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Around The World: June 13

06/13/11
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    June 13

    Trail Blazers: 2011 Mock Draft Database

    Trail Blazers: Trailblazers.tv Top 10
    "It's been seven months since we launched Trailblazers.tv (or TBTV for short), and we're still learning the ropes roughly 2,000 archived videos later. While it's still a work in progress, it's already come a long way from me sweating bullets and mumbling and staring blankly into a camera during the first episode of Just Casey (click that link at your own risk)."

    Oregon Live: As Trail Blazers work on improving roster, their international prospects probably won't be options
    “I think Victor is an NBA player right now. But he wants to stay over for another year and play with Valencia. His team was in the EuroLeague this year, it was a good season for him and he wanted to stick around for one year. But Victor is ready to come over and play in our league right now.”

    San Francisco Chronicle: New Warriors coach speaks highly of Monta Ellis
    "The Warriors certainly aren't getting Howard or James in an Ellis swap, and some sources don't think the smallish guard can net even a player like Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, Memphis' Rudy Gay or Portland's Wesley Matthews."

    Blazersedge: Portland Trail Blazers Draft Possibilities: Kemba Walker
    "In a word, speed. At 6'1" he's lightning quick. He also has dazzling hops and a willingness to score. He's the kind of player who would want to make an impact right away...pretty much what you like in a starting point guard. Also did we mention he's quick? That cannot be taught. The Blazers are looking for more speed in the backcourt, so that's a natural fit. The guy also draws fouls like honey draws flies. He can hit foul shots too."

    SLAM: Mock: Darius Morris, No. 21
    "The prevailing wisdom here is, Morris won’t have to come in and be a major contributor right away. If he’s an attentive understudy to Miller, a factor we’re banking on due in large part to him having a high basketball IQ, Morris could be the ready to assume added responsibility sooner rather than later. We don’t look at him as project. Morris is merely another piece to the puzzle."

    Ball Don't Lie: Miami ad congratulates the Heat for a title they didn’t win
    "Hey, Macy's. You make sensible products sold at reasonable prices. You're in every mall, but you don't let that stop you from providing goods and services for your local clientele that keep your customers happy. You aim to please. And sometimes, you go too far, in that pursuit. Like taking out an ad in the Miami Herald congratulating the 2010-11 NBA champion Miami Heat. A team that didn't exactly win the NBA championship. Oh, Macy's."

    Ball Don't Lie: LeBron James is once again quiet late in Finals-ending loss
    "Throughout the Finals, Nowitzki's repeated fourth-quarter heroics made James himself seem all the smaller and his struggles all the more titanic. But at least Dirk's also an all-timer. The story became staggering when Terry — long known as a capable scorer and late-game performer, but never considered a superstar and certainly viewed as James' inferior in terms of talent and all-around play — began comfortably outpacing LeBron. No one doubts LeBron's gifts, but it's inarguable that in the series' final three games, he was routinely dusted by a sixth man, especially late. How do you square that?"

    Ball Don't Lie: Mavs down the Heat, take home their first NBA title
    "It took months for us to find out what the Mavericks knew they had in them from the start. Nobody doubted Dallas' abilities as a fringe championship contender before the season, but it was just one in a group of strong Finals hopefuls from the Western Conference when the season started. Losing what many assumed to be its second-best player to a season-ending injury midway through 2010-11, a slow start to finish the regular season that actually had coaches hoping to pair up against Dallas in the postseason, few picking it to win the first round, and a second-round meeting with the defending championship Lakers all added to that doubt."

    Ball Don't Lie: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is still smarting about LeBron James
    "Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is a walking, talking, Tweeting, "something to say." Very little can pass the NBA docket without Gilbert having an opinion, and certainly nothing passes the NBA's sniff test, to his nose at least, without the Cavs' owner/operator taking it to the Tweets. Especially when it comes to LeBron James, a former Cav who left Cleveland because his Cavaliers supporting cast were a terrible thing to behold."

    The Basketball Jones: Wha’ Happened?: Dallas did it
    "And it came from everyone. Jason Terry was 11-16 and made three threes. DeShawn Stevenson made three threes. Your Dad hit a bomb from way downtown. Ian Mahinmi made two shots in a game for just the 14th time all season. Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion were the only bros who didn’t make at least 50 percent of their attempts, and even Dirk went 8-15 in the second half after making just one of his 12 first half field goal attempts. Dallas shot the milk out of the ball all playoffs, last night was no different."

    DIME: Dime NBA Draft Profile: BYU’s Jimmer Fredette
    "Fredette is easily one of the top five NBA-ready players in this draft class, and he is going to make an instant impact. The combination of his shooting range and fearlessness will allow him to earn minutes and play right away. On the offensive end, he can make shots, create a little for others and play off the ball as good as anyone. That combination of scoring and shooting are valued in today’s NBA, and those are the qualities that will translate from Day One."

    Oregon Live: NBA Finals: Mark Cuban says he'll pay for Mavericks victory parade in Dallas
    "Police say no property damage or injuries were reported after fans crowded into downtown Dallas streets following the Mavericks’ 105-95 win Sunday night over the Heat in Miami. "

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Dirk Nowitzki walked away with the MVP hardware, but the Mavericks wouldn't have won their first NBA title without the outstanding all-around play of JET, who scored 27 points in Game 6."

           


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