Monday , Sep , 01 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Travis Outlaw Unhappy with Role?


"I saw Bayless have a great Summer League," Outlaw says. "And Rudy, he’s having a great Olympics, you know? Shots are going to go down somewhere, and I feel I’m the lowest guy on the totem pole, so it may be me."

He came to Portland in 2003, right out of Starkville High. That makes him the longest-tenured Blazer, and he notes that he has seen a lot in his time — from the self-destruction of Bonzi Wells and the trade request of a disgruntled Rasheed Wallace to the franchise’s passing fancies that were Sebastian Telfair, Zach Randolph and Darius Miles.

With that perspective, he ponders his place with the franchise’s upswing. He has experienced enough success — last season hitting game-winning shots at Memphis and Atlanta and finishing ninth in the sixth man of the year voting — that he thinks he could one day be an All-Star. But he wonders whether that potential will be stifled on a team built around Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden.

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