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News From Around The World: October 4

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    October 4

    Trail Blazers TV: Training Camp: Day Three

    Trail Blazers TV: 2012 Media Day Fan Chats: Part One

    Trail Blazers TV: 2012 Media Day Fan Chats: Part Two

    Trail Blazers TV: 2012 Media Day Fan Chats: Part Three

    Trail Blazers TV: 2012 Media Day Fan Chats: Part Four

    Trail Blazers TV: 2012 Media Day Fan Chats: Part Five

    Trail Blazers: Wearing Rip City: Jerseys and Shoes
    "One of my goals this season is to provide more coverage of the clothing, equipment and (especially) shoes the Trail Blazers wear both on and off the court. I figure a good place to start is by listing what the team wears on the court during games. This post will be updated as necessary."

    Trail Blazers: A Break For The Better
    “It was a bit of a shock for me,” laughed Freeland. “I was like, ‘what the hell is this?’ But, when I took the ball, I kind of fell in love with the game right there and then. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. I had never touched a basketball until that moment.”

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Training Camp: Day Three Notes And Quotes
    "Lillard on who he’s naturally finding on the court: “I think me and J.J., me and LaMarcus, me and Wes, I really feel like we’ll have a connection because I always seem to know where they’re gonna be and I’m comfortable, maybe if I make a pass not quite a perfect pass, I feel like they’ll get it. They got strong hands and they’re aggressive so I think those three.”

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum talks about early impressions of Joel Freeland and Damian Lillard (video)
    "He's gonna surprise a lot of people. He's good, he's fast, he knows the game. And the other thing was he's such a good passer. He can pass the ball well. I didn't know that."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers guard Will Barton suffers strained hamstring, listed day to day
    "Barton suffered the injury late in Wednesday's morning workout during a scrimmage, when he was running down the floor to play defense. He tried to participate in a drill following the scrimmage, but had to pull himself out and sit the rest of practice."

    Oregon Live: Blazers Insider: Veterans Ronnie Price and Jared Jeffries arrive at perfect time for young roster
    "The biggest things are to be decisive, play with an edge and a level of confidence, and everything else will take care of itself," Price said. "You can't come into this league playing timid. You are going to make mistakes, but make mistakes being yourself. You are in the NBA because of the things you do well. They didn't bring you here to be somebody else. So show them who you are. But I can tell you right now, Damian is going to be fine," Price said. "I am only here if he needs me."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers coaches, players endorse NBA's new anti-flopping rule
    "I just think it's going to be tough (to call)," Blazers guard Wesley Matthews said. "I don't know how they are going to do it. Even with video, you can still debate calls. But I like the idea of it. I like that it will be in player's minds."

    Columbian: New beginning for Blazers
    "I've been through the gamut. I've been to the top, I've been to the bottom. I've been to some championships, I've been overseas," Morrison said. "I think I have something to offer these young kids."

    Portland Tribune: Can Blazers keep 'LA' happy?
    “We were on each other’s team every day when we scrimmaged,” Lillard said. “We’re developing that chemistry we’re going to need. I’m learning how to play off of him, because I know we’re going to do things through him. As long as we keep getting better at that, we’ll be fine.”

    Blazersedge: Three Blazers Put Their Hats In The Ring For Starting Center Position
    "I wouldn't jump the gun and say that [I'm going to start immediately]," Leonard told Blazersedge. "Like I always say to this question and questions of similar content, it's all about who wants to come in and work the hardest, learn and shows they care the most. If the opportunity presents itself, I'm a competitor, I'm going to go out there and give it my all. Am I ready? Am I not ready? I don't know that answer. The coaches don't know that answer yet. Nobody knows that answer yet. It's kind of up in the air but I'm most certainly going to come in every single day and work as hard as possible and try to prove myself."

    Ball Don't Lie via SacTown Royalty: Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart watched more basketball over the offseason than most will in a lifetime
    "She thought I was crazy. But I studied college games, college coaches, NBA coaches, went and talked to everybody," Smart said. "I looked at systems from way back to 1949, and one thing that struck me was that we (NBA teams) all want to run. But when guys get jammed up, there is no spacing. Draw and kick … and then the guy can't make a shot. This goes back to what they teach kids in AAU. I have two boys. I know what they're learning. But we have to be more creative."

    Ball Don't Lie: Royce White is attempting to secure a bus to drive him to some Houston Rockets road games
    "In looking at the team's schedule, three of the road games listed above come on the second night of back-to-backs, which would preclude White's trip as the Rockets fly from another city outside of Houston. And while there could be other local trips to consider (Chicago to Minnesota, or Brooklyn to Washington), even those would be a stretch as the second game comes on the second night of a back-to-back. And that's not even getting into the team'a shootarounds, film sessions and walk-throughs White would miss. It's barely a solution even if the Rockets develop a second set of rules for White."

    The Basketball Jones: Your first interaction with NBA 2K13 and what it says about you
    "You’re not just an NBA fan, but you still like to dream that you could have made the pros if you were a few (or many) inches taller. Almost without exception, you will make yourself taller than your actual height — and even if you use your actual height, your player will be able to dunk."

    The Basketball Jones: Happy vs. sad — a study of two recent NBA pictures
    "Ricky Rubio running like he’s never run before, whilst recovering from a serious knee injury. Ricky’s a good-natured fellow, but I’m not sure anyone’s nature has ever been this good. Look at that grin. So happy."

