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Blazers Owner Paul Allen Makes Statement On Proposed Seattle Arena

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The city of Seattle is working with investor Chris Hansen to produce a plan for a multi-sport arena that could help land an NBA team to replace the Seattle SuperSonics, who left for Oklahoma City in 2008. Anitachampionship has a link with further details in the FanShots. John Boyle of the Everett Herald reports that Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has released a statement regarding the effort to return an NBA team to Seattle through his NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks. ------------------------------- "It was a sad day when the Sonics left Seattle, a move I opposed. It’s exciting to think about the NBA coming back to Seattle and renewing the rivalry with the Portland Trail Blazers. However, it is too early for me to comment any further without a specific plan or proposal to review." ------------------------------- Hat tip: SBNation Seattle -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

RIchardson: Damon Stoudamire Feature

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Tyler Richardson of SlamOnline.com has a feature on Portland native and former Trail Blazers point guard Damon Stoudamire, who has transitioned into a life of coaching. ------------------------------- "I still take on that whole Mighty Mouse persona today," Stoudamire said. "That shaped the person I am. No matter what life brings, you just have to weather the storm and stay the course." ... For most athletes, a string of drug-related incidents would spell the end of a career. Stoudamire, however, is not like most athletes. He learned from his mistakes, didn’t run from truth and let his life be an open book. "Everyone has skeletons in their closet," he said. "Mine just happened to play out on a major scale. We were young and didn’t handle business the right way. Those life experiences make me who I am. I may have bumped my head along the way, but that is the beauty of who I am." ------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Dream Trade

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please. Kinda unrealistic for Phoenix, but they get two expiring contracts with Felly and Foye, plus legit potential in E.Will.... but still I'm sure they can do better for Nash. but I bet the clips would take Wesley over Foye any day.

Jeremy Lin & the All-Star Slam Dunk Contestants

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"New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin has been invited to take part in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. Sources with knowledge of the league's plans told ESPN.com that Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert -- one of four dunk-contest entrants alongside Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger, Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George and Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Derrick Williams -- will be enlisting Lin to "assist" him in a manner similar to the help 2011 champion Blake Griffin got from then-Los Angeles Clippers teammate Baron Davis. The NBA will make Lin part of the field for the Haier Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Saturday night. That would enable Lin to join Shumpert's dunk routine as well. NBA commissioner David Stern told USA Today earlier this week that Lin will not be a special late addition to the annual Rising Stars game featuring rookies and second-year players at All-Star Weekend." via Marc Stein and Tim MacMahon/ ESPN.com

*UPDATED* Seattle NBA/NHL Arena Plan to Be Announced Today

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Updated article with details of the proposal now linked above.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford hits a go-ahead three-pointer late in the fourth...

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford hits a go-ahead three-pointer late in the fourth quarter during a 93-91 win over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

3-Point Shootout Participants Named

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"James Jones- last year's champion, Joe Johnson, Kevin Love, Ryan Anderson, & Mario Chalmers and Anthony Morrow. No Brandon Rush, who leads the NBA in three-point percentage. No Mike Miller, no Klay Thompson, and no Ray Allen even. As Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones pointed out, Chalmers is the only guy in the top 20 of three-point percentage to make the cut. That said, it's a silly exhibition." via Kelly Dwyer | Ball Don't Lie

Big Addition to basketball-reference.com

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"It is with great pleasure that I announce the debut of Basketball-Reference.com's latest and greatest set of research tools: Play Index+. Play Index+ utilizes over ten years of play-by-play data, allowing the user to sift through and summarize millions of plays with just a few clicks of the mouse." There are a lot of cool tools for stat geeks to play with here.

Smith: No Mistaking Blazers' Desperation

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Sekou Smith of NBA.com offers his thoughts on the Portland Trail Blazers' recent struggles. ---------------------------- There is no mistaking the sense of desperation coming from the Portland Trail Blazers right now, losers of four of their last five games and stumbling their way to the All-Star break with the injuries and frustration mounting. The questions about coach Nate McMillan‘s grip on the situation started a while ago, long before last night’s deflating performance. ... Marcus Camby, Gerald Wallace, Jamal Crawford, Nicolas Batum and Raymond Felton have all expressed their frustrations and concerns with the current state of affairs, in one way or another. ... Again, we’re going to be very careful here at the hideout trying to translate any of this into a language that spells doom for anyone. But we’ve heard this sort of stuff before. ---------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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