Sunday, September 03, 2006

Breakout Probability: Darius Miles

In order for Darius to have what would be considered a breakout season, he would have to do the following:

1. Stay out of trouble for the ENTIRE season. This means no pouting, no drunken nights out on the town with taxi-cabs full of rookies, no complaints about bobbleheads, no acting like a jerk-off in front of the fans or the media, no changing at halftime, no tirades in practice, no racial slurs, no bathroom breaks and giving consistent, all-out effort on the court for the duration of each and every game and practice.

2. Stay completely healthy for at least 75 games. Completely healthy means that his knee would not hamper his lateral movement, quickness, athleticism, speed, etc. in any way.

3. Match or exceed his scoring numbers from last season (14-15 PPG), and average at lest 7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 2 steals and 3 assists. However, Darius would have to consistently put up these numbers over the course of the ENTIRE season, as opposed to coming on strong at the beginning and becoming increasingly ineffctive as the season goes on, as was the case last year.

Going into the season, there are many questions surrounding Darius. There are reports that he has been working out, become a born again Christian, and plans to "do his talking on the court" next season. However, he has never shown the ability to live up to his potential throughout the course of the entire season and has yet to finish a year without some kind of behavioral incident. He has also become somewhat of a ballhog of late, and has seemed to only be concerned with Darius' stats and what is best for Darius, not what is best for the team. Will a second year under Nate's system combined with God's healing love and a healthy knee be enough to send Darius over the top? The jury's still out, but right now it looks like a long shot even though I have this gut feeling that he may surprise us all (then again, that could just be because he's my ex-favorite Blazer).



At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was happy to hear that Darius is not talking to the media this summer and will let his play do the talking. When he does talk, it seems to get him in trouble. Darius was really pretty good before the knee injury last year, so I'm hoping to see more of the same now that he's healthy again.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Ryne said...

i dont think darius will be able to reach those numbers if we end up starting martel at the 3 but hes very capable

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Eli said...

We're not starting Martell at the 3, he's not ready for that at least full time. If Miles doesn't shape up 'tell may start some games at the 3 toward midsean. If Darius shapes up I expect him to be traded. I'll be sad though.

At 9:53 AM, Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

I think Darius also need some direction from Nate. He seems to play best when his role is set and the team plays to win, rather than plays to evaluate young talent.

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At 11:34 AM, Blogger Sean said...

ok seriously whoever you are that keeps making those offensive comments you need to's not cool and niether are you


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