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Around The World: February 28

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    February 28 Video: Joel Przybilla's First Workout In Portland Video: Welcome Back Joel Przybilla

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers at midseason: Time to reflect, revive and start over with renewed purpose
    "I truly believe that what happened at the beginning of the season was not an accident," Crawford said. "It wasn't lightning in a bottle and that's it. I really believe that's who we are. We just have to find that team, find that energy again. When I first came here, I thought we were as good as any team I've been on. And I've averaged 50 wins the last two years. We just need to find that magic again."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers midseason report: Biggest wins come early in schedule
    "The Blazers defeated rival Los Angeles for the 11th time in the last 13 games at the Rose Garden as Gerald Wallace was a one-man wrecking crew, accumulating 31 points, five rebounds and two steals on offense and harassing Kobe Bryant with strong second-half defense. In one of the most memorable highlights of the Blazers' season, Wallace had a powerful breakaway windmill dunk in the victory, which improved their record to 5-2 on the young season."

    Oregon Live:Trail Blazers midseason awards: LaMarcus Aldridge is clear MVP
    "It's hard to imagine where the Blazers would be without Aldridge, who earned his first All-Star game nod and is having a second consecutive All-NBA caliber season. The only player on the roster who has been consistent night-in and night-out, Aldridge is averaging 22.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. He ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring and is one of three players -- joining LeBron James and Kevin Durant -- who are averaging at least 22.3 points and shooting 50 percent from the field."

    Oregon Live: Joel Przybilla returns with a goal of leading the Trail Blazers back to the NBA playoffs
    "The biggest thing with me, whatever happens, (if I) play or not play, I want to be a voice to this team," Przybilla said Monday afternoon at the Blazers' practice facility. "Help this team get to the playoffs and try to make a run deep into the playoffs."

    Columbian: Przybilla returns to Rip City: "This is me. Portland is me."
    "Sometimes you make decisions with your head, and sometimes you make decisions with your heart," said Przybilla, who signed with the Blazers after passing his physical Sunday. "This is me. Portland is me. What this city represents, it's what I'm all about."

    Pro Basketball Talk via US Basket: Say it ain’t so: Brandon Roy reportedly considers comeback
    "When met with skepticism regarding his comeback, Roy explained, “It’s the truth. It’s really hard being so far away from the game. I spend time watching Jamal (Crawford) and following all of his games; Will (Conroy) and Tre (Simmons) are both doing their thing, so it’s driving me to wanna come back out there. If the treatment I’ve been looking into can work, I believe there’s a good chance you will see Brandon Roy back hoopin’.”

    Blazersedge: Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Break Assessment Part 2: The Players
    "Still, it's unfair to criticize a guy for being who he is. This is still LaMarcus Aldridge but he's the best, most effective, and most reliable LaMarcus Aldridge we've ever seen. He's not only an All-Star but a player ever NBA team would covet. That's plenty of return on investment for the Blazers and darned important to this squad. Take Aldridge away and they're sunk. With Aldridge they have a chance every night. What else do you want?"

    Ball Don't Lie: Twin brothers add Raptors draft pick’s signature to hoops tattoo collection
    "The practice of fans getting tattoos of their favorite players or inspired by memorable moments has become increasingly popular of late. In NBA circles, we've seen tattoos celebrating "The Dunk," Dirk Nowitzki's trademark fadeaway jumper, and even former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan's lifelong love of tractors. (And just last week, obviously, a pledge of eternal skin love for Jeremy Lin's No. 17.) If these brothers were just really big fans of Valanciunas, getting his signature tattooed on their bodies would still be hilarious and amazing (to me, at least), but in and of itself, the act wouldn't be unique."

    DIME via Pro Sports Daily: Report: Jason Kidd Is Pondering Retirement From The NBA
    “My goal was to get to 20 years, but if I can’t compete and help a team or help develop a younger point guard then I have to move aside,” Kidd said."

    SLAM via VIBE: Shaquille O’Neal: Steve Nash Didn’t Deserve Two MVPs
    “Steve Nash is my boy, but I don’t see how he got it twice. I was taught never to complain because you can’t beat the system. People know who the real dominant guy was. But Steve Nash, I don’t want to say it because you might print it and it might cause problems. I don’t believe he beat me out twice.”

    SLAM via Dallas Star-Ledger: Deron Williams Likes Playing in Dallas Mavericks’ Arena the Most
    "I always like playing here,’ Williams said when asked about his thoughts on playing in Dallas’ American Airlines Center, where the Nets will take on the Mavericks tonight. ‘It’s probably my favorite (arena) to play in. I just enjoy playing here — I enjoy playing in front of my friends, family. It’s always good they get the chance to come and see me play."

    SLAM: Video: Shawn Kemp Thinks He Was a Better Dunker Than Blake Griffin
    "During an interview with the guys from SonicsGate, Shawn Kemp candidly explains the difference between his dunks and those that Blake Griffin throws down."

    ESPN Chicago: Derrick Rose dislikes ASG dancing
    "I can dance," Rose said after Sunday night's All-Star Game. "But there's a time and place for that and I don't think it was right, then and there."

    ESPN: Achilles to keep Spencer Hawes out
    "Hawes was examined by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute during the All-Star break, the team said in a statement released Monday. He will no longer wear a protective boot on his left foot, but it's uncertain when he'll play again."

    ESPN: How many Northwest Division teams could upset the Thunder?
    "One. The Portland Trail Blazers have Gerald Wallace to chase Durant and muscle him around; but Durant also has to guard Crash, which forces him to expend energy on defense. In addition, the Blazers have a great low-post scoring option in LaMarcus Aldridge to give the Thunder front-line fits. They also have some athletes to bother Westbrook."

    ESPN: Power Rankings
    "The interruption of All-Star Weekend and the gutsy return of Joel Przybilla to the city that swallows centers whole have managed to shift the focus from Portland's struggles in close games (2-10 in games decided by five points or fewer) and the recent demotions of Ray Felton and Wes Matthews. But for how long?"


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