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05/28/13
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    May 28



    Trail Blazers: 2013 NBA Mock Draft Database

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Top 10 Plays

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Top 10 Dunks

    SLAM: Q+A: LaMarcus Aldridge
    "I think we definitely need one or two more pieces. Eric Maynor was good for us, maybe he’ll be more confident next year because he’ll be here from day one. We definitely need some more bigs, like a real heavy center, somebody who can bang with the Dwight Howards and the Bynums and those types of guys. I think you need that true center even if he doesn’t play a lot. You just need one on your team, just a guy who’s big and clogs the paint. I think we definitely need a traditional 5-man. You know, I definitely love JJ and I think he’s good for us and he brings a lot of things to the table, but we need an actual 5-man, too."

    Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge Responds To Bill Simmons' Trade Proposal
    "You know, as of now I’m here and we have a great team. I’m here now and we have a team that can definitely get better next year and we have cap room so we can bring in players. So I’m definitely here, and we’ll see what happens."

    Trail Blazers: Chad Ford's Big Board Has A New Player At No. 10
    "Zeller helped himself tremendously with his athletic testing numbers at the combine. He tested as the most athletic big man in the draft and was in the top five of all participants at the combine. Now he just needs to complete the deal by proving to scouts that he has the perimeter skills to make the transition to the 4 position. If he shoots the ball well, he'll move up another few spots on our board."

    Trail Blazers: Mock Draft By Wild Rice
    "They could take Len, but what would that say about Meyers Leonard? Also they pass on Dario Saric because they like Victor Claver. They like what Schroeder does, but he’s gone so they take Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He can score and is a good shooter, but this pick also may be used in a trade later in the season."

    Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard's Real Deal A Real Success
    "It is kind of surprising because you see this with Jordan's shoes," said Lillard of the people who waited for the opportunity to buy one of only 530 pairs of Real Deals produced by adidas to celebrate his Rookie of the Year season. "When the Jordan's come out, everybody is camping out waiting for them. Whether it's raining, snowing, no matter what it is, they're waiting for the shoes. And I appreciate the people in Portland sitting out, camping out waiting for my shoe."

    Oregon Live: 2013 NBA draft: Should the Portland Trail Blazers draft Alex Len at No. 10?
    "Len, at 7-1 and 250 pounds, has prototype NBA center size and he is a good athlete for his size and age (he'll turn 20 just 11 days before the draft). While improved strength would be a welcome addition, he has already added nearly 40 pounds since arriving in College Park, and there's room for 25 more, according to his coaching staff. In addition, Len has very good hands, is quick off his feet and has a good touch around the basket. He has a face-up game that is evolving and good first-step quickness off the lane against similar-sized players. I believe he will have more space to operate within the NBA as well."

    Oregon Live: 2013 NBA draft: Should the Portland Trail Blazers draft Shabazz Muhammad at No. 10?
    "I've talked with Damian (Lillard), I know LaMarcus (Aldridge) is a good guy, and they have (Nic) Batum at the three. I feel like I could really fit well with their program, and I think they are looking for a guy who can do a lot of things like me."

    Oregon Live: 2013 NBA draft: Should the Portland Trail Blazers draft C.J. McCollum at No. 10?
    "At 6'3 with a 6'6 wingspan, McCollum emerged as a prolific, versatile combo guard with a shoot-first mentality early in his collegiate career. A fluid athlete who lacks top-end speed and explosiveness, McCollum has done it all for Lehigh over the last three and a half seasons, carrying the scoring load for long stretches against relentless pressure. [...] A crafty shot creator with a high skill level and basketball IQ, McCollum shows good court vision, but is not a natural facilitator for the Mountain Hawks, nor is he asked to be one. The Ohio native does make very good decisions pushing the ball in the open floor, and has impressive ball-handling skills, leaving plenty of room for optimism that he could fill a role that calls for both scoring and distributing as a NBA point guard long-term."

    CSNNW: Source: Baylor PG Pierre Jackson to workout for Blazers June 17
    "Jackson appeared in 36 games during his senior campaign and averaged 19.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists. The 5-10 guard is fresh off of leading his team to the NIT Championship over Iowa."

    Rip City Project: Blazer Report Cards: Wesley Matthews and Will Barton
    "Portland may have liked to see more from Matthews inside the three-point arc, and from Batum as well. They were both strong three-point shooters, but in order for such dedicated specialists to co-exist, they need to be able to offer more than just shooting. Both were capable of getting to the rim and generally finished well there, but drove too rarely. Combined, they shot 53.0% of their shots from three as opposed to just 22.5% at the rim. Neither player shot a better percentage from mid-range than they did at the rim or even beyond the arc, so they need to make cutting towards the basket without the ball a more prominent part of their games or risk a redundancy easy to game-plan against."

    Blazersedge: Can the Blazers Trade Out of the 2013 Draft?
    "Now cold, harsh reality smacks the Blazers in the face. If it were just a matter of not liking anyone in the lottery and getting out, they could do that. "Who wants a free bagel?" would be enough. But the cupboard is bare for Portland. They need help in multiple places and they need to improve on a relatively quick timetable. They can't afford not to like anybody and just get out. They can't afford to go laterally. They have to maximize every single asset this summer, including this pick. That either means falling in love with somebody at #10 or making measurable headway by trading it."

