Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
- UPDATE: Via @InsideHoops: Andrew Bogut and Brandon Roy today were named official NBA Players of the Week.
- The Batum, he does not forget.
- You can’t always get what you want/You can’t always get what you want/You can’t always get what you want/But if you try sometimes you might find/You get what you need/Oh yeah, hey hey hey, oh…~Rolling Stones. Somehow, I imagine Mike Barrett listening to the above melody as he typed the following:
While it may be true that Turkoglu went back on his word, twice, during the free-agent signing period last summer and ended up signing with Toronto at the last minute, would you trade small forwards with the Raptors now? If sources with the Raptors are to be believed, Hedo would certainly like a do over. But, it’s way too late for that.
Nicolas Batum meanwhile, is Portland’s small forward of the present and future, and once again proved that he’s more than capable of handling the role.
• I’d like to point out that in my copy of Kevin Pelton’s Pro Basketball Prospectus, using the SCHOENE projection system Pelton accurately predicted that Batum’s three point shooting would “dramatically increase.” In fact, take a look at Batum’s HoopData shot locations, which shows that Batum is shooting 50% or better from everywhere but long jumpers inside the arc and he is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 65% outside the arc.
• According to The Oregonian’s Jason Quick, Nate McMillan is like the “good angel” in cartoons that would pop up on the protagonists shoulder.
• Jarrett Jack still loves the Blazers fans and the organization. In other news, Jack still is unsure of the location of the baseline. No wait, it’s right under his foot.
• After relating a kidnapping fantasy…Ben Golliver from BlazersEdge thinks it might be time for Chris Bosh to move on:
I also wouldn’t blame Bosh for finding his way out of Toronto this summer. As Raptors fans are the separated-at-birth and smuggled across the border twins of Blazers fans, I would hate to say anything that might cross them in the slightest. But there has to be a better fit for Bosh’s talents and a better collection of supporting pieces somewhere else. One can’t help but wonder if Bosh — in the midst of a 1-9 streak over the last 10 games, with his team back under .500 again — is reaching that same conclusion.
• TrueHoop Network sister blog Raptors Republic has a hilarious recap of last night’s game. When I got to the part where Sam Holako contemplates assaulting Jay Triano with a lemon poppy seed loaf, I nearly snorted my coffee.
• LZ Granderson of ESPN thinks McMillan is the coach of the year.
• It’s a bit long, but you should really read this great article by a Spurs fan visiting Portland.