Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Outlaw gets the starting nod

Nate McMillan is messing with your mind.

After declaring yesterday that Nicolas Batum, the summer league disappointment turned preseason defensive wunderkind, would get the start versus the Lakers, McMillan decided to mix it up. Travis Outlaw, the longest tenured Trail Blazer, will get the start, with Batum moving to the second unit.

"After sleeping on it, I've decided it's just the right thing to do," McMillan told The Oregonian's Jason Quick. "There are a number of reasons, and one of them is Travis is at the point now that he needs the opportunity to show what he can do."

Outlaw practiced with the first unit at shootaround today, so unless Nate takes a nap between now and game time and has another change of heart, expect TO to be in there come the opening tip.

5 comments:

Sophia said...

this is a joke, right? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

by "several reasons" i assume that means Outlaw pitched a fit about not getting the start...

appel82 said...

actually, Nate stressed that Outlaw "looks really cute in road jerseys," adding "Batum's face just isn't symmetrical enough to match up against the handsomest players in the league quite yet.

kelly mac said...

Good for travis, he earned this start. I hope several reasons meant his teammates showing some support as well as nate comming to his senses! outlaw shows as much heart and hustle as anyone on the team. I hope he can step up his offense with a little more consistent numbers. When travis is hot! he's exciting to watch. He has all the tools to be an allstar!Maybe starting is what he needs get him going. So rip city baby, Lets get them blazers red hot and rollin.

Sophia said...

"match up against the handsomest players in the league quite yet."

You are either a Laker fan or blind

d said...

travis definitely deserves the start, but leaving him on the second unit is probably a better option. there are already enough scorers on the first team.