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News From Around The World: May 23

05/23/13
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    May 23



    Trail Blazers: 2013 NBA Mock Draft Database

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Top 10 Plays

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Top 10 Dunks

    CSNNW: Agent anticipates Blazers trading rights to Kostas Papanikolaou
    “As of now, we don't have any sign that leads us to believe that Kostas will go to Portland,” Sfairopoulos told CSNNW.com. “Therefore, we believe that he will not be in the plans of the organization next season and probably will be traded.”

    ESPN: 2013 Trail Blazers NBA draft guide
    "McLemore would be an excellent complement to Lillard in the backcourt as a great shooter and athlete. His main criticism, lack of aggression, would not be an issue in Portland with other offensive options ahead of him like Lillard and Aldridge."

    Trail Blazers: Elhassan: The Three Best Fits For Portland In This Draft Are ...
    "Zeller might not fit the bill of a defensive anchor, but he is a center with attributes no Blazers center has -- an excellent feel for the game and the ability to play with his back to the basket or face up. He is the type of player you can insert into a game right now."

    Trail Blazers: Paul Allen's Album Drops In August
    "Allen wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, which includes tracks entitled "Down Low," "Six Strings From Hell," "Big Blue Raindrops," and "Divine" which was featured on the "Magic Mike" soundtrack."

    Oregon Live: LeBron James tops All-NBA first team; LaMarcus Aldridge narrowly misses third team
    "The Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge just missed making the All-NBA third team, finishing with 62 points in the voting. The forwards voted to the third team were David Lee (79 points) and Paul George (73 points). The Blazers' JJ Hickson received one third-team vote."

    Oregon Live: 2013 NBA draft: Should the Portland Trail Blazers draft Cody Zeller at No. 10? (poll)
    "The 20-year-old Zeller, who was eighth nationally in PER (30.93) last season, has more than his share of fans, too. "He's not a savior, not a star," another Eastern Conference executive said. "But if you look at supply and demand, and players that are 6-10, 7-foot, and internationally, there aren't that many of them. He grades out pretty well. He doesn't have great hands or great length, but at this stage, as a second-year player, we like him." Said a Northwest Division scout: "What he's good at is if he gets the ball 10 feet from the basket, turns and faces. Now he can beat them off the dribble either way. I think he's a better face-the-basket player than back-to-the-basket player."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Nate McMillan reportedly in mix for Clippers job; did Frank Vogel err in Game 1?
    "I've grown as a player, this is my fifth year and maybe I need to start talking up more," Hibbert tells Wojnarowski. "They pay me [max-contract money] for a reason. I didn't say anything, and I wish I did. From now on, I need to speak up."

    Columbian: Trail Blazers final grades for 2012-13 season
    "In the eight games without Aldridge, Lillard scored nearly three fewer points off his season average as he became a volume shooter with fleeting accuracy. Also Portland's defensive rating, points allowed per 100 possessions, dropped by four points — the sharpest decline on the team among the rotation players. Finally, the Blazers finished 1-7 when Aldridge was absent and during the one win — a 101-93 victory of Denver — the interior defense performed so badly that they allowed 74 points in the paint, which at the time was the highest by any team this season."

    Blazersedge: Can the Blazers Move Up in the Draft?
    "Matthews is a young but experienced shooting guard making $6.9 million next season with one additional year at $7.2 million. His ceiling isn't impressive but he's solid and fills the shooter-defender role popular among NBA shooting guards these days. Unfortunately for the Blazers 3 of the top 10 projected draftees at this point read shooting guard. Potential trading partners would have to value Matthews' reliability more than the promise of a lottery pick rookie."

    Rip City Project: Portland's 11 Million Dollar Man
    "First, the good: there is a strong precedent for Batum improving in certain areas. Look no further than this season and his assist numbers. From last season to this season, Batum increased his assists by 170% (1.7 to 4.6 per 36 minutes). That’s astounding – an almost unbelievable jump in production. A player can rarely alter a fundamental statistic that drastically, and it says a lot about Batum. Namely, that despite some worrying trends I’ll outline below, he can continue to evolve his game and grow as a player. More than that though, this is an extremely elite skill – his assists per game were the highest out of any non-guard in the NBA other than LeBron James. It is apparent that he was called upon to act as more of a facilitator this season, and he more than answered that call."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Dallas Mavericks could be one of many teams that might look to dump its draft picks
    "You’re going to see a whole heck of a lot of this over the next few weeks, leading up to the NBA draft on June 27. The Dallas Mavericks did not plan to be and are not happy to be in the lower 14 picks of the draft, due to their first playoff absence in 12 years, and though the team has a fantastic front office and scouting staff (complete with myriad analytic plans they don’t let anyone in on), this is a thin draft and the Mavericks have their eyes set on bigger and better things than their 13th pick in next month’s draft."

