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Around The World: August 8

08/08/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22

    August 8



    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Terry Stotts Press Conference

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Terry Stotts Fan Chat

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Terry Stotts One on One

    Trail Blazers: Terry Stotts Named Trail Blazers Head Coach
    "Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship, said Olshey. "He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits."

    Trail Blazers: Terry Stotts Fan Chat
    "It's pretty much a tradition at this point to have new hires, be they players, coaches or front office staffers, take questions from the fans on www.trailblazers.tv during their first day on the job. New head coach Terry Stotts joined that fine tradition Wednesday when he took questions from after meeting with the Portland media for the first time. Brian Wheeler was kind enough to join as well. Give it a watch if you missed it live."

    Oregon Live: Blazers coach Terry Stotts known for his offensive innovation, even temperament, teaching methods
    "Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship," Olshey said in a statement issued by the team. "He understands the vision for the future of the franchise, appreciates the process involved and will create an environment on the court that will produce championship habits."

    SLAM via Indy Star: Roy Hibbert Will Grant a Dying Fan’s Last Wish
    “Lee Eddins had hoped he would be able to watch his idol, center Roy Hibbert, play in person when the Indiana Pacers visit Sacramento, Calif., for a game against the Kings in late November. But Lee, 12, is not expected to live that long. Diagnosed with stage four leukemia six months ago, Lee has been told he might only have a couple of weeks left to live. So Hibbert has planned a special surprise. Later this week, he is flying to Sacramento to meet Lee. ‘Once I heard he had a dying wish, I knew I had to do something more than send him presents and Skype with him on the computer,’ Hibbert said. ‘I’m usually uncomfortable going to hospitals when the Pacers do events because it’s pretty tough to see kids in that situation. Once I heard about (Lee), I realized I had to get over it and do it for him.’ [...] Hibbert knows his visit with Lee won’t save the boy’s life. He simply wants to enjoy the time they will share and try to lift Lee’s spirits as much as possible. Hibbert also plans to have his mouth swabbed to see if he’s a bone marrow match. ‘I’ve had two family members die of cancer,’ Hibbert said. ‘It’s tough. I seriously don’t know what I’m going to say to Lee. I’m just going to be myself. If I can get a smile out of him that will be great.’”

    Ball Don't Lie: Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert will visit sick young fan to grant ‘dying wish’
    "Between Hibbert taking a trip out to spend some time with an ill young fan and Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol sitting down for a tea party with young patients at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital earlier this year, every person with a beating heart in the world should now have at least one center for whom to root in each of the NBA's two conferences. I know I do."

    Trail Blazers: The Rivals Plan: Two LAs, Oklahoma City And The Return Of Roy
    "The smallest of the four big ticket plans, the eight game Rivals Pack packs a big punch. You’ll be in the building and eating a corndog while others are wondering how to get their hands on a way to see the return of Brandon Roy and the sure to sell out L.A. Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder."

    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: Trail Blazers Courtside Podcast
    "Listen to the latest edition of Trail Blazers Courtside, your weekly internet, television and radio show devoted to all things Trail Blazers and NBA. Mike Barrett is your host and guest Co-Host Chris Haynes."

    Oregon Live: Kaleb Canales will stay with Blazers as assistant coach
    "Canales, 34, is the former video intern hired by the Blazers in 2004 whose ascension has included stops as video coordinator, assistant coach and interim head coach for last season's final 23 games after Nate McMillan was fired. He went 8-15 with the Blazers and was overwhelmingly supported by the players after the season to be the next head coach. When general manager Neil Olshey was hired in June, he also gave a strong endorsement, saying Canales had "set the bar high" for other candidates to clear."

    Oregon Live: Getting defensive about new Blazers coach Terry Stotts: He's more than offense and a bad record
    “One of the things that made us a championship team is we were the best team in basketball in trusting the pass,’’ Carlisle said. “We moved the ball and played without play calls. To be a championship team in this league, you have to have a flow mentality on offense and be able to maintain a tough-minded possession mentality on defense. Terry is one of the few coaches out there who understands how to do that. It’s one of the most challenging things in all of coaching. So I think they are going to be a very good defensive team, and I know that offensively they are going to move the ball and be very hard to play against.’’

