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Around The World: May 26

05/26/11
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    May 26

    RealGM: Europe Interview: Arvydas Sabonis
    "It was October of 1995. Despite the fact that I was a 30-year-old, I felt like a rookie. Everything was very interesting for me; it was a completely different basketball. The organization, lifestyle and the intensity of the game were different."

    Trail Blazers: 2011 Prospect To Watch: Jimmer Fredette
    "Jimmer's niche in the NBA will be his ability to score the basketball as evidenced by his 28.9 ppg, tops among all collegians. But what sets him apart from the other shooters in this draft class is the bevvy of ways in which he can get his shot off and his mentality in doing so. Whether it's coming off screens, spotting up, in catch-and-shoot situations, or off the dribble, Jimmer is adept at all types of shots. His seemingly unlimited range makes every shot in his mind a makeable one as he routinely pulls up from what is now described as "4 point land"."

    Trail Blazers: The Best Of What's Around
    "And that's really what I'm getting at. Are the Trail Blazers going to be able to coax a top-tier GM away from another team? Maybe not, but those guys never leave anyway, and every other executive in the league with designs on one day or once again being a GM knows that. A guy could grow old waiting for the best general manager job to come open."

    Trail Blazers: The NBA Finals, Will You Be Watching?
    "If all goes as it’s trending now we’ll get a rematch of the 2006 Finals with the Mavs and the Heat. We remember that one, the Mavs blew a 2-0 series lead to lose to the Heat in six games giving Miami the distinction of becoming the third team in NBA championship history to win it all after trailing 0-2."

    Portland Tribune: Blazers, NBA, college football – and a Vegas proposal
    "The NBA is not a place for learning experiences. There’s no time, no room for error. You have to be right with every decision, or the franchise suffers. Whether or not Cho and Kevin Pritchard were mistakes, you can’t just chalk it up to “a learning experience.”"

    Portland Tribune: Buchanan won’t campaign for job
    "We believe in them long-term. I’m expecting all three to come back hungry to contribute. It’s still way too early to make a determination on whether those guys are successes or failures.”

    Ball Don't Lie: Mike Miller plays well through the health issues surrounding his child
    "He has a lot on his mind," Ilgauskas said. "You just try to be a good friend right now. He's one of the toughest individuals I've ever been around. He's worked so hard, he's just a blue-collar guy who comes to play every day. But this, this is life."

    The Basketball Jones: Kevin Durant doesn’t care about Dirk Nowitzki
    “I’m not happy at all,” Durant said, shrugging and smiling. “I’m a competitor, man, I really didn’t care about what he went through the last three or four years. I know that’s been tough for him, you know. He lost three of the last four years in the first round. I’m sure he’s happy now that he’s going back to the Finals but I’m not happy for him at all because I wanted to be there. But it happens like that.”

    DIME: Dirk Is A Boss
    "You heard it in the classroom. You heard it from your uncles. You heard it from your momma. We’re not sure who Dirk heard it from, but we know it was in German: “If at first you don’t succeed…” and yeah, you know the rest. After missing an open three with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter and his team down two, Dirk had another look from behind the arc. Maybe previous versions of Dirk (since he’s become a robot) would’ve shied away from that second shot. But not this Dirk Nowitzki. And this Dirk Nowitzki was buckets – hitting the three that would give his Mavericks a lead they wouldn’t give up, beating the Thunder, 100-96, and punching their tickets to the team’s second NBA Finals in five years"

    DIME: Lakers: Andrew Bynum Is Untouchable
    "f it’s left up to the Lakers vice president Jim Buss, Andrew Bynum isn’t going anywhere. He will not trade him, wouldn’t trade him for Carmelo Anthony or any other star wing player. And don’t hold your breath L.A., if Buss has his way, he won’t even trade the inconsistent center, the same guy who played an average of 51 regular-season games during the past four seasons, for Dwight Howard."

    SLAM: Draft: Enes Kanter, No. 4
    "The main thing that we’re drafting Kanter for is his rebounding, though. The guy has a chance to come in and be a double digit rebounder from day one. You throw in the fact that he offers the versatility of playing a traditional 5 or serving as a pick and pop threat, you see why he’s was a no brainer for us at 4. Any time that you can have a guy who can come in and fill a need at more than one position in this league, you’ve got to jump on it…FAST!"

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Not the collapse of Game 4, but this still hurt. The Thunder were up by six with 4:37 left. Soon enough, Dirk Nowitzki pulled out one of his rarely used weapons, the trey, and dropped it on the Thunder's head with 1:14 left. Ouch. Ballgame. Season."

           


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