Oct 05

Trail Blazers Training Camp: Day Four Notes And Quotes

By sarahhecht Posted in: jaredjeffries, NicolasBatum, ronnieprice, terrystotts, trainingcamp

The new offensive and defensive systems are developing nicely.
Head Coach Terry Stotts on offense: “Right now it’s transition, it’s flow, it’s ball movement, player movement. We don’t, I don’t have a set in yet for LaMarcus, so that’s obviously going to come in soon, but right now it’s about establishing a style of play with running, ball movement, cutting, we put in some pick and rolls, but we still have a long way to go. Mostly what we’ve put in now is very much team oriented rather than specifically tailored for individuals.”

Stotts on how the fellas are picking up the defense: “Very well. Their activity is high, their aggressiveness, their energy is high, their willingness to do what we’re trying to put in is high, so it’s been very productive.”

Nicolas Batum on playing the two during camp: “I’ve played a lot of shooting guard the last two, three days. Wes and I go at each other a lot since two, three days now. I play a lot with Ronnie, Ronnie Price. I knew him, but not like that [well.] He’s a great pickup for us, great. He bring something different, he got that energy like Wes has too, that’s good for our group.”

Nicolas Batum is bringing a new attitude.
You guys are going to LOVE the new side of Nico. It’s a great edge.

Nicolas Batum on a change you can expect to see: “I’m gonna show more fire this year. The real me. I was so quiet, I didn’t was myself with the first four years. I think I was quiet for the first four years cause I didn’t know, I was shy.”

Batum on what triggered his change in mentality: “Maybe what happened this summer.”

The talons are out, literally.
On a fun, or not so fun, note, depending on how you look at it, the competition is getting so intense during practice that guys are scratching each other. Yikes. Also, Jared Jeffries is a character so read the next quote as if he’s joking, because he totally is.

Jeffries laughing off who scratched his neck: “I don’t know who did it, man. It was either LaMarcus or Joel, I would say Joel did that. Like a tiger, a British tiger. I’m gonna start doing that too [growing out his fingernails] to get everybody who scratched me today.”

Vets are teaching.
Jeffries’ wisdom for the rookies: “Whatever you’re doing now has to be repetition over and over and over and over. Because if you don’t drill this, if you don’t get good at these things, it’ll end up losing you a game. the coaches know what they’re doing, they been through this and the guys have to understand that it’s so important to drill these things constantly. Don’t ever take anything for granted because what they’re telling you wins basketball games.”

Jeffries on how he teaches and the other vets who are teaching: “I try to, just basic stuff to help guys be in the right position, recognize things. Once you get in the game it happens so fast, that’s why you have to drill because then it becomes instinctive. If you don’t drill, you don’t do it over and over so it’s second nature when you get in the game you’ll make mistakes.

“I think that the way Ronnie plays, how hard he plays makes guys reach his level and be energetic like him. He makes guys play so hard. LaMarcus does a really good job of talking to guys, what he wants. I think that’s important for him, he has to be a leader for this team and tell guys where to be because he is gonna be the leader on our team.”

Ronnie Price on how he’s teaching teammates: “My job is to try to get Dame prepared, get Nolan prepared, Wes and some of these other guys prepared for the season. If I guard them hard and maybe get away with some fouls then they’ll be used to me defending them in practice so when they get in the regular season those guys won’t be as tough.”


  1. OH Sarah your blogs are coming at a great clip.
    I am sceptical on Batum changing much, but then there is nothing wrong with him as he is, he is Nic and that is enough. Sure he can change habits, keep, focused and uptempo every game, but to change ones stripes is near impossible. I am sure your mom told you, Sarah, you love the sinner and hate the sin. Now you are in the media, you can't say you love the sinner, and you have to accept the sin. But you know what, I am not sure I ever loved Raymond or his sins LOL.

    Price and Jefferies taking part in being Mentors and maybe good enough to get valuable minutes, gives me more hope for the bench.

    Thank you for the great transcript Sarah. What did you say the name of the show was going to be come Monday? Us people with bad hearing only hears enough to be dangerous.

    by Hg on 10/5/2012 8:29 PM
  2. british tiger!

    by jsciv314 on 10/5/2012 9:12 PM
  3. Hg, Yes he is Nic and that is great.....outside of basketball. On the court, we need hiom to live up to that contract! this means consistant play for 82 games. He needs to become an every night player, not a couple times a week player. You are righ to be skeptical. It is Nics time to put up or shut up. Hopefully he puts up, cause we spent money on him to prove it. We all know what he can do, can he do it night in and out? Tune in game 1 against the Lakers, that will answer many questions.

    by L.T.G on 10/5/2012 9:36 PM
  4. L. T. G:
    He said in the article he was going to change his demeanor. I said a person can spend his whole life trying to be what others thinks he should be, but it the end the more and more he seems to change the more and more he seems the same. That is why I am skeptical.