    Oregon Live: Shock turns to hope as Trail Blazers players learn new coach Terry Stotts brings championship pedigree
    “Initially, I was a little shocked,” Matthews said. “I thought Kaleb was definitely going to get that job. But after talking to Neil and hearing his reasons, I’m excited. Coach Stotts brings championship experience and I think that’s huge. That’s somewhere we see ourselves in the near-near future.”

    Oregon Live: New Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts: Perspective from the past on what Portland is getting
    "A 6-foot-8 combo forward with an Abbey Road haircut – I swear, Portland fans, you've got to get a copy of his Sooner mugshot – Stotts averaged 14.5 points a game on 49.9 percent shooting in that landmark season. He was OU's second-leading scorer. Had the 3-point line existed, Stotts would have averaged more, since he was a nifty shooter for a big man."

    ESPN Dallas: Rick Carlisle on Terry Stotts: 'Great hire'
    "A great hire for a great franchise," texted Carlisle, who was an assistant in Portland early in his coaching career. "Terry was a big part of our championship success in Dallas, and we wish him the very best. He has the great fortune of going to work for Paul Allen, who, along with Mark Cuban, is one of the best owners in the NBA."

    Columbian: Blazers hire Terry Stotts as head coach
    "He has coached under Rick Carlisle the past four seasons. In a recent interview with The Oregonian, Carlisle said: “Of all the coaches presently in play, Terry is by far the best available. He’s a professional and understands the process of NBA coaching and how to communicate and teach young players.”

    CSNNW: Terry Stotts is the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers
    “I’m very pleased to be a part of a great franchise in a beautiful city with such a proud history,” said Stotts. “I look forward to working hard with Neil and our players toward the ultimate goal of bringing another championship to Portland.”

    Rip City Project: Portland Has A New Coach
    "Giving the job to Canales could have been a win/win for Portland. He isn’t expected to be a championship level coach, so if the team does well he outshines his expectations. If the team does poorly, he can be fired and it doesn’t look like the Blazers are burning through head coaches as the were GMs last year. Basically its the Chad Buchanan scenario all over again. Give him an extended interim period in which he occupies the position until management can wrangle somebody better. Well apparently that somebody better was Terry Stotts."

    Blazersedge: Terry Stotts and Kaleb Canales
    "Then again, what did he have to work with? His two years in Atlanta featured Shareef Adbur-Rahim as the main guy bracketed by a rapidly-aging Glenn Robinson, a too-young Jason Terry, and eventually the mercurial Stephen Jackson. Other than that, those rosters were so poor Oliver Twist would have sneered at them. Ira Newble, Dion Glover...even Paul Shirley made an appearance. Still, he got his top 3-4 guys over 15 points per game, near or above 20 for a couple of them."

    Standard-Examiner: Lillard credits time with WSU basketball coach Rahe for leadership skills
    “I think I can take Steve Nash,” a joking Lillard said. “I got Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Tony Parker after that, so I might have some rough nights with them. But Steve Nash, I think I got him.”

    The Basketball Jones: Nicolas Batum punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin
    "People have said that flopping has gotten out of hand, but I’m not sure they meant for players to take matters in to their own hands, literally. Though I will concede that a rogue puncher traveling throughout the NBA would certainly be an effective policing strategy."

    Blazersedge: Blazers F Nicolas Batum Punches Juan Carlos Navarro In Crotch During France Vs. Spain At 2012 London Olympics
    "The foul, which did not earn an ejection, occurred with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after France had taken issue with Spain's simulation of fouls. Spain went on to defeat France, 66-59, eliminating them from the Olympics. Spain advances to the semifinals where they will face Russia, who defeated Lithuania, 83-74, earlier on Wednesday."

    Hoopsworld: NBA AM: Blazers’ Smith Sees Playoff Berth in 2013
    “They played great,” Smith said. “Damian, Meyers and Will Barton. All three of those guys we just drafted played great basketball out there and were able to gain a lot of confidence. I think they’re ready to go into the season. We’re just excited. We’re going to have a very young team that’s anxious to get on the court and make things happen. We’re anxious to find out who our coach is going to be, but whoever it is we’re going to have a great season.”

