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Around The World: May 27

05/27/11
  1. Written by: DHawes22  / avg. rating: 4.0

    May 27

    Trail Blazers: Season In Review: Rudy Fernandez
    "But what would happen in the upcoming weeks couldn't have even been written in a movie script. Both the fans and his teammates stuck by his side throughout the ordeal and made Rudy feel at home, even if he was over 5,000 miles away. Although there were a few scattered boos whenever Mark Mason introduced the Spaniard off the bench, the overwhelming majority of the Rose Garden faithful cheered extra loud for Rudy, as if they were urging him to success. While the fans did their part, the members of the Trail Blazers did theirs by making Fernandez feel welcomed on the team, even if it was just an offer to hang out after practice. One player in particular hit it off right away with Rudy. Patty Mills."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Dirk Nowitzki has his eyes on prize -- and a shot at Finals redemption, five years later
    "Everybody knows when you wear a Dallas Mavericks uniform, certain things come along with it," Terry said. "As long as you keep talking about [the last Miami series], it's going to hang over us. Me, Dirk, Mark Cuban, [assistant coach] Darrell Armstrong, we sleep with it every night."

    Ball Don't Lie: Jason Terry got a tattoo of the championship trophy before the season
    "When he first got the tattoo, I said he was crazy," Stevenson said of the tattoo that is on the inside of Terry's arm. "I didn't say it to him. But I've never been to the [NBA Finals], and for him to have that now. Wow. And he got that tattoo in October, and it means a lot with what we've been through."

    Ball Don't Lie: Barkley says Nike asked him to go easier on LeBron
    "About his comments tweaking the Heat, Barkley said: "I don't know if Dwyane's upset with me, but I don't sit around and worry about it." He said LeBron James hasn't said anything to him. "These athletes today are all wussified," Barkley said. "I've been saying LeBron's been the best player in the league for three years. And I say one thing criticizing The Decision, and I get a phone call from Nike saying why don't I like LeBron? It's interesting how this [expletive] works. These groups today, if you don't say 100 percent positive about their guy or their team, they overreact."

    SLAM: Mock: Bismack Biyombo, No. 5
    "His shot blocking and rebounding prowess are a skill-set that has been woefully lacked by the Raptors for years and from that standpoint, Biyombo would be able to contribute immediately. He is pure and raw potential, or in other words- pure risk, but in a draft that holds no certainties, that risk is minimized. If Biyombo turns out to be Saer Sene version 2.0, at least the Raptors took the opportunity rather than meddling with mediocre talent. Walker and Leonard would likely be able to contribute at a faster and more substantive rate, but their potential is nowhere close to that of Biyombo."

    ESPN: Sources: Ricky Rubio-to-NBA up in air
    "The Timberwolves were hoping that buyout terms would've been finalized earlier this month when, sources say, Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, flew to Spain to meet with Rubio's current team, Regal Barcelona. However, there are issues that remain unresolved and although one source put the chance of Rubio joining the Timberwolves this summer at "90 percent," the possibility remains that Rubio could be forced to spend another year in Spain."

    ESPN: Daily Dime
    "The Bulls were up 77-65 with 3:14 left to play. Then, the pie hit the fan. Derrick Rose had a tough finish, with a bevvy of turnovers and missed shots during the meltdown. Fittingly, his last-gasp 3 was swatted by LeBron."

           


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