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05/29/13
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    May 29



    Trail Blazers: 2013 NBA Mock Draft Database

    Trail Blazers TV: Trail Blazers Top 10 Plays

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    Oregon Live: Blazers enter next phase of offseason with predraft workouts
    “For the most part, I’m looking to see if guys can compete,” Olshey said last summer. “This is a job interview for a multi-million dollar job. I want to see who wants it, who is willing to lay it on the line and compete for a job.”

    Trail Blazers: Memphis Forward Adonis Thomas To Participate In Thursday Workout
    "The team won't officially announce which players are participating in pre-draft workouts until right before media availability. But these things have a way of slipping out, which is why we know that Memphis guard/forward Adonis Thomas will be one of the players participating in Portland's first pre-draft workout on Thursday ..."

    Trail Blazers: Wesley Matthews Undergoes Elbow Arthroscopy
    "Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow today. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ken Yamaguchi at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo."

    Trail Blazers: Dr. Tom Reis Named NBA Team Physician of the Year
    “Dr. Reis has always provided a tremendous friendship and sounding board to members of the NBATA,” said Ed Lacerte, NBATA Treasurer and Athletic Trainer of the Boston Celtics. “When our team’s players have been ill, he has always gone above and beyond what he needs to do to care for them. There’s a comfort level and a security level there that he will be willing and able to assist day or night.”

    Rip City Project Blazer Report Cards: J.J. Hickson and Meyers Leonard
    "Leonard’s athleticism was exciting to watch, but that wasn’t the most encouraging aspect of his game; that was his shooting touch. Leonard showed a developing jumpshot from mid-range, and even mustered up the courage for a handful of three-pointers as the season ended (finishing 3-7 on the season). Here is a link to his shot chart for the year, courtesy of NBA.com. If Leonard can continue to develop his jumpshot and make it a consistent weapon (i.e. Chris Bosh), he could become a unique weapon for Portland as a 7-foot “stretch 5″, similar to a Zydrunas Ilgauskas."

    Blazersedge: Lillard's Athleticism, Mediocre Free Agents, and BPA
    "Tyreke Evans is a completely different animal. He'd likely start for you as he has in Sacramento, though there's some question about his fit with Lillard. He's a driver with size, a guy you'd get for his style of play and the new wrinkle it gave your offense as much as his ability. You'd worry about defense but you could also chalk up his poor showing so far to playing in Sacramento."

    Ball Don't Lie: Lance Stephenson’s 3rd-quarter buzzer-beater makes Pacers owner’s daughter swoon
    "The shot was so good and the moment so stirring that it appeared to overwhelm one young fan — after Stephenson's make, you can see her grab her head and hit her knees, prompting a security guard to help her up and off the court. As it turns out, according to CBSSports.com's Royce Young, the young lady's dad's a pretty big wheel down at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:"

    Ball Don't Lie: LeBron James fouls out as Indiana ties the series and wins Game 4, in a poorly officiated contest
    "James’ absence hurt the Heat — there was always the chance that Miami could have rallied behind its star to pull out the win as the team was four points down with a minute to play when LBJ was whistled for an offensive foul. James had yet to foul out during the 2012-13 season prior to Game 4, only reaching five fouls twice in the year, including an overtime-addled five whistles during Game 1 of this series. The lack of LeBron in the final minute wasn’t what put the Heat away, though, as the Pacers stayed mindful of their station throughout the gutty win, while answering every Heat run."

    Ball Don't Lie: The Memphis Grizzlies? Gone till November
    "This is why they should listen to offers for Zach Randolph, assuming there are any. It was hard not to feel for Randolph during the Spurs series, as he was a clear target for the Spurs on both sides of the ball in his team’s final four games. Randolph shot just 30 percent against San Antonio, down from 36 percent during the regular season, while making just half his free throws. And his work in the screen and roll on the other end of the floor was disastrous, San Antonio attacked Randolph offensively repeatedly and there was little Tony Allen or Marc Gasol could do to help."

    DIME: Behold The LeBron James vs. David West Epic Double Flop
    "But then there was also an irritating element that seemed to pervade the entire game, specifically the flopping. It would take some real nonsense to make this flop attempt from Lance Stephenson the second most ridiculous part of the night, but here you go. This play embodies just how utterly absurd the whole thing has become."

    DIME: NBA Trade Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins Linked to Cavaliers, Mavericks and Bobcats
    "While the Cavs and Kings are both in (re)building mode, Cleveland is further ahead in the process. A Kyrie Irving/Cousins foundation, in theory, could be spectacular. Will the Kings be down to deal DeMarcus in favor of starting from scratch again with a young player without Cousins’ personality “quirks”?"

    DIME: NBA Draft Fast Five: 5 Second-Round Prospects That You Need To Know About
    "Some scouts think he is a one-trick pony as an undersized rebounder, but Kazemi has an array of skills on the offensive end that were masked by his elite ability to rebound the ball."

