NBA addict, the Trailblazers are my main team but I keep up with the news, rumors, and standings around the NBA as well as the occasional big NCAA game. If you have time to check it out, my blog is: nbaconceptions.blogspot.com
"I knew that if this team had a chance to go somewhere, I had to try to be elite in both areas, as far as scoring and rebounding," he told The Huffington Post. "I felt like it was something that I could do if I put my mind to it. ... I [wanted] to show I belong and still prove that I'm the best power forward in the game."
CJ McCollum is not wearing a boot on his left foot and is doing stationary bike workouts as the Blazers do shooting drills.— Erik Gundersen (@blazerbanter) November 4, 2013
Portland Trail Blazers (SB: 38.5, EOB: 43.3): We're loaded up on the Blazers wagon and riding for glory. The Blazers' starting five had the third best raw plus/minus figure for any lineup in the league last season according to NBA.com. They upgraded J.J. Hickson with Robin Lopez and have a significantly improved bench. They play in a division going downhill (Thunder Westbrook injury, Wolves defensive issues, Nuggets turnover, Jazz rebuilding). They are well coached, have star power, and no age or injury issues. So why are the oddsmakers plotting them at 38.5 wins? It's so low it makes me nervous, but my colleagues and I agree: the Blazers re going over.
After hearing about Russell Westbrook's surgery, I tried to think who would replace his scoring for OKC before realizing just how unproven their bench is. After running through the game logs for...
"After losing shooting guard/third-leading scorer Kevin Martin to the Minnesota Timberwolves via free agency over the summer, Kevin Durant's load now will be even heavier than it was during the Westbrook-less playoff run in which Oklahoma City fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in five games during the second round. Third-year point guard Reggie Jackson will likely start in Westbrook's spot, though the Thunder re-signed veteran point guard Derek Fisher as well. Second-year shooting guard Jeremy Lamb, by default, is an even more vital piece of this puzzle than before despite the fact that he has just 23 games of NBA experience."
In a roundabout way, the stat line argument epitomizes why Batum wins the breakdown 5-1, and ultimately why I give him the edge for #50. He’s just a more well-rounded player who in all likelihood will continue to improve once he gets comfortable with his role. Gay is a finished product at this point, and a wise man once said, "There is only so much value I can place on a guy who scores 18 points per game on 18 shots per game when he is supposed to be ‘The Guy’."
"An 87-68 loss to Ukraine in their final group game in Slovenia ruled out any chance of progression in the event. After London 2012, British Basketball appealed against funding body UK Sport's decision to cut its funding. But in return for their ongoing backing of up to £7m, UK Sport demanded at least a top-six Eurobasket place. The British women's team suffered a similar fate in June's EuroBasket when they could not produce a top-eight placing - the minimum requirement demanded by UK Sport. Both the men and women received an initial one-year's funding from the £7m pot, with future installments dependent on how they performed at these competitions....UK Sport's annual review - where they'll consider GB Basketball's funding - will take place at the end of January 2014." Basically Joel Freeland's decision not to compete this summer could result in less funding for the program because of a poor showing.
"Killer Burger plans to open a new location in the Rose Garden Moda Center. In a Facebook post first spotted by Eater PDX, Killer Burger announced that their new location in the Trail Blazers arena would open in October, just in time for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season. The over-the-top burger spot, known for its peanut-butter topped burgers and bottomless French fries, currently has five locations, one each in Hollywood, Sellwood, downtown Portland, Vancouver and Bingen, Wash."
When I've read Aldridge's comments and what Neil Olshey has said, their stories just don't seem to match up with what the Trailblazers current situation is. Aldridge before the...
"Some rival executives believe that the Raptors, meanwhile, are already prepared to part with DeRozan -- recipient of a $40 million contract extension last October -- in the wake of Rudy Gay's arrival and the front-office change that ushered out Bryan Colangelo (who authorized DeRozan's new deal) and ushered in new GM Masai Ujiri."
Blazers followed him closely throughout the season, but at this point it seems that "Pap" in not on the immediate plans of Neil Olshey. Portland (besides starter Nicolas Batum) also has another talented European forward with Spaniard Victor Claver and is no need to "overload" the small forward position. In fact Olshey didn’t travel in London, where only Blazers’ scout Jason Filipi was present. So there is a strong chance that the Blazers will trade his rights and many teams has shown interest. Spurs and Mavericks are among them, as well as the Knicks who drafted Papanikolaou on No48 of last year’s draft. Knicks GM Glen Grunwald visited London for a day, just to watch him on the semifinal against CSKA!
What you want to do and what you can do are often two entirely different an unrelated things. The Blazers want to add some veteran guys that can defend… to me that is Nikola Peckovic or Javale McGee in terms of possibly obtainable.http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-rumors-chat-with-steve-kyler-42513?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nba-rumors-chat-with-steve-kyler-42513
Iguodala is on the books to make $15.9 million next season, likely more than he could get from any team for 2013-14. But he could become a free agent and then sign a multi-year deal that would pay less next season but would provide long-term security. "Yeah, definitely,’’ Iguodala, 29, said of that being a distinct possibility. "You got to weigh options. Security-wise, a player would opt out, especially with the type of season we’ve had as a team. Teams know what I can bring to them, and I know (the Nuggets) know what I can bring to a team here. "Obviously, it’s a business, so you’re going to look at your options. Here we have some good (prospects). But I’m not making any promises. But I’ve liked the last month and a half, two months, three months or however long (that Denver has been on a roll). It’s important for the future, so I’m just trying to win.’’
