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Around The World: June 6

06/06/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.5

    June 6

    Trail Blazers: Season In Review: Chris Johnson
    "Although the sample size is still extremely small, one has to think there is more where that came from in regards to his defensive prowess during Game Three. It's not like playing D is anything new to CJ. After all he was awarded the NBDL's Defensive Player of the Year in which he averaged 16.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 35 games for the Dakota Wizards. Given the fact that he's only 25 years old and centers are at such a high premium in today's NBA, it's no surprise the fans are already hopping on to the Chris Johnson bandwagon. During the annual "You Be The GM" series over on OregonLive, Chris received a 92% vote to stay, the fourth highest on the team. But the $64,000 question still remains, can Chris put together that type of performance over the course of 82 games?"

    Trail Blazers: Antonio Harvey's 2011 Mock Draft
    "Most people think Kyrie Irving is a lock at this pick. BUT, Cleveland, in the rebuilding mode they're in, could get the most complete player in the draft here, in Derrick Williams. By doing so, they will still be able to get a GREAT complementary player, in Kemba Walker, or Enes Kanter. Chris Grant has every chance to screw this up! The question is, will he?"

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers and Rebound help Parkrose Middle School get NBA Fit
    "Trail Blazers Ambassador Dale Schlueter and Blaze paid a special visit to the eighth grade class at Parkrose Middle School. They were there, along with Trail Blazers arena host Todd Bosma, to host the Trail Blazers first ever NBA FIT clinic, sponsored by Rebound Orthopedic and Neurosurgery. NBA FIT is the NBA’s health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and adults through grassroots programs and events, products and promotional opportunities. The clinic was a series of exercise stations set around the Parkrose gym."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers to bring Oregon high school great Kyle Singler in for workout
    "Singler, who graduated from South Medford High School in 2007 as one of the best prep players in Oregon history, is projected to be a mid-to-late first-round selection. A 6-foot-8 forward, Singler averaged 16.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game during his four-year career at Duke, in which he started more games (147) and played more minutes (4,887) than any player in school history.''

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers take a less-is-more approach to NBA draft workouts
    "We're just trying to be smart with our time and resources," interim general manager Chad Buchanan said. "We've scaled back the number of guys we're bringing in and are focusing in on the guys we really want to focus in on. In the past, we've probably spent too much time and energy on guys who weren't really a high priority for us."

    Ball Don't Lie: Mario Chalmers, and the buzzer beater that shouldn’t have counted
    "The Dallas Mavericks and their fans can point to quite a few reasons for the team's two-point, 88-86 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The team missed five free throws, shot 40 percent, turned the ball over 18 times, and clanged a series of solid three-point looks down the stretch. But Miami guard Mario Chalmers' buzzer-beating three to end the first quarter, one that should have been disallowed as Chalmers' foot was technically in the back court as he caught the ball, will sting the hardest."

    Ball Don't Lie: Who are the best to never grab a championship ring?
    "Barkley's tale isn't as hard-luck as Ewing's, because this guy had great teammates, but it's nearly as tragic. Barkley's prime was wasted on a poor Philadelphia 76er team. His lone trip to the Finals in 1993 with Phoenix was scuttled by nervous teammates that seemed in awe of the stage. His back locked up on him during playoff runs in 1994 and 1995, with Michael Jordan either away playing baseball, or out of basketball shape and out of the second round in 1995. His other closer attempt, as a member of the Houston Rockets in 1997, was literally shot down by a John Stockton three-pointer that sent Stockton's Jazz to the Finals."

    The Basketball Jones: Every Championship Ring Ever
    "This is great. Hoopism collaborated with artists Robb Harskamp and Milton Un for this visual representation of every NBA championship ring, stretching all the way back to 1947. Personally, I’m a fan of the ‘67 Sixers, ‘97 Bulls and ‘03 Spurs rings, just because they’re a little bit different than the typical rings of that era."

    SLAM: Mock: Tristan Thompson, No. 15
    "A fluid and smooth athlete in the open floor, Thompson is also a good decision maker when out-letting the ball to guards to start the break and runs his lane with legit effort. One of his best assets is his willingness to go after the ball on the offensive glass, as his 3.8 offensive boards per contest and ridiculous athleticism suggests. But as is the case with every prospect, however, there are some areas of his game that need to be worked on more than others. Take, for instance, his horrid 48.7 percent (127-261) from the free-throw line. A significant portion of Thompson’s individual time should be dedicated to form shooting in order to raise his free-throw percentage and so that he can expand his game to the mid-range as he moves forward."

    DIME: Chris Bosh Can’t Find Respect
    "Instead, not only did we hardly spew a word about Bosh’s shot, but we made fun of him for the way he collapsed after Dirk hit him. Watching the game with my pops, even he was like “Basketball players are such pussies” when Bosh hit the floor. Was it overly dramatic? Maybe. Normally, the whole “I-nearly-got-hit-in-the-eye-and-I’m-gonna-fake-like-someone-poked-me” routine is played out in every NBA game at least three or four times. But at least in this instance, there was some evidence that Bosh really got hit."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "The Mavericks found out the hard way that Dirk Nowitzki can't do it all by himself. Nowitzki scored 15 in the final period but his Dallas teammates combined to fire in just seven points in the home loss."

           


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