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Around The World: December 14

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    December 14

    Trail Blazers: Fan Blog: What B-Roy Meant To Me
    "Unfortunately, sometimes fairytales don't have a happy ending. B-Roy is gone and, as one of those once in a generation superstars, will be near impossible to replace. Lucky for us Blazers fans, lucky for those NBA fans, he gave us so many good memories to look back upon. The kind of memories that we will be able to regale to our kids and grandkids (if you're not already). How often does a player single handedly turn around a 20 point margin and win a playoff game on his own back with no knee cartilage? As far as I'm aware, no one ever has before, and probably never will again."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Delight At Rip City United Holiday Event
    “You forget about being tired when you come into something like this,” said rookie guard Nolan Smith. “You forget about being sore or the long hard days. You’re rejuvenated and we find some energy deep down within us and now we’re just having a great time out here.”

    Ball Don't Lie: Ball Don’t Lie’s 2011-12 Season Previews: Portland Trail Blazers
    "The Portland Trail Blazers, led by either Buchanan or an as-yet-unnamed general manager, could have around $30 million in cap room to work with next summer if they're able to dump Gerald Wallace between now and then. This would leave LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews on the roster, along with various rookie deals to act upon and draft picks to sign. But they'll also have cash, and though you're frustrated with NBA free agents only signing with large market teams, players under contract are subject to the whims of their front office. Portland will be able to trade for anyone."

    Sports Illustrated: Magic mulling blockbuster deal that would send Howard to Nets
    "The deal would send Howard, small forward Hedo Turkoglu and point guard Chris Duhon to the Nets; Blazers small forward Gerald Wallace, Nets centers Brook Lopez and Johan Petro, and possibly a first-round draft pick to the Magic; and numerous first-round draft picks to the Blazers. first reported Portland's involvement, and numerous outlets have indicated that a fourth team may be pulled in to the talks as well."

    ESPN: What if Nets land Dwight Howard?
    "As Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri said last season after losing Melo, "we got killed." Such is life when forced to trade that kind of talent. But if anyone can get Lopez to realize his vast potential, it's Stan Van Gundy. Lopez has All-Star potential, which helps ease the pain of losing Superman."

    Columbian: Blazers Notebook: NBA veteran journeyman Thomas arrives to join his latest team
    "Marcus Camby, who played with Thomas when the Knicks went to the Finals in 1999, said Sunday that Kurt was the “No. 1 guy in the league” when it came to tactics like grabbing jerseys and holding an opponent’s arm down when fighting for a rebound — adding that Thomas has long possessed a fierce countenance known to intimidate."

    Portland Tribune: Blazers' Buchanan breaks down moves with Roy, Oden, salary cap – and a possible playoff run
    "We’re looking at all options, trying to be prepared with whatever direction we go" on Roy, Buchanan said. "If we end up using amnesty (with Roy), we’d look at signing two players. Our biggest need is a front-court player, but we have a need in the backcourt as well. We have two holes to try to plug."

    Hang Time Blog: Four Teams Pursuing Warriors’ Williams
    "The Bobcats, Raptors, Trail Blazers and Rockets are the four teams in hottest pursuit of unrestricted free agent swingman Reggie Williams, according to a league source. Williams became unrestricted over the weekend when his former team, the Warriors, rescinded its qualifying offer to him in order to clear room for a four-year, $43 million offer sheet Golden State made to Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers matched the sheet on Jordan Monday."

    The Basketball Jones: NBA Crazypalooza 2011: Day Three
    "McRoberts has turned into a pretty good NBA player, especially considering that he was drafted in the second round. He hustles, rebounds and has some shooting range. As for Gerald “Nine Fingers” Green, I’ll never forget how many Raptors fans freaked out when the Raptors passed on him not once (for Charlie Villanueva) but twice (for Joey Graham) in the 2005 draft. Of course, Andrew Bynum and Danny Granger were the guys the Raptors really should have selected with those picks, but if you were a Raptors fan on the Internet at that time, you might have believed that Toronto had passed on the next Kobe."

    Oregon Live: Denver Nuggets acquire former Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer from Mavericks
    "The Denver Nuggets acquired former Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez and forward Corey Brewer from the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday for a future second-round pick. "

    SLAM: NBAers React to CP3 Non-Trade
    "It was all good just a day ago. After news broke that Chris Paul had landed in L.A. in a trade that’d move Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic to New Orleans and Pau Gasol to Houston, Lakers fans rejoiced, believing their favorite team would now feature one of—if not the—best point guards in the NBA. But only a few hours later, word hit that commissioner David Stern had blocked the deal, and that none of the players involved would be changing squads, at least not yet. On cue, some of the League’s best hit Twitter with their reactions, which range from surprised to downright upset. Roll through the gallery above to see ‘em all."

    DIME: The Top 10 Rookies In The NBA
    "Faried has already begun to make his mark on the league with his dope “Manimal” tees, which became all the rage on Twitter during the lockout. But marketability aside, the kid can flat out play. With the inability for Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin to leave their teams in China any time soon, there will be plenty of run available in Denver this year. Despite being listed as an undersized, 6-7 power forward, Faried is a rebounding machine with an endless motor who doesn’t mind doing the dirty work. Who better to learn under then the recently re-signed Nene, a player who for years has made his presence felt without necessarily needing the ball in his hands. Faried is a perfect fit for George Karl, who already has more than enough offensive options."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Nuggets win race for Nene, but will he be worth the long-term, expensive contract?
    ""Extremely," Ujiri said. "I think with all the momentum from last year, it's tough to lose players because we're trying to build this way a certain way. We need key players and Nene is a key player. He will be huge part of the Nuggets going forward.""

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "You get up there and you get nauseous sometimes," Carter said, cracking a smile. "Save some of your minutes. Stay down on the ground. That's just the way it is. I can still do it, but I don't know many players who are going to let you do what I used to do anymore. I know that, so I just found different ways to be effective."


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