    Ball Don't Lie: Here’s five pieces of evidence that the San Antonio Spurs are fun
    "And so is this. If you find the action on the court less than thrilling, just check out the San Antonio sidelines. The Spurs' lead towel waver is just about always doing something ridiculous and eye-catching over there, and he seems like a fun guy to celebrate with ... which is good, because the Spurs have a lot to celebrate right now."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Indiana Pacers will throw plenty of help at LeBron James in Game 4, but will it matter?
    "Bosh has always been an expert perimeter shooter, and his abilities from behind the three-point arc have slowly been building for years. What’s most astonishing, in late May of 2013, is the confidence that’s going into his unhurried gait from behind the line. His flat-footed jumper looks unhesitant and unmeasured. He’s just flinging away as Dirk Nowitzki would. With even greater accuracy, actually, as Bosh has made nearly 46 percent of his three-pointers during the postseason."

    Ball Don't Lie: LeBron on flopping: ‘It’s not even a bad thing’
    "From a competitive standpoint, though, it's kind of a bummer that the best, most talented player in the world is just shrugging his shoulders and saying taking dives is no big deal. I don't have the same level of zeal for anti-flopping efforts as folks like Berger or the TrueHoop gang, and I generally accept it as part of the game and the cost of doing business, but hearing LeBron blithely co-sign the practice as a means of getting the advantage leaves me a bit cold, even if he's right."

    Ball Don't Lie Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins pushes Jerryd Bayless to bench in Game 4 loss
    "When Grizzlies wing Quincy Pondexter was fouled on the ensuing possession, Hollins quickly yanked Bayless in favor of Tony Allen and began talking about what had just transpired; as Bayless went to his seat on the bench, Hollins gave him a little shove that sent him there more quickly. Assistant coach Dave Joerger stepped between Hollins and Bayless for a moment, and after things cooled down, player and coach continued their discussion. Hollins put Bayless back into the game a minute and a half later with the Grizzlies down six."

    DIME: 5 Under-The-Radar Players Who Made Themselves A Lot Of Money During The NBA Playoffs
    "Tony Allen is fresh off both his First Team All-Defensive Selection and his Academy Award, but it has come at a low cost for the “Grit n’ Grind” gang down in Memphis. When he last hit the free agency market, Allen wanted to stay in Boston, but Celtics GM Danny Ainge would only offer him a two-year deal after helping Boston get to two NBA Finals in three years. Three years later, T.A. is the one who has had the last laugh. Allen proved to be a bargain for Memphis after making only $3 million in each of his three years in Memphis and will hit the market once again this summer. With his ability to lock down the opposing team’s best player and his improved offensive output that featured a 19-point, 7-assist, 6-rebound statline in Game 7 of round one versus L.A., Allen will definitely be a hot commodity come July."

    SLAM Via AJC: Spurs Assistant Mike Budenholzer to Coach the Atlanta Hawks
    “Budenholzer will continue to coach the Spurs through the NBA Finals. San Antonio advanced to the championship series Monday by defeating the Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals. ‘We are thrilled to have Mike as the next coach of the Atlanta Hawks,’ general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement issued by the team. ‘He has an incredible basketball acumen and has a keen awareness of the league and what it takes to be successful. His experience and four championships over the last 17 years provide a tremendous foundation for his leadership of our team.’ Budenholzer, 43, replaces Drew, who will not have his contract renewed after serving as the team’s head coach the past three seasons."

    SLAM: Post Up: On To The Next One
    "Memphis’ offense looked lost in crunch time. The Rudy Gay trade is a tough one to analyze because the Grizz developed into a better team after the deal. But after watching Game 4, and, really, Games 1-3, too, it’s fair to wonder whether a team can get over the hump without a guy like Gay. I think he’s typically overrated, but there’s something to be said for having a player who isn’t afraid to take (and make) big shots. Somebody needed to step up and get a bucket for the team late in massive games and nobody did it. I thought Gasol, whose offensive game had been so impressive in the first two rounds, could have been that guy, but it just didn’t happen."

    ESPN: Are The Heat The Best Team Ever?
    "Using the formula, we find that the Heat need about another 85 points to get to the 1995-96 Bulls' mark of 327.9 points. In order to reach that bar, the Heat would need to win every game from here on out by an average of 31.3 points. Yeah, 31.3 points. The Heat have beaten a team only twice this season by at least that amount (the Bulls on May 8, and the Bobcats on March 24). So even if the Heat slam the Pacers by 40 points in each of the next two games and trample the Spurs in four games by an average of 25 points, it still wouldn't put the Heat ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls team in this system. Why the enormous gap? Each win in the regular season is worth two points in Hollinger's system, so the Bulls' 72-10 record weighs heavily against this Heat team, which started a good, but not great 29-14 this season."

    ESPN: Jeff Hornacek hired to coach Suns
    "Hopefully, I can take Jerry's toughness, Cotton's enthusiasm and confidence-building and blend them together," Hornacek said, "and become a great coach like some of the great coaches that have been here in the past."

    ESPN: Grinding to a halt in Memphis
    "But what if finding more proficiency from long range requires a different course? What if keeping both Allen and Randolph means that the 2013-14 Grizzlies will encounter the same spacing issues that plague the Grizzlies’ offense, problems that could potentially cost them a chance to contend? Do you cling to an identity even if getting better means abandoning a little bit of grit and grind in exchange for some stretch and shoot?"

    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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