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06/27/12
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    June 27



    Trail Blazers: Mock Draft Database

    Draft Express: Pre-Draft Measurements

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Trail Blazers Pre-Draft Workouts

    SLAM: Q+A: Wesley Matthews
    "I think I just have to utilize all my tools more. I don’t think there’s a part of the game that I can’t do, and of course you want to improve on everything, but watching the film really helps because you can see when to do it. Such a big part of being good—and great—is recognizing the situation, A, and then B, having the tools to do what you need to do in the situation. So I think I have the tools, I just need to get better at recognizing when to use them."

    Trail Blazers: Amick: Trail Blazers Trying To Move Up, Rivers An Option At No. 6
    "The Bobcats continue to talk with Cleveland about swapping No. 4 for No. 2, with Charlotte surely pushing for as many assets as possible to go with it (the Cavs have the 24th, 33rd and 34th picks). Houston (Nos. 14, 16 and 18) and Portland (Nos. 6 and 11) are trying to land the No. 2 pick as well, according to sources."

    Trail Blazers: How The Blazers Can/Should/Will Get What They Want In This Year’s Draft
    "Every year there are some certainties and some uncertainties surrounding the draft and this year is no different. The certainty: Anthony Davis will be taken with the 1st pick. The uncertainty: everything else. But the one thing I like about the way this draft is shaping up is the Blazers have a chance to get exactly what they want, and or need, no matter who gets picked and when. "

    Trail Blazers: Kawakami: Trail Blazers Could Take Austin Rivers At No. 6
    "Kawakami also repeated this claim on yesterday's Bald Faced Truth With John Canzano. Rivers worked out for the Trail Blazers on June 20 in a guard-heavy workout. He's been projected to go just outside of the Top 10, so Portland selecting him at No. 6 wouldn't be much of a surprise. He'd certainly fill a need."

    Trail Blazers: USA Basketball Announces 2012 Men's National Team Medical Staff
    "Dr. Roberts graduated with a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, where he later received his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He did an internship in orthopedic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle before returning to Stanford where he taught Human Anatomy while pursuing further surgical training. Dr. Roberts completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Program in Boston, Mass., then served as chief resident in orthopedic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and concluded a fellowship in sports medicine with the team physician for Harvard University. In 1986, he joined Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgery in Portland."

    Oregon Live: 2012 NBA draft: Terrence Jones, a first-round lock who says, 'Winning has always been my thing'
    "Winning has always been my thing," Jones said. "Going to Jeff, winning three state champs, I'll do whatever it takes to win. A lot of people play for a lot of different reasons, but I think winning is what it's all about. I think that's what people should care about."

    Oregon Live: 2012 NBA draft: Bradley Beal, a can't-miss guard who rebounds like a forward
    "My percentages weren't as good as I know they can be," Beal said in Chicago. "In high school I shot 72 percent from the field and 43-45 percent from the three-point line. I knew (at Florida) I was more than capable of shooting better. But toward the end of the year, I really started stepping up, got back in the gym and gained more confidence in myself and my shot."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: If Blazers really want Damian Lillard, will he still be available when No. 6 pick comes up?
    "If Lillard really is the guy the Blazers want, then you have to wonder if he will still be on the board when the No. 6 pick comes up. Six players who have the best chance to be taken above the No. 6 spot did not work out for Portland -- Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes and Dion Waiters. Of those players, only Waiters is expected to be around when Portland picks."

    CSNNW: Looking Back: 2010 NBA Draft
    "Williams missed the 2010-2011 regular season after suffering a knee injury during preseason with the Trail Blazers. Williams is still with the Blazers even after suffering a shoulder injury during the 2011-12 season making him miss a significant part of the season."

    CSNNW: Monty Williams considers Blazers head coaching job a prime destination; endorses Canales, Malone
    “I just think when you have an owner like Mr. (Paul) Allen and you have those kind of resources, it's a recipe for success,” Williams tells CSNNW.com. “I'm the kind of guy I think coaches should be running to try and get that job. I think it's one of the better jobs in the league because of Mr. Allen, because of the city, and I love the Northwest. So I think the combination of all that is a great opportunity.”

    Portland Tribune: Neil Olshey: Draft one of three steps to better Blazers; talks with Batum, Hickson, Freeland, Claver also part of club's process
    "We have some flexibility there. With his cap hold on the books, it becomes more strategic. I did this with DeAndre Jordan with the Clippers. We waited on the offer sheets, then decided how best to use the resources at our disposal. If it looks like the target free agents are unavailable to us, we’ll re-engage with Nic’s agent about doing something. We can offer him a fifth year, while other teams can only give him four."

    ESPN: News and notes from the NBA draft
    "I have no idea,'' Waiters said. "I haven't talked to nobody, honestly. He doesn't tell me nothing. He said he talked to a couple of teams. He said to keep working. He did not tell me. I don't know nothing. I'm just walking into the fire. We'll see.'' Waiters could go to Portland at No. 6 or Toronto at No. 8. After Chicago, he returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, where he has remained to work out."

    Blazersedge: Transcript: Weber State G Damian Lillard Meets Media In NYC
    "That workout did go extremely well. I made a lot of shots. I did hear that they were saying it was the best since Kevin Durant, but they didn't draft Kevin Durant, so I don't put too much stock into it at all. I just try to focus on what I can control, and that's when I get to the workouts, showing that I work hard, showing my strengths and going to the next gig."

