Blazer coach Nate McMillan says he is eager for the Oct. 3 start of training camp.
'Being an assistant (on the U.S. team), you get fired up,' he says. 'There are things you want to do, want to change (with the Blazers). I had all that building up in me.'
• With the trades Portland made in the offseason, 'this is a totally different team,' McMillan says. 'We were more of an athletic team last year. We've lost a lot of speed, but we are a bigger team. We have to make some adjustments because of it.'
• The biggest question mark is at point guard, with the loss of Sebastian Telfair and Steve Blake. Second-year man Jarrett Jack is the heir apparent, 'but he's like a rookie,' McMillan says. Dan Dickau is coming back from Achilles tendon surgery. 'He's been playing, he's running, but he's not where he wants to be,' McMillan says. 'If he comes back by (the start of camp), it's a bonus.'
Spain's Sergio Rodriguez, 19, probably isn't ready to be the backup, so rookie shooting guard Brandon Roy 'will be the guy we'll try there,' McMillan says. 'A lot of people feel he can, and we played him there in the summer. With Sergio, you bring him along and see.'
• Veterans Darius Miles, Jamaal Magloire and Joel Przybilla are the only Blazers who are not yet in Portland in preparation for the start of camp.
- Kerry Eggers