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#1 Guest_Chicano_*

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Posted August 25, 2008 - 11:04 PM

Watch out for this dude:
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They're all good, but the third video is my fav.. he's got a ton more by the way on YouTube & other places, the guy's loaded..

he's been rumored to go to the NBA for a while now and very easily could have, but he just wanted to polish his skills & improve his game a little more & more year by year and I definitely think he is more than ready.. had an awesome overall olympics as well and was awesome, especially against the US in front of his future Trail Blazer coach in Nate Mcmillan. Very exciting player to watch for me as well, one of my faves..







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He didn't just dunk on Howard, he totally Barnstable's avi'd on him..

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Oh yeah & the guy's still relatively young I'd say, 23.

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#2 L.A.K.E.R

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Posted August 25, 2008 - 11:08 PM

He's really good, but on a team with the likes of Roy and Oden getting the majority of the looks, I fear that he won't get a chance to shine as he would have with a less stacked team. But, judging by the way he plays, he doesn't mind being 3rd or 4th option on a team. He'll have a good career in the NBA. Nice range, mobile, quick, and isn't afraid to take it to the rack. Very good player and I look forward to seeing him play in the NBA!

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Posted August 28, 2008 - 05:16 PM

Personally, I expect him to be a VERY solid role & dangerous game impacting role player, at least in the beginning moreso, BUT, IF, given a fair chance & right opportunity with PT specifically, potential-wise, from everything I've seen & I've followed this guy for a quite a while and he's shown he can perform consistently & with some of the top competition in the world, I can see him somewhere down the line or even faster than I would've expected, becoming an All-Star & sooner rather than later becoming the second best Spanish player in the NBA over Jose Calderon right next to Pau.
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This is great stuff folks, check it out:

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Posted August 29, 2008 - 12:58 AM

With some maturity and time together in about 3 years Portland is going to be a monster of a team to deal with.

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Posted August 29, 2008 - 01:08 AM

Mcmillan shoud be quite happy with him.
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Posted August 29, 2008 - 08:32 AM

Mcmillan shoud be quite happy with him.


Yeap and I think he's already happy :nervous:

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Posted August 29, 2008 - 08:34 AM

With some maturity and time together in about 3 years Portland is going to be a monster of a team to deal with.

Yeah but once they do, contract situations will come up.

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Posted August 29, 2008 - 02:57 PM

^ That's not a problem though bro', at least not a major one. It's a slight problem you LOVE to have WHEN you have great talent. The more great talent/pieces you have around, the more valuable those commodites are & help you get back in TRADES as good of pieces or better. Ya' get me?

Surely, they'll make the right decisions in most cases and ultimately KEEP the players of MOST importance or try to, but at the end, like you said, they won't keep all, but that's okay, they can get great stuff in return since they're so valuable. Well, kinda repeated myself there, lol, so I think my point is taken.

Yeap and I think he's already happy


http://blog.oregonli...es_olympic.html

Rudy Fernandez leaves Olympic impression on Blazers coach


Back home from the Olympics, where he was an assistant coach for Team USA, Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan on Thursday could finally reveal the two-week struggle he endured in Beijing.

There were sleepless nights. A self-imposed muzzle on his emotions. And the uneasiness of choosing an allegiance.

All because of Rudy Fernandez.


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Rudy Fernandez, playing for Spain, is fouled by Dwight Howard as he dunks during the gold medal game at the Olympics.

The high-energy shooting guard for Spain, who will join the Blazers this month, excelled during the Olympics, which included a team-high 22 points in the gold medal loss to the Ameicans. And after getting a front-row view for many of Spain's games, McMillan said Fernandez, 23, is so talented that he will "definitely" play, and play a lot, for the Blazers.

"I'm sitting there (in the gold medal game) with a straight face, trying not to smile," McMillan said. " (Spain) are the guys we have to beat, but I'm caught. That's my player and I want to (he claps his hands twice) but I gotta (he makes a serious face) because we are going up against him."


McMillan said that early in the Olympics, after watching Spain's second game, he had a fitful night of sleep.

"I was so impressed with him that it was to the point where after the second time I saw him, I didn't sleep that night because I was moving my rotations around," McMillan said. "I swear I did not sleep. I could not sleep thinking about him. Because I'm saying, 'We can put him here, do this with him, do that with him and Brandon (Roy), and do this... So he's playing for us. Oh yeah. I see that right now."

A 6-foot-5 player who never stops moving, Fernandez averaged 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field at the Olympics, all while opening the eyes of NBA players and coaches. McMillan said he and fellow Team USA assistant Mike D'Antoni, the coach of the New York Knicks, engaged in a back-and-forth banter during one of Fernandez's games.

"Every time Rudy did something, D'Antoni would look at me and say, 'Your player, huh?' " McMillan said. "And I would be, 'Yeah, he's cool.' Like no big deal.

"Then he does something else, and D'Antoni would be like 'Dang! Pretty good, huh?'

"Yeah, he's alright," McMillan said he told him. "He's okay. Still has to work on going to his left."

"But then he kept doing stuff," McMillan said, in an amazed tone. "Then all of a sudden he catches a lob, then he steals it and is swinging on the rim, and it's like ... dang. Over there, you talk about the U.S. basketball team, and Rudy is the next thing you talk about. It was Team USA. Rudy. And he played to earn that."

