McMillan At Odds With His Star 14th December, 2005 - 2:20 am The Oregonian - Personnel decisions are ahead for the Trail Blazers' brain trust, and if coach Nate McMillan has any say, one of the decisions will be on forward Zach Randolph.
Decisions, as in: Can Randolph play for McMillan?
Or: Do the Blazers go to another plan and build around a different player?
McMillan's stunningly hard stance was revealed Tuesday when he was asked to evaluate his team after the first 20 games of this season. McMillan wanted nothing to do with talk about wins and losses, the team's style of play, or its inexperience.
Instead, McMillan said the team's "attitude" -- not pressing roster concerns or the team's 6-14 record -- was the most relevant topic. Certain players on the team are too selfish, not committed to the professional game, and don't play hard enough during games, he said.
"You've got to have the attitude that you want to be here, and if you don't, then when you are here, you work while you are here to make this club a better team," McMillan said. "So, do the things you are supposed to. Be where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there. And when you are out on the floor, give 100 percent, and when things aren't going right, look at yourself first."
The topics point directly at Randolph, who at least three times this season has been tardy to team functions, at times gone through the motions on the court, and recently, expressed indifference -- at best -- about his desire to play in Portland any longer.
The latter came after Sunday's game against Houston, when Randolph was asked if he wanted to be here.
"They pay me a lotta money," Randolph said.
Thoughts?"I'm not arguing; I'm explaining why I'm right."