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Around The World: March 20

03/20/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    March 20

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet Press Conference

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Kaleb Canales Interview

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: March 19 Trail Blazers Courtside

    Oregon Live: New Trail Blazers Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet are ready to take advantage of opportunity
    "I'm an up-tempo guy, a guy who gets after it and can be that pest," he said. "You know how when you are outside and there's that fly, flying around your face and you keep swatting it away but you can't get to it? That's the guy I am out there on the court. And I'm a guy guys gravitate toward. A leader."

    Oregon Live: Blazers notebook: Team introduces Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet; other notes from Monday's news conference
    “I think pressure is sitting on the end of the bench knowing you’re not getting in the game, which I was doing in Houston,” Flynn said. “That’s pressure, knowing everyday you’re coming into the gym, knowing that you have to get your work in early and knowing you’re not going to have an opportunity to get on the court. This isn’t pressure at all, coming to a team that’s traded for you.”

    Columbian: Blazers press conference: We got Thabeet and Flynn is in
    "Added Thabeet: “We want to come up here and work and prove that, if I had a chance to start over, I could have been something.” "

    Blazersedge via Storyteller: Did Thursday's Transactions Bring Portland More Cap Room?
    "The trade of Marcus Camby will probably only have a significant impact on this summer's cap position if the Trail Blazers decide to retain Flynn and/or Thabeet. Otherwise, it was trading one expiring contract for two expiring contracts and a 2nd round pick (which might or might not count against this year's cap)."

    Blazersedge: Milwaukee Bucks vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview
    "The Blazers no longer have the raw talent to be assured of a win against this team...not that talent assured them of much this season. Even if this is their first game at home in a while, even with the momentum of crowd and emotion, even though they're not going to get hurt by a lack of bigs against the Bucks, Portland still has to play smart. Rebounding and taking care of the ball are items 1 and 2. Close behind is aggressive guard defense, not getting broken down repeatedly by Jennings and Ellis. If Portland's backcourt defenders don't man up those guards will be attacking, hitting leaners, or flipping passes to open shooters all night long. The Bucks might not be dead-eye accurate but if you leave them open enough often enough they'll chalupa you and then some. And speaking of manning up (or not), since the Bucks rely on just a couple guys to hit with range this might be a good time to pull out the occasional zone...again remembering that rebounding is a priority."

    Blazersedge: Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan Talks Roster Additions, Possible Subtractions, NBA Draft, Coaching Change, Tanking
    "I talked to LaMarcus about Kaleb's personality. Would guys respond to that? LaMarcus was like, 'Absolutely. We all love Kaleb. We respect him. We see how hard he works.' LaMarcus was definitely behind it. LaMarcus likes all of our assistant coaches too but I think Kaleb's personality fit what the team needed right now. LaMarcus was 100 percent behind it."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Suns are healing players by freezing them
    "The effect of the cryosauna is similar to that of an ice bath, just with a shorter length of treatment. The idea isn't so much to improve the care itself, but to make it more efficient, freeing players up to work on other parts of their games (or just relax) while also increasingly the likelihood they'll seek out help. It's an obvious choice for everyone on the roster."

    Ball Don't Lie: Video: Warriors fans crush owner with boos during Chris Mullin jersey retirement
    "Fans began to boo Lacob loudly, most directly in response to the recent trade of Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut. Mullin returned to try to quell the animosity by praising the fans' passion and preaching patience, which worked up until he gave the microphone back to Lacob and sat down. So Warriors legend Rick Barry decided to engage in a little paternalistic chastising of the crowd for not showing their owner the proper amount of respect. Lacob finally managed to get his speech out without interruption, giving the entire Mullin family a week-long vacation in Hawaii. After what transpired, it's likely he now wishes he'd just told them about it in private."

    Ball Don't Lie: Grizzlies set to sign Gilbert Arenas for the rest of the season
    "Arenas is a strong personality, and it's easy to imagine that the biggest issue related to his arrival would come with regards to team chemistry. But the Grizzlies have shown a startling ability to handle similar players over the past two seasons: Randolph has been a noted problem child his whole career, and the team has somehow figured out how to stay cohesive after O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen fought on the team plane 15 months ago. The real questions about this signing have more to do with the lineup than the locker room."

    Ball Don't Lie: Bigger shoes is the biggest reason Ray Allen is setting career marks from long range
    "And the obvious question is, if Allen moves up to size 16 next season, and 17 the year after that (Allen says he came into the league a size 13 in 1996, and moved up to 14 a few years after), will he be shooting over 50 percent from behind the arc in 2016?"

    The Basketball Jones: Kenneth Faried gets the Dirk Nowitzki treatment
    "Last night, Dirk Nowitzki went for 33 points in 31 minutes in the Mavericks’ game against the Nuggets. Unfortunately for everyone’s favorite rookie, Kenneth Faried was the main recipient of those points as Dirk knocked down fadeaway after fadeaway after fadeaway over the super athletic Predator clone. It had to be the most frustrating thing ever, which is probably why Faried eventually just accepted his fate and laughed things off after yet another crazy Dirkus Circus shot."

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.20
    "Dirk Nowitzki finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a block and three three-pointers in just 31:21 of work last night. He shot 63 percent (12-19) from the floor and 75 percent (6-8) from the free-throw line, and had three turnovers. Diggler’s finally clicking and has been a top 15 contributor in the past month."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Booze Cruise
    "Chicago continues to roll without Derrick Rose, and last night the Bulls did it in damn impressive fashion, holding the Magic to 59 points—the fewest Chicago has ever allowed in franchise history. Carlos Boozer killed Orlando all night, finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds, and backup point guard John Lucas dropped 20 off the bench (on a night when fill-in starter CJ Watson shot 0-8 from the field and scored just 1 point) as Tom Thibodeau became the quickest coach in NBA history to get to 100 wins. The Bulls are 3-1 with Rose resting his sore groin and an NBA-best 38-10 overall. The Magic, meanwhile, couldn’t hit water from a boat—they shot 35 percent from the field, got double-digit scoring nights from only two players (Dwight Howard scored 18 and Ryan Anderson had 10) and ended the night with only 9 assists compared to 18 turnovers. That’s losses on consecutive nights to Miami and Chicago for Howard and company. Not much else to report from this game, other than that I’m about ready to nominate Chris Duhon as the L’s worst rotation player. He’d fit right in at the bi-weekly (and potentially now-extinct) SLAM pick-up runs."

    ESPN: Thumb injury shelves Danilo Gallinari
    "I don't know how long it's going to be," Gallinari said, according to the Denver Post. "It's not going to be short. It's a fracture. The doctor told me the fracture takes four weeks to heal. Hopefully I can put something on and play sooner than that."

           



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