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Around The World: August 2

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    August 2 Video: Damian Lillard: 2012 Summer League Co-MVP

    DIME: The Top 10 Rookies Who Will Have The Biggest Roles In 2012-13
    "There has been a lot about Lillard here at Dime about how good the former Weber State guard played during Summer League, and how that play is either a reason to be giddy or cautious (think Jerryd Bayless). What’s indisputable is Lillard will be the team’s starting point guard from the moment camp opens — no matter whether Kaleb Canales or Terry Stotts is coaching. Averaging 26.5 points per game in Las Vegas only confirmed that his role will be not as just a distributor given time to grow but a player expected to be the third option on the team (behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum) immediately."

    Trail Blazers: Why The Value Plan Makes 'Cents' For You
    "The Value Pack starts at just $5 a game. That’s 12 games for as low as $60! Talk about some serious bang for your buck. But that’s not even the best part about this ticket plan. Four of the 12 games take place in the month of January. And there is absolutely no better place to be during an Oregon winter’s night than inside the raucous Rose Garden. Not to mention this pack gets you into the arena to see some of the league’s biggest names and brightest young stars such as Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, and Rudy Gay."

    Trail Blazers: Big Games Plan: 12 Of The Biggest Games
    "This game has it all. Season opener, at home, against the loathe-inducing Lakers, in Steve Nash's first game in purple and gold and it's on Halloween night! Any game against the Lakers at the Rose Garden is going to be a lively one, but the confluence of circumstances in this particular game sets the stage for one of the all-time season openers in Trail Blazers history."

    Trail Blazers: Will Barton Signs With Under Armour
    "I got the sense during the Las Vegas Summer League that rookie Will Barton might be close to signing with upstart sneaker/apparel company Under Armour. Both Barton, the 40th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and Under Armour are based out of Baltimore, so there's a connection there. And UA has continued to increase their stable of NBA players, including the likes of Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker, DeAndre Jordan and Derrick Williams, after making their bones specializing in compression apparel most commonly associated with football, so a partnership between Barton and UA would seem to make sense for both parties."

    Trail Blazers: Quick: Head Coaching Search Down To Two
    "The Trail Blazers' head coach next season will either be Terry Stotts or Kaleb Canales, The Oregonian has learned, after general manager Neil Olshey on Wednesday informed Steve Clifford and Elston Turner that they are no longer finalists."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Partner With Clear Channel To Broadcast Games In 2012-13
    "Games will simulcast on both AM and FM frequencies on NewsRadio 1190 and 102.3 KEX, the team’s new flagships stations. Coverage will begin with the Trail Blazers preseason opener in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Oct. 10. The team tips off the 2012-13 regular season by hosting the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 31. The move will return coverage to the stations that aired Trail Blazers games from 1979-85 and again from 1989-2001."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers' coaching finalists: Terry Stotts and Kaleb Canales
    "Stotts, 54, is the former head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, where he compiled a combined 115-168 record. He has never had a winning season, but did advance the Bucks to the 2006 NBA playoffs, where they lost in the first round. He has been the top assistant in Dallas since 2008, and head coach Rick Carlisle credited Stotts' offensive innovation in helping the Mavericks win the 2011 NBA title."

    Oregon Live Via Associated Press: Nicolas Batum scores 21 as France beats Lithuania 82-74 in Olympic basketball
    "Tony Parker, wearing goggles to protect an eye injured in a nightclub brawl, scored 27 points and Portland Trail Blazer Nicolas Batum added 21 Thursday to lead France to an 82-74 victory over Lithuania in Olympic basketball."

    Hoopsworld: NBA@2: Blazers’ Core Coming Together
    “We clearly had a need at the position but we felt like he was the most talented player on the board as well, regardless of position. He’s a leader. He reminds me a lot of Chauncey [Billups],” said newly-hired General Manager Neil Olshey. “He’s got a quiet composure. Guys gravitate to him. Obviously he’s an elite shooter. He makes plays. Guys like playing with him.”

    Blazersedge: Dream Team vs. Today
    "If the main attribute of the current squad is scoring, though, you have to look at that 1992 roster and admit that all of them (sans Laettner) could, and did, put up huge numbers. The biggest advantage to the Dream Team would be depth. Not only would those pinnacle players from 2012 have to guard Jordan and Pippen, they have to guard Drexler, Bird, and Mullin coming off the bench. Carmelo's going to score, but who is he going to defend? Everything the point-producers in '12 can do the guys in '92 could match."

    Memphis Commercial Appeal: Conley, Z-Bo in the community
    "Randolph, a lifelong advocate of the pit bull breed, and a huge fan of the show "Pit Bulls & Parolees" on Animal Planet, decided to combine his two passions to help this troubled dog. So Randolph will finance the entire rescue, rehabilitation and adoption process of this dog. Randolph will also make a significant donation to Villalobos Rescue Center (VRC)."

