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Around The World: July 25

07/25/12
  1. Written by: DHawes22

    July 25



    Trailblazers.tv: Video: 2012-13 BlazerDancer Announcements

    Trailblazers.tv: Video: Damian Lillard At Summer League

    ESPN: Rookie Watch: Summer School
    "In my eyes, Lillard was the best rookie in Vegas. His talent as a floor general, as well as his ability to shoot and score, proved that you don't have to play in the ACC or Big East to become an elite player. And that's what Lillard projects to be right now. He's a slightly downgraded version of Derrick Rose, with some Chauncey Billups mixed in, who will likely start from day one and will be the favorite to win ROY since he'll have the ball in his hands a ton."

    Trail Blazers: Ford: Trail Blazers Offseason Get's A 'B'
    "I thought Lillard was the best point guard in the draft. He is in for a pretty big adjustment, going from the Big Sky Conference to the NBA, but if the Summer League is any indication at all, I think it will happen quicker than people think. Leonard, a project, was a little more of a reach, but he has the requisite size and athletic ability to be a starting NBA center someday. Barton was a bit of steal in the second round. He is a good scorer with a nice midrange game. Overall, they had a strong draft."

    Trail Blazers 07.23.12 Trail Blazers Courtside Podcast
    "Listen to the latest edition of Trail Blazers Courtside, your weekly internet, television and radio show devoted to all things Trail Blazers and NBA. Mike Barrett, Brian Wheeler, and Mike Rice are your hosts. Guests on this week's show include Chad Buchanan and Chris Haynes."

    Trail Blazers: Canales Welcomes Soccer Star Darren Bent To Nike Hoops Camp
    “We’ve had coaches here before and special guests, but from the top of my head I can’t remember the last athlete from another sport that we had in,” Canales said. “I think, especially for me because he’s a soccer player and like I told the kids at camp I think it’s a sport that is very similar to basketball, but anytime we have somebody from Aston Villa’s squad, a player on the England National Team, is a pretty special treat for the kids and a pretty cool treat for me.”

    Trail Blazers: Brian Grant's Shake It Till We Make It Success
    "Brian was a former player here and a beloved player here,” Larry Miller, former President of the Trail Blazers said. “He was one of the favorites of the fans here and when he finished playing he decided to come back to Portland to live and I think we’re fortunate to have him back here in this community and so the fact that he’s a part of the family, the fact that it’s a great cause and it’s something that not only is he fighting for but he’s experiencing, there’s no way we wouldn’t, as an organization, support Brian in his efforts."

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers' coaching search down to four finalists: Stotts, Turner, Clifford, Canales
    "Stotts is the lead assistant for Dallas and is the only finalist besides Canales with head coaching experience. Stotts has a 114-168 record in four seasons as a head coach in Atlanta and Milwaukee. His best season was in 2005-2006 when he led the Bucks to a 40-42 record and a playoff appearance. He is credited with directing Dallas’ offense during the Mavericks’ title run in 2011."

    Oregon Live: NBA summer league recap: grading the rookies
    "Lillard was the star of the show in Las Vegas, leading the tournament with 26.5 points per game, shooting 37.9 percent on 3-pointers and consistently getting to the free-throw line. He scored 23 or more points in all four games he played, and averaged 5.3 assists with 4.0 rebounds. “He has star potential, there is no doubt about that,” one personnel executive said. “He has a great first step, he is quick and he makes good decisions. I would be shocked if he wasn’t the starter on Day One. He has a chance to be very good playing with LaMarcus Aldridge there.”

    Oregon Live: NBA High-5: Blazers in playoffs? A look at how the Western Conference is stacking up
    "Fans are already asking who will start at center, who will get the backup minutes at this position or that. That's way premature as the Blazers still need to hire a coach and go through an entire training camp to sort all the rotation stuff out."

    Oregon Live: Search for the next Trail Blazers coach still in early stages
    "The candidates who are known to have interviewed with Olshey are Indiana assistant Brian Shaw; Golden State assistant Michael Malone; Dallas assistant Terry Stotts; Memphis assistant David Joerger; former Orlando assistant Steve Clifford, who is nearing a deal to be an assistant in Chicago; Phoenix assistant Elston Turner; Atlanta assistant Lester Conner; Miami assistant David Fizdale, Chicago assistant Adrian Griffin and former Knicks and Phoenix assistant Phil Weber."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Portland Trail Blazers are taking their sweet time in hiring a new head coach
    "We'd applaud the Blazers for taking their time in the wake of what could be termed a throwaway 2012-13 season, but the team really is attempting to move forward. Yes, the squad is banking on point guard Damian Lillard to help sculpt its future, but it also features a 2012 All-Star in Aldridge and the group attempted to move way forward by throwing as much money as it could toward fellow 2012 All-Star Roy Hibbert, before Indiana matched the offer to the restricted free agent. Portland isn't exactly taking the Charlotte approach, here, as it puts a roster together. They're going young, but not that young. Charlotte, by comparison, hasn't really even hired its next set of players yet."

