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Around The World: May 11

05/11/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.5

    May 11

    Trail Blazers: Chad Buchanan Talks Draft On Courtside
    "We'll consider all of our options. The point guard position and center positions are areas we need to address at some point for us. We've got two great veterans there in Andre (Miller) and Marcus Camby and some uncertainty with Greg (Oden) moving forward. We've got a couple young guys at the point guard position with Armon (Johnson), Patty (Mills) and Elliot (Williams). The point guard position is a spot we'll take a look at and there's several candidates in this draft that I think will be probably available for us where we're picking. We're going to do our research on those guys like we always do and we'll probably take a pretty hard look at a guy like Nolan Smith."

    Trail Blazers: Season In Review: Andre Miller
    "While the stats are nice, I don't think they accurately measure the importance or value in Andre's case. The Trail Blazers would have been in loads of trouble had the injury bug bit Dre this past season as the squad currently doesn't possess another reliable point guard. Patty Mills and Armon Johnson may be useful in spurts but neither has the experience yet to run a team full time. Brandon Roy and Rudy Fernandez can handle the ball for stretches, but neither is fully comfortable bringing the ball up the court nor are they as effective in getting the team set up as Miller is. Finally, Andre is really our only guard outside of a healthy B-Roy who can take his man off the dribble and create offense for either himself or others. Not to mention, his post-up game is the gold standard for point guards. While he isn't getting another younger, his game doesn't rely on athleticism. It runs on experience, craftiness and savvy, all of which don't seem to be leaving Dre's arsenal any time soon."

    Oregon Live: You Be The GM: Patty Mills
    "He had moments of production over the course of the season, providing an occasional spark off the bench (14 points, 6-8 FG in 14 minutes March 2 at Sacramento; 11 fourth-quarter points against Miami on Jan. 9; 14 points, a career-high five steals and five assists in 23 minutes Jan. 2 vs. Houston). But Mills was best known this season for his towel waving, high-fiving act on the bench. He became the resident chemistry builder for the Blazers, especially in the locker room and in the social media world."

    Blazersedge: 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Rundown: Andre Miller
    "Miller's point production dropped this season but that was a blessing, not an indictment. He played more minutes, took fewer attempts, and notched a higher percentage on the shots he did take. All through the year Miller came through with key buckets when the team was struggling on offense, sacrificing volume scoring at other times. That's not decline, it's efficiency. And it was smart...just what this team needed. LaMarcus Aldridge was the king this year. Who put him on the throne, instilling that confidence and verve with the pinpoint alley-oop passes that got him rolling? Andre Miller did. Miller's shots were down, his free throw attempts were down, his usage rating was down, but his assists and assist percentage went up. Old school point guard FTW."

    Liberty Ballers: Why the Sixers and Everyone Else Should Want Greg Oden
    "The risk of signing Oden pales in comparison to the risk of not signing him. More years of mediocrity for a team if they don't pick him up, those same mediocre years if they do take a chance on him and he stays injured. Greg's qualifying offer for this coming season is $8.8 million according to PhillyBurbs' Tom Moore, who directly opposes going after Oden. Portland management seems to still be in love with him so they'd have to break the bank a bit to have a chance."

    Ball Don't Lie: Shaquille O’Neal may have played his last NBA game
    "This is after O'Neal managed just 12 labored minutes against the Heat in Games 3 and 4 of the series, his first time spent on the court in more than a month. We were right in thinking that a healthy O'Neal could positively affect Boston's limping offense -- his ability to draw attention, finish and set screens would be a huge boost to the sagging C's -- but there's just no way the Shaq we saw in Games 3 and 4 will be any sort of help anytime soon. Even if the Celtics miraculously turn it around and make it to the NBA Finals."

    Ball Don't Lie: Andrew Bynum suspended five games for flagrant foul
    "That apology was necessary, but it doesn't make the incident any less ugly. While Bynum's actions may not represent him as a person, this foul arguably represents him as a basketball player. As Tom Ziller noted earlier at SB Nation, this ejection wasn't Bynum's first such incident this year, let alone in his career."

    The Basketball Jones: Greivis Vasquez practices that miracle shot
    “It was a good shot,” he told reporters. “You practice that when you’re on the court by yourself. Every time I work out with Biggie — Damon Stoudamire — before we start working out I work on those type of shots. Today it was me, it was mine, and it got us to [double] overtime, but it wasn’t good enough to get the win that we wanted.”

    DIME: Breaking News: Robert “Tractor” Traylor Found Dead In Puerto Rico
    "In shocking news, the No. 6 overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, Robert “Tractor” Traylor, was found dead in his apartment in Puerto Rico this morning at the age of 34. Confirmed by his current basketball club, Vaqueros de Bayamón, it is believed that Traylor died of a heart attack. Traylor had corrective heart surgery in November of 2006 because of an enlarged aortic valve."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "As Jamal's shot goes, so go the Hawks. He went 1-for-9 from the field in the Game 5 loss. For the series, he's shooting 6-for-26 (23 percent) in three losses, but 13-for-27 (48 percent) in two wins."

    ESPN: The Kendrick Perkins trade has been much-maligned. The criticism is ...
    To be clear, Boston is losing this series because Miami's best guys are outplaying theirs, not because of the trade. But Ainge blew this wager. He doubled down on the health of the 4,000-year-old Shaq just so he could deal a physical starting center for a disengaged reserve tweener who doesn't rebound. Ubuntu!

           


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