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Nolan Smith Bitter Toward Blazers, Fans?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 14, 2013 @ 7:53 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
And there’s no question Blazers fans are mad. The team’s decision to select (Nolan) Smith one spot ahead of (Kenneth) Faried with the No. 21 overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft is one of several personnel moves that led to last season’s roster implosion and this season’s rebuild. As Faried quickly blossomed into a beastly difference-maker in Denver, Smith disappointed in Portland, rarely cracking the rotation and rarely contributing meaningful minutes.
Smith’s two-year tenure in Portland will come to an end this week and it’s only fitting that he’ll face Denver — and Faried — today in one of his final games with the Blazers.
“This is a business and things in this league happen in time,” Smith said. “You have to get to a team where you’re in their plans. That’s one thing I’m looking forward to this summer in free agency. I’m going to get to a place that wants me, that wants me to be myself and play my game. So now all the Portland fans can be mad.”
Smith’s perspective is that he was never given a fair shake in Portland.
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