Western Conference Portland Trail Blazers: After cruising through the Western Conference as a consistent postseason threat over the majority of the past decade, the Trail Blazers took a step back this past season. Injuries and locker room disarray dismantled what could’ve been a promising season as Portland finished 2012 with a dismal 28-38 record. One positive to finishing as a lottery team was that Portland secured the sixth overall pick and if this team can stay healthy, the Blazers have a legit shot at securing the final playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference. The young and supremely talented cast in Portland has been slept on by many this offseason, but this Blazers team has all the tools at its disposal to be a factor in the West next season. Potential Breakout Stars: LaMarcus Aldridge – While already one of the most talented players and an elite scorer in the NBA, Aldridge still hasn’t been able to establish himself as a household name. Another dominant season for a potential playoff team in Portland could go a long way in changing that perception of Aldridge, who finished as the seventh-best scorer in the NBA this past season. Damian Lillard – The top point guard selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, Lillard will be relied on to contribute right out of the gate next season for the Blazers. Lillard possesses all the tools but he must prove to be a quality distributor on the NBA-level if Portland wants to make the playoffs.
Great Offseasons- Portland Trailblazers: The Blazers overpaid Nicolas Batum (thanks Kahn!) but got some quality and cheap pieces in Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard, Will Barton, Victor Claver and Joel Freeland to fit in with their existing core without losing any valued contributors.
"Jim Ganzer-Wes Matthews put up 49 in Scion Dental MKE Pro-Am tonight. Did it all - deep threes - show-time dunks... CLASS ACT! Thanks @wessywes2 #mubb"
Jason Quick: Spencer Hawes will also not be an option at center for Blazers unless market dries up Jason Quick: Free agent guard Chauncey Billups will not be an option for the Trail Blazers. Joe Freeman: Wesley Matthews will play in the first two games and Elliot Williams will be in Vegas with team, although he will not be cleared to play. Joe Freeman: The #Blazers almost certainly will have the most NBA guys on their summer league roster in the field. Joe Freeman: #Blazers summer league team will include: Luke Babbitt, Damian Lillard, Nolan Smith, Jon Diebler, Will Barton and Meyers Leonard ..Quick and Freeman's Twitters
"The Bulls want to give Omer Asik and Taj Gibson new deals, so they’re exploring ways to trade Luol Deng and/or Joakim Noah to teams that can send them a trade exception and a No. 1 pick." -New York Daily News
6. Portland Trail Blazers – Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas This seems like an unlikely scenario where the Blazers would have Robinson fall in their laps, but it is possible. Robinson would be able to play alongside LaMarcus Aldridge and would give the Blazers more athleticism and toughness. He is projected as a double-double machine who will immediately help Portland on the glass. As he develops a more consistent mid-range jumper, he could turn into a very good player. According to sources, new GM Neil Olshey is content to stay at 6 and take one of the top-tier players, but guards Damian Lillard and Dion Waiters both are intriguing and likely not going to last until 11, Portland’s second pick. 11. Portland Trail Blazers - Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut The Blazers would like to use one of their lttery picks on someone to bolster their backcourt, and Lamb would be a great pickup here. Lamb’s freakish length and aggressive defense set him apart from other guards in this draft. As a proven scorer with range, Lamb could easily become one of the best players in this draft.
"Another good week in the books. I'm walking better and my hip strength is getting stronger overall. I've started doing squats and lunges, which are big for me. I had some time last week to get up to Portland and see some of the pre-draft workouts. I have to say there is some good talent in this draft. Things are definitely looking up for us. This Thursday I'll hit the six-week milestone in my recovery, which means I can start running again, and I'm really looking forward to that. Take care."
"I am happy at Unicaja and I can not control all these rumors. Honestly, I do not pay much attention to those stories. Right now I think I will continue in the Unicaja, though you can not take anything for granted. I am happy in Malaga. What can change something? I do not know. So I prefer to stay out of all the noise and keep doing my thing, working hard to do well in the Olympics." ¿Discard go to the NBA? "No, no. I've always said. Go to the NBA is my dream and you never know when I can make the leap." *Google translate
Paxson has given way to Gar Forman, but surely that advice has been passed along in the Berto Center board room. So why would the Bulls even think about trying to trade Luol Deng for a high draft pick? That does appear to be one of the strategies under consideration right now, league sources confirmed. A draft camp meeting with North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes was mentioned on the team’s website, but there’s probably no single target. Arlington Heights Daily Herald
Alan Hahn: Stern expects quick result in Bird Rights arbitration and sounded confident the ruling will favor NBA. In other words, bad news for Knicks. Jared Zwerling: Was told by a source familiar w/ the Early Bird Rights hearing that the players' union (meaning the #Knicks as well) will NOT win the case. *This also affects the Trailblazers resigning of J.J. Hickson
Some random site called Gather Sports suggests the Trailblazers and Rockets make a deal centered around Kyle Lowry and a lottery pick. Probably has 0 credibility and is just some dude's speculation on a possible draft day move. More in the link above but here's an excerpt: "Portland is one team that needs an upgrade at point guard and with the Trail Blazers owning two picks in the first round of the upcoming draft, making a deal for the disgruntled 26-year-old, could solve their problems in the back-court. There is a strong likelihood that several deals will go down on draft day and this deal could help both teams. The NBA has seen its share of troubled players, but Lowery is just looking for a better situation and a change of scenery could do him good."
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