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BENCH 2005--06 STATS
(R) ROOKIE (COLLEGE STATISTICS)
Enemy Lines An
opposing team's scout sizes up the Trail Blazers
I don't get the
sense they have a plan for how to rebuild. They talked about having quality
people, but then they signed guys like Zach Randolph and Darius Miles to big
contracts.... Miles exhibits no passion for competition; he's always in cruise
mode. He's got so many gifts, but you don't ever see him letting it loose and
breathing hard.... Travis Outlaw has made a lot of improvements in three years.
Even though his footwork's not all there yet, he plays hard, and I would
imagine that every team is tracking him because of his potential.... Once
Martell Webster got used to the speed of the game, he started feeling really
comfortable with his shot. People around the league compare him with Lamond
Murray--he's a really good shooter who needs to work on putting the ball on the
floor and learning other ways to score instead of just coming off screens....
They're creating higher expectations for rookie Brandon Roy than the Bobcats
are for Adam Morrison. Roy is good, but if they think he's going to be the
savior, then that's very, very unfair.
The 2005--06 Trail Blazers, who finished last in points per game (88.8) and
rebounds (37.7), were the first team since the '00--01 Bulls to be the league's
worst in both categories.