Finally, something resembling an updated in the developing telenovela known as the Rudy Fernandez saga (I still don’t have a catchy Spanish name for it) as HoopsHype has a link to an interview Fernandez did with Spanish newspaper El Periodico. The entire interview, in Spanish, can be found here (I really wish I had paid more attention to Spanish class in 8th grade, *groan*). Anyways, HoopsHype has a translation of a key part and here’s what they got from it:
The new Blazers GM Rich Cho has confirmed there’s no chance for you to return to Europe. What do you think about it?
Rudy Fernandez: Well, if he has said that, then it’s true. I’m still a Blazer. Right now I’m not worried about what they say there [Portland], I’m only worried about what is said about me at the Worlds.
And you can see why I put the ‘kind of’ in the title, because even though Rudy speaks, he doesn’t say much to alleviate the tension surrounding this situation. It would have been nice to have seen a little more opinion or peered more into the mind of Fernandez but it’s understandable to see him play his cards close to his vest. Interestingly enough, this little nugget is in stark contrast to what Fernandez’s agent, Andy Miller said a few weeks back as far as strongly not wanting to be a Blazer.
I’m not sure what can be taken from this. The fact of the matter is that yes, Rudy Fernandez is still a Portland Trail Blazer and he should be focusing completely on the FIBA World Championships, whether that focus is on winning the title for Spain or improving his trade value. In two games at the Worlds, Fernandez is averaging 12. 5 points a game, 8 boards a game, 46.7% from the field (50% from deep) in 26.5 minutes of action. Spain returns to action today at 11 AM Pacific against Lithuania in a game which will be televised on NBATV and ESPN3.com.