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Around The World: May 23

05/23/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.7

    May 23

    Trail Blazers: Q&A From The Predraft Combine
    "I wouldn't say it's a waste of time at all. We've already met with a couple of kids already, had dinner and lunch with them and we'll meet with another tonight. The basketball aspect is probably less helpful than what the personal aspect is, getting to meet these guys and really get to see their personalities, ask them some questions we want to address with each guy individually, assessing their psychological makeup and their physical and medical. It's very worth while coming here, it's just if you're here to watch the guys basketball-wise, you're not going to get much out of it, but that's what we do from July to March every year. We see these guys plenty."

    Oregon Live: NBA draft 2011: The Blazers interview Jimmer, Kemba Walker is short and more links
    "[It asked] what personality traits do you have, and you click the ones that people think, and the ones that you think [of yourself]," Fredette said. "It's just to see what you're like off the floor. They ask about family, childhood, what you would do in certain situations, do you consider yourself a point guard or a 2-guard?"

    Blazersedge: 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers Roster Rundown: Patrick Mills
    "Nevertheless Patty Mills remains a hard-working, hard-cheering, emotional success story. He was an emotional leader, consistently showing energy--even if only through waving a towel--on a team that often loses its fire. He is the kind of guy who will be first to do whatever is asked, whether it's stroke a three or pick a teammate up off the floor. It's hard to part with that kind of enthusiasm. Small wonder Mills is an instant fan favorite."

    Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Ex-Marquette star Butler moving up NBA charts
    "It's crazy how much we talk," Butler said on Friday after his second day of workouts at the Attack Athletics facility on Chicago's near west side. "Being a starter for the Trail Blazers hasn't changed him one bit, and it's not going to. We're brothers forever and MU teammates. Last night I was texting him at midnight and he just snapped on me. He was like, 'Go to sleep. You've got to be up early.' I was like, 'OK, Dad.' But he was right. So I shut it down and went to sleep. But I respect him. He knows, so you've got to listen to him."

    NBA: Morning Tip
    "Second, Walker will play both guard spots in the pros (his agent, Jeff Schwartz, corralled me in the hallway of United Center Wednesday night, saying I was crazy to think his guy would last until 21. I know it's crazy, Jeff! That's why I hate doing these doggone things!) I don't think taking a point guard, whether it's Walker or someone else, would mean that Patty is finished in the PDX. I know that Nate McMillan thinks very highly of him and likes how his perimeter game opens things up for others."

    Ball Don't Lie: Derrick Rose and the NBA’s apparent ‘huge’ steroid problem
    "So far, only middling types like Don MacLean, O.J. Mayo, and Rashard Lewis have been suspended because of testing positive for this stuff. Others have been banished due to other chemical additives (be they recreational or otherwise), and if you want to get into some argument that allows for the idea that the NBA would knowingly gloss over some superstar who had tested positive so as not to keep him away from the national television cameras, then you're going to have to go to some message board for that."

    The Basketball Jones: Fresh Brewed Tees’ ‘What’s Not to Like’ t-shirt
    "Now there’s a t-shirt, courtesy of Fresh Brewed Tees. Retailing at $24.99, the “What’s Not to Like” shirt commemorates the second-best draft lottery night that Cleveland has ever experienced. Even better, $5 from each shirt purchase will be donated to The Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization for which Nick — who suffers from Neurofibramitosis, a nerve disorder that causes tumors to randomly grow in his body — is an ambassador. And even better than that, his pops is matching each donation."

    SLAM: Mock Draft: Kyrie Irving, No. 1
    "Sure, the numbers weren’t great. Kyrie averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game in 27.5 minutes. He also shot 53 percent from the field, 46 percent from beyond the arc, and 90 percent from the line while almost posting a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio. He can already run the pick and roll with the best of them, making him ready to come in and help a team out from day one. Sure he’s no John Wall or Derrick Rose athletically, but he has the basketball of both of them combined coming into the League."

    DIME: You Must’ve Forgot: My 10 Favorite NBA Commercials
    "GP‘s look after Kidd says cuddling: priceless. The Fun Police spots were on point. This one was always my favorite. The whole commercial is so random, from the laundromat to the inclusion of Damon Stoudamire (even though he could hoop, he just looks awkward now next to two legends)."

    DIME: NBA Trade Rumor: Bucks Open To Trading Brandon Jennings
    "Despite missing 19 games to injury this season, Jennings still managed to average 16.2 points, 4.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. But just like his freshman campaign, he struggled to shoot a good percentage from the floor – although he did improve from 37.1 to 39.0 percent. With veterans Andrew Bogut, Corey Maggette and John Salmons locked in for at least the next two seasons, a traditional pass-first point guard might make more sense for Milwaukee to service those scorers. And with Michael Redd‘s albatross of a contract finally coming off the books, they finally have some flexibility to make a move."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "I believe that I still have that athletic ability," Kidd said. "I probably lie to myself, but I can still do the things I could do at 25 or 26. But, sometimes I'm brought back down to understand that I'm not as fast as I once was."

           


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