Monday, March 9, 2009

McMillan: 'If that happens, it happens'


As you may remember, there have been more than a few chippy moments between the Lakers and Trail Blazers over the past few years. There was the hard foul given by Lamar Odom during a game in the Rose Garden last year that resulted in the two sides having to be separated. And then there was the time Odom and Jarrett Jack got into it at Staples back in 2007. LaMarcus Aldridge has had a few run ins with Odom as well. Kobe and Przybilla jaw at each other from time to time as well. Basically, no love lost on either side.

I asked Nate McMillan about the whether he likes to see the kind of attitude the Lakers seem to illicit from his players.

"You can’t be out there and be on your heels," said McMillan. "For us, we’ve got to be aggressive, we can’t be afraid to touch Kobe. You respect them but we can’t be out there watching them. We’re going to have to be aggressive against them. So if that happens, it happens. They’re the best team in the league and in order to beat them, you’ve got to beat them. So you’re going to have to be aggressive."

I'll let you come to your own conclusion on what Coach McMillan is referring to when he says "if that happens, it happens." My guess is that "it" happens again tonight.

6 comments:

mike said...

Right on the money... That "it" is very scary moment...

breakthewindow said...

how right you were.

Wendee said...
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Wendee said...

Unfortunate prediction of the future. I can't believe the gall of Ariza to take Rudy down like that and then take a swing at Roy who was defending his teammate. I hope that guy gets a stiff penalty and I hope that Rudy is okay and back on the court soon. My thoughts are with him. Way to stomp on the Lakers, guys!! What an awesome team Portland has. They make me proud to be a Blazer Believer again.

jwoo73 said...

Let me preface my statement, I hope that Rudy wakes up tomorrow without a sign of pain, no lingering aches, and that he is ready to go full speed against Dallas. But, to be honest, I am glad that "it" happened. First, maybe all of the idiots who claim that Roy and Fernandez do not get along will finally shut up. Second, I loved when Jack got in Odom's face last year and I love the team stepping up against the Lakers again this year. Again, I pray that Rudy is fine; however, it is hard not to enjoy seeing the Blazers man up to these punks. I love that emotion and hope that this team shows more of it in the future. And throttling the Lakers on the scoreboard is always appreciated.

angliatzi said...

im not a laker fan, i hate them,
but cmon that foul on rudy it might have seemed hard but if you look at it he played the ball it was unfortunate how he landed.

stop saying oh ariza just tackled him down because the video backs it up