Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reports that Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is focusing on improving his consistency during the 2012-13 season after signing a 4-year contract worth $46.5 million over the summer.
"I know that's my biggest weakness," he says. "Since I was playing in France when I was 14 or 15, my coach told me every time, ‘Consistency, consistency.'
"In the NBA, that's huge. You play so many games. You don't play once a week. You have to be there every night. It's going to be even bigger for me this year, I know that."
For Batum to contribute, say, 18 points and six rebounds and shoot with precision on most nights would be a major boost to the Blazers.
"Coaches love when they know what they're going to get from night to night," he says. "The great ones give you a certain level every night that you can count on. That's going to be part of his growth."
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