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    June 22

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

    ESPN: Draft Buzz: Blazers Pursuing Multiple Picks?
    "Cleveland is actively pursuing multiple picks deeper in the first round, as are Portland, Houston and Charlotte. "

    SLAM: Mad Man: Wesley Matthews reps Wisconsin’s capital.
    " It hurt. It’s so public. It’s just a public thing, and everybody around, back at home, knows you worked your butt off to hear your name called. It was like a punch in the chest because nothing’s ever been easy for us, and we kind of had the feeling that this was gonna be that turn. And when it didn’t happen, you just put your head down, but then you pick it right back up. It’s just like, you know what, we’ve been through this before. Let’s find a way."

    “If you take into account every Boys and Girls Club site in the metro area, over 25,000 youth were served by this fantastic organization last year,” said Sarah Mensah, Trail Blazers chief operating officer. “What a wonderful impact we would have on the youth of Portland if the leaders in our community joined the Trail Blazers and Windermere in rallying around organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs that provide these opportunities for our youth.”

    Oregon Live: NBA Draft is rife with uncertainty, but not about who the top two picks will be
    "I think teams are more receptive to giving up picks that are a little higher than in a traditional draft just because the caliber of this draft is not perceived to be as strong," Buchanan said. "So you have some teams that are picking in the range where normally they're hanging onto that pick, where they're at least listening to what's out there for their pick."

    Ball Don't Lie: Picking out the best NBA-level comparisons for Thursday’s draftees
    "Is the projected second overall pick in tomorrow's draft a J.J. Hickson clone, at least to this point in Derrick Williams' collegiate career and considering his height, weight, and age? Is it possible that Jonas Valanciunas reminds of Dwight Howard? Can Nikola Vucevic take his long-range touch to the pros and become a sturdier version of Troy Murphy? Can someone named "Bojan Bogdanovic" be the next Lamond Murray?"

    Ball Don't Lie: Bismack Biyombo is full of nicknames and intrigue and dunks
    "In Spain, one day when I was walking to the gym, [former teammate Esteban] Batista called me "'La Pantera" — "The Black Panther." He just made it up that second but the name stuck. At my agent's office, I walk down the hallway and everyone says, "La Pantera, La Pantera." I like it — "The Black Panther" — that's my favorite."

    The Basketball Jones: Top 100 moments from ‘10-11 NBA: No. 40-26
    "The 2010-11 NBA season is officially in the books—a season so crazy it’s easy to forget many of the wonderful things that made it so special. Luckily for you, TBJ is not in the forgetting-shit business, so I’ve come up with the list of the 100 greatest moments of the NBA year that was. Be sure to let me know what I missed as I’m sure the list of exclusions are many. It was that kind of season."

    DIME: NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs May Trade Tony Parker
    "The guy the Spurs are targeting? Jonas Valanciunas says’s Jonathan Givony. The seven footer would be the perfect Spurs pick. His buyout has teams shying away from picking him, even though he’s probably considered the top international prospect and has All-Star upside. At just 19 years old, he probably won’t be in the NBA until 2012-13 at the earliest. Basically, exactly the type of guy San Antonio always steals."

    ESPN: Wolves considering Kanter at No. 2?
    "However, don't get out your Sharpie and write Kanter into the No. 2 spot just yet. The Wolves are continuing to debate between Kanter and Williams and are exploring a number of trade possibilities with both the No. 2 pick and players on their roster. The outcome of those talks will ultimately steer the direction of this pick."

    ESPN: Value plan: Draft's best bargains
    "Butler, a senior, is a versatile wing player who doesn't make a lot of mistakes and can do the understated things a coach looks for -- play defense, hit the opportunistic shot, and grab more rebounds than his opponent."


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