Sunday , Jan , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Will Rudy Fernandez and Patrick Mills’ Portland ‘Bromance’ survive trade deadline?

"Your agent," I said to Fernandez as I asked him about the news, "is poco loco, no?"

Fernandez laughed and said, "Yes, he can be. Thank you for asking me."  Then, he explained, "I want to be here. I’m having fun. I bought a home. I bought a car. I don’t know what else I can do to prove I want to be here.

"I’m playing now, too." Mills leaned in and said: "I think he should leave." They cracked up, laughing, together. Fernandez wants to stay. He’s happy. Which likely means he’ll promptly be traded. Sports can be cruel like that. But as long as he’s around, it’s probably worth pointing out that Mills feels like the biggest reason Fernandez is finally comfortable again.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a blossoming ‘bromance’ (a bromance is a plutonic friendship between grown men).

Word is controversial Portland Trail Blazer Rudy Fernandez is now happy in Rip City, in large part, because of his friendship with reserve guard Patrick Mills.

These two hang at home in Portland. These two hang on the road. These two are tight.

In fact, the Fernandez-Mills ‘Bromance’ is apparently the main reason the Spanish swing has rescinded his trade demand and settled in Portland.

But the Trail Blazers are in transition. Franchise face Brandon Roy is having surgery on both knees and may never be the same player. Former first overall pick Greg Oden hasn’t played a game and his future is unknown.

The Trail Blazers, even with the injuries, could still secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, management may decide to rebuild and deal veterans Marcus Camby, Andre Miller, and Joel Pryzbilla at the trade deadline.

Fernandez could be part of the changes. Sure, he’s a strong shooter and exciting open court player. He’s also prone to extreme mood swings, and GM Richie Cho may feel it’s time to cut ties.

The Fernandez-Mills ‘bromance’ would then become a long-distance relationship.

–Oly Sandor.

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