    I said he can change habits, and one of them is losing focus on the game and not bringing it every night. He can push himself to be more aggressive in BB, until it becomes an instinct, He can do that. He can get more confidence in his ability which will help with the shyness, but he will always have a quiet demeanor and can only lead by veteran example, same as LMA, neither is forceful in their demeanor and is very doubtful that they ever will be.

    Don't forget he was used primarily as a spot up 3 under Nate, Nate very seldom called a play for him, so we really don't know if he has to change or just have a coach that keeps him involved in the offense, and that is more on the coach then him; Stotts has said he wants to use all the players where he can get more for his nickel; that may be all we need.

    All in all in the end Nic will still be Nic, letting the game come to him, pushing defenders out of their comfort zone, making the defense pay for forgetting about him and will concede to the hot hand, not shoot when his shot is off, but will be more of a facilitator as he was in France and do more things, because the coach will let him.

    Do you remember when Nic scored 31 points and came back the next night with a 20 something game and Coach Williams got on his butt for trying to be the star, he was the fourth option on offense not the first; that was when Nic recessed and became passive. Camby said Nate was on Nic quite a bit, and he continuously told Nic that it was because Nate saw what Nic could be, but IMO, he was always in Nate's doghouse and that is not good for a Nic type personality that he will always have. Otherwise, IMO, you can’t put every player in a basket and treat them the same, you have to treat them as individuals. When you get in Nic’s face Nic quits, that is the way he is, but if you pat Nic on the back, he will bust his buns for you.

    Hey this is all IMO, no facts.


    by Hg on 10/6/2012 2:47 AM
  5. I think beyond Batums personality, the new coaching staff and roster will put him in a position to succeed and play his game. I think we'll see that with a lot of our returning players. First few years here he was playing behind Roy, LA, even Crash and Crawford and Felton were getting more touches last season. This season he's going to be included in the schemes and so will Wes. I remember watching last season and both Wes and Nic looked like players who were confused as to the identity of the offense. That will not be the case this season. Chemistry will benefit them both

    by riverman on 10/6/2012 9:28 AM
  6. Agree with @riverman

    by Jeff Lennan on 10/6/2012 10:11 AM
  7. riverman: that is exactly what I was trying to say; it may or may not be true that Batum needs to be more aggressive, but with a new coach new teammates and even a new direction, I do not feel this is a do or die year for him and I don't think he has to mysteriously transform into a miracle man because of his contract. It was the FO decision to match, and I feel it was a good move, but that does not automatically put pressure on Batum to be what he may never be. Of course we all hopes he does better, and without all the misdirections including injuries he has a good chance.

    by Hg on 10/6/2012 11:13 AM
  8. Batum is incredibly athletic. He has a lot of motivation this year, and I trust Stotts to use him to full advantage in both offense and defense. I am full of hope.

    by jsciv314 on 10/6/2012 11:48 AM
  9. That's all fine and well, and a bit more than what I was talking about ( lol ). In terms of basketball, Nic needs to prove it on the court. I am not interested in Nic or outside the court, only what Nic brings to the games night in and out. "Potential" has been a big word associated with Batum. Now is the time we see if it is true or not. We will find that out on the court. Tune in game 1. It will answer a lot of questions. Will it be potential arriving? or bust?

    by L.T.G on 10/6/2012 2:13 PM
  10. Mike Barrett once said after a Will Barton interview that players will be playing Stotts game, not their game.

    by riverman on 10/6/2012 2:57 PM
  11. Game one is not do or die, game 82 might be, but to write any body off after one game is quite silly. give it a year then I will give my opinion. But if you have no interest in Nic what so ever, except for BB talent, to me he has proven he has talent, can he bring it every night for 82 games? I doubt that, but I doubt that from every player in the NBA. Nic has the talent, whether he can bring it enough to be consistent or not is my skepticism not arriving or bust the first night.

    by Hg on 10/6/2012 4:13 PM
  12. I dont think anybody was writing off anybody. It is very silly indeed. Tune in game 1 to see the begining of the Nic era was what I mean. It starts with game 1 and hopefully goes to 82. The last part of what you said in your last message was exactly what I said in mine exept for the arriving or bust on the first night. That is a misunderstanding on your part clearly. lol. Not sure what you are replying to anymore. Anyhow, enjoy the games.

    by L.T.G on 10/6/2012 9:02 PM
  13. To jump in on the Nico discussion, I think meant having "more fire" as an upgrade to his competitive mentality and playing with more ferociousness. He knows EXACTLY what everyone is saying about "living up to his contract." And for what it's worth I'll tell you this, in the years that I've known Nico, I've NEVER seen this side of him. He's oozing competitiveness and ready to shut all the naysayers up and I can't wait to watch him do it. It's going to be fun :)

    by sarahhecht on 10/8/2012 4:43 PM
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