Originally written on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 12/30/11
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Nicolas Batum is struggling out of the gates this season, and according to his coach Nate McMillan, he’s not putting up enough of a fight to regain his playing time. From the Oregonian: “If we are being straight here, Batum is feeling sorry for himself. He has been intimidated by the impressive start of teammate Gerald Wallace, who is starting in front of Batum. And Batum doesn’t yet have it in him to fight for his share of playing time and spotlight. We all know that he has a little vinegar in him, just ask the Lakers’ Pau Gasol, who two years ago was dunked on twice by Batum, the second one accompanied by Batum flashing two fingers in Gasol’s face. Of all the good guys on the Blazers, Batum is probably the nicest. I like to describe him as having a pure soul. The only problem is sometimes that persona seeps onto the court. If the Blazers are ever going to be more than just a playoff team, they need Batum to stop feeling sorry for himself, stop being so nice, and start going a lit...
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