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Anyone else get URL hijacked to xprofiles.com? I clicked a link on blazersedge and it loaded...

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Anyone else get URL hijacked to xprofiles.com? I clicked a link on blazersedge and it loaded xprofiles.com. I am pretty sure there is no spyware or malware on this PC. It's pretty locked down as it's my work PC. I know there have been issues with SBnation before so I thought I would put the info out there.

Adande: Kurt Thomas Has Advice For DeMarcus Cousins

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ESPN.com's J.A. Adande, covering the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers game on Sunday, asked veteran Blazers forward Kurt Thomas for his thoughts on the developing brouhaha involving Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins was sent home by Kings coach Paul Westphal for allegedly demanding a trade, something Cousins denies doing. ----------------------------- If the Kings wanted to look after Cousins' best interests they would find a way to get him to Portland so he could be around Kurt Thomas, the steadying locker-room presence on the ninth stop on his 17-year NBA journey. "This is a business," is what Thomas said he would tell Cousins. "You're not playing for just one team, you're playing for the 29 other teams. You've got to keep playing, keep your head. A lot of guys think it's all show. You've got to keep your head." ----------------------------- ed: text updated, bumped to front page

NBA official Brian Forte gives Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul a timeout call while he...

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NBA official Brian Forte gives Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul a timeout call while he appears to be kneeling out of bounds during the fourth quarter of a Sunday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The call was made with the Clippers leading, 90-86, with under two minutes remaining in the game. The Clippers went on to win, 93-88. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler doubles over in pain after Portland Trail Blazers forward...

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler doubles over in pain after Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace saves a ball from going out in bounds in the most unfortunate manner possible. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Spears: DeMarcus Cousins Demands Trade

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Marc Spears of Yahoo!: Westphal statement: "Cousins has demanded to be traded.""He has been directed by me, with the support of mgmt, to stay home from (NO game)" Cousins seems like a piece of work. I wouldn't want him. Hard to think of a situation that he would thrive in.

Former Blazers GM Cho Wanted To Trade Up For Biyombo

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Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer writes that Charlotte Bobcats big man Bismack BIyombo confirmed that former Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, who was fired by the team shortly before the 2011 NBA Draft and quickly hired by the Bobcats, was looking to trade up for Biyombo while still in Portland. ---------------------------- Someone asked a perfunctory question about new general manager Rich Cho's interest. Biyombo's animated reply made it sound like a manhunt. "Everyone knows he was trying to move up to pick me," Biyombo said of Cho, who spent part of last season with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Bobcats front office. "When I first met him, he was like, 'Wow, I'm in Portland wanting to move up now!' And then he has No. 9 (in Charlotte), so he says, 'We'll pick you up.' "And then, after all my workouts, it's 'Nah-nah-nah-nah. You are not getting to nine!' So after that, they move up again." ---------------------------- Biyombo went No. 7 overall, picked by the Sacramento Kings and traded to the Bobcats as part of a larger 3-team deal. The Blazers, led by Acting GM Chad Buchanan, did not trade up in the first round and drafted guard Nolan Smith with the No. 21 pick. Biyombo really burst onto the draft scene with his play in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit back in April. Here's my write-up from that. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Juc: Interview with Blazers International Scout Jason Filippi

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Rafal Juc of EuroHopes.com has posted an interview with Portland Trail Blazers international scout Jason Filippi, who talks about his job, what he looks for in young prospects and his professional goal. ------------------------ I’m focused specially on players under 22 years of age, who are still available to be selected in NBA Draft. ... "During my job I pay attention on many aspects, but young players should be definitely talented and have enough size to play professionally. NBA is a league where only the best athletes can play, so potential players have to be strong as well as tall. It’s important to look at their behavior on court, if they are good teammates, or if they prioritize in the team game more than their individual stats. This is the reason why I always try to watch kids more than one, two or even three times. For our goals, behavior and environment are important too." ... "I dream about finding an absolutely anonymous player, who will come into big prospect". ------------------------ -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Mavs Sign Yi Jianlian To 1-Year Deal

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The Dallas Mavericks are about to sign a player they've long "coveted" (lol), reaching terms Saturday on a one-year contract with free-agent forward Yi Jianlian. The 6-foot-10 power forward has spent the past four seasons in the NBA but was still available in free agency thanks in part to a knee injury Yi suffered during a brief stint playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Palmer: LaMarcus Aldridge Tops List Of Potential First-Time All-Stars

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Chris Palmer of ESPN.com (Insider) lists Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge in the first spot of his list of eight potential first-time NBA All-Stars. ---------------------- Save for Blake Griffin, no power forward in the game is improving as rapidly as Aldridge. And when considering post moves and 18-foot jump shots, Aldridge is well ahead of Griffin. In fact, the only reason he didn't make the All-Star team last season was due to the glut of talented power forwards in the conference. (The league's leading rebounder, Kevin Love, was named last season as a replacement for Yao Ming.) His turnaround jumper and jump hook are among the best in the game and his length causes a great deal of difficulty for contemporaries Griffin and Love. Winning the head-to-head battle against those two would greatly improve his chances. Who he'd replace: Dirk Nowitzki Why he wouldn't make it: For the same reason he was the odd man out last year: There are simply more quality power forwards out West than there are available All-Star roster spots. ---------------------- ed: text added, bumped to front page
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