Let's be clear. A disappointed and frustrated Brandon Roy didn't seek out a single member of the media in the visiting locker room after Game 2 in Dallas to vent. He didn't appear in the press room, tugging on the sleeves of writers, either. He didn't raise his hand and ask to be called on at the postgame news conference. Nope. The Blazers guard was approached by a couple of good reporters who asked him about playing only eight minutes in Portland's loss. He answered. And for that, Roy is getting destroyed by fans. He's been called passive aggressive, and shouted down as selfish, and his leadership has been questioned. For what? Telling the truth? Sheesh. Roy has been ineffective as a player in this series. But he got it right when he said he deserves better. From fans. From his coach. From the franchise he carried when it couldn't carry itself. Coach Nate McMillan is in a real pickle today. On one hand, every coach must do what's best for the team. On the other, throwing crumbs to Roy hasn't worked for anyone. He has to worry about losing his team's confidence, and honoring what he most certainly owes Roy. There's only one clean way out of this: McMillan must play Roy more in Game 3. McMillan said, "He'll play his role." The coach must trust his player. Not as deeply as he once did, but far more than eight blasted minutes worth. Roy was right. What was he supposed to do with that kind of time? Read a comic strip? If McMillan gives Roy, say, 25 minutes in Game 3 and the guy dribbles the ball off his foot a dozen times, the coach can justify limiting his minutes. Case closed. Sorry star, I tried. However, if Roy gets loose, and looks comfortable, what we just might have here is a solution that works for everyone.
Brandon Roy deserves more than eight minutes
Oregonian | Apr 21