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Around The World: March 11

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    March 11

    Trail Blazers: Chemistry key to Blazers’ success on and off the court
    "Like any smart new boss, Rich just didn’t come in and immediately start making sweeping changes just to show everyone that he meant business. Instead, he observed and got to know the people in his new surroundings. He did make his first trade in training camp, sending Jerryd Bayless to New Orleans. It wasn’t a blockbuster by any means, but he was able to get his feet wet and get his first deal out of the way. "

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers targeted now, Bobcats the future, in trade that plucked Gerald Wallace out of Charlotte
    "To feel like you're not wanted anymore or you're not good enough for the franchise anymore it's a slap in the face," Wallace said."

    Oregon Live: Nicolas Batum, with an assist from Nate McMillan, enlists Trail Blazers in worthy cause
    "McMillan instructed the 22-year-old Frenchman to tell his teammates about Foundation Batum, a charity that Batum started this summer that aims to aid mothers in Africa who are forced to give up newborn babies because they can't afford to raise them."

    Columbian: McMillan’s case for coach of year is strong
    "In the 34 games Roy has sat out this year, the Blazers are 23-11. You don’t see Houston or Utah excelling like that sans their ex-superstars. Furthermore, in the 19 games starting center Marcus Camby has missed, the Blazers are 13-6."

    Rip City Project: What To Do With Wallace
    "Here’s another reason to not be worried. In the Florida sweep, Wallace has played 33 and 34 minutes. In both wins the only Blazer with more minutes than Wallace was LaMarcus Aldridge. LA also is the only Blazer without a back up. Yet another reason not to start pulling your hair out over Wallace’s status on the team: in both Orlando and Miami he was among the five that finished the game. Both nights, Nate had the closing five of Brandon Roy, Wesley Matthews, Andre Miller, Gerald Wallace, and LaMarcus Aldridge. I’ve said it before, but that’s not a bad unit. Anyway, isn’t it more important which players finish the game?"

    Ball Don't Lie: The Knicks are raising ticket prices. Way up
    "Because a press release sent out by Madison Square Garden tells us that Knicks prices will rise next season by an average of 49 percent. That's quite the hike, even if the team is doing away with those ridiculous Personal Seat Licenses that charge you extra for the right to then buy your season tickets. Still, the average ticket for a Knicks game will now fly over the $100 barrier.''

    SLAM: UPDATE: Amar’e Stoudemire’s Technical Rescinded
    "To no surprise, Stoudemire’s highly-questionable tech has been rescinded by the NBA, and he’ll play on Sunday: “League took away Amar’e's tech and he will be allowed to play on Sunday. Still one away from a suspension at 15.”

    ESPN: Chris Paul says he's ready for return
    "Chris Paul says he wants to play Saturday night against the Sacramento Kings and believes he's ready following his full participation in a scrimmage Friday.''

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Who is this guy? A warrior in the paint was just what the doctor ordered. Bosh goes 10-for-17 against the Lakers' tall timber, netting 24 points and reviving the Heat."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 3.11
    "Marcin Gortat posted 14 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in just 29:29 of run last night. He shot 50 percent (5-10) from the field, 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. The Polish Hammer has been mostly solid since around mid-January, despite coming off the bench, and could see a small boost in production with Channing Frye sidelined for a while. "


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