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Blazers G Nolan Smith Starts A Blog, Joins Cameron Crazies, Works Out With Duke Coaches


Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Nolan Smith continues to keep busy during the ongoing NBA lockout.

Smith and his sister, Sydney, have started a blog on their foundation website. Sydney writes the introductory post.

It has been 16 years since our dads passing and through his legacy and the strength of our mother we are where we are today. Nolan and I have both graduated college and are now both pursing careers in what we love. (As time goes on we will be sure to give you guys more on the two of us, but I will keep it brief for now!) We have had the most amazing support system through all of the hard times and realized that now, at 25 and 23 years old that we can provide that same support system for other kids, as our family and friends provided for us.


With this blog, we hope to really connect with you, whether you have lost a parent or just someone close to you, we are sure you can relate the the many topics we will discuss. Regularly, Nolan and I will make posts whether together our individually and we welcome you to respond to us. We definitely want to know what you are thinking.

Meanwhile, Bret Strelow of reports that Smith attended an exhibition game between his alma mater, Duke University, and Shaw on Wednesday and sat in the famed Cameron Crazies student section.

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Summoned by the student section, Duke alums Nolan Smith and Lance Thomas were initiated as Cameron Crazies during the second half of the Blue Devils' exhibition win Wednesday night.

The big men moved more aggressively while helping on pick-and-rolls, and freshman guard Austin Rivers turned in a performance that [Coach Mike] Krzyzewski labeled as mature. Duke didn't establish its first 20-point lead until less than eight minutes remained, but the newest Cameron Crazies still enjoyed the show.

"It definitely wasn't the prettiest thing," Smith said, "but sitting over there, you're still excited."

Smith also got some basketball work and trash talk in with fellow Duke alum and Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick and a group of Duke assistant coaches. Video uploaded to YouTube by DukeBluePlanet.

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