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Around The World: May 9

05/09/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    May 9

    Oregon Live: You be the GM: Luke Babbitt
    "A month into the season the Blazers assigned Babbitt, who appeared in eight of Portland's first 16 games, to the D-League. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 27 minutes per game in four games with the Idaho Stampede. Three months and 22 DNPs (Did Not Play) later, it was back to the D-League."

    Blazersedge: 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Rundown: LaMarcus Aldridge
    "In order to prosper Aldridge will need to continue developing his back-to-the-basket game, increase his comfort level (and passing level) against double teams and pressure, continue to come to grips with his role as the #1 guy including the resolve to not let any opponent take him out of his game, and strengthen his impact in non-scoring roles including rebounding and screen setting."

    Star Telegram: Mavericks owe a thank-you note to Trail Blazers
    "It took the Mavs six games to eliminate the feisty Blazers. It was a physically charged series that more than prepared the Mavs for their second-round matchup against the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angels Lakers."

    Ball Don't Lie: L.A. loses, embarrasses itself in Phil Jackson’s last game as coach
    "By the fourth quarter, a dispirited Laker team had given up, giving out dangerous flagrant fouls along the way. Lamar Odom was frustrated with his poor shooting (he air-balled a 10-footer in the first quarter and was short on three of his five free throws) and tossed an elbow at Dirk Nowitzki, earning an ejection. Worse, Andrew Bynum's classless and dangerous elbow shove sent diminutive Mavs guard J.J. Barea reeling as Barea jumped in the air for a layup attempt. Bynum was given the hook immediately."

    The Basketball Jones: Chris Bosh admits Boston got to him
    "Credit for being an honest guy — rumor has it that that is the best policy — but this is probably one of those things you don’t want to admit. Bosh seems unaffected by the criticism he gets, but this adds fuel to the fire. Coming up small in a big game is one thing, telling people it was because the crowd had you spooked is another. Everyone has bad outings, but it’s best not to tell everyone it was due to some intense booing. That’ll only make them boo you harder, which in turn will lead to another poor performance and more boos. It’s a vicious boo-cle."

    SLAM: Go West, Superman
    "Somehow nobody talks about Portland even though they possess an insane amount of talent. Adding Howard to a starting line-up that is one of the most physical in the game would be brutal for other teams in the West. Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge would become the best front court duo in basketball. Paired with Wesley Mathews or Brandon Roy at shooting guard, Gerald Wallace at small forward and veteran Andre Miller holding down the point, Howard would help Blazers fans, who are some of the best in the NBA, forget about the days of the Jail Blazers, and the more recent tragedy of Greg Oden."

    DIME: NBA Trade Rumor: Andre Iguodala For Rudy Gay Or Chris Kaman
    “I expect to be back in the NBA.” This was Andre Iguodala‘s response to the question, “Do you want to play for the 76ers next year?” after losing to the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Not exactly a reassuring answer that the Philly faithful (that like Iggy) want to hear. And according to Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, while Iguodala hasn’t asked to be traded, that doesn’t mean the team won’t be looking to move him this summer."

           


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