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    June 3

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    Blazersedge: Transcript: Blazers C Meyers Leonard Discusses Rookie Year, Offseason, Playoffs On 750 AM The Game
    "My rebounding, I have to learn to get lower, read angles off the backboard, rebounding in total. Not only that, my weakside defense, blocking shots, being able to protect the paint is something we're really trying to key in on. When I'm open, more likely than not I'm going to make it when I shoot it on offense, but the defensive end is where I really have to focus and get better. I think that's really how I can help this team, in the paint."

    Trail Blazers: Pre-Draft Workout For June 3
    "Completed two standout seasons with the University of Georgia, averaging 15.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.92 steals and 33.0 minutes in 64 games … During an accolade-heavy sophomore season in 2012-13, earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as voted by conference coaches and the Associated Press, averaging 18.5 points (43.3% FG, 37.3% 3-PT, 79.9% FT), 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.03 steals and 33.9 minutes … A member of both All-SEC First Teams, becoming the first Georgia player since Dominique Wilkins in 1981 to sweep the major SEC Player of the Year awards … As a sophomore, was one of just nine NCAA Division I players to score in double figures in each of his team’s games … As a freshman in 2011-12, named to the SEC Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC Team … Led the Bulldogs in minutes (32.1), rebounds (5.2) and steals (1.81), while ranking second in scoring (13.2) as a freshman."

    Trail Blazers: Amico: Portland Plans To Keep Aldridge, Rebuffs Cleveland's Offer
    "FOX Sports Ohio sources also seconded reports that the Cavs have made a couple of inquiries about Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers, however, have repeatedly turned the Cavs away. A Portland source said the team has no interest in Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters or draft picks, and plans to keep Aldridge."

    Trail Blazers: Wild Rice’s Point Guard Prospects in the 2013 NBA Draft
    "The Blazers at no. 10 won’t take a point, but with three picks in the second round they could very well take on of my 16 point guards there. The Mavs at 13 might be looking for point guard help since Mike James beat out Darren Collison late in the year. Likewise, the Hawks have a new coach and he might want to trade Jeff Teague and Devin Harris."

    Trail Blazers: Dr. Christopher Stackpole Named Trail Blazers Director Of Player Health And Performance
    “Chris' vision and blueprint for developing innovative and evidence-based sports medicine services are paramount in our effort to establish the highest level of care for our players,” said Olshey. “Adding Chris to our staff is the next critical step toward creating the best culture and basketball environment for our athletes.”

    Oregon Live: Trail Blazers hiring of Chris Stackpole viewed as 'ahead of the curve' in sports medicine circles
    “I don’t think there is any question the Blazers are ahead of the curve with this hire; they’ve got a rising star, a guy who would be doing this for another professional team somewhere very quickly if they didn’t hire him,’’ said Mike Boyle, strength-and-conditioning consultant for the Boston Red Sox, with whom Stackpole served an internship. “I’m not familiar with what has gone on there in the past, but what you will see is what is widely viewed as as much more modern - even futuristic - to some people.’’

    Oregon Live: 2013 NBA draft: Should the Portland Trail Blazers draft Kelly Olynyk at No. 10?
    "One veteran scout compares Olynyk with Mehmet Okur, the Turkish big who played several effective seasons for the Pistons and Jazz before injuries curtailed his career. The rangy and long-limbed Olynyk could be an effective NBA defender as well. "He's not as good a shooter, but he can hit the trail three," the scout said. "He had the No. 1 PER in the NCAA. Would it be that way at Georgetown? It would be good, because he's crafty with the ball. He knows how to score in the post. Likes physical contact. A team taking him in the top 15, you're going to walk away and say you've got a rotation player. In this draft, you're looking at safe picks."

    Columbian: Ohio's Cooper dream of NBA job with Blazers
    "That's one thing I'm trying to prove in the workouts, show that I can guard bigger guards and compete and be effective," Cooper said. "I think (teams have) heard of my name but coming from Ohio I don't think they've seen me as much because I'm not on TV as much as the higher-level schools. So, when I show up to these workouts, be ready and be ready to impress.""

    CSNNW: Paul Allen makes first appearance at workouts
    “I didn't really know he was in here,” Caldwell-Pope told “I'm just out there competing. Just going hard every drill we had, shooting the ball well and just defending. I'm on a mission.”

    Rip City Project: Neil Olshey – How to Draft
    "It’s very relieving to hear Olshey actually say the words, “We’re always going to take the best player available.” Longtime Blazer fans know all too well what can happen when prioritizing need over talent, as Portland passed over Michael Jordan in 1984, having drafted shooting guard, Clyde Drexler, the previous season."

    Rip City Project: Damian Lillard – A Tale of Tape
    "To broaden that sentiment, this game made me happy more than anything. Things were not going Lillard’s way at all – shots not falling, fatigue rearing its ugly head, and his man, Jennings, making some ridiculous shots. Despite these obstacles, Lillard still found a way to contribute, and contribute valuably, with high level court vision and facilitation. He obviously made a concerted effort to focus on getting his teammates involved, and while the Blazers were getting blown out most of the game, it was an encouraging sight."

    Ball Don't Lie: Manu Ginobili sets the record straight: ‘I’m not planning on retiring’
    "Per-minute, his assists have never been higher; Ginobili acts as his team’s backup point guard, and he runs a weaving, moving, frightful Spurs offense to perfection for long stretches. His shooting percentage dipped and turnovers spiked this season, but overall he still plays an efficient brand of basketball that includes strong finishes around the rim, dangerous looks in transition, and plenty of free throws. Most important to the Spurs is his versatility, as Ginobili can go from a rather invisible corner three-point shooter to a ball-dominator in an instant, depending on his function in the flow of the game."

