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Around The World: May 17

05/17/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.5

    May 17

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers' Favorite Moments: Gerald Wallace
    “This has been a memorable season for me,” Wallace said. “To start where I started, to go through the things that I went through as far as the trade and everything, and then to come here and finish the way I did, I think is all been memorable for me. It’s something that I’ve never been through and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget.”

    Trail Blazers: Why The Draft Lottery Still Matters
    "For the Portland Trail Blazers and their fans, the days of looking forward to the NBA Draft Lottery are over. Gone is the time spent scouring YouTube for any and all player highlights from the "Next Big Thing". No longer do we sit at our computers for hours on end hoping and praying Chad Ford's Lottery Mock Draft comes up golden with the Trail Blazers on top earning the #1 pick as if by some stretch of the imagination it foresees the future of the ping-pong balls. And, as much fun as they were, there won't be a Draft Lottery party to attend or plan for. While the memories of that May afternoon in 2007 still are fresh in the minds of Maniacs worldwide, it's a good thing we aren't worrying about the luck of the draw. Our time is now but that doesn't mean we still shouldn't be cognizant of what takes place tomorrow."

    Oregon Live: You Be The GM: Earl Barron
    "Barron played 37 minutes in Portland's regular season finale at Golden State, scoring five points and grabbing 13 rebounds. His postseason action was limited to the final 18 seconds of the Blazers' Game 5 loss in Dallas. "

    Blazersedge: 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Rundown: Gerald Wallace
    "Wallace's defense looked good to the eye and stats alike. He filled a need for Portland with athleticism and aggressiveness on that end. So, too, with rebounding. The most impressive stat there isn't on the table: his 21.2% defensive rebounding percentage. That means Wallace grabbed roughly 21% of the available defensive rebounds when he was on the court...excellent for a small forward. By comparison Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum's percentage was 12.8% and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge's 17.2%. This guy helps the Blazers in places they're not strong."

    Blazersedge: In Support of Rick Welts
    "Commendations and support to Mr. Welts for having the courage to let people know about his journey in order to smooth the path for others. Here's hoping that we'll see a day where that kind of courage isn't a prerequisite for being affiliated with a sports team when you're gay. The world will be better off when we care about our games and the people that play them more than we care about our prejudices."

    The Basketball Jones: Everybody hates the draft
    "Sounds great. Can’t wait for whoever wins tonight’s lottery to shake Adam Silver’s hand and whisper, “We’re all set, actually. Thanks, but no thanks. Maybe next year?” Just might be the first time someone turns down the No. 1 overall pick. Not allowed, duh, but whichever team wins might wish they could."

    DIME: Memphis Owner: “We’re Not Trading Rudy Gay”
    “Let me tell you something,” said Heisley. “No disrespect to Oklahoma City, but if we had had Rudy Gay, we would have won the bleepity-bleep series going away. I really believe that.”

    SLAM: Jason Terry Intends to Outplay Thunder Bench By Himself
    “I’m trying to outperform their entire bench,” Terry said after Monday’s practice. “That’s what I do.” Surely, Harden and other Thunder reserves such as guard Eric Maynor and forward Nick Collison will find that interesting. “Whichever bench comes to play and outplays the other one,” Terry said, “the other team has the advantage.”

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Rick Adelman as Lakers coach? In many ways, it makes perfect sense
    “But is that job something Adelman wants? After he parted ways with Sacramento in 2006, (something the Kings still haven't recovered from), Adelman spent a year hanging around Portland, going to his kids' games (youngest son Patrick played with Kevin Love at Lake Oswego, and two other children were then high school coaches) and recharging his batteries before he took the Houston job.”

           


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