    The Basketball Jones: The Minnesota Timberwolves have a secret weapon
    "Well, it sure looks like the Timberwolves are going to lead the league in backdoor passes thrown. And also probably backdoor passes completed, though I’ll admit that’s not necessarily a guarantee. I’m also guessing they’ll be near the top of the NBA in camouflage, big men time spent at the top of the key and headbands."

    DIME: 5 NBA Players Who Will Struggle On New Teams
    "It all rests on his knees. The last time we saw them on the court, the situation looked bleak. Regardless of all the feel-good that comes from Roy returning to the hardwood, at one point he retired with what was called a “career-ending” knee injury. That cannot be overlooked. He won’t be the same player he once was. He may be savvier, wilier and smarter. He could even be better, but he could also be much worse. All signs point to the latter, even if we’re all hoping for the former."

    SLAM via CBS Sports: NBA Players Association to File Grievance Over Flopping Penalties
    "Players’ union has issued a statement challenging the validity of the NBA’s new flopping policy: “The NBA is not allowed to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union. We believe that any monetary penalty for an act of this type is inappropriate and without precedent in our sport or any other sport. We will bring appropriate legal action to challenge what is clearly a vague and arbitrary overreaction and overreach by the Commissioner’s office.”

    SLAM: Top 50: Al Jefferson, no. 45
    "I seriously don’t get this one. I mean, sure, defense is a glaring hole in Jefferson’s game, but it always has been, so that can’t be the singular reason to drop Big Al so low. Even though Jefferson had one of this best years defensively last season, he’s never been the strongest man-up defender which renders him largely ineffective against the bigger centers. But it’s not like he’s an other-worldly awful stopper like, say, Brook Lopez. At least Al can rebound with the best of ‘em and can swat some balls away in the paint."

    SLAM via Commercial Appeal: Peyton Manning and Penny Hardaway are Memphis Grizzlies Co-Owners
    “Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife Ashley, a former Memphian, and Memphis basketball legend Penny Hardaway have agreed to become limited partners in Robert Pera’s bid to buy the Grizzlies, a source close to Pera said Thursday."

    True Hoop: Get on the bus with Royce White
    "Why should things be any different for White? He has a real illness, too. Watch White explain himself on video to's Myron Medcalf. His message is clear, and not all that much about buses. White doesn't say that he won't fly. Instead he says playing in the NBA encompasses a big array of challenges to his mental state, including something like quadruple the flying he did in college. He wants to take on those challenges intelligently. He has doctors. He has personal experience learning what works for him. He has a list of things that trigger trouble for him. "

    ESPN: Ten things to watch in West
    "And DeMarcus Cousins, whose suspect attitude dropped him to the fifth pick in 2010? He's getting it together. Cousins averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds over the last two months of the season and had nights of 28 and 18, 38 and 14, 27 and 14, 41 and 12, 25 and 18, and 23 and 19. Then he showed up to training camp looking slimmer than ever. He and Robinson are going to be ferocious on the boards."

    ESPN: Ten things to watch in the East
    "But if last season's playoff loss to the Sixers was any indication, it's possible the Rose-less Bulls used up all their magic and could end up struggling mightily without their leader. And when he does finally return from his torn ligaments, it still could take significant time to get Rose and his teammates adjusted. Plus, the Bulls changed up the supporting cast significantly, so there's no telling whether this crew can duplicate what happened last regular season."

    Sports Illustrated: Howard, Lakers all smiles in camp as focus shifts to new-look team
    "I've been teammates with David Robinson, Tim Duncan, obviously Shaq was around, Jermaine O' Neal, and I worked with [former Lakers center Andrew] Bynum," Person told "But I tell you, he has the best feet combined with explosiveness and power that I've ever seen. And I can say that with conviction. I'm totally shocked by how good his feet are. If you have a big man with feet as good as his, with the power, strength and quickness, you could potentially have a legendary post player."

    Sports Illustrated: Noah's ankle a career-long concern
    "This experience couldn't take place until Noah's gruesomely sprained left ankle fully healed. Despite warming up before the season-ending Game 6 of the Bulls-76ers playoff series, Noah admitted he had no chance of playing because he didn't feel 100 percent until "about a month ago." He added that "ankle rehab is something I think I will have to do the rest of my career."

    Sports Illustrated: Storylines to watch in 2012-13
    "It's not Raymond Felton's fault that the Knicks acted as if they were hiding a time machine somewhere deep inside Madison Square Garden. They opted for a reunion with Felton over the return of Jeremy Lin, and that's their prerogative. But the millions of Lin fans who wish the Knicks would have matched Houston's three-year, $25.1 million offer will be all over Felton and New York's front office if the 28-year-old point guard doesn't recapture his form from 2010-11, when he had a strong 54-game run with the Knicks before being sent to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade."

    Trail Blazers: Weekend Plan: Specially Designed For Families And The Busy Nine-To-Fiver
    "Built for the family-oriented fan with a busy work-week, the 12-game Weekend Pack maximizes the thrill-factor while keeping the competitions to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A smattering of Western Conference rivals and Eastern Conference visitors during one-offs and key home stands, you can get your hands on this schedule-friendly pack for as low as $11/game and $52/game in the lower bowl."

    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."


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