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Around The World: June 2

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    June 2

    Trail Blazers: Pre-Draft Workout Announced: Meet The Participants
    "Kenneth Faried is a 6-7 Forward from Morehead State. Faried averaged 17.3 ppg and 14.5 rebounds. He was named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year and also named an NABC and AP Third Team All-American."

    Oregon Live: NBA draft 2011: Should the Trail Blazers draft Lucas 'Bebe' Nogueira?
    "The one area of his game where he is consistently solid is on the boards where his tremendous length allows him to snatch any board in the vicinity, and really excels on the offensive boards for getting put backs out of pure effort. While he possesses a solid motor, he doesn’t really do a great job of establishing great post position on either end yet due to a lack of strength, but his rebounding should improve substantially once he does add that muscle and will be able to hold down a spot in the paint."

    Indy Star: Vogel will have a different staff if he’s hired as Pacers coach
    "Former head coach Terry Porter and Minnesota Timberwolves assistant John-Blair Bickerstaff are possible candidates, according to sources."

    Blazersedge: Room For Improvement
    "Even if you roll your eyes at the prospects of either man getting healthy, there's still hope for the team to better itself indigenously. Nicolas Batum's game continues to develop year by year. He could still blossom into a decisive player, particularly with his offensive impact. Wesley Matthews is going to improve as he gets more experience under his belt. At times this year it seemed his biggest obstacle was comfort level. He'd freeze up or disappear offensively. A few more tours around the league will get him over that hump. The difference between these two and their predecessors is that Batum and Matthews have enough defensive game to earn minutes as they learn. While neither one will win you games consistently yet neither will lose you games either. They're going to get more than a fair chance to grow. There's no downside to riding that curve along with them."

    Ball Don't Lie: Kevin Love wants to see Ricky Rubio in the flesh
    "Goofiness aside, Love went on to Tweet things like "Just thinking about pick and rolls …" soon after, no doubt in reference to Rubio's brilliant passing ability, but I still like the idea of Kevin Love, Internet Cynic, even if that assumption doesn't exist in reality.''

    The Basketball Jones: Larry Bird offers a new Dirk comparison
    "Even though it’s unexpected, Bird’s Mullin comp is fairly accurate. Check out their numbers through age 32, remember that they played different positions that value different things (rebounds for Dirk, assists for Mullin) and that Dirk is half-a-foot taller, and you’ll see that Bird’s pretty spot-on. They’re both great shooters who keep their teammates involved, played pretty deliberately, have hilarious accents and have worked with Don Nelson. Good call, Larry Bird."

    SLAM: Mock: Marcus Morris, No. 11
    "I really considered taking Lithuanian baller Donatas Motiejunas at this spot but the Ws are too close to being good to draft another project. Most scouts believe Morris is NBA ready and I agree. He won’t crack the starting lineup just yet but he could easily spell Wright or Lee. He definitely brings something to the table that Al Thorton, Lou Almundson and Vlad Rad don’t provide. His back to the basket game and mid-range J are something the Warriors frontcourt is lacking as well. With the exception of Lee, there is not one player on the W’s roster with the post game that Morris showed at Kansas. He can hit the turn-around jumper from either shoulder; he’s athletic not to mention his jumper is wet from 20-feet and in."

    DIME: Dime’s All-Shaq Teams
    "During O’Neal’s brief 2007-08 tenure in Phoenix, Steve Nash was a year removed from his second MVP award while putting up similar points, assists and ridiculous shooting percentages – that’s an easy one. Here’s where it gets tough. Apologies to a young Dwyane Wade that won a title with O’Neal, but as for shooting guards go, Kobe Bryant was arguably the greatest player the big guy has ever played with. And LeBron James was the last season’s MVP while playing with Shaq, so the small forward slot goes to him. As for Stoudemire, I’ll take him as being the best power forward O’Neal has played with in the frontcourt."

    DIME: Evaluating The NBA Draft Success Of This Year’s Lottery Teams
    "Amongst this group of players, the Cavs have found only two players that have worked out for them in Daniel Gibson and J.J. Hickson. Gibson was a perfect complementary player alongside LeBron James, but showed last year he can be a solid contributor for the Cavs even without LeBron creating open shots for him. Hickson has shown flashes of immense talent, but has been wildly inconsistent and has yet to find a true position in Cleveland. The other picks have had minimal or no impact in Cleveland, and Christian Eyenga has not exactly blown anyone away in his first two seasons. (A friend of mine from Cleveland said, “He’s the worst,” about Eyenga). The primary reason the Cavs’ grade is a B- and not lower is because they have had primarily late first rounders and second rounders to deal with the last five years."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: If Mavericks can't slow Heat juggernaut, maybe a new CBA will do the trick
    "Stern added that no "franchise player" tag -- like the one the NFL has had -- has been been proposed, although he did add that there could be a "strong incentive" for a star player to stay with his current team."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Just an overall view of when you get to this point, how challenging it is," Carlisle said. "How you're presented with challenges of opposing great players, difficult situations, difficult venues, all that. But the thing that you learn more than anything is that those challenges are something you have to love, and you have to embrace them. As difficult as things are, you become more resourceful and find ways to be successful."


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