started to feel good. By mid-January he said he had started to miss the game.

    He chose the Blazers over Miami, Chicago and Milwaukee. His contract will last through this season.
     
    The Blazers (18-16) have started their All-Star break and don’t play until Feb. 29 in Denver.

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. BlazerManiac
    BlazerManiac
    Posts: 777

    Posted 02/22/2012 2:18 PM

    Joel Przybilla decides he wants to return to the Trail Blazers

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 1:59 PM     Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:05 PM
    Free agent center Joel Przybilla will sign a free-agent contract with the Trail Blazers providing he passes a physical in Portland on Sunday.

    Przybilla said he made the decision on Monday.

    Przybilla, 32, played six and a half seasons in Portland until he was traded to Charlotte last February for Gerald Wallace. He played five games with Charlotte before shutting his season down on March 8 because of right knee pain. Przybilla had two surgeries on his right knee to repair a ruptured patella tendon.

    If Przybilla passes his physical, the Blazers will have to waive a player to sign him. Candidates are second-year guard Armon Johnson, injured center Greg Oden, or second-year center Chris Johnson.

    Przybilla is valued by the Blazers for his ability to rebound, block shots and set screens. One of the toughest and most respected players by his teammates during his tenure in Portland, Przybilla was a fan favorite.

    “Everybody here knows Joel,’’ team president Larry Miller said Tuesday night.  “You know what he brings to the table: toughness, rebounding, defense and the fans here love Joel. So he would be a great addition for our team. He brings defensive toughness and shot blcoking. Things that can help us.’’

    The Blazers have been pursuing Przybilla since the NBA lockout ended the first week in December. On the first day teams could contact free agents, Blazers athletic trainer Jay Jensen was on Przybilla's doorstep in Milwaukee that morning.

    Przybilla struggled with deciding whether he wanted to return to the NBA because he wanted to strengthen his right knee and more than anything, he was enjoying being a father to his two sons.

    But after returning to basketball workouts, he said his body started to feel good. By mid-January he said he had started to miss the game.

    He chose the Blazers over Miami, Chicago and Milwaukee. His contract will last through this season.
     
    The Blazers (18-16) have started their All-Star break and don’t play until Feb. 29 in Denver.

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. flyroy69
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    Posted 02/22/2012 2:37 PM

    This is good news for the 5 position and helping Camby! I like the "D" and mental toughness he brings!
    I am a fan of A VERY SPECIAL 2013-2014 SEASON!
  1. FtheFairWeather
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    Posted 02/22/2012 2:54 PM

    This is a great day indeed. We need veterans and Joel is a great choice since he is familiar with LA's playing style and the best part is he doesn't take any sh!t from anyone, not even Art.. *coughs* I mean, 'World Peace'
    I am a fan of Lillard, Aldridge, Batum, Lopez, Matthews, Williams, Freeland, Claver, McCollum, Wright, Barton, Leonard, Robinson
  1. Blazer247
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    Posts: 591

    Posted 02/22/2012 3:38 PM

    Welcome back to the Rip City, our Vanilla Gorilla Joel "The Thrylla" Pryzbilla!!!
    I am a fan of BLAZER BASKETBALL. Not drafts, not business, not trades, not David Stern. Just BLAZER BASKETBALL.
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 02/22/2012 3:40 PM

    I am just hoping his knee's hold out.  I say waive Oden.  Oden has two years of recovery a head of him, and I think we waited long enough.  Now we need to sign Batum and Wallce to long term deals and then focus on developing Chris Johnson with the knowledge of Thomas, Camby and Pryzbilla. 
    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 02/22/2012 3:54 PM

    WAIVE ARMON. There is no question at all that AJ is the least useful player currently on the Blazers roster. He's the last man in a long lineup of guards, at either position, and every other guard this season has shown more skill and potential than Armon. Even if Greg comes back in 2 years and only plays with us for even 1 season, that will STILL be a huge benefit to the Blazers because there are so so so few players in the NBA of his size and skill.

    This is an obvious choice. The tough one would be if we had to clear a 2nd spot, but Armon is far and away the 1st choice to go.
    I am a fan of BLAZER BASKETBALL. Not drafts, not business, not trades, not David Stern. Just BLAZER BASKETBALL.
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