Wednesday , Apr , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Zach Randolph and Darius Miles Want to Leave Blazers

Honestly speaking, the title “Zach Randolph and Darius Miles Want to Leave Blazers” doesn’t qualify this post as news; what does is that they’ve spoken publicly of their desire to get out of town for the first time. Miles hasn’t said much of his motives (and, frankly, doesn’t need to), but Z-Bo wasn’t scared to tell ‘em why he’s mad.

“It’s got a lot to do with the front office,” Randolph said. “A lot to do with (general manager) John Nash, (team president) Steve Patterson, you know, they put this team together.”

Randolph also leaked one of the league’s worst-kept secrets in disclosing that he and Nate McMillan have had beef throughout the season.

“So he came in with the attitude where, I don’t know, he thought he’s got to be hard. Like Sarge. So it’s been tough, because I ain’t never had…I always had coach Cheeks, who is more of a player’s coach, and I was accustomed to his actions and ways. Now it’s just a lot different.”

Unsurprisingly, neither team management nor Coach Nate has reacted as if any of this is the least bit shocking or disappointing.

“I think they have to be honest, honest with themselves, and honest with the organization about how they feel,” McMillan said. “To feel that way and keep it inside doesn’t help anyone. I think they have to be honest about how they feel, their role, the direction of the club, so that we can get a feel for how we can help them.”

Translation: “Get the f*ck out; we won’t miss you.”

What this means for Portland is that they’ll have a tubby kid who can’t take instruction and a skinny underachiever to move this off-season. If they can’t get market value in return (and they won’t), they’ll have to hope that their draft pick turns out to be the next LeBron, or it’ll be another long season next year.

My advice if you’re a Portland fan? Pray. Alternatively, if you’re an atheist (and this season was more than enough to shake anyone’s faith), direct your pleas to David Stern.

CYE

Zach Randolph and Darius Miles Want to Leave Blazers