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Raymond Felton, the new Floor General in Portland
Ever since Nate McMillan has come to Portland as head coach, the Trail Blazers have switched gears from being one of the quickest, run-n'-gun teams in the league on a perennial basis to the slowest, most deliberate franchise in the NBA.
The Blazers 85 possessions per game in 2010-11 was easily the lowest among the 30 teams. No longer a scoring team, they have turned the sport of basketball into a grind-it-out game of chess. Is there anything wrong with this style of play? Absolutely not! It has worked for numerous teams—the New York Knicks of the 90s. However, since the Trail Blazers have failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs the past three seasons, if change is available, why not give it a whirl and see where we end up.
Enter Raymond Felton. Felton has boldly announced his intentions for his new ball club and Coach Nate has been listening: Run! And with guys such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace and Wesley Matthews, this change of pace could be exactly what Portland needs to get the ball in the basket, victories in the win column and fans in the stands!