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Around The World: May 6

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    May 6

    Trail Blazers: The More Dre Changes, The More He Stays The Same
    "That would be nice," said Miller when asked up whether he wants the Trail Blazers to exercise their team option, "but it's a business. I'm past the point of proving myself to people. I've done that enough. The main thing is I hope guys improve. I've been a leader, I lead by example and I let my play speak for itself."

    Oregon Live: You be the GM: Nicolas Batum
    "I wasn't ready to go back to France so early," Batum said following the Blazers ousting from the playoffs. "I just want to come back and start working right now."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers begin draft evaluation process this weekend
    "I think you judge the draft a lot by who's up at the top, by how many potential stars there are," Buchanan said. "I think once you get to the middle and late first round ... you have to be ready to take the right guy. There are guys that can help an NBA team. There may not be many stars, but when you're picking where we're picking, you hope to get a guy who can be in your rotation at some point."

    ESPN: Chad Ford Mock Draft 1.0
    "Analysis: The Blazers were very high on Faried last year when he entered the draft and likely would have taken him in the first round. Faried withdrew, however, then came back to have another terrific season."

    IndyStar: Notebook: Oden will be back to 'the Greg we knew,' agent says
    "I know that he'll play next year, and as long as he keeps his weight down, he'll get back to being the Greg we knew, being able to run and jump and everything. The thing is keeping him healthy and give him the confidence to play without being scared."

    Yahoo: Andre Miller trade value could turn into draft pick: Fan’s view
    "In regard to the players that Portland could actually offer up in a trade, it is Andre Miller that keeps popping up in trade rumors. This is because he has a $7.8 million salary for the 2011-12 season that is not guaranteed. If a team were to trade for him, they could waive him before June 29 and not have to pay it. It's a weird caveat to his contract, and that might make him a valuable asset in any trade. He also has value as one of the better veteran point guards in the NBA, so it's too early to discount what he could bring to a team."

    Ball Don't Lie: Respect due: Jeff Teague is turning skeptics into believers
    "In Atlanta's stunning Game 1 upset, Teague hustled for nearly 45 of the game's 48 minutes, using his quickness and athleticism (and, as Zach Lowe noted at The Point Forward, quite a bit of help from Josh Smith and Al Horford) to hound Rose into some early misses. Combine the defensive effort with his not-eye-popping-but-steady-enough contributions on the offensive end — 10 points on 5-for-11 shooting, five assists and, most importantly, just one turnover — and the series' most glaring mismatch turned into a much more even affair than most expected, helping the Hawks wrest home-court advantage from Tom Thibodeau's team."

    The Basketball Jones: Phil guarantees Lakers won’t be swept
    "Maybe I am forgetting something, but that might be our first guarantee of the playoffs. Glad we finally got that out of the way. Pretty weak, though. A coach who has led a team to a title 11 times assuring the media that his team will not be swept in the second round of the playoffs, isn’t quite Joe Namath predicting his team will win Super Bowl III."

    Boston Herald: Rivers “expects” Shaq to play in Game 3; Pierce good to go
    “(But) I am expecting Shaq,” said the Celtics coach. “He told me he was going to play, and Eddie (trainer Lacerte) thought he would play. I expect him to play, and if he didn’t it would be because something went wrong in practice, or his body didn’t respond. But I expect him. We won’t let him do too much, but how much is too much? How the hell do I know? Walking to the floor could be too much. We’ll find that out.”

    ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers are ...
    "... on fumes. They've thrown away home-court advantage and now they've got to win two games on the road in what will almost feel like a back-to-back with the short turnaround between Games 3 and 4. Do they have enough energy and chemistry left to pull together and pull even? The universal respect for what Kobe & Co. have achieved over the past three seasons makes you think the Lakers can go to Dallas and win two games, but all the evidence we have from this series suggests otherwise."


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