I was going to write a post about Rudy Fernandez and some comments he made recently to Marca.com (a Realgm.com translation) but Ben Golliver pretty much nailed it with his perspective. I highly recommend you read his entire piece, but here is the section that stuck out to me:
Perhaps, also, reality is starting to set in. Rudy is a fine player but will never be an NBA All Star. Like Sergio Rodriguez before him, he does certain things very well and he does other things not at all. His lack of progress is due as much to a lack of personal skill development (no left hand, limited dribble-drive moves, no mid-range game, not great at finishing in traffic) as it is role-related. The fact that he has been spending time working on perfecting a contested floater — a flashy, inefficient and rare shot that he’s shown no knack for being able to create, let alone make –suggests that he is perhaps not being honest with himself when it comes to truly realizing success in the NBA. Instead, he’s busy improving his greatest strength: playing to the crowd.
In the unlikely event that Rudy Fernandez does choose the nuclear option this summer, finds a way out of his contract and returns to Spain, I wouldn’t blame him in the slightest. Surely tens of thousands of fans in Porland — not to mention many in the organization, particularly at the top rungs — would be incredibly disappointed.
But you have to wonder whether Nate McMillan would lose that much sleep over it. Should he?
I’m not sure Nate would, or should, either. I certainly think Rudy has been both overrated and overvalued by some in the local and national press, but you also can’t fault a player for following his beliefs in himself. If Rudy thinks he is a star, then that is fine. Trying to convince a person something different about themselves is a very difficult, and often fruitless, task. And it’s becoming tougher and tougher to argue that Rudy, based on his current developmental arc, is what he might think he is. If a split does happen, it would be disappointing because Fernandez could be a major championship piece, but there would be no cause for name calling or any other form of slander. Everyone has their own path to follow.