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    June 20

    Trail Blazers: 2011 Mock Draft Database Video: Pre-Drat Workouts

    Trail Blazers: Brandon Roy Brings Cheer To Children At Shriners And Doernbecher
    “It’s fun because right when I come in they’re all real speechless, nobody’s saying anything and I can tell how excited they are.” Roy said. “I know parents want to see their kids smile and to give them a chance to brighten up their day. And again it’s more than just for the kids, it’s for the brother or the mom and the dad whose really struggling with it.”

    Trail Blazers: Predraft Workout: Nikola Vucevic
    "Since I'm from Europe, people maybe kind of think am I a soft European like they tend to say," said Vucevic. "I just try to show them I learned by coming here to play tough, play hard all the time. That's something I try to show them."

    Trail Blazers: Predraft Workout: Michael Dunigan
    “In the league you have to guard bigger and smaller defenders, so you’re showing the scouts what you can do against small guards,” said Dunigan. “I’ve been working on my 17-footer and losing weight and just being able to get up and down the floor. They like what I’m doing and what I’ve been doing. And being able to show them that I’m just trying to stay positive and keep and open mind about it.”;

    Trail Blazers: Positioning the Blazers - The Bigs
    "He's repeating his off-season training regiment which he employed last summer -- the same one which he gained 15 pounds of muscle and developed more of an inside game. What would be most beneficial for the Blazers is to put some depth behind LaMarcus, as he played an inordinate number of minutes last season. Surely, you want the best player on the court as possible. At the same time, Portland needs to keep him as fresh as possible come playoff time."

    Blazersedge: Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan: We're Down To 5, No Promises Made
    "I think we're down to about three guards and we've got about two bigs that we like that are still in the mix for us," Buchanan said. "About five guys total."

    Blazersedge: Portland Trail Blazers Draft Possibilities: Nikola Vucevic
    "Along with that certain lack of agility, a quick review of his games reveals that he gets too many rebounds and attempts too many shots around the bucket below the rim...a serious no-no for anybody considering playing inside in the NBA. It's not how tall you are, it's how high you can get. Vucevic needs work on using his body as well. He seemed to grab rebounds because he was bigger than others. That's not going to be the case in the NBA. He needs to learn leverage and body control. He's likely to get schooled big time in his first few battles at the next level. Even that jumper is going to be questionable, as he needs space and time to get it off that 6'10" real NBA players aren't going to give him...not that they'll be focused on him."

    The Basketball Jones: Top 100 moments from ‘10-11 NBA: No. 100-86
    "So here we are, rolling out all 100 moments over the course of the week, with explanatory links and/or embedded videos in case you need a refresher on the whos, whats, wheres and by-how-muches. Of course, be sure let me know what I missed, as I’m sure the list of exclusions are many. And in fact, before I get going, my apologies to Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Earl Boykins, Stephen Jackson, Ty Lawson, Brian Cardinal, and any number of individual performers who had games, moments or seasons that were certainly worth saluting, but which I just couldn’t find room for on this list. It was that kind of season."

    Ball Don't Lie: Magic GM Otis Smith doesn’t like Twitter at all
    "It's got to be the dumbest thing a professional athlete has ever done. But they do it, and I've got no problem with that. That's the world that we live in now: the mass media in which everyone is a reporter and everyone has an opinion on stuff and they continue to put it out there. God bless 'em all. Why a guy in the public eye would choose to do that kind of stuff is beyond me."

    Ball Don't Lie: Bismack Biyombo says he’ll lead the NBA in rebounding, blocked shots
    "It's unclear exactly when Biyombo thinks these events will happen, but let's assume that he's not saying he'll lead the NBA in rebounds and blocks as a rookie (because that would be crazy, not just confident). In truth, that prediction is not wholly out of the question -- Biyombo hasn't been playing organized basketball for very long and nevertheless seems to have a great sense of how to put himself in great position for rebounds and blocks. It doesn't hurt that he's very athletic, of course, but Biyombo has something extra."

    Ball Don't Lie: BDL Interview: Jason Terry on retired jerseys, ‘elite status’ and Obama vs. Cuban
    "To see my jersey go up there … a guy that has sacrificed so much by coming to Dallas and over the years, all the hard work we put in to try to be champions, and then to be the only point guard to take their team to the Finals in '05-'06, but to finally get there this year and win it? Sixth Man of the Year two years ago — [and] should've been the last three years? (laughs) You know what? I'm very humble, I'm a hungry guy, but sometimes you got to toot your own horn. And if it means telling them, "Move over, Ro, move over, Brad Davis," then that's what you got to do."

    SLAM: Mock: Jeremy Tyler, No. 29
    "Tyler wouldn’t have an immediate impact as Duncan did as a rookie, but no player that will be available at 29th can match TD’s first-year numbers or even come close. However, with Tyler continuing to impress scouts at the pre-draft workouts with his size and his defense, he can clog up the paint on both sides of the court where the Spurs certainly needed help last year, especially against the Grizzlies."

    DIME: NBA Rumor: Phoenix Suns To Buyout Vince Carter
    "Wait. So you’re telling me the Suns could keep Carter on the squad for another year and pay him $18.9 million for the 2011-12 season, or pay him $4 million and tell him to kick rocks? Seems like a no-brainer to me."


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