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Around The World: December 21

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    December 21 Video: Dec 20 Trail Blazers Courtside

    Trail Blazers: Abbreviated Preseason Wraps Up In Utah
    "After a solid first performance against the Jazz the Trail Blazers need to continue to execute tonight. Watch for a focus on defense as head coach Nate McMillan continues to promote the “defense creates offense” mantra. Rebounding on both the offensive and defensive ends will be important as Portland looks to take the intensity the they played with in the Rose Garden on the road. "

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Waive Earl Barron
    "Barron appeared in two games with Portland in 2010-11, averaging 3.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 18.5 minutes. He signed with the Trail Blazers on April 12, 2011."

    Trail Blazers: Anthem Auditions
    "A number of talented vocalists came out for this season's national anthem auditions. Enjoy this short montage of my favorites!"

    Trail Blazers: Home For The Holidays With Albina Head Start
    "I love Christmas. It changes a lot when you get older, but as a kid, that was my favorite holiday. You get gifts, you get a chance to spend a lot of time with your family, school off. Now it's a chance to do some of the same things, but for others," said Elliott Williams during the festivities.

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers and Nicolas Batum will begin contract extension talks in the New Year
    “I spoke to Nic last week and told him that he doesn’t need to be worried about it,” Blazers interim GM Chad Buchanan said. “We’re going to take care of him. We have a large window to get something done. He just needs to go out and play and everything will work out.”

    Columbian: Aldridge To Start Wednesday For Trail Blazers
    "LA looked good. Everything went well," McMillan said. "He went through the whole practice, he'll travel with us, and we're looking for him to play."

    Blazersedge: 2011-12 Season Preview: The Guards
    "Behind these three players Portland fields a hodgepodge of youngsters. Elliot Williams is reportedly a dazzling athlete but hasn't seen a minute of court time since Portland drafted him due to injury. Armon Johnson is also incredibly athletic for a point guard but his floor time has shown that he may not actually be a point guard. New draftee Nolan Smith rounds out the group. He's the only guy with a definitive position, as he's a bona fide point. But his promise lies in brains and steadiness more than physical skill...the inverse of the other two. It's unlikely that any of these players will evidence a complete enough game this season to make a difference or earn more than spot backup minutes. They'll be more curiosity than contributor. But there's room for any of them to make an impact as they jostle for position on the taxiway."

    Ball Don't Lie: Ray Allen isn’t happy David West took more money in Indiana
    "He told me how much I would love [West], that he and I were the same kind of guy -- cognitive thinkers," Allen said. "He said West was interested in coming to the Celtics and would be willing to come for less."

    The Basketball Jones: 2011-12 Fantasy basketball rankings: Small forwards
    "Wallace was traded midseason from the Bobcats to the Blazers and his numbers jumped significantly in shooting percentages — from 43.3 percent to 49.8 percent from the floor and 73.9 percent to 76.7 percent from the foul line — and made threes (0.7 to 1.2 per) and steals (1.2 to 2.0). Is this what a winning environment does to a player? I’d like to see Crash on the Heat! Actually, I wouldn’t, but you get the point. Wallace will have Nicolas Batum and maybe Wesley Matthews rotating in his spot, but they’re not significant competition for Wallace, so don’t be scared to grab him in the later early rounds. In fact, considering his output with the Blazers, at the end of the second might be the time to look to draft him."

    The Basketball Jones: The TBJ 2011-12 NBA season prediction countdown: 18-16
    "All is not lost in Rip City. They’re well-coached by Nate McMillan and they have quality players at every position. LaMarcus Aldridge has made a leap that few people expected, becoming a top-five player at what is arguably the most talent-laden position in the NBA. He’s right on that border between stardom and superstardom, and at the age of 26, there’s no telling whether or not he might be able to take his talents and his teammates to another level."

    SLAM: Change of Garb
    " The Blazers no longer will use silver dazzle mesh trim on the jerseys and shorts, opting for the ClimaCool mesh on for the now-silver gray trim."

    ESPN: Derrick Rose Gets New Deal From Bulls
    I never would have thought in a million years that I would be signing a contract like this, especially coming from an area where I'm from.


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