Monday, March 23, 2009
'Sergio Is The Backup'
I don't know if you've noticed, but there's been a bit of discussion regarding Nate McMillan's backup point guard rotation. Is Sergio Rodriguez the first point guard off the bench? Is it Jerryd Bayless? Is it decided on a game-by-game basis? It's all up to Coach McMillan, and I get the sense he's not too worried about whatever dissenting opinion might be out there.
But he's still willing to answer the question, and according to McMillan, Rodriguez is the backup, period.
"Sergio is the backup," said McMillan. "He was back in the rotation. I thought he did a good job. And that’s where we are right now. There will be opportunities where you can use Bayless in certain situations like we’ve done all season long. If I think we need that fire or just that spark or his defense or getting whatever. You try to take advantage of what your players can bring to the floor."
So it's Sergio first and Bayless second, or sporadically first when matchups are beneficial, or when circumstances, like a long road trip, change the rotation.
"We needed some fire," said McMillan of his rational behind using Bayless on the road trip. "I looked at Bayless on that road trip. I knew we were going to need a lift. A ton of games on that road trip, gave Bayless an opportunity. He did some good things for us."