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Around The World: May 25

05/25/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.5

    May 25

    Trail Blazers: Season In Review: Wesley Matthews
    "The great author CS Lewis once said, "When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place." When it finally appeared that something was imminently wrong with Brandon Roy's knees, Rip City couldn't imagine anything positive coming from such a situation. Roy had been the face of the franchise, a legit Top 10 player and our leader, but just as CS Lewis said, another blessing would be on its way. That blessing in disguise was none other than Wesley Matthews, and he made it clear right away that he was up for the challenge at hand. During his first start as a member of the Trail Blazers on November 16th against the Grizzlies, Wesley scored a game-high 30 points on 11-19 shooting including 5-10 from three to propel Portland past Memphis, 100-99. There would only be two other games in November in which Matthews wouldn't start and from December on, Wesley found himself on top of the shooting guard depth chart."

    Oregon Live: You be the GM: Nate McMillan
    “There is a lot that still needs to be done here for me," McMillan said earlier this season. "When I came here this is what I wanted -- to be here for a long time, build something and have an opportunity to win.’’

    Columbian: Firing Cho sparks one question: Why?
    "Before this past season began, Cho himself said Portland is a transaction or two away from contending for a title. And if Greg Oden were to fulfill an ounce or two of his potential, he might have the Blazers within sniffing distance of the Larry O’Brien trophy."

    Portland Tribune: Blazers' best bet for GM has been there before
    "During Petrie’s reign, the Blazers finished with an NBA-best 63 regular-season wins (1990-91), reached the NBA finals (1991-92) and were the Los Angeles Lakers’ greatest threat for Western Conference supremacy."

    Oregon Live: The Rich Cho firing: Despite circumstances, Blazers GM job still attractive
    "It's a coveted job and it should be a coveted job," former Blazers GM Bob Whitsitt said. "In my mind, it's one of the best jobs you can get right now."

    Spurs Nation: Monroe: Danny Ferry At Top Of Blazers GM List
    "A trusted NBA source insists the Trail Blazers have Spurs vice president of basketball operations Danny Ferry at, or near, the top of their list of candidates to replace their general manager, Rich Cho."

    Rip City Project: Allen, Miller, and Cho: The Former Big Three
    "If the worst thing we have to deal with as fans is a succession of general managers, meaning that the constant turnover doesn’t bleed into loses or on-the-court problems, we’ll probably be ok. There are worse things than having an owner that doesn’t see a problem with having three GMs on the payroll."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Derrick Rose is very good at dunks
    "Case in point: this ridiculous and-one jam around and over Heat center Joel Anthony in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. There are only a handful of guards in the NBA who can complete a play like that, and somehow he does it on a consistent basis."

    DIME: Report: Mike Brown Will Be Named The Lakers New Head Coach
    "While it was rumored Brown clashed with LeBron James at times in Cleveland, he is a fantastic defensive coach and helped turn Cleveland into one of the best teams in the league. Still, the Lakers haven’t consulted with Bryant yet, and there is a chance he may scoff at the idea."

    DIME: Andrea Bargnani Hints At Wanting Out Of Toronto
    "Asked in a feature interview where he’d like to play if he could rub a magic lamp and transport himself to another NBA city, Bargnani told Italy’s Sky Sports: “I want to stay in Toronto, at least this is the politically correct answer. If (I am) to go somewhere else, I’d like a warm climate city and a team where I can actually play in my role.”

    SLAM: Draft: Brandon Knight, No. 3
    "Enes Kanter is intriguing here, but I wouldn’t take him for three reasons. 1) The majority of the hype he’s garnered is basically a result of one showing—at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. 2) Kanter is a power forward, not a center, so playing alongside Derrick Favors and Paul Milsap could hinder his development. 3) Brandon Knight is the best fit with the most talent."

    SLAM: Omer Asik Out for Season with Fractured Fibula
    "With a fractured left fibula, Omer Asik won’t be touching the hardwood for the next two months."

           


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