Found July 19, 2012 on Los That Sports Blog:
With the sixth overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft the Portland Trailblazers selected one of college basketball’s top scorers from a season ago, Damian Lillard from Weber State. The 6’3″ guard averaged 24.5 points per game as a junior and left as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (246) and was [...]

Damian Lillard monster slam in NBA summer league game

Many questioned the Portland Trail Blazers pick of Damian Lillard in this year’s NBA draft. Many question the pick because Lillard played at Weber State in the Big Sky conference. I really liked this pick because if you can play you can play it doesn’t matter where you played at. So far Lillard play in the NBA summer league should doubt all the doubters of this...

Damian Lillard throws down nasty dunk in Summer League game (Video)

With the sixth overall draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Weber State point guard Damian Lillard. It looks like that pick seems to be a good choice as he showed off his aerial exploits in the below clip from today's Blazers/Hawks Summer League game:

Blazers Rookie Damian Lillard Dunks on Keith Benson in Las Vegas Summer League Game (Video)

A relatively unknown 6-foot-3 rookie point guard out of Weber State is going to have to do a lot to open people's eyes to convince the world he is a legitimate NBA player. Like, say, throw down a vicious dunk on a defender eight inches taller than him. Damian Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers' top draft pick, did just that in a Las Vegas Summer League game, driving the...

Trail Blazers Batum hints a great chance he remains in Portland in 2012/13

In a report today on Daniel Mediate and other PDX media members caught up with Nicolas Batum as he arrived back in Portland from Europe. With the Blazers saying they would match a HUGE offer sheet from the Timberwolves for four-year, $46.5 million Batum suggests he's fine with a match. Quote: "I'm very happy about it," Batum...

Poised At The Point

A true point guard, this is what Damian Lillard is. Enough talks about how he is a “scoring guard”. Lillard controls a game better than many point guards in the league now. I know, it’s only Summer League, but I love what he has shown so far. He plays with a lot of poise for a rookie. When Lillard is in game mode, his demeanor never alters. As Joe Freeman of The Oregonian...

Trail Blazers: What did we learn during the 2012 Las Vegas summer league?

First Impressions? The 2012 Las Vegas Summer League is officially behind fans in Rip City, and the Portland Trail Blazers showed us a few things throughout their five games this past week. 5) Damian Lillard Is A Dynamic Scorer Damian Lillard’s 26.5-point-per-game average showed us exactly what we already knew heading into the Las Vegas Summer League—the kid is a flat-out scorer...

Grading the Portland Trail Blazers offseason

Following a disappointing 2011-2012 season that saw the teams' three-year postseason run come to an end, the Portland Trail Blazers made a change in the front office, hiring Neil Olshey as the team's new general manager. With the team only having five players under contract entering the off-season, just about everyone who follows the team knew that there would be significant...

My Personal Perspective On Nicolas Batum Returning To The Portland Trail Blazers

Sitting on the ledge in the front room of my house are a pair of white and red Adidas shoes. This certain pair of Adidas is a size 16 and have an inscription on the back of each shoe, “Frenchy 88”. Along the outside of each shoe is a signature in black sharpie. The shoes, inscription and signature belong to small forward Nicolas Batum. Being a columnist and trying not to be...

Portland Trail Blazers Won’t Regret Re-Signing Nicolas Batum

“Nicolas will absolutely live up to this contract.” These are the words of Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey after officially matching the offer that Nicolas Batum signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal is reportedly worth approximately $46 million over four years. Double-digit millions is a lot of money for a player whose numbers have been decent...

Blazers match Wolves' offer sheet to Batum

The Portland Trail Blazers matched the offer sheet given to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum on Wednesday. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey told reporters at the Las Vegas Summer League that they will honor the four-year deal worth $46.5 million given to Batum by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Batum averaged 13.9 points last season with Portland. The T-Wolves had been trying...

Wolves can finally resume free-agent hunt

MINNEAPOLIS Portland had until 10:59 p.m. Wednesday to match the Timberwolves' reported four-year, 46.5 million offer to small forward Nicolas Batum. Just after 4 p.m., it announced its decision.Batum will remain a Trail Blazer. Minnesota can begin to move on, to pick up the pieces after this weeks-long soap opera.Portland had been adamant for weeks that it would match any offer...

Trail Blazers’ PG Damian Lillard: The Future Is Not Now

I’ll admit, I saw Damian Lillard as a wasted pick because he was taken ahead of Harrison Barnes. With both players yet to dribble just once in a true NBA game, the jury is still out, and will probably be out for quite some time, years even. On the same token, Lillard has been impressing [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

What matching Nicolas Batum's offer sheet means for Portland

The Portland Trail Blazers have officially matched the Minnesota Timberwolves four-year, $46 million deal for restricted free agent Nicolas Batum. The decision was announced by Portland general manager Neil Olshey this afternoon, ended weeks of posturing by Olshey, Minnesota GM David Kahn and Bouna Ndiaye (Batum's agent), with Olshey following through on his pre-free agency promise...

Timberwolves have to move on from Batum

The Portland Trail Blazers made it pretty clear that Nicolas Batum is part of the future of their franchise, so it is not surprising they matched the Minnesota Timberwolves' four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet. The talented young forward will remain in Portland for now. It is a smart move by the Blazers. Batum continues to mature and improve. He is only 23 and it is obvious...
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