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Around The World: February 23

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    February 23 Video: February 22 Trail Blazers Courtside

    Oregon Live: Joel Przybilla on rejoining Blazers: 'My heart was in Portland'
    "They were first class. You can tell they are on top of things," Przybilla said of the Heat. "And trust me, it was a tough decision to turn them down. But (Monday) morning, I woke up and realized it wasn't for me. I realized that I wasn't thinking with my head, I was thinking with my heart. And my heart was in Portland."

    DIME: A Jeremy Lin Effect: 5 NBA Players Who Need A Chance To Play
    "His 17 points in 18 minutes against San Antonio, which included this hammer of a dunk over Danny Green, was basically a rookie vs. sophomore game between the Spurs and Blazers. Matched up against his peers, Williams shows why he needs more PT for Nate McMillan. He’s only getting 5.6 minutes per, but if he played 36 minutes, he’d average 21.9. The crazy athleticism (he recorded a 48-inch vertical during a pre-draft camp for Portland in 2010, people) that turned heads in training camp in December also opens up his quick-burst scoring that’s improved with his jumper."

    Trail Blazers: LA isn't Heading to Orlando Alone
    "The soft-spoken Aldridge quickly initiated the conversation with a star-struck Jackie. Her coach, Katie Waterstreet, jumped into the banter to help Jackie feel more comfortable. After all, it was a behind-the-scenes all-access visit with a 6' 11" NBA All-Star, most people would be nervous. They posed for a few pictures and talked about their upcoming trip before Aldridge headed to the locker room to prepare for that evening's game against the San Antonio Spurs."

    SLAM: One For The Money
    "Clyde Drexler (All-Star, Portland Trail Blazers): Obviously we loved Magic, but a lot of guys were thinking or saying, “Magic’s had a great run. Let the guys who deserve to be in the game be in the game.” Some guys came out and said, “I don’t want to play against the guy if I have a chance to get sick.” I’m not going to name any names. I was the first person to say, There is a lot of ignorance around here. Talk to any doctor, and they will tell you that you can’t contract it that way"

    Trail Blazers: Fan Blog: Who's Your Pick
    "As each broadcaster makes his selection, there's usually a brief depiction of his reasoning. Someone might have chosen Jamal against Atlanta in the hopes he would have a great game against his former team. Another person might select Gerald in a home game because his propensity for strong performances at the Rose Garden. Raymond could be the selection based on how he played the opponent the previous time(s) he played against them. If someone may expect Elliot to see a lot of time in a game, they might be inclined to pick him for his pure athleticism. Still someone else might tab Wesley with the thought he might have a breakout game against a particular opponent."

    Oregon Live: Joel Przybilla decides he wants to return to the Trail Blazers
    "Przybilla is valued by the Blazers for his ability to rebound, block shots and set screens. One of the toughest and most respected players by his teammates during his tenure in Portland, Przybilla was a fan favorite."

    Oregon Live: As Trail Blazers cross halfway point of up-and-down season, president Larry Miller feels "pretty good about where we are"
    “Those guys have done a really, really good job for us,” Miller said of the front office team. “I don’t feel like we missed out on anything that we should have done. The way the situation with Brandon was handled, the way the situation with Greg was handled, those are all things I think were handled in a good way. I don’t think we’ve missed anything by having those guys.”

    Columbian: Przybilla Back In Portland
    "Currently, the Blazers have 15 players under contract, which would mean they would have to waive one to accommodate Przybilla. Most likely, that player would be Greg Oden, whose most recent microfracture surgery rendered him done for the season."

    Portland Tribune: Trail Blazers’ playoff hopes ‘on the bubble’ at midseason
    “We’re on the bubble right now,” Buchanan says. “We hope to be a playoff team. We have to get ourselves turned around on the road. That’s the biggest thing. If we can do that, I like our chances.”

    True Hoop: Spurs sacrifice win streak for a little R&R
    "Popovich has long been the league’s most devoted practitioner of this maneuver, selecting certain games to sit out his key players and keep them fresh for later in the season. It’s a lesson Blazers coach Nate McMillan might want to learn; one night after keeping LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace on the court for 38 and 35 minutes in a hopeless situation against the Lakers, he had Wallace still out there with Portland up by 40 in the fourth quarter. It was their last game before the All-Star break, yes, but the cumulative wear and tear of this season is already taking a toll on Wallace in particular, who is averaging 35.8 minutes and had three straight single-figure outings before Tuesday night."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: JaVale McGee did another pretty dumb thing
    "On Wednesday night, McGee added another masterpiece to his catalogue. Early in the second half of Washington's 115-107 home loss to the Sacramento Kings, wing Francisco Garcia drove to the hole and put up a teardrop runner. JaVale, camped out under the basket, waited for the ball to fall far past its apex, at which point he for some reason chose to swat it about five rows deep behind his team's bench. Not surprisingly, he was benched soon after, although he did return."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Monta Ellis hits a very tough game-winner
    "He made one of those plays on Wednesday night: an off-balance, tricky fadeaway jumper over a stellar defender in the Phoenix Suns' Grant Hill. Coming with one second left in regulation, it broke a tie to give the Warriors a 106-104 road win. It was especially notable for Ellis because he had missed several end-of-game, isolation jumpers earlier in the season that would have given the Warriors key wins. This shot won't undue those misses, but that's not reason to turn it down."

    The Basketball Jones: Iman Shumpert was going to jump over Jeremy Lin on a couch
    "That being said, as much as we all would have loved to have seen this happen and would have had hearty laughs when Jeremy Lin and the couch was wheeled out and a choir was singing the intro to “The Big Comfy Couch,” Shump dropping out is better for the dunk contest. If fans are voting and they see Jeremy Lin lying on a couch, getting jumped over, there’s no way Iman Shumpert would lose. It’d be the Blake Griffin-over-a-car thing all over again, where the best most notable stunt and the biggest name (even if that name is just an assistant) is guaranteed a win. DeMar DeRozan knows what I’m talking about."

    The Basketball Jones: Here’s what shoes some of your favorite players will be wearing for the All-Star Game
    "Orange shoes for the best Bulls player since Michael Jordan? It’s like these were made specifically for me. (They weren’t. They’re for Derrick Rose, duh.) It is kind of hard to tell which is the inside and the outside of the shoe, but that might help confuse opponents because they constantly think you’re doing some sort of weird run and get caught up watching your feet while you’re dribbling by them."

    DIME: Review: Ben & Jerry’s Jeremy Lin Ice Cream
    "Luck must have been on my side because I was able to pick up two pints before they ran out and plan to savor it for as long as possible. Like Lin himself, this flavor is unique. The frozen yogurt and honey strike a perfect balance – not too sweet, not too tart. The fortune cookie pieces and the sweet lychee are unexpected but comforting."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Gimmie That
    "Alright, fine. Luke Ridnour isn’t the most exciting player in the L, but credit is given where credit is due. The TWolves overcame a 16-point 4th quarter deficit to beat the Jazz at the buzzer and enter the All-Star break at .500 (17-17) for the first time since 2005. Here’s how it happened."

    ESPN: Debate: Can Knicks handle Heat?
    "Jeremy Lin's emergence. Not to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, but Lin has been so astoundingly compelling precisely because his emergence has been such an original, archetype-defying event. He's not Tebow or Rocky or even Teen Wolf. The best part? Because he's smashing every available narrative convention(s), we have no idea how the rest of this tale will play out.''


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