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Old 07-01-2008, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Blazers finally add Rudy Fernandez to roster

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers reached an agreement to sign Spanish guard Rudy Fernandez, it was announced today by general manager Kevin Pritchard.

"I am so excited about joining the Trail Blazers and the NBA," said Fernandez. "The whole staff did a tremendous job making me feel like a very important team member to them and made me forget about the economic issues because of the rookie scale.

"My dream has been to play in the NBA and Portland is giving me this opportunity. I was amazed about everything that Mr. Allen, Kevin Pritchard, Coach McMillan and the rest of the guys did to show me how much they wanted me. Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, I can't wait to play with them. We will do nice things!"

Not that there was much doubt after he announced the intent to sign, but still. Portland now has one of the scariest benches in basketball:

Bayless
Fernandez
Outlaw/Webster (not sure which)
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:55 PM   #2
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Rudy will shock the league. Book it.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: Blazers Officially Sign Fernandez

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Not that there was much doubt after he announced the intent to sign, but still. Portland now has one of the scariest benches in basketball:

Bayless
Fernandez
Outlaw/Webster (not sure which)
Frye
Przybilla

No, sorry.

A nice bench. Sure. A scary bench, as of now, not even close.40 percent of said bench has yet to even play an NBA game.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:01 PM   #4
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No, sorry.

A nice bench. Sure. A scary bench, as of now, not even close.40 percent of said bench has yet to even play an NBA game.

Killjoy...

Seriously, though. Do you really expect almost half of the bench to suck or something?
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:08 PM   #5
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No, sorry.

A nice bench. Sure. A scary bench, as of now, not even close.40 percent of said bench has yet to even play an NBA game.

I'm definitely giving Rudy the benefit of the doubt. Call me a homer if you want: the guy has three MVPs in three different leagues.

That's about as close to pre-NBA creds as you can possibly get.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:09 PM   #6
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Default Re: Blazers Officially Sign Fernandez

Can't he play some SF? He's 6'6.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:13 PM   #7
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Can't he play some SF? He's 6'6.

Yeah, he probably will play some. He played some SF in Europe, and Roy has even played some SF in Portland.

For a few games, Portland started:

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Default Re: Blazers Officially Sign Fernandez

I've been saying this on ISH for the past 3 years: when all is said and done, Rudy will be seen as having been just as successful as Manu over his career.
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can't wait to see this guy. think he'll be legit.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:43 PM   #10
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He's gonna be so dirty
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Default Re: Blazers Officially Sign Fernandez

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I'm definitely giving Rudy the benefit of the doubt. Call me a homer if you want: the guy has three MVPs in three different leagues.

That's about as close to pre-NBA creds as you can possibly get.

Those are great accomplishments but make no mistake, this is the NBA not Europe. I just think you can't get to ahead of yourself, especially when it comes to hyping NBA players.
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Those are great accomplishments but make no mistake, this is the NBA not Europe. I just think you can't get to ahead of yourself, especially when it comes to hyping NBA players.

I wasn't hyping... I never said he was Manu 2.0, I implied that he would be scary to most second string SGs in the league, which I feel comfortable asserting.
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I wasn't hyping... I never said he was Manu 2.0, I implied that he would be scary to most second string SGs in the league, which I feel comfortable asserting.

Maybe "hype" wasn't the correct term but you understand where I'm coming from.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:58 PM   #14
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I can't wait for the season to start. We'll get to see 3 rookies that we have high hopes for.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:06 PM   #15
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Default Re: Blazers Officially Sign Fernandez

If he is so good then why didnt he get drafted? I saw his videos he looks CRAZY NICE, but i dont understand.
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