    Ball Don't Lie: Paul George could make the Eastern Conference finals his own with a knockout Game 7
    "Things have to clean up in Game 7. George has to find a way to pare down the miscues while getting to the line. George has shot as many as 11 free throws in a game during the duel with the Heat, and as little as zero, and the team’s most provocative perimeter talent cannot walk away from American Airlines Arena with a crumpled box score in hand that has him ending his season with just three or four freebies to his name, to say nothing of the turnovers. He has to attack that soft Miami middle, and make this game his own."

    Ball Don't Lie: Jason Kidd retires from the NBA after 19 seasons
    "Just two days after fellow 1994-95 co-Rookie of the Year Grant Hill retired from basketball, former Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey and New York point guard Jason Kidd has announced his own retirement. The 10-time All-Star turned 40 in March and suffered through a rough postseason run with the New York Knicks earlier this spring. He signed a surprising three-year deal with New York in 2012 to help steady the team’s backcourt until 2015, but as the 2012-13 season wore on it became more and more apparent that Kidd’s time in this league was running out."

    The Basketball Jones: 2013 NBA Draft: Eastern Conference needs
    "Well, if you listen to most people, it’s an injured tall guy with a flat-top hairdo. If they do that, I guess Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller form a four-man beast in the frontcourt for years to come with Nerlens Noel! OK, I’m being slightly hyperbolic. It remains to be seen just how good the three young guys can be, but I guess when you think of upside, it’s not so bad. The backcourt with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters is pretty set, so by the process of elimination, if the Cavs don’t want to “kid” around (get it, Kid from Kid N Play … flat-top … nevermind), they could fulfill a need at the three with a player like Otto Porter. It’s good to have choices. Even better having the first pick."

    DIME: Lionel Hollins Disrespected in Memphis; He Needs to Go
    "I can 100% see how this would absolutely infuriate Hollins. To say that the practice court is “sacred territory” for a coach might actually be an understatement. And when we’re talking about this particular case, where Hollins already feels like he’s being squeezed by management personalities who don’t know the game, that time on the practice floor becomes his most valued sanctuary."

    DIME: NBA Rumors: Ray Allen Wants to Return to the Boston Celtics
    "As always, take stuff like “unnamed sources,” “people close to [insert Player X here],” etc. with a grain of salt. The real question though would be: Does Boston even want him back? With an official rebuilding/youth movement inevitably coming, Ray and his cool 28 percent field goal percentage in the conference finals don’t exactly seem like the answer to keep the championship window open in Beantown. On top of that, the Celtics fans that we know are not particularly in love with the guy."

    SLAM: Trey Burke, No. 6 (Mock Draft)
    "In a Draft devoid of sure things, Burke looks like a safe bet to be an instant offense guy. If all goes according to plan, he could be much more. If/when Gordon inevitably misses one game early in the season, only for it to turn into nine games and then a report that he’s six weeks away from being able to perform basketball-related activities, the Hornets will be left with nobody who can get his own shot. Burke could be that guy. I think he and the 6-6 Vasquez could form a great backcourt (offensively, anyway)."

    ESPN: Breaking down Cody Zeller
    "His sneaky athleticism and ability to finish around the rim. He leverages that combination to earn trips to the free throw line at a very high rate, which will suit him well in the NBA. Getting freebies remains one of the easiest ways to make yourself valuable in the NBA, so he'll be smart to take that with him into the league."

    ESPN: How Zeller compares to Bosh, Aldridge
    "Zeller actually has some advantages on Bosh and Aldridge. He's taller than both. His standing and max verticals (35.5 and 37.5 inches) are both considerably higher (Bosh 30 and 33 -- Aldridge 26.5 and 34). He was much faster in his lane agility (10.82 seconds) and sprint testing (3.15 seconds) at the combine (Bosh 11.8 and 3.3 seconds -- Aldridge 12.02 and 3.43 seconds). In short, he's taller and a quicker, a more explosive athlete than either player. Where Bosh and Aldridge beat Zeller is on wingspan (Bosh 7-foot-3.5, Aldridge 7-4.75, Zeller 6-10.75) and standing reach (Bosh 9-1, Aldridge 9-2, Zeller 8-10). But those numbers aren't nearly as important if Zeller is playing the 4. He is big enough for that position."

    ESPN: Game 7 preview: Heat vs. Pacers
    "Miami. They'll get more from the other two-thirds of the Big Three, they'll get calls going their way (because they're at home, not because of some grand conspiracy) and they'll have LeBron."

    Sports Illustrated: Heat can’t rely on LeBron James alone in decisive Game 7 against Pacers
    "Wade simply is a shadow of his former self at the moment, a development that tags James with even more ball-handling responsibility and neuters Miami’s larger offensive efforts. His inability to finish hurts the Heat badly, but worse is Wade’s more general lack of explosion and inability to create. In Game 6, Wade posted just one assist to two turnovers in 34 minutes, which, when juxtaposed with his 3-of-11 shooting, fairly articulates how ineffective he was off the bounce. Every dribble he took on Saturday seemed either desperate or defensive, serving only to remind of the glaring difference between what he was capable of and what Miami needed."

    Sports Illustrated: NBA draft 2013: Indiana’s Victor Oladipo more than just a lockdown defender
    "One explosive college season does not an NBA All-Star make, but Oladipo has a significant amount of skill with the ball (although he does need to corral his turnovers), considering that’s not the side of his game that everyone talks about. He’s going to have to show he can consistently make open jump shots at the pro level to keep defenders honest (and he doesn’t really jump on his spot-up jump shot) but it looks like he will be able to do that. He’ll have the added benefit of space on the perimeter as defenders would rather have him shoot the long J than attack off the bounce."

    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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