The Blazers are coached by ex-NBA player, Nate McMillan. Last year, the Blazers were so banged up with injuries, McMillan joined his depleted Blazer team in scrimmage just to have ten bodies out there. Unfortunately, McMillan ruptured his right Achilles tendon; perhaps underestimating the speed of the game or forgetting the fact that he hasn't been in the league in years.
Losing players due to injury is part of the game, but Portland has been very unlucky in this department. Greg Oden, the first pick in the 2007 draft (incidentally chosen ahead of NBA scoring leader, Kevin Durant), has missed more games than he has played during his short career.
Brandon Roy has proven to be a great leader, and a clutch performer throughout his NBA career. He was undoubtedly the face of their franchise. Unfortunately for the Blazers, injury struck again this season, but this time to Brandon Roy. He was put on the shelf and missed 34 games with injuries sustained to both his knees.
When a player of Roy’s stature goes down, it becomes somebody else’s opportunity to step in and fill the void. Fifth year player, LaMarcus Aldridge has taken this responsibility on.