Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
Just in case you didn’t get enough Big East basketball in 2009, I offer you, the new look Portland Trail Blazers!
Tonight’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks will be the first time former first round lottery busts picks Haseem Thabeet out of Connecticut and former Syracuse point man Jonny Flynn will don Blazers red, white and black. Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams are unlikely to play this season (thank you, baby Jesus).
Here’s your 21 game tryout for next year’s team, gentlemen. Good luck.
- Oregonian sports preview of Portland’s battle with the Bucks.
- Jason Quick at the O, has the preliminary plan for Thabeet and Flynn’s usage for tonight. Here’s what Flynn thinks he can bring to the table.
“I’m an up-tempo guy, a guy who gets after it and can be that pest,” he said. “You know how when you are outside and there’s that fly, flying around your face and you keep swatting it away but you can’t get to it? That’s the guy I am out there on the court.”
Flynn knows the actual lifespan of a fly, right?
- The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito provides more background on the circumstances leading up to the former Big East players joining the Blazers. He also takes a look at the possibility of buying out Shawne Williams’ $3.1 million contract. “We’ll probably bring him in, help him with his rehab, get to know him a little bit, make a decision at that point,” General Manager Chad Buchanan said.
- J.Cole aspired to be akin with Michael Jordan when he wrote in his song, the Return of Simba,”Being good is good, that’ll get you Drew Gooden. But me, I want Jordan numbers, LeBron footin’.” Bucks beat writer for the Journal Sentinel Charles F. Gardner would argue the lyrics. Gooden is on the surge lately after he won Eastern Conference Player of the Week last week. Over the three games played by the Bucks last week, Gooden averaged 18.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists. In other news: the world is ending.
- Matt Moore for CBS sports’ Eye on Basketball blog notes that forward J.J. Hickson is free to sign with any team after being bought out by the Sacramento Kings. If the Blazers’ brass want to save any face with fans, they’d consider being in the athletic youngster. The upside argument can still be made for Hickson, despite his blunder in Sac-town.
Thoughts, ideas and challenges to 1-on-1 games, are happily accepted in the comments section.