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Around The World: June 7

06/07/11
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    June 7

    Trail Blazers: Predraft Workout: Isaiah Thomas
    “Isaiah had a very good workout,” said Chad Buchanan, the Trail Blazers acting General Manager and Director of College Scouting. “Very good pick and roll point guard it’s a skill that he’s got to have at our level which he showed today. Made shots, made mid-range jumpers, made good decisions with the ball, very competitive, feisty kid. Very confident kid which is, at that size you’ve gotta kinda have those extra traits to compensate for your lack of size. I thought he was very good today.”

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: June 6 Workout: Isaiah Thomas

    Trail Blazers: Predraft Workout: Austin Freeman
    “Another four-year guy,” said Chad Buchanan, the Trail Blazers acting General Manager and Director of College Scouting. “A lot of these guys being four-year guys they’re very polished and put them in a work out like this and you don’t have to teach them a whole lot, you just let them play and Austin’s one of those guys he’s not gonna wow you athletically or do many things that are gonna catch your eye but the more you watch him the more you appreciate his intelligence, he can make shots, he understands positioning, sees the floor, just a solid all around guard.”

    Trail Blazers: Predraft Workout: Corey Fisher
    “Four year proven player comes from a great league,” said Chad Buchanan, the Trail Blazers acting General Manager and Director of College Scouting. “He’s really improved his game, especially his shooting, over the course of his career. Good with the ball, not a great athlete, and that’s something he’ll have to overcome, especially being a point guard and not having great speed and quickness, but tricky with the basketball and just a solid player."

    Trail Blazers: Predraft Workout: Austin Freeman
    “Another four-year guy,” said Chad Buchanan, the Trail Blazers acting General Manager and Director of College Scouting. “A lot of these guys being four-year guys they’re very polished and put them in a work out like this and you don’t have to teach them a whole lot, you just let them play and Austin’s one of those guys he’s not gonna wow you athletically or do many things that are gonna catch your eye but the more you watch him the more you appreciate his intelligence, he can make shots, he understands positioning, sees the floor, just a solid all around guard.”

    Trail Blazers: Team Duckworth Walks Again!
    "For the third year in a row, Trail Blazers employees joined Kevin Duckworth's friends and family in representing Team Duckworth at the AHA Heart Walk on May 21. The day brought a little rain AND a little sun... the perfect Portland spring day for a stroll in memory of our dear friend, "00" Duck!"

    Oregon Live: NBA Draft 2011: Kenneth Faried, Isaiah Thomas highlight Trail Blazers' first predraft workout
    "I think he brings two things and it's very consistent. He brings energy ... a motor. And he brings rebounding. That's what he's done his whole life. He understands what he does, which is important at our level, understanding where you fit in and what you're role is going to be. And I think that's what he'll bring at our level. What he brings is going to translate. He's going to rebound at our level. It's going to take him a little bit of time ... to figure out how he fits in playing against bigger bodies. But I think his energy level and just his hunger and tenacity will overcome his size deficiency. In the right situation, I think he could contribute right away."

    Oregon Live: NBA draft 2011: Should the Trail Blazers draft Jordan Hamilton?
    “I expect we'll be seeing Texas' Jordan Hamilton rising on boards in the next few weeks. NBA scouts have always loved his talent. They believe he's one of the few guys in this draft who could average 20 ppg in the NBA. He measured well for a small forward (6-8 with an 8-8 standing reach) and I'm told he was very good in interviews.”

    Columbian: Thomas sees room for more small guys
    “Right now I am,” he said. “Guys like JJ Barea are doing a great job. I feel like I can play that type of role.”

    Columbian: Blazers notes: Faried makes impression on Blazers
    “That guy does everything hard,” said McMillan of Faried. “He ties his shoe hard.”

    Portland Tribune: Blazers get closer look at rebound machine
    “That’s Dennis Rodman all over again,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said after the game. “If I were an NBA general manager, I’d be taking him with my pick. That’s what a next-level guy looks like. He just totally destroyed our frontcourt.”

