Ben Golliver over at Blazer’s Edge dropping goodies by reporting on a translation provided by HoopsHype of a Rudy Fernandez interview by Diario De Mallorca. That’s one hell of a sentence. Here is what the interview said:
“Disappointed and deceived. I’ve always asked for more responsibility on the team but this season they didn’t give any chance. Something like that makes you lose all focus, because you don’t know what is going to happen next year.”
Regarding a possible trade, Fernandez states, “I’m comfortable in Portland but I’m sure I could provide experience and talent to another team.”
Fernandez also denies, again, any contact with major Spanish clubs in Barcelona and Madrid.
The first thing that popped in my head was a lyric from the old DMX song ‘Here We Go Again’. ‘Here we go again/same old s*it dog, just a different day’. For the past 2-3 years, Portland fans have been dealing with these mysterious Spanish interviews. These used to be Sergio Rodriguez’ domain and apparently he passed it on to Rudy. Thanks to agents, newspapers and their respective agendas I have learned to take these with about 2-3 large grains of salt. However, there has to be something said about this. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve heard something like this from Rudy this year. It will be interesting to see how the public reacts to this. I imagine this may be the straw that breaks the camels back as far as most Blazer fans are concerned. They are a passionate bunch and generally don’t put up with stuff like this.
On one hand, I can kind of see a glimmer of where Rudy is coming from. And I say only a ‘glimmer’ if it was completely true that he had never been given a chance this season. Trust me, there is nothing worse for a basketball player (on any level) to feel like they don’t have the chance to make an impact. However, Rudy got chance after chance and as we all know…didn’t really produce. Especially in the playoffs so the timing is just a bit weird. That’s why I think it’s going to be a rocky road for him over the next couple days. Taking that angle makes it tough for many to empathize with him. And it’s sad because I truly believe the majority of Blazer fans want to believe in Rudy. I’m very interested to see how Blazer fans react as I’m assuming the majority would be ok with using Rudy to move up.