    Ball Don't Lie: Jonas Valanciunas bangs home off-the-glass alley-oop during Lithuania Olympic tune-up (VIDEO)
    "During Lithuania's exhibition game against Iceland on Tuesday — the Lithuanian national team's final tune-up affair before beginning pool play at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Sunday against Argentina — Lietuva pushed the ball down the court on the break. An outlet pass found guard Mantas Kalnietis streaking ahead of the pack on the right-hand side of the lane, but with one Iceland defender behind him, Kalneitis decided to put the ball off the glass and leave it for Valanciunas, barreling down the middle of the floor like a freight train. The 20-year-old promptly jumped off two feet from the midpoint of the lane, reached back to corral the carom and crushed it all over the back of that same, poor Iceland defender."

    The Basketball Jones: Video: Carmelo Anthony really loves chocolate milk
    "But whatever. If a grown man wants to mix equal parts chocolate syrup and whole milk for a post-game snack when he’s chilling with his teammates in the locker room — “Hey LeBron, you want a bottle of chocolate milk? No? OK, just let me know if you change your mind.” — after a tough game against Tunisia, that’s his prerogative. I prefer a huge bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which I’m sure offers the exact same health benefits as chocolate milk. Carmelo Anthony can eat and drink whatever he wants after a game, just as long as we all remember he’s been in the pockets of Big Milk since the very beginning."

    The Basketball Jones: Tony Parker burns Team USA with technicality-laden trash talk
    "Pretty underwhelming trash talk, Tony Parker. As a professional basketball player who gets stabbed in the eyes by rappers, I expect much more from you than a simple bit of logic that simply states a fact, even though I will concede that that is a very Spurs-y approach. Might as well have just said, “In basketball games, rules state that one team has to lose and there is certainly a chance that the United States could be the team that scores fewer points. Uh-huh-huh baguette.”

    The Basketball Jones: Some Team USA guys took a Segway tour around Barcelona
    "Or maybe it’s because Durant’s handlebars are below his waist. Or maybe it’s just the “Arrested Development” connotations, which are even funnier if you imagine The Hundred Million Dollar Deron telling James Harden he’s not waiting for him because Deron’s the one wearing $6,300 basketball shorts and Harden doesn’t even make that in three months."

    Pro Basketball Talk via Yahoo!: Minnesota now may be frontrunner to land Kirilenko
    "What that trade does for Minnesota is clear out cap space, allowing the Timberwolves to offer more money to Kirilenko. Kirilenko would come off the bench in Minnesota as a change of pace behind Kevin Love. He also could play beside Love in a small lineup. In the mean time, Kirilenko is playing on the Russian national team in the London Olympics."

    DIME: The 10 Young Players Most Likely To Become All-Stars In 2013
    "I’m not surprised at all to see where the two of them are going into the 2012-13 season. Cousins is busy destroying people on the blocks, and frustrating others with his “Give me” attitude, which is what makes him a special talent, and sometimes, a special headcase. Meanwhile, Favors has continuously flashed All-Star potential in Utah but is stuck coming off the bench because he hasn’t really exploded yet, hasn’t completely forced out Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap."

    Sports Illustrated: Bird's Dream Team recollections worth the wait
    "I wasn't sure what was going on in Bird's head. The major hurdle when I began researching Dream Team was to get Jordan, Magic Johnson and Bird, then the Indiana Pacers' president, to sit still for a long conversation. They presented different challenges, Bird's being that he can be grumpy, which is what he was being at that moment, and not always willing to talk about himself, which is admirable but regrettable if you come in search of information."

    Sports Illustrated: Men's Olympic basketball preview
    "There was talk that the current group might rival its 1992 forefathers, but injuries have blunted those comparisons. The absence of centers Dwight Howard (back surgery) and Andrew Bynum (knee treatment) and power forwards Chris Bosh (abdominal strain) and Blake Griffin (knee surgery), among other big men, will force the United States to pursue a second straight Olympic gold medal with unorthodox lineups that shift Kevin Durant to power forward and LeBron James to center. Dwyane Wade, James' teammate with the NBA champion Heat, will also miss the Olympics as he prepares for offseason knee surgery."

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