By all accounts, Nicolas Batum is a classy fella. Until this week, anyway.
Chances are by now you’ve seen or at least heard about him taking a full on, close-fisted swing and connecting squarely with Juan Carlos Navarro’s man region.
The incident seemed very un-Nic… and that spells great news for the Portland Trail Blazers.
To recap, the Blazers just ponied up some big bucks to keep Batum in black, red and white. Some people thought it was a good move, others not so much.
Then, in the Olympic quarterfinals, Batum hauled off and punched an opponent squarely in the groin.
Now, with this one classless act, I’m sold on the idea of Portland spending big bucks on Batum.
The biggest knock on Batum is that he lacks aggression at times; that he’s too passive and not assertive.
In the final minutes of France’s Olympic quarterfinal game against Spain, Batum showed he will no longer sit idly by.
I’m not condoning nut punches, nor am I saying Batum has turned into a tough guy. What I am ...