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News From Around The World: January 9

01/09/13
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 5.0

    January 9



    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Courtside

    Trail Blazers TV: Just Casey

    Trail Blazers TV: Sportlandia

    Trail Blazers: On The Clock With Wesley Matthews
    "Wesley gives his answers to such questions as "Can you do the Carlton dance?", "What's on your iPod?", "Who would you want to play 1-on-1 against?", and more in this edition of On The Clock. "

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Recall Nolan Smith And Will Barton From Idaho Stampede
    "Smith posted averages of 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.00 steal and 38.0 minutes per game. Smith led Idaho with a game-high 28 points on Jan. 7 against Texas. Barton averaged 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.50 steals and 33.5 minutes per contest. The first-year guard out of Memphis tied for the team lead in rebounds (8) and assists (6) vs. Texas on Jan. 7."

    Trail Blazers: Terry Stotts On TrueHoop TV
    "Head coach Terry Stotts joined former Portlander and current boss of TrueHoop, Henry Abbott, on TrueHoop TV to discuss the Trail Blazers' season, "not tanking," winning close games (both in regulation and overtime), point differential and Damian Lillard."

    NBA: Rookie Ladder
    "No one's close to knocking Lillard from the top rung here, and NBA.com's stats expert, John Schuhmann, shows just how important he is to the Blazers. According to the +/- numbers, "the offensive drop-off that the Trail Blazers have suffered when Lillard has stepped off the floor has been greater than the drop-off that any other team has suffered when a specific player goes to the bench." This rookie's the real deal. "

    Oregon Live: For Blazers, excitement about return of NBA to Seattle tempered by sadness over losing Sacramento
    “I got to see Sacramento in the good days of Sac,” Price said. “I’m not saying it’s bad now, but I was there when the sellout record was still going on. We had Bibby and Brad Miller and Peja and all those guys. That’s the Sacramento team that people remember, minus Divac and Webber. I have no negative thoughts about Sacramento.”

    Oregon Live: Kevin Love out 8-10 weeks with broken right hand
    "Former Lake Oswego High School standout Kevin Love will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season."

    Columbian: Injury lingers for Blazers' Aldridge
    "Aldridge, who has been called the most "consistent" Blazer this season by head coach Terry Stotts, had X-rays taken on his right wrist. The results were negative but confirmed a sprain, according to the team's communications department."

    CSNNW: Practice Report: Stotts Sick, Aldridge Returns
    “It's been nagging me and I took a little nasty fall at the end of regulation (Monday against Orlando) at then it was bothering me the whole overtime,” Aldridge said. “It was hurting pretty bad so I wanted to make sure I didn't hurt it anymore.”

    Blazersedge: Blazers C Meyers Leonard (Ankle) To Miss "Weeks" More
    "Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard told reporters at shootaround on Monday that he expects to miss "weeks" more with his sprained right ankle, suffered during a Dec. 29 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Leonard did not travel on Portland's recent four-game road trip."

    Ball Don't Lie: Rockets mascot Clutch slams cake in face of ‘Laker fan’ during big Houston win (VIDEO)
    "Kudos to the Rockets employee/local improv performer who rocked the Kobe Bryant jersey in this bit, because that's some commitment, dude. The game ops crew might want to talk to Clutch about pulling his punches a bit. Yeesh."

    Ball Don't Lie: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett speak loudly to one another with many people between them
    "Now, thanks to the all-seeing eye of TMZ, we can see exactly how much nothing transpired, in a grainy and shaky video featuring Anthony and Garnett both separated and surrounded by a mass of humanity. No throwdown, no fisticuffs, no donnybrook — just some people who were not KG or Melo being pushed and shoved, some yelling and arguing. Not quite a clash of the titans, but that's probably for the best for both Celtics and Knicks fans."

    Ball Don't Lie: Phil Jackson has ‘no intention’ of ever coaching again, according to report
    "Ultimately, comments like this don't really change much of anything. While Sheridan and others view it as a nod toward interim Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo keeping that job throughout the season, that was probably going to happen anyway; the 6-1 record he's amassed since Johnson's firing, with Brook Lopez healthy and jumpers finally falling for Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, doesn't hurt matters, either."

