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Around The World: December 16

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    December 16 Video: Chad Buchanan On Signing Crawford, Amnestying Roy Video: Jamal Crawford Highlights

    Oregon Live: Brandon Roy says he knew it was just a matter of time: 'I have to think about my family'
    "You can walk away from someone who doesn't love you. And you can walk away from someone you don't love. But when the love is mutual," Roy said. "The hardest thing is to walk away."

    Blazersedge: Brandon Roy Could Cook
    "He could slice you up. He could fillet your team defense. He could shove a dunk down your throat. He could put you in the blender and, by extension, he could shake, shake, shake. He could bake, roast and toast. He could burn you. He could roll and pound. He could microwave at a moment’s notice. He could get red hot. When he sized up defenders with his rocking dribbles, his body looked like a mortar and pestle, grinding towards a method for breaking down his man. His repertoire had all the trimmings and plenty of careful seasoning. His game was the connoisseur’s choice delivered fresh every day. He could knock you off your feet while leaving you hungry for more. He was ice cold in game-winning situations."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Comes To Terms With Jamal Crawford
    "We've thought highly of Jamal for a long time and think he's a great fit for our team," said Trail Blazers Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan. "He brings a scorer's touch and veteran leadership that will help us immediately."

    Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers To Sign Craig Smith
    "The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to terms with forward Craig Smith. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Smith, 28, has averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in five seasons with Minnesota and the L.A. Clippers."

    Trail Blazers: Barrett's Blog: Crawford Picks Portland
    "Crawford, who scored 52 points in a game for the Knicks a few years ago, will give this team something it hasn't had for a while- a very dependable, and very clutch scorer in the second unit. Of course, I'm assuming Matthews will keep his starting job, and I think that's safe to assume at this point. I envision Crawford's role being similar to what Jason Terry is to the Dallas Mavericks- not necessarily a starter, but often times a finisher. "

    Trail Blazers: Looking Up: Jamal Crawford, Not Your Average Sixth Man
    "Crawford’s career accomplishments fit impeccably with the needs of the Trail Blazers. The two-guard spot needed a bit of shoring up on the experience front and Crawford fits the bill perfectly behind starter Wesley Matthews. Perhaps the most important aspect he brings to the team is his scoring ability. Surrounded by a crew of strong defenders—ready to push the tempo according to head coach Nate McMillan—Crawford’s quickness off the break and speedy decision making will undoubtedly be an important offensive weapon."

    Trail Blazers: Transcript: Chad Buchanan On Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy
    "Obviously we added a little depth with Jamal. From watching a little bit of practice that I have been able to see, and mostly in talking with Nate, he really likes the chemistry of our team right now. I think we've got some guys who are hungry. Guys are focused right now. We've had a really good couple days of practice this week. I think we still have some young players who are going to have to step up for us. Jamal has some versatility in playing both the two and the one, which, with his experience, is going to be a nice addition for us."

    Trail Blazers: Making The Most Of The 'Pick N' Roll' Flex Pack
    "With today being December 15th, it can only mean one thing – there is less than twelve days left until Christmas. They can keep the swans, pipers and drummers; I’ll take tickets to see my Trail Blazers in action. By choosing the Pick N' Roll Flex Pack, you control the games that you want to see, when you want. After deciding between the Lakers, Heat, or Mavericks, choose at least an additional ten tickets for any other Trail Blazers home game. Here are the matchups I would love to see if my true love gave me tickets to twelve games from now until Christmas morning."

    Trail Blazers: Fan Blog: What Brandon Roy Meant To Me
    "Then the 2006 draft came around. I was driving home from work during draft night that year. I can tell you the exact place I was in my commute when I heard on the radio that the Blazers had drafted Brandon Roy (through the trade with Minnesota). I am still reminded of that moment when I reach that point in my commute every day and cross the Marquam Bridge on I-5."

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: The other Nike drops as Kobe Bryant unleashes on league and Lakers front office
    "I think other owners did not want the Lakers to make significant improvements again," Bryant said. "We always contended as players that the lockout was really more so about the owners fighting amongst themselves, which is what you just saw. You got Chris Paul coming here and the other owners weren't with that, because you don't want another great player coming to L.A."

    The Basketball Jones: Even Chris Kaman would trade himself for Chris Paul
    "Yep. Even Chris Kaman — one-time All-Star and guy making nearly $13 million this season — is like, “Yeah, I’d trade me for Chris Paul too.” That’s how good CP3 is. So good that dudes who have started more than 400 games realize they’re expendable when a once-in-a-lifetime talent comes on the market."

    The Basketball Jones: Video: DeMarcus Cousins hates mornings
    "Just watch the first 30 seconds of this DeMarcus Cousins interview and then try to tell me he’s not the early leader for 2011-12 Best NBA Interviewee. Between this, creeping on Donte Greene and him talking about getting fat, he’s putting together a pretty impressive résumé."

    DIME: 3 NBA Players To Wear Spalding Basketball Shoes This Season
    "Although an official announcement is set for the near future, it’s been confirmed to Dime that three NBA players will wear Spalding basketball shoes this season: Jimmer Fredette, Mario Chalmers and Chris Singleton."

    SLAM: NBAers React to CP3 Trade
    "After weeks of almost-trades and non-trades, the Chris Paul sweepstakes have finally come to a close, and the Clippers find themselves with the grand prize. With CP3 running the point and teaming up with Blake Griffin, every fastbreak will be a highlight waiting to happen, with no opponent be safe from posterization. After the big news was revealed last night, a bunch of NBA players took to Twitter with their thoughts—roll through the gallery above to check ‘em all out."

    ESPN: Lamar Odom ready to face L.A. Lakers
    "Nowitzki, who went on to be named Finals MVP as the Mavericks won their first world championship, has never been one to hold a grudge. Soon after Odom's arrival in Dallas, Nowitzki was joking with his new teammate about that tense incident, for which Odom publicly apologized immediately after the game."

    ESPN: Dwight Howard: Trade request stands
    "There's no back and forth," Howard said. "It still stands and we know what's going on. I talked to Otis today. What we talked about is gonna stay between me and him."


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