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Nicolas Batum and Trail Blazers see the value of a little extra rest

Nicolas Batum and Trail Blazers see the value of a little extra rest

The Blazers forward's half-day off is part of the Blazers' recognition of the value of being rested.

Trail Blazers embrace evolution from being The Hunters to being The Hunted

Nicolas Batum on the Blazers' new mindset: "We have to be like: How dare you come off the bus and play against us. That's the attitude we have to have. That's the difference between a winning team and a losing team."

Nicolas Batum says he's 'tired,' but 'recovers fast'; are you concerned at all?

Nicolas Batum finished off yet another busy offseason with the French national basketball team. Do you think it will affect him in his seventh NBA season?

Trail Blazers media day: Nicolas Batum ready, but not so rested, after busy summer

The Blazers small forward has had one day off since helping France win a bronze medal in the World Cup.

Nicolas Batum excited to get back to work with Trail Blazers after busy summer: Video

"I got one day off," Batum said. "This medal was the first time that a French basketball team won a medal at a world cup or world championship. And because Tony (Parker) didn't play, or Joakim Noah didn't play, I had to do all the media and all the appearances."
Blazersedge Sep 26, 2014

Can Nicolas Batum Lead an NBA Team?

In the FIBA World Cup, Nicolas Batum led Team France to a better-than-expected finish. Could he do that in the NBA? Nicolas Batum completed a busy summer, where he led Team France to a bronze medal, and was named to the All-FIBA team along with NBA players such as Kyrie Irving and Pau Gasol. In the final two games, Batum scored 35 and 27 points respectively. After years of being a complementary player in Portland behind Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and now Damian Lillard, perhaps there is a side of Batum rarely seen in the NBA. WE INTERRUPT THIS ARTICLE FOR THE FOLLOWING FAKE BREAKING...

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