    Ball Don't Lie: Steve Nash hits Metta World Peace with uncredited armpit-towel assist during Lakers/Rockets (VIDEO)
    "Pretty harsh, Houston Rockets scorekeepers. The tape clearly shows that after Steve Nash passed off his pit-stunk towel to Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers forward went right up with it and connected. No dribbling, no stutter-steps, no hesitation whatsoever. That totally should've been a dime for everyone's favorite Canadian point guard; I mean, I know he's already got plenty of them, but still, fair is fair, even when it's pretty foul."

    The Basketball Jones via LA Times: Steve Nash ‘doesn’t think there’s a guarantee’ the Lakers get better this season
    “I think three or four weeks ago, people would have said, ‘Oh, it will get better,’ ” Nash said. “Right now, I definitely don’t think there’s a guarantee it will, so the only remedy is to continue to work hard and give yourself a chance for it to get better.” [...] I obviously think with time — and that might mean through the summer — we can get better,” Nash said, “but for this season it’s definitely going to be a challenge to turn this around, to find the chemistry and cohesion, to find a way for the pieces to work together, to a find a way to get back in transition defense better."

    DIME: The Top 20 Trash Talkers In NBA History
    "That was rather harmless compared to some of the other things he was known to say. He once came out of a late game timeout with the game on the line against Seattle, pointed to a spot on the floor, and told Xavier McDaniel, one of the most physical players of his era, that he was going to get the ball and shoot it right in his face in that exact spot. He did, and he made it too. The only problem was he was pissed he left two seconds on the clock."

    DIME: Fast 5: Tracking This Year’s NBA Draft Class, Vol. 6
    "In the eyes of some UCLA forward Kyle Anderson has played well enough to be considered a mid-first round talent. He has obvious physical limitations as a below-average athlete, but Anderson has a feel for the game that many do not with his ability to see the floor, play his pace, and do a little bit of everything on the court. With his physical limitations, Anderson may be better off declaring early after this season to avoid the book written about him to start filling up with his flaws."

    DIME: The 5 Teammates & Coaches Who Owe Steve Nash The Most
    "Possibly the greatest foreign born player in the history of the game, Dirk got his start alongside Nash in Dallas. Together with Mark Cuban’s gameplan geared towards outscoring everyone (and playing very little defense in the process), they pulled the Dallas Mavericks out of the permanent basement they’d been stuck in since Mark Aguirre and Derek Harper were cheered on by the Reunion Rowdies. Besides sporting similar bleached blonde tips when Dallas traded for Nash and drafted Nowitzki in 1998, both learned together, practiced together, and improved together. They became BFFs pretty quickly, and when Cuban decided to let a 30-year-old Nash walk after the 2004 Playoffs concluded, they probably wept together. But then Nash signed with the Suns, and new head coach Mike D’Antoni, and the rest is history."

    SLAM: Post-Up: Miami Hangover
    "JAfter a spending the last few days down in South Beach watching my beloved Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish get mauled in the National Championship, plus a LONG day of travel, I am back with a vicious hangover, a developing cold and a serious bout of depression thanks to Nick Saban and the Tide. All in all, it was a great trip with a lot of laughs and one I will never forget. But I need to get some sleep if I plan to go full force with tonight’s heavy slate."

    SLAM via Hoopsworld: Memphis Grizzlies Reportedly Talking to Five Teams About Rudy Gay
    "The Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics are among the teams that have had conversations with the Grizzlies about Gay, according to league sources. The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors have shown interest in Gay in the past and could be potential trade partners as well. Gay is owed $17.8 million and $19.3 million over the next two seasons and Memphis wants to avoid paying the luxury tax, which is why they’re looking at deals that would allow them to cut costs."

    ESPN: Can Chris Paul win the MVP award?
    "The best hope for Paul, or Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (on pace for 22.5 WARP himself), is that voters simply get tired of writing James' name and want a new, fresh story. In that case, the battle for the top seed in the Western Conference also could serve as a runoff for MVP votes, with the San Antonio Spurs playing spoiler. Because Paul won't beat James on stats, he'll have to do so on the strength of a compelling narrative. If the Clippers can beat expectations by finishing with the NBA's best record, Paul just might have a chance to make those MVP chants come true. Otherwise, they're just a nice gesture from adoring fans."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "Harden tallied 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the Rockets' comeback win over the Lakers. Along with Jeremy Lin, The Bearded One went into attack mode in the third quarter to lift Houston to its fifth straight win. "

    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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