After their fourth-conescutive loss and LaMarcus Aldridge going down with an injury, the Blazers are limping towards the finish line. If there’s ever a time to get everyone on the same page, that would be now before it gets too late.
But don’t be too alarmed. This is a long season and they’re still one of the better teams out West. This type of adversity tests the true character of a team. Also, it’s encouraging to learn that Damian Lillard initiated this meeting. It shows that he’s growing as a leader.
“I just felt like it was something that needed to be said,” Lillard responded when ask why he initiated the dialogue. “At some point, it’s up to the players.”
“It’s time for a players-meeting when we see a little slippage,” Wright said. “Every team has two or three a year. I love the fact that this was the only one this season where guys really had to step up and be vocal leaders. And the best thing about it, we got vets in here that have been through things and young guys that have been through things as well and understand when it’s time to speak up. That’s what guys did tonight.”