    SLAM: Post Up: Back To Miami
    "The battle down low went to the Pacers. Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and Chris Anderson all struggled for the Heat, combining for only 13 points and seven rebounds. In stark contrast, Hibbert scored a team-high 23 points and added 12 boards, while David West put up 14 and 12. West and Hibbert continually came up with big offensive rebounds and were able to keep seemingly dead possessions alive."

    SLAM: Otto Porter, No. 1 (Mock Draft)
    "On a Cavs team where Irving will be the primary ball-handler and scorer—followed by Waiters at the shooting guard position—Porter is a player who can plug into the small forward spot and impact in the game in multiple ways. He is not a ball-dominant wing who needs to put it on the deck with regularity to be effective, but he is also a capable ball-handler when needed. In addition to running the break alongside Irving, Porter will also be able to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the half court. When defenses overplay Kyrie, Porter has the ability to make them pay on the catch-and-shoot as well as on dives to the basket."

    ESPN: Early look at NBA offseason buzz
    "I can see the argument in favor of it, but this is obviously much easier to answer if you could tell me exactly what the Griz are going to be able to get in return, because breaking up Z-Bo and Marc Gasol means breaking up the combo that made Memphis uniquely dangerous over the past few seasons. But everyone knows Memphis needs more shooting and better depth. So if trading Z-Bo is the only way to address those needs and manufacture the needed financial flexibility, it's an option that certainly has to be explored."

    ESPN: Rumors: Noel remains Cavs' top option Playoffs
    "The ACL issue is an interesting one. I've heard rumblings from several teams that their doctors were pessimistic (after examining Noel in Chicago) that he would return to play at all next season. However, I've also spoken with a handful of teams that said they didn't see any issues with his recovery. Noel's camp contends he's ahead, not behind schedule on the rehab. No word yet on the Cavs' assessment of the injury."

    ESPN: Most NBA-ready prospect?
    "Alex Len. Len will be a lottery pick, but there is a lot of room for improvement. He will be an upper-echelon starting NBA center. The former gymnast is 7-1, weighs 250 pounds and won't turn 20 until mid-June. Sidelined through the summer, the blessing for Len is that he won't have the pressure of being the No. 1 pick."

    ESPN: Impact draft trade scenarios
    "Let's say the new regime taking over the Kings decides that in order to turn the page from the Maloof years, it has to begin by moving on from the Cousins-Tyreke Evans years. Evans will be a restricted free agent, and that is a separate issue. Cousins is entering the last year of his rookie deal, making him eligible for an extension in October. If the Kings are ready to pull the plug on the talented but undisciplined center, then no team could offer a package of young assets more attractive than what Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant could send their way. And doing so would likely further strengthen Cleveland's position when it comes to re-signing James."

    Sports Illustrated: 2013 NBA Mock Draft 2.0
    "Zeller picked up some momentum from the combine, and it's unlikely he will slip out of the top 10. Teams still want to see how advanced his perimeter game is in workouts, but his tremendous athleticism and productivity in college are impressive. The Blazers are set at power forward, but with the dwindling number of power centers in the NBA, a Zeller-LaMarcus Aldridge frontcourt would have enormous offensive potential."

    Sports Illustrated: Pacers growing into threat Heat struggling to vanquish
    "The Heat were outscored 50-32 in the paint and 19-12 on second chances. Indiana held a 49-30 advantage on the boards and shot 50 percent from the field. 'We had three or four very good, committed defensive possessions all the way ... to the last five seconds of the clock, and we couldn't finish it for whatever reason," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. "We just couldn't finish our defense."

    Trail Blazers: Weekend Plan: Specially Designed For Families And The Busy Nine-To-Fiver
    "Built for the family-oriented fan with a busy work-week, the 12-game Weekend Pack maximizes the thrill-factor while keeping the competitions to Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A smattering of Western Conference rivals and Eastern Conference visitors during one-offs and key home stands, you can get your hands on this schedule-friendly pack for as low as $11/game and $52/game in the lower bowl."

    Trail Blazers: The Rivals Plan: Two LAs, Oklahoma City And The Return Of Roy
    "The smallest of the four big ticket plans, the eight game Rivals Pack packs a big punch. You’ll be in the building and eating a corndog while others are wondering how to get their hands on a way to see the return of Brandon Roy and the sure to sell out L.A. Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder."

    Trail Blazers: Why The Value Plan Makes 'Cents' For You
    "The Value Pack starts at just $5 a game. That’s 12 games for as low as $60! Talk about some serious bang for your buck. But that’s not even the best part about this ticket plan. Four of the 12 games take place in the month of January. And there is absolutely no better place to be during an Oregon winter’s night than inside the raucous Rose Garden. Not to mention this pack gets you into the arena to see some of the league’s biggest names and brightest young stars such as Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, and Rudy Gay."

    Trail Blazers: Big Games Plan: 12 Of The Biggest Games
    "This game has it all. Season opener, at home, against the loathe-inducing Lakers, in Steve Nash's first game in purple and gold and it's on Halloween night! Any game against the Lakers at the Rose Garden is going to be a lively one, but the confluence of circumstances in this particular game sets the stage for one of the all-time season openers in Trail Blazers history."

           



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