    ESPN: Dirk Nowitzki calls out teammate
    "Portland, by far, has the best D," said Terry, who added that the Heat has a "great scheme" that is "working for them thus far this series."

    Blazersedge: An Assessment of Brandon Roy
    "In a nutshell: The team suffers when Brandon Roy tries to play his old role with his new knees. The offense looks slow, isolated, jumper-and-dribble-heavy now because of Roy's utter lack of mobility. If this is all he's capable of he's going to be a millstone around the team's neck for more reasons than just his contract. But the franchise would give its left eyeball (or left anything) to have Roy back playing exactly the way he did in 2008-09 because not only was he better, the team was better for it. Furthermore Roy has not really been tested playing with high-level teammates other than perhaps Aldridge, whom he's already shown he can support. There's no reason to assume a healthy Roy's game would disadvantage anyone else who deserves to be advantaged even though an unhealthy Roy trying to exceed his ability surely does."

    Ball Don't Lie: 10 years ago today, Allen Iverson destroyed the Lakers
    "Where were you 10 years ago, on this day? Because The 700 Level would like to remind you that it was 10 years ago today that Allen Iverson nailed a game-deciding shot in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, before stepping over Tyronn Lue"

    Ball Don't Lie: The Blazers don’t feel the need to work out many draft prospects
    "This line of reasoning makes a lot of sense, and not just because teams probably want to save some money in advance of the lockout. Workouts are nice ways to get a sense of someone's skills, especially because executives and coaches get to see them in person, but tape with plays broken down by type gives a much more thorough sense of what someone can provide on the basketball court."

    The Basketball Jones: Terry not impressed with Bosh’s game-winner
    “Well, it was a blown coverage,” Terry said. “That’s what was disappointing about it. We don’t care who gets that shot at that particular time, but it wasn’t contested. When it’s wide open, anybody, I don’t care who it is, Juwan Howard would have hit that shot.”

    The Basketball Jones: JJ Barea Billboard Zings Kobe Bryant
    "This J.J. Barea billboard was spotted in the Mavericks guard’s home country of Puerto Rico, and according to Bethlehem Shoals, the translation is incredible: “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.”"

    DIME: The 3 Defining Moves Of Allen Iverson
    "Iverson had a way of rocking you to sleep anyway. His eyes read “pass.” His dribble stayed calm. All of a sudden you thought he was heading left. He hangs the ball out for you to grab – it’s right there in front of you. Then, as you reach for the swipe, Iverson’s not even in front of you.."

    SLAM: Mock: Markieff Morris, No. 16
    "This is a true no-brainer. Aside from not having an undisputed No. 1 scorer on the roster, the Sixers’ most glaring hole is their lack of rebounding and interior toughness. With the addition of Morris, the Sixers can scribble little red check marks beside the two. Though a rejuvenated Elton Brand played his heart out in the Sixers’ first round series against the Heat, he is only aging by the minute and needs something close to an heir to his expensive throne. One could argue that Philly should take a chance on Kenneth Faried at 16, but Markieff Morris is clearly the more complete prospect, set to fulfill the future power forward void in the Wells Fargo Center."

    ESPN: Ranking the 50 greatest playoff series
    "The 1981 Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers has to be the best of the post-merger era. This one had everything. For starters, both teams won 62 games, tying for the league's best regular-season record. It had the old rivalry between Boston and Philly, going back to the Russell-Chamberlain days. It had the Bird-era Celtics and the Erving-era Sixers, each yearning for their first championship."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    ""I think they do a good job on our shooters," Dirk Nowitzki said. "I think our ability to spread the floor and shoot is a big reason why we made it to the Finals, to really spread the ball around and shoot and make timely and big shots. But for some reason, they're so long and athletic on the perimeter that they're able to swarm me and my post-ups, and when we swing, they're still athletic and quick enough to get to our shooters on the weak side and run them off or at least contest them.""

           


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