    Ball Don't Lie: Kelly Tripucka frighteningly debuts the Charlotte Hornets’ ‘new’ uniform in 1988 (Video)
    "I don’t know where to start. The unfurling of the uniform at the 14-second mark should not have been applauded. The odd touch that uniform designer Alexander Julian gave the Hornet forward at the 34-second mark was somewhat off-putting, and as Trey Kerby noted, Tripucka’s gushing over his being “into light blues, like this team, and purples and the mauves” should get you laughing in your cubicles. Even if this video is mostly NSFW. Especially when Kelly spins the mini-basketball."

    Ball Don't Lie NBA Draft: DJ Stephens records the highest vertical leap ever measured by the NBA
    "Stephens isn't a lottery pick; indeed, he's no guarantee to get drafted at all. He averaged less than eight points and seven rebounds this year in Memphis, though his blocks were something to behold. The NBA doesn't really have room for projects, but Stephens has gotten himself some impressive positive press, and at this time of year, any positive press is golden. He may have just leaped his way onto an NBA roster."

    DIME: The 20 Biggest Busts In The NBA Draft Lottery Since 2000
    "Jay Williams put together a respectable rookie season with averages of 9.5 points and 4.7 assists per game. While his assist-to-turnover ratio exhibited his strong decision-making on the court, his career was abruptly ended after making a poor decision off the court. In the summer of 2003, Williams crashed his motorcycle into a street light on the north side of Chicago. Williams attempted a comeback after this horrific injury in 2006 and was given a chance by the New Jersey Nets, who then cut him less than a month later."

    SLAM: The Big Picture
    “It’s a little bit tough for me, starting a game and then coming out in different times when I’m not really expecting it, so it kind of throws me off a little bit,” Drummond admits, his soft voice the opposite of his jarring vertical leap. “But just being out there on the floor, it still feels great that I’m actually back instead of watching the game, so I can’t complain about the minute restriction at all.”

    SLAM: post Up: Heat In Control
    "The Pacers did everything right. They won the rebounding battle, forced 21 turnovers and held the Heat to 5-of-18 shooting from deep. George and West were massively clutch, but ultimately it just wasn’t enough. The loss will be blamed largely on coach Frank Vogel, who left Hibbert on the bench during the last play, opting to stick Sam Young on Chris Bosh. Perhaps if Hibbert was on the floor he could have altered LeBron’s game-winner, but Miami wisely kept Bosh in the corner on the final play, which prevented any Pacers’ bigs from helping around the rim on such a quick play—it’s hardly a guarantee that Hibbert would have saved the game for Indy."

    SLAM Via Indy Star: Frank Vogel Says He Likely Won’t Bench Roy Hibbert Next Time
    "The Pacers have to find a way to get over this loss to get ready for Game 2, and it starts with Vogel first. ‘We’ll have to evaluate and see what we’ll do the next time,’ he said. ‘I would say we’ll probably have (Hibbert) in next time.’”

    ESPN: Draft's over-, underrated prospects
    "McCollum. While I doubt he'll follow in Lillard's footsteps in terms of winning Rookie of the Year, McCollum is another mid-major product with a polished game who can step in and help a team win immediately. His translated statistics are as impressive as anyone's in the draft."

    ESPN: Looking back at Pacers-Heat Game 1
    "Paul George's definitive claim to stardom. George made his fair share of mistakes late in the game, but we'll remember the game-tying 30-footer and the clutch free throws. The most compelling thing about star power is how it helps us selectively forget. He may have overplayed LeBron at the end, but that won't totally diminish his excellent performance."

    Sports Illustrated: Otto Porter, Nate Wolters among future NBA pros to watch
    "It's Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., my favorite player in this draft and the only prospect available who offers the combination of being a good fit for his position (small forward); a proven high-usage, high-efficiency scorer who can shoot threes (making 44.1 percent in Big East games) and attack on the interior; and an elite defender. As a sophomore last season, Porter was the most complete player in college basketball, which was remarkable given that he was just 19 -- 16 months younger than McLemore and eight months younger than Shabazz Muhammad. I don't think it was a coincidence that Porter played with such savvy, so early, after avoiding the AAU system altogether. He arrived in college untainted and under-hyped, and within two years his game surpassed that of nearly all the summer-circuit stars in his class."

    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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