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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/26/2011 11:27 AM

    Apparently Nico has been blogging, albeit in French. But someone translated the whole thing and it's a pretty good read. I really liked these portions of it:

    Courtesy of Oregon Live-

     The thing that’s great about this team: One day could be my day, and Wesley won’t pout about it, in fact he tells me, “keep shooting if your on, and I will take care of guarding Tyreke Evans” or “I’ll take care of moving the ball” or something to that extent. Against the Clippers, it was the other way … I saw I wasn’t my day. That’s what I really like about guys like Rudy and Wesley … They know when it’s not their day, and they’re not going to force anything. So, against Sacramento, Wes saw things weren’t going his way in terms of scoring, and for me, they went well.
     That’s not the only thing I’ve been working on, of course. I’m also trying to develop an interior game … back cuts, flashes to the rim and facing up, 1-on-1. I’m really trying to open up my offensive arsenal. I’m working on all of this with coach Bill Bayno, one of our assistants famous for his work at UNLV. He’s still really athletic and still defends against us in 1-on-1 drills. He has these big pads he wears on his forearms and then we go one on one and he swings those things at us and smacks us like a crazy man. We work on that on the interior to make sure we work on finishing at the rim. They are pads, so it doesn’t hurt at all, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still feel the impact. We do a lot of things of this nature. It’s his work with Aldridge this year that has really paid off.
    CONTINUE READING>>>

    Great to hear Batum is trying to expand his game and the fact that he's only 22 gives me a lot of hope that we will be able to tap into that seemingly endless potential of his. I think he, LA, and Wesley can form a formidable Big 3 here in Portland.

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  1. occassia
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    Posted 01/26/2011 12:30 PM

    What we love about this team: Besides the MS in Handling Adversity, a double minor in Teamwork and in Individual Studies. ;-)

    You can also throw the URL into Google Translate and get a rough approximation of the colloquial French. Sometimes it's pretty hilarious. In his previous blog, Nic referred to "the road trip of s---" which was an apt summarization.
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 01/26/2011 2:23 PM

    i hadn't been aware that Nicolas (or any other blazer) has been blogging. it's really interesting how he talks about developing his game, and specifically the mid-range shot. he's shown signs of his cutting ability and it's smooth. we know he can play excellent defense; when he develops the other areas of his offensive game, it's going to make teams think twice about double-teaming LaMarcus.

    off-topic question: LaMarcus' name, translated into and out of french, means "the Marcus." do you think Nicolas calls him that? lol j/k

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/26/2011 2:56 PM

    Ask Casey during the next game chat Kassandra!
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  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 01/26/2011 3:06 PM

    I feel nick is one of the top 3 players on the blazers, keep up the hard work.        GO BLAZERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 01/26/2011 4:11 PM

    ha ha ha Dustin, i got that question FROM the chat! :P

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  1. blazersforlife234
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    Posted 01/26/2011 4:20 PM

    Kassandra, as a french speaker, I can tell you that "La" is the feminine form of the word the.  So, by respect, probably not hahaha
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 01/26/2011 4:32 PM

    haha thats pretty cool
    im glad he's still feeling good about the team, and his role
    and i am stoked to hear about what he is trying to work on.
    his interior game.....his interior untapped potential.....go for it.
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  1. EowynAmarie
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    Posted 01/26/2011 6:52 PM

    Wow, you guys didn't know Nico did that? I have been reading his blog for over a year now. He doesn't do too many, but they are pretty cool. I always have to run them through Google Translate, which gives an EXTREMELY rough translation, but I can usually get the gist of what he is saying. If you follow him on FB, the right page anyway, it will show up in your feed whenever he posts a new one. Also, they are all archived, so you can go back and read many of them.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 01/26/2011 9:26 PM

    Triple threat.  Once Nic learns to create opportunity with the bounce, he will become a very difficult cover.  That is what is needed for Batum to take that next step. 
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  1. RedRudy5
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    Posted 01/27/2011 6:58 AM

    Great info!
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 01/27/2011 9:49 AM

    Posted By blazersforlife234 on 01/26/2011 4:20 PM
    Kassandra, as a french speaker, I can tell you that "La" is the feminine form of the word the.  So, by respect, probably not hahaha

    it was a joke; don't take it too seriously. Le is masculine, La is feminine, L' comes before a vowel and Les is plural. yep, that pretty much covers it.

    ~ Kassandra
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  1. blazersforlife234
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    Posted 01/27/2011 11:19 AM

    haha wasn't taking it too seriously... as noted by the "hahaha" at the end of my post. But good looking out. And good to see that you can speak french as well
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 01/27/2011 2:00 PM

    i don't actually speak french, but i know a lot of the principles involved because they run in common threads amongst languages (that, i do know!). in order to read Nicolas' blog, i would have to run it through the google translator ... whatever that is! lol

    ~ Kassandra
    I am a fan of my team fighting to win each and every game.
  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 02/07/2011 3:03 PM

    I agree with you that Portlands big three are L.A., N. Batum, and W. Matthews. I say trade everyone else in order to make the team better and get under the salary cap. GO BLAZERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 02/08/2011 7:00 PM

    Posted By mbmurr1 on 02/07/2011 3:03 PM
    I agree with you that Portlands big three are L.A., N. Batum, and W. Matthews. I say trade everyone else in order to make the team better and get under the salary cap. GO BLAZERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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