McMillan said he envisions Fernandez playing in the second unit with Jerryd Bayless and Travis Outlaw, with the scoring focus centered on Outlaw and Fernandez. He also guaranteed Fernandez and Roy will play together, most likely with Roy as point and Fernandez at shooting guard, but he also didn't rule out Roy playing small forward alongside Fernandez at shooting guard.

"I feel like I can coach him, and I feel I can help him become better, and I feel he can help us," McMillan said. "But how does he fit in? That's going to be the whole thing with our guys this year ... there are going to be different roles. He was the man in Spain, where he touched the ball every possession and the offense ran through him. That changes a bit here. We are still going to have to run some stuff for you, but you are probably not going to get as many touches as you did in Spain."

McMillan said he doesn't think fewer touches will be a problem for Fernandez because he is adept at scoring without the ball with offensive rebounds, fast breaks and hustling for loose balls.

"If I could say one thing about him, it's that he is fearless," McMillan said. "He's not afraid to make a play, which is great when you are talking about playing in the NBA. You've got to have heart; you can't be afraid. And he is not."

Thanks a ton for posting that lakerstefi, I posted the whole thing though because I wanted it to be more clear & for more people to see. This is really awesome though. I just knew this whole time Nate had to be excited & holding it in so guiltily.. lol.

Wow, I am DEFINITELY gonna' catch a lot of this team's games on League Pass. They were already a fun team to watch last season imo, and now they add RUDY, Oden, & several others, wow, packed.

Edited by Chicano, August 29, 2008 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted August 29, 2008 - 04:42 PM

Like a "Smooth Criminal" :D :rock:

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Posted August 29, 2008 - 04:49 PM

it's amazing eh he looks like he could be really special

hopefully his transition to the NBA is smooth, he looks like a quality addition to the NBA
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Posted September 01, 2008 - 11:54 AM

I am just dumbfounded at how deep the Portland Trailblazers roster goes. It just seems like they get young talented players. If they want that PG they are looking for though, I wonder if they'd be interested in trading Outlaw for Chauncey Billups or Jason Kidd. Both the type of veteran PGs that could push that young team a lot further than they would otherwise.
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Posted September 01, 2008 - 01:12 PM

He's really good, but on a team with the likes of Roy and Oden getting the majority of the looks, I fear that he won't get a chance to shine as he would have with a less stacked team. But, judging by the way he plays, he doesn't mind being 3rd or 4th option on a team. He'll have a good career in the NBA. Nice range, mobile, quick, and isn't afraid to take it to the rack. Very good player and I look forward to seeing him play in the NBA!


Actually, I can see him developing into an even better player due to the fact that he will have to defer. He can be a scorer off the bench, and he'll learn to pass and play defense instead of just scoring.

ROY? Maybe. I see that going to Oden though.
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Posted September 01, 2008 - 01:14 PM

Holy crap, I just realized that Bayless will also be in the running for ROY.

So we are talking about Bayless, Oden and Rudy who will all probably be top 8 in ROY runnings!
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Posted September 01, 2008 - 01:47 PM

He kinda pushed off on that dunk. <_< Nahh he dunked on him, not gonna lie.

He looks like he's gonna be pretty good, I was very impressed.

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Posted September 02, 2008 - 03:30 AM

Actually, I can see him developing into an even better player due to the fact that he will have to defer. He can be a scorer off the bench, and he'll learn to pass and play defense instead of just scoring.


He already passes and plays defense :rock:.
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Posted September 02, 2008 - 08:33 PM

^ Lol, exactly. Obviously lakerfool hasn't seen as many games & footage of Rudy as we have.

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Posted September 03, 2008 - 12:29 AM

To be fair, I've been watching him since he was 17.
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Posted September 03, 2008 - 02:06 AM

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what's up with this!?

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that's strange...

Edited by netlord, September 03, 2008 - 02:08 AM.

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Posted September 03, 2008 - 10:12 AM

^ Thanks for posting those pics & yeah, that definitely is strange, but I'm assuming it must just be some kinda' joke.. lol.

http://www.nba.com/b...80135-1218.html

Older than the more recent posted article with Nate talking about Rudy after the US game, but still:

Casey Holdahl: Spain is up next for you after Greece. Are you looking forward to getting a closer look at Rudy Fernandez?

Nate McMillan: I’ve seen Rudy. He looks good. He’s had two very good games, but the focus in on tonight’s game, not Spain.

Rudy has done a nice job for Spain. That’s a good team. That’s a very good team. I know that game will be coming but we’re not looking past Greece tonight. The main thing is to get the game tonight and then we’ll start focusing on Spain.

Casey Holdahl: Just speaking about Rudy individually, have you seen anything new from him or have you been surprised by anything you’ve seen from him?

Nate McMillan: I saw him a couple of years ago and he was young. He wasn’t starting or getting a lot of playing time. Now he’s starting and he’s playing a lot. He’s a talented player. He plays with a lot of energy; a lot of passion. I think the fans are really going to be excited with the style of play that he brings to the floor. He plays the game very passionately. He puts everything out on the line. He doesn’t hold back. He seems to be, in the two games I’ve seen him in, fearless.

I went down to the locker room the other night to talk to him. He’s excited about coming to Portland and looking forward to playing for us. And we’re excited about him coming. I think there’s going to be a learning curve for him, of course, as it is for any young player, but his ceiling as far as what he’s capable of doing: I think he’s got a high ceiling. I think he’s going to be a really good player.


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Posted September 04, 2008 - 02:20 AM

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that's strange...



Sabes a lo que me ha sonado eso??

005, Fernandez,Rudy Fernandez...lol
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