Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 10/16/12
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Seeing as the state of Oregon is home to two of the top eight college football teams in the United States of America, the attention paid to the Portland Trail Blazers' buildup to the season has been reduced. The Blazers are coming off an apocalypse type of year - the once promising, consistent young team that Rip City fell in love with imploded, the steady head coach got fired, and the vibe around Portland's major sports franchise became unbearable. In the offseason, the Blazers finally hired a real, full-time, maybe-going-to-be-here-longer-than-one-year general manager, turned over the roster and hired a new head coach. A new direction and promise have arrived, but it's possible that the Blazers biggest - and most overlooked - move of the offseason was making Nicolas Batum a franchise cornerstone. We think we know Nic Batum. We don't. The affable, promising, and rather unassuming little Frenchman that we thought we got to know the last four years may not be the real Nic Batum at...
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