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Around The World: January 31

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    January 31

    Oregon Live: Blazers practice report: Marcus Camby making progress toward his return from knee surgery
    “That’s something we’ll have to look at,” McMillan said. “We’ll have to see how he does in the next couple of days. If he’s able to do some running and work out, we’ll take him on the trip. But if he’s not close to returning, then he can get more work here.”

    Portland Tribune: Walton to Oden: Go to Hawaii, take a sabbatical
    “My recommendation for Greg would be to move to Hawaii, lose a ton of weight, start life over,” the former Trail Blazer center said Thursday night before Portland’s matchup with Boston at the Rose Garden. “Focus on health, movement, the happiness of what can be in life, and start over.”

    Rip City Project: Bucher and Broussard on LaMarcus
    "CB: While Lamar’s having a very good year, I don’t see any way on earth you take him ahead of Aldridge. Aldridge outscores Odom 21.3 points per game to 15.6 ppg, while falling behind only slightly in rebounds (9.6 per game for LO; 8.8 for LA). But over the past month and a half, Aldridge has been an absolute beast. Since Brandon Roy’s last game on Dec. 15, Aldridge has averaged 26.4 points and 10.1 rebounds to lead the Blazers to a 12-7 record and keep them alive in the Western Conference playoff race. Aldridge has proven he can do what Lamar has never been able to do — carry a team."

    NBA: Morning Tip
    "By contrast, Aldridge -- with a lot less to work with than Griffin has after the injuries to Greg Oden, Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby -- has kept the Blazers in the playoff race, and above .500. In the 21 games the Blazers have played since Roy last was on the court, Aldridge is averaging 23.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor. He's been in double-figure scoring in 20 of those 21, and double-figure boards 13 times."

    ESPN: Power Rankings
    "Very valid question from sage Fran Blinebury: Shouldn't the mere fact that he's managed to stay healthy in Portland -- or Chernobyl as Fran calls it -- clinch a spot on the West All-Stars for LaMarcus Aldridge?"

    Ball Don't Lie: Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh a "fake tough guy"
    "I'm no punk," he continued. "I wasn't even talking to him first off. He decided to butt in and I'm not going to just let that slide. Especially in our house. Like I said, he's not one of those guys I look at and say he has a rep for talking back to guys or getting into it. He's a nice guy. I'm not going to let that type of person say something to me like that."

    Ball Don't Lie: Larry Bird dumps Jim O'Brien as Pacer coach
    "His rotations seemed curious at best. The Pacers continuously let games slip away late in the proceedings, and while you have to cast a dubious eye on the players first, second and 14th for letting a close game get out of hand, you'd also like to think the coach could take over for at least a few of those close contests and make a difference. Granger, Tyler Hansbrough, Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush have seemingly rose to the ranks of good-to-passable under O'Brien's tutelage, but you also get the feeling that this group would have ended up there regardless of a coach's influence. And Hibbert's confidence issues under Obie cannot be dismissed."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Suns could be back in Blazers' rear-view mirror as trade might finally pay off
    "The Suns have the littlest of winning streaks going -- all of two games -- but it came against two upper-tier teams. The Suns beat Boston 88-71 on Friday, then defeated New Orleans 104-102 on Sunday. "

    DIME: Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 1.31
    "Russell Westbrook (1/28): 12-24 FG (50%), 11-16 FT (69%), 35 Pts, 13 Reb, 13 Ast, 2 Blk, 4 TO; This game illustrates Westbrook’s fantasy value in a nutshell: great all-around numbers, but high turnovers and no threes. If he can pull a Derrick Rose and work on his three-point shooting for next season, the sky’s the limit."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "The NBA's top-shooting team shot 60.9 percent. As Jeff Van Gundy might say, that's hard to do when nobody's guarding you. If a similar sizzling C's squad were ever to meet the Lakers again at Staples this year, you could start stitching banner No. 18. "


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