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Can We Call Them The Spanish Inquisition?

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.

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4 Comments »Posted by Andrew Thell on Mar. 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm in NBA

4 Responses

Agreed, the Spanish Armada could be improved on… even so, they do share an official blog at “Dobles Figuras- El Blog de la Spanish Armada por Rudy and Sergio.”

As to Rudy, his nickname may be shaping up to be “El Machetero (literally “the Machete Wielder,” but more generally, a Trail Blazer) at the poll running over here:

Posted by: Bart King on March 17th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Whoa, ya gotta watch my Blazers more. While I do like Sergio, he’s been terrible, and now Nate is finally giving the backup PG duties to rookie Bayless, who has a ton of talent but isn’t really ready to pile up minutes yet.

Sergio’s shot has been terrible, he’s been running the offense to shot-clock violations when he’s in there, and his defense isn’t real strong, either. He’s good for a few highlight reel passes from time to time, but ultimately belongs on the Blazer bench when the team is healthy and not in foul trouble.

Rudy, on the other hand, is picking it back up after a sluggish stretch following that Ariza foul. He’s going to the rim and he’s taking mid-range jumpers, rather than just slinging up fall-away threes. He’s coming along really nicely and we need him.

Anyway, appreciate the Blazer love here, but your questions about why Sergio doesn’t play more suggest that you should try to catch a few more games, or follow Jason Quick at the Oregonian. OregonLive.com. Hope I’m not being too negative. I mean, everyone should watch the Blazers a bit more. :) Most of us were hoping that Sergio would be moved at trade deadline in a package involving Raef’s expiring contract, but it didn’t happen. Hopefully he’ll come around, but right now, Nate has correctly placed him further down the bench.

Posted by: Travis on March 19th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Great idea, let’s name NBA players after an ethnic cleansing. I’m looking forward to the emergence of the “Waterboarding” Bench Mob.

Posted by: Snoopy2006 on March 20th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Oh man, how great would that be?

Posted by: Andrew Thell on March 20th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

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