Like 27 other NBA teams (soon to be 29), the Portland Trail Blazers are done for the season. Since there are no games to fill the Trail Blazers’ void until Las Vegas Summer League, we will be running a new segment every Sunday that conglomerates the best Trail Blazers articles from around the web from the week prior. Here are the best articles from June 8th to June 15th:
C.J. McCollum Looking Forward to a Clean Slate – Casey Holdahl, ForwardCenter
“A clean slate will give me a much better chance to develop and give the coaching staff an opportunity to continue gaining trust in me,” he said. “When you go through the system and you go through the trenches playing with your team, it helps you gain valuable trust from teammates.”
Looking at the rosters and history of his teams, the picture became clearer. Stotts was the head coach for two years of the Jason Terry-led Hawks, and got just one year in Milwaukee of a fully-healthy Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut where the Bucks did indeed make the playoffs. Stotts’ coaching record wasn’t great, but the talent on his rosters were even worse. With some success in Milwaukee and the pedigree of working under Carlisle, Olshey’s decision to go with Stotts in 2012 doesn’t seem like such a stretch in hindsight.
Greg Oden open to playing next season, admits he didn’t have season he expected – Chris Haynes, CSNNW
“Yeah, I’m sure I’m playing again next year but honestly I haven’t even gave it much thought,” Oden told CSNNW.com Wednesday after practice. “I’m trying to concentrate on this and getting this ring first and after that, that’s part of the thought process. My body feels good. I can still play. I’ll be alright.”
A look at where LaMarcus Aldridge sits among Trail Blazers all-time career leaders – Sean Meagher, OregonLive
Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is coming off a career-year in his eighth season in Portland. The three-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA performer set career highs with 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds this season, leading the Blazers in both categories and climbing up the top 10 of many franchise statistical categories.
The One Offseason Move the Portland Trail Blazers Must Make – Joshua Vannuccini, BleacherReport
Coach Stotts and his staff haven’t shown a willingness to allow the reserves to regularly play, but that would ultimately change with a supporting cast that knows their role and how to contribute proficiently. As such, incoming free agents could be swayed by the notion that the Blazers’ further improvement would be predicated on their own involvement instead of riding the bench.