    Ball Don't Lie via Orlando Sentinel: The Orlando Magic admit that, yeah, they want to be really, really good like the San Antonio Spurs
    "The last five out of six years, I've been around a gentleman who just goes by the name of 'Pop,' " Vaughn said. "I've emulated him. I've taken notes. I've shared an office. He's been unbelievable to me to allow me to be around his brilliance, and for that, I thank him tremendously."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Portland Trail Blazers are trying not to make a retread out of their next coach
    "Stotts had his issues with player development and minutes allotment, but he also had some kooky rosters to work with in both is previous stops. And in the time before and since those runs he's worked as an assistant under George Karl, and then Rick Carlisle, two of the most respected head men in the business (though he and Karl have since fallen out). Respected basketball mind, y'all."

    The Basketball Jones: LeBron James was turned down for dinner by a Team USA swimmer
    "However, it is still pretty funny that LeBron James got turned down by a minor swimmer, just because she had to go back to her room and go to sleep. At this point, it’s probably hard to keep LeBron James humble, what with all the accolades, awards, money, dance-offs with Lamar Odom and custom cakes. But maybe this could do it. Getting “turned down” by a fellow Olympian because she has a curfew might be a tiny reminder of “Oh yeah, sports” for LeBron, just to keep him focused."

    The Basketball Jones: Video: Russia beats Brazil with a miracle three
    "I’m just going to go ahead and assume Vitaliy Fridzon has been on the Spurs’ radar for about 10 years and they’re already working on bringing him over for some last-second threes. It’s just a hunch, but I think we can all agree that’s the most logical assumption."

    The Basketball Jones: Not everyone thinks Team USA is super exciting
    "I guess this is what happens when a) the game ends up as a 27-point win for the team everyone was expecting to win and b) you’re used to competing for less than 10 seconds. I mean, when your matches usually last less than Vin Diesel racing Paul Walker, it is probably hard to stay awake for 40 whole minutes of basketball, especially with the stoppages in play. Not to mention, none of the guys on the court looks like they’re running so fast that their legs are a blur, so I can see how basketball wouldn’t be that exciting for a sprinter."

    DIME: Report: Leandro Barbosa Willing To Sign With Cleveland, Lakers Also Interested
    "Sam Amico reports Barbosa would be willing to talk and possibly sign with the Cavs. His Brazilian teammate Anderson Varejao is part of the attraction, but he also knows the team’s only veteran backcourt player is Daniel Gibson. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters – first and second-year players – will probably start. Still, over the course of a long season, that’d leave a lot of minutes for Barbosa. "

    SLAM: Charlotte On His Mind
    "Yeah, Hornets fan. I still get a lot of Charlotte Hornets throwback stuff, like the hats and stuff. Every time some new throwback-type stuff comes out, I always get it. They had the best gear! They had the best uniforms; they had the best everything back then. Everybody I know from everywhere had the Charlotte Hornets Starter pullover jacket when it was hot in the ’90s."

    ESPN: Good, bad, ugly of NBA offseason
    "Their fans hate this, and I get it. Chicago's bench was a hugely underrated factor in its recent dominant regular seasons, but it's mostly been torn to shreds. The Bulls cut Watson and Brewer, didn't match Omer Asik's offer sheet, traded Korver, and let John Lucas III leave as a free agent. Replacing them will be the downgraded (but dramatically less expensive) ensemble of Kirk Hinrich, Marquis Teague, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Vladimir Radmanovic, Nazr Mohammed, and the lone holdover: Taj Gibson."

    ESPN: Projecting Team USA's 2016 roster
    "Does this mean we won't be seeing LeBron James in 2016, then? Maybe -- but probably not. While the effect was technically significant over the full data set since 1992, it can be attributed mostly to Michael Jordan's absence from the 1996 games. Without considering MVPs, Jordan was so overwhelmingly likely to play for Team USA in Atlanta that the regression model needed to create a variable to explain his omission. Tim Duncan's absence in 2008 also feeds the effect, but if you limit the model to analyze 1996-2008 instead, there is no significance to the MVP variable."

    Sports Illustrated: Teams left smiling from NBA offseason
    "Winning the Anthony Davis lottery almost automatically gets you on this list, and two of the Hornets’ other three splashy moves carry some degree of risk. Shooting guard Eric Gordon showed max-level potential for about half of one season — a killer pre-injury stint in 2010-11 — but the Hornets rewarded him with four years of max-level pay. Getting power forward Ryan Anderson for about $8 million per season looks like a steal, but he’s a shaky defender in the post and in space, and the Magic’s defense generally fell apart when he was on the floor without Dwight Howard."

    Sports Illustrated: Knicks sign free-agent guard Chris Smith
    "New York has signed free-agent guard Chris Smith, the younger brother of Knicks guard J.R. Smith. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Wednesday."

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