    Ball Don't Lie: Should Raptors fans be worried about Jonas Valanciunas?
    "On the other hand, Valanciunas hasn't exactly been able to ease into this challenge — at 20 years old, he's playing very good competition, including a team of American All-Stars, in a high-pressure environment. Expectations aren't normal, either; these games are of massive importance for his basketball-mad country and there's very little margin for error. By contrast, the Raptors will give Valanciunas time to carve out a role with room to make mistakes. They have hopes of making the playoffs this season, but they also have a full preseason and 82 regular-season games to let him figure things out. Plus, we've seen many times that the international and NBA games are different enough that success in one doesn't always translate to the other."

    Ball Don't Lie Jeremy Lin has a video chat with distraught 5-year-old Knicks fan (VIDEO)
    "This is a pretty cool gesture by Lin, and the sort of thing that makes the Knicks look even worse to the general public for letting him walk in restricted free agency. He's popular, approachable, and understands how to handle himself in public. While there are still acceptable basketball reasons for wondering if Lin can play up to his initial "Linsanity" level, there are also indications that he can. For a franchise with an increasingly poor reputation in the press, the Knicks lost a lot when they cut ties with Lin."

    The Basketball Jones: Alexey Shved loves his long hair
    "Lucky for him, he’s headed to the States to play for a coach who is OK with his players having long hair. Between Ricky Rubio’s flop-top, Martell Webster’s dreadhawk, Nikola Pekovic’s widow’s peak, Andrei Kirilenko’s Brian Jonestown Massacre and Shved’s ambiguous European villain hair, the Timberwolves might have the best hair in the league next year. If they can just convince Kevin Love to do something cool — maybe get a mohawk or regrow that mustache — then they’ll lock up that prestigious title for sure."

    The Basketball Jones: Nick Young refutes gunner reputation with gunner logic
    "I’m not a gunner. It’s more of a confidence. I believe I can make those shots. When it’s in my hands, I believe nobody can stop me. I’m not going to lose that no matter where I go. I just go out there and play the game."

    DIME: 6 NBA Teams Interested In Josh Childress
    "At this point, Childress might have to resort to playing for the veteran minimum. He made $6 million last year, but because he was so disappointing on the court, and was still owed $13 million over the next two years, Phoenix quickly dropped him. Now, he has to hope he can catch on somewhere with a one or two-year deal, and then get enough minutes to showcase himself again."

    SLAM via Oregon Live: Wesley Matthews Excited to Play for Terry Stotts
    "As news spread from player to player that Olshey had finally ended his extensive coaching search and settled on Stotts, surprise transformed to acceptance before transforming to excitement. ‘He basically had the same reaction as me — shocked,’ Matthews said of Aldridge’s reaction to Stotts’ hiring. ‘But we’re both on board and excited to get this thing rolling. We’ve got a GM in place, got a coach in place and we still have Kaleb on board with the team and organization. We’re ready to get this going.’ "

    SLAM via ESPN Luol Deng Preparing for ‘Tough’ Season Without Derrick Rose
    "‘It’s definitely going to be tough being without him,’ said Deng of Rose’s loss. ‘He is a big part of everything we do, he is such a huge player to miss that much time but he has got to take his time and come back the best he can be. We’ve lost some guys I really wish had stayed, who I’m friends with and close with. But it’s my ninth year and the roster has been different every year. I’ve seen a lot of good players and a lot of good friends come and go and every year whoever we’ve got in that locker room, you’ve got to get together and try and win together.’”

    SLAM via ESPN: Knicks, Bulls and Pacers Interested In Donte Greene
    “The Kings declined to offer Greene a $2.5 million qualifying offer this summer, making him an unrestricted free agent. Greene told TheCDNetworks.com, a Sacramento internet radio show, that he is in talks with Chicago, New York and Indiana. He called the trio his ‘top three’ possible free-agent destinations."

    Sports Illustrated: Three thoughts on U.S.-Argentina
    "The USA's second half was great. The first? Not so much. Argentina with a disciplined, second and third option offense consistently created open looks, shooting 56 percent in the first 20 minutes. The U.S. is phenomenal at individual defense, as well as playing the passing lanes -- the team averaged an Olympic best 11.8 steals per game coming in, and picked up 11 more against Argentina -- but when forced to defend screens and back cuts, they get in trouble. When the Americans put up 66-point second halves like they did on Monday, it doesn't matter. But if the shooting goes cold, like it did against Lithuania, the games in the medal round - -which begin Wednesday, against Australia -- will get tight."

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