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  1. Simpson
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    Posted 05/29/2013 9:14 AM

    @ cmeese47, an additional wrinkle, how many drafted @ 19 studs were internationals?
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  1. Simpson
    Posts: 303

    Posted 05/29/2013 9:28 AM

    @ cmeese47, +... Jermaine O'neal... that name sounds familiar... didn't he have something to do w/ the Blazers some time ago... ah yes, now I remember.  GREAT example cmeese47, I DEFINITELY commend u on putting him on the list; do u think O'neal helped ur "case?"  I COULD go on & on but I really don't think there is a need.  Thank you cmeese47.
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  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 05/29/2013 9:46 AM

    And a lot of those people didn't turn to be stars right away. It takes a while.

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 05/29/2013 10:30 AM

    O'Neal got 4 years in Portland but was never played more than 12 minutes a game Batum has never struggled to get playing time. There is a big difference. 

    As far as your international argument goes there is not a lot of great international players in the NBA. The number is even less when you go back to the 80's and 90's. 

    Batum has now played 5 full seasons in the NBA plus International ball. Well he might not be a grizzled vet yet he is far from the inexperienced pup you make him out to be. He is also paid like a grizzled vet.

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Simpson
    Posts: 303

    Posted 05/29/2013 4:47 PM

    @ cmeese47, maybe the great O'neal didn't play that many min. IN THE BEGINNING bc... he wasn't ready/that good @ that time?  EVENTUALLY, could he handle more burn/handle more responsibility/pressure?  YES!  Was it stupid to give up/give him away?  YES!  U r right, for the most part, Batum has had all the min. he wanted/was ready 4 (especially this last season); I say, so what?  U r right again, "there is a big difference," O'neal's problem eventually was playing time & Batum's problems r w/ aggression & knowing when it's ok/not ok to do this or that (he'll figure these out soon & IF not, see my comments above about torches, pitchforks, blah, blah, blah).


    As far as my "argument" about internationals, THAT IS EXACTLY my point; NOT many BUT were there some greats?  YOU bet!  Think IF somehow we could've had Sabonis in his prime?  Not all internationals will suck & they all won't b the greatest players in the world either BUT... I think we've a very good player in Nico & he WILL justify his contract this coming season! :)


    "...might not be a grizzled vet..." of course not & yet I think you've exaggerated a bit on my supposed making him out to be "...the inexperienced pup...;" his positioning to me is of a guy that knows much of what the NBA is about (not yet all) but still has a few final things to make click AND then @ THAT point he's @ the inchoate stages of grizzling.

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  1. BDawg
    Posts: 1593

    Posted 05/29/2013 7:45 PM

    The part of Nico's game that is the problem has been in the making for 24 years...not 5.  THAT is not likely to change.  Sell high and buy low, or go bankrupt being sentimental.  Keep the man if he's able to return to pre-injury form but understand that his ceiling has been reached. 

    Nic is a Bentley with a VW motor.  The Blazer staff is without a mechanic.

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  1. Siccolo
    Posts: 1250

    Posted 05/29/2013 10:15 PM

    Yeah Nic hasnt shown great improvement like many of the other great young players. He was great find at the 25 pick now we gotta unload him imo. 

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  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 05/30/2013 12:15 PM

    Preach it my brothers

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 05/30/2013 2:11 PM

    LOL :)

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  1. BlazerManiac
    Posts: 777

    Posted 05/30/2013 10:05 PM


    Hey I poseted this on another chain.  If Batum wants to win Now as he claims, under the new CBA he can ask for up to a 40% pay reduction and this this would help the Blazers sign Eric Manor and go after a decent defenisve Center.  If he refuses to do this, Trade him for Assets.


    See the following:

    Check this article out:



     I found this in the new provisions of the CBA:

    Contracts and player salaries


    • A new "renegotiation and extension" provision allows an existing contract to be renegotiated so the player is paid a smaller amount over a longer period, but the player's salary cannot decrease by more than 40 percent. Renegotiations previously could only increase a player's salary.

    Maybe there is hope



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