March 17, 2009
The nice puff piece on the two is courtesy of our friends over at The Hoop Doctors, and it’s got some of their better oops in it.
I’m a fan of both of Portland’s Spanish back-court components, Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez. I have an issue with the pair’s nickname though: The Spanish Armada. Eh, it’s OK I guess, but it doesn’t really say anything about their talents and it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.
You know what would though? The Spanish Inquisition. That is a nickname to strike fear into the hearts of your opponents. It conjures up images or relentless ferocity. It says they don’t care how you try to defend yourself, they’re going to press on – with searing-hot pokers.
Just throwing it out there.
Nomenclature aside, they can both be pretty ill on a basketball court. The two make up an almost ideal backup guard rotation. For some reason we haven’t seen as much of Rodriguez as I expected to since his rookie season, but he’s got a strong handle, can penetrate and dish and has a flare for the dramatic dime. Rudy Fernandez has slowed after a hot start to the season, but he’s proven to be an NBA-caliber marksman from deep who moves relentlessly on offense and finds holes in defenses that’s made the oop his signature move. According to Brandon Roy, Fernandez is, “a high-flying bouncy dude.” He certainly is.
I still don’t think he belonged in the dunk contest though.
What makes them even better is the fact that they have so much experience together. The pair has built up a strong chemistry over the years playing for the Spanish National Team, and it shows on every skillfully executed alley-oop they pull off. Blazers fans know, it makes them a lot of fun to watch.
Now let’s get to work on the new nickname, people.