Batum Finally Getting Recognized?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 11/17/2010 1:33 PM

    Via Columbian-
    Imagine baking a soufflé and getting a thumbs up from Wolfgang Puck, or painting a portrait Picasso wanted to buy.

    The feeling would likely resemble what third-year Blazers forward Nicolas Batum experienced two Thursdays ago when Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant spoke these words: “He’s there.”

    The two syllables escaped Durant’s mouth after the Thunder’s win over Portland in the Rose Garden, when a reporter relayed how Batum wants to be a defender feared by the NBA’s offensive elite. And before the scribe could finish his question, the league’s reigning scoring champion cut him off — Batum-style — to bestow his validation.

    “He’s a great defender,” said Durant, who was held scoreless in overtime. “He’s long and athletic. He’s one of those guys that frustrates you a lot. You gotta take what he gives you.”


    That is some high praise. The NBA's most elite pure scorer says Batum is "there"? I'll take it. it's good to see Nic finally get the pub nationally that he deserves. The million dollar question still remains, "Will Batum be able to take the "proverbial next step" and become an All-Star caliber player on a nightly basis?" Id I had to guess, based on his rapid progression--yes!
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  1. joetothemo
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    Posted 11/17/2010 1:44 PM

    He'll be "there" when officials start giving him the benefit of the doubt.
    I am a fan of being ‎21 years old, French, gifted and blessed with phenomenal swag.
  1. I''m OUT!
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    Posted 11/17/2010 2:49 PM

    That was a good article. If we make the playoffs again the Blazers should get Pippen to come flash his rings and then talk with Batum. Maybe that would get him fired up.

    And he would be getting  the benefit of the doubt if he weren't here in Portland.
    I am a fan of comcast and the blazers making deals that keep screwing us over!! woot!
  1. TayC
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    Posted 11/17/2010 5:42 PM

    there was a thread with this same title not to long ago, i believe you are throwing people off with the title. :(
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
  1. Herr
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    Posted 11/17/2010 6:02 PM

    It's why Durant had to cheat in OKC by pushing off of Batum constantly
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 11/17/2010 6:16 PM

    oh you'd make a great coach.
    Your team would never do anything wrong
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 11/17/2010 9:11 PM

    Time for Batum to shine.
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