Found September 27, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
On Monday, when the rest of the country will be coming off another thrilling football weekend, complete with college upsets and some head scratching NFL refereeing … here in Portland, another even will take place that needs to be noted: Trail Blazers training camp opens for the 2012-13 season. After a summer filled with turnover, including a new coach and GM, the focus finally returns to the hardwood, where the organization looks to turn the page from last year’s disastrous 28-38 finish. Nate McMillan, the man who was charged with overseeing the previous rebuilding project, was shown the door with 22 games left to play, after bad relationships and on-court failures led to anarchy in the locker room. Also gone were the former fan favorite-turned-malcontent Gerald Wallace,Marcus Camby and late summer, Raymond Felton was traded to the Knicks. He will be missed by Blazers about as much as Bonzi Wells and Rasheed Wallace were. As disastrous as last season was, the page was turned ...

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