    Sports Illustrated: Rockets retain salary flexibility, build intrigue in pre-draft trade with Bucks
    "Wednesday’s deal creates a potentially damaging hole in Houston’s roster — and fills one in the same spot for Milwaukee, which boosted its chances of making the playoffs without damaging its present or future cap flexibility. Dalembert isn’t a star and won’t ever log 38 minutes per game, but over 25 or 30 minutes every night, he can protect the rim, clean the glass and use his long arms to make things more difficult for opposing offenses. The Bucks had precisely zero players who could do that after the Andrew Bogut/Monta Ellis trade at last season’s deadline, and their defense collapsed as a result. Dalembert is not a night-to-night stopper or an All-Defensive player, but he is an upgrade in Milwaukee."

    Sports Illustrated: In a draft with many questions, Jared Sullinger is worth the risk
    "Sullinger struggled against long shot-blockers, which scares teams. If he can't get his shot off against Kansas's Jeff Withey or Michigan State's Adreian Payne, what will he do against Dwight Howard and Serge Ibaka? It's a fair question, but this is where the Love comparison comes back. Sullinger basically played center for Ohio State because he could dominate most teams that way. He is more skilled away from the basket than people realize. Whoever takes him will be banking on him adjusting his game. I think he can. But my career is not at stake."

    Sports Illustrated: Pacers part ways with Bird, welcome back Walsh
    "I feel sad (with) the announcement that Larry's going to be leaving us," said Simon, who continued to talk to Bird about staying as late as Monday. "Larry could have stayed here as long as he wants, but he has his own reasons. The Pacers organization appreciates everything he's done for us in his nine years. We wish him the very best and hope that we can still be associated with him in the coming years."

    Sports Illustrated: Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones III show risks of leaving college later
    "After the 2010-2011 season, both Sullinger and Jones had the opportunity to leave school and become lottery picks. Actually, if we are being truthful, simply being a "lottery pick" would have been a worst-case scenario; it was unlikely that either player would have made it out of the top five. Sullinger was coming off of a freshman campaign where he was the centerpiece for what ended up being the best team in the country, a 6-foot-9, 270 pound grizzly player who averaged 17.1 points and 10 boards before getting upset in the Sweet 16. Baylor didn't have nearly the same success as Ohio State -- they finished the season 18-13, bowing out of the Big 12 tournament in the first round and having their NIT bubble burst all while Jones was suspended for the postseason because his mom needed help from his AAU coach to afford their rent. But that didn't change the fact that Jones was a graceful, 6-11 forward with athleticism for days and the perimeter skills that could allow him to eventually play the three at the next level."

    Ball Don't Lie: LeBron James almost lost his Finals MVP trophy
    "Just imagine if James had actually lost the trophy moments after winning it. For a guy with a reputation as not so great in the clutch, he would have given his critics plenty of room to claim that he still didn't have what it takes to win. I mean, claiming a title is nice, but most people expect the best players to hold on to their trophies after the fact. How else do you prove that it really happened?"

    Ball Don't Lie: The Charlotte Bobcats might be attempting to package Tyrus Thomas in deals for its lottery pick. Good luck to them
    "The fact that a player who is not yet 26 and making a salary not far removed from the mid-level exception owns one of the worst contracts in the NBA is a deadening thought. Tyrus Thomas has nobody to blame for himself for not only failing to act upon his significant potential after entering the NBA in 2006, but falling backward on even the limited advancements he's made in the years since during 2011-12. He was awful, and a destructive force in the locker room, and nobody was amused."

    The Basketball Jones: The Rockets made another trade, but are they any closer to Dwight Howard?
    "For their troubles, Milwaukee turns a bunch of spare parts into a starting center. Livingston’s role, inevitably marginalized by a full year of the Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis experiment, can be fulfilled by the perennially average Beno Udrih, while whatever niche Leuer was carving himself in Milwaukee can be suitably easily filled by the comparable, higher-upside Tobias Harris. For the loss of very little, they gain the exact thing they didn’t have — semi-consistent, productive, good quality center play, rebounding help, and a starting caliber center. If they can retain Turk Nowitzki, then, despite the incredibly methodology they have used to get there, they have built a pretty solid playoff-caliber team on the right side of 30."

    The Basketball Jones: Chris Paul thinks the Clippers were one Chauncey Billups away from a championship
    "On the other hand, haha no. The Clippers weren’t one 35-year-old shooting guard who should be a point guard away from winning the NBA championship. I don’t know if you remember this, but the Clippers definitely played Reggie Evans and Caron Butler a lot of minutes in the playoffs, despite the fact their combined playoff PER was 17.7, which is barely above average for a single player. Also not to mention, they played Randy Foye significant minutes, and while Chauncey Billups would certainly eliminate that, it would also bump Nick Young down the rotation and he’s one of the few Clippers who raised their game in the postseason."

    ESPN: Trade talk, analytics, more as draft nears
    "Here's what has Washington worried. The most obvious trade partner for the Bobcats remains the Cavs, who could send them No. 4 and possibly No. 24 in return for No. 2. The Cavs would move to get their hands on Beal. The Bobcats then would select Robinson at No. 4, the same player they are likely to take with the No. 2 pick. The Wizards then would have to choose between Barnes and Kidd-Gilchrist."
           



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