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Around The World: January 14

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    January 14

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers: Don't expect any of those Nicolas Batum trade rumors to become reality
    "That kid, he's 22, and you know, you have to ask, is he untouchable?" Blazers coach Nate McMillan said Thursday. "And yeah, I think he is. That's an organizational decision, but a young talent like that, you can't ... they won't ... we won't (trade Batum). But he is definitely a very attractive player for a lot of teams."

    SLAM: Brian Grant: An Inspiration
    “I definitely am more appreciative of everyday I have,” he explains. “Looking back, I used to complain about some of the dumbest things. Now I look at it like, ‘aight’. Although Parkinson’s is not a disease any of us wants, I will say that it has opened doors for me that I would have never had the opportunity to go through had I not gotten Parkinson’s. I feel like the best years are ahead of me, you know? I didn’t feel like that at first. I thought basketball was done, my family is done. But that was my focus. I was looking at the things that were done.”

    Hang Time Blog: Rip City Karma
    "Roy’s knees give the Trail Blazers a total of seven knees that have cost players their seasons, or at least large chunks of the season. Greg Oden is out for the season after having microfracture knee surgery. Second-yard forward Jeff Pendergraph injured his knee and required season-ending surgery. And rookie guard Elliot Williams has undergone surgery this season on both knees. Veteran center Joel Pryzbilla is working his way into normal shape after missing 26 games recovering from offseason knee surgery."

    SLAM: Jermaine O’Neal Needs Knee Surgery
    "O’Neal would like to delay the procedure until the offseason, but from the sound of things, that’s unlikely. The Boston Herald has the details: “O’Neal missed 19 straight games with pain and swelling in his knee before returning on Christmas. He worked his way back into the rotation for 10 games, but complained of knee soreness in last Friday’s win over the Raptors. The pain returned Wednesday and O’Neal missed that night’s win over Sacramento. He underwent an MRI yesterday and was weighing his options with the Celtics medical staff."

    DIME: Nike Zoom Hyperfuse – Oregon Player Exclusive
    "Last night, the University of Oregon played their first game at the brand new Matthew Knight Arena, and the festivities were awesome. But before the game even began, the Ducks tweeted out a picture of their exclusive Nike Zoom Hyperfuse that make me want to enroll in grad school in Eugene."

    DIME: NBA Trade Rumor: Gerald Wallace To Cleveland
    "Believe it or not, but there are other players to be traded besides Carmelo Anthony. And while the ‘Melo rumors continued to swirl this morning, and interesting trade rumor surfaced that had Gerald Wallace being sent to Cleveland in exchange for their $14.5 million trade exception from the sign-and-trade with the Heat for LeBron James. "

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 1.14
    "Kevin Love busted out some magic of his own against the Wizards last night, finishing with 35 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and five three-pointers. He shot 72 percent (13-18) from the field, 100 percent (4-4) from the line and had just one turnover. "

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "I think the chances of this team being somewhat what it is [without trading Anthony in season] is probably just as much as the possibility of it not being the same," Karl said before the Nuggets handed the Heat their worst loss of the season. "That's my reality. That's my thought process. I don't like the drama and I'm no expert on the drama. For me, coaches are paranoid. Coaches get total tunnel vision with 'what ifs.' It's just best for me to stay strong, that somehow, some way this could be our team. And I still think we can be a very good team."


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