3:53 PM EDT, Tue September 30, 2014

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.
Blazers Blog | Oregonian 16 hours ago

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...
Rip City Project Sep 15, 2014

Nicolas Batum receives All-Tournament honors [video highlights]

Nicolas Batum was one of five players in the 2014 FIBA World Cup to be named to the All-Tournament team. He was joined by Kyrie Irving and Kenneth Faried of the United States, Pau Gasol of Spain, and Milos Teodosic of Serbia. Irving was named the Most Valuable Player Award for his 26-point performance in […] Nicolas Batum receives All-Tournament honors [video highlights] - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Sep 14, 2014

Nicolas Batum’s scoring outbursts indicate star potential

After struggling to find his shooting stroke and offensive game in the first seven games of the FIBA World Cup. Trail Blazers’ forward Nicolas Batum broke out of his slump with monster performances of 35 points and 27 points in back-to-back games to lead France to a third place finish.     In recent memory, […] Nicolas Batum’s scoring outbursts indicate star potential - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Sep 12, 2014

Nicolas Batum explodes for 35, Serbia ousts France

After dominating the first three quarters, the Serbian National team held on to defeat Nicolas Batum and French National team 90-85 in the FIBA World Cup Semifinals. Leading 46-32 at the half, Serbia had to withstand 39 fourth quarter points from France (in a ten minute quarter), and 35 overall (17 in the fourth quarter) […] Nicolas Batum explodes for 35, Serbia ousts France - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rotoworld Sep 12, 2014

Nicolas Batum's 30 points not enough - Nicolas Batum (G/F) Portland Trail Blazers

Nicolas Batum led a strong fourth quarter comeback for France, compiling 35 points, eight 3s, three assists, two rebounds, and a steal, but ultimately it was not enough as France was upset by Serbia.
Rip City Project Sep 12, 2014

Nicolas Batum on three-point cold streak in FIBA World Cup

As a whole, the French national team has fought for all their success in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. They had to fight for a winning record in the group stage (3-2), they had to fight to beat Croatia in the Round of 16 (69-64), and they definitely had to fight in order to upset […] Nicolas Batum on three-point cold streak in FIBA World Cup - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Sep 11, 2014

Nicolas Batum, France knock Spain out of FIBA World Cup

  I didn’t think it was necessarily possible that France would beat Spain in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup. I also can’t say I’m shocked Spain got tight in a big game and choked away an opportunity to win the gold in front of their home fans and fellow countrymen. And, that’s exactly […] Nicolas Batum, France knock Spain out of FIBA World Cup - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Sep 7, 2014

Nicolas Batum, France get second chance to defeat Spain

For the second time in one week, France and Spain will meet in the FIBA World Cup. The first time around, Spain left little doubt who was the best team in the tournament so far with a decisive 88-64 victory over Les Bleus and Trail Blazers’ wing Nicolas Batum. This Wednesday, France and Spain will […] Nicolas Batum, France get second chance to defeat Spain - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazersedge Sep 7, 2014
What Will the Future Bring for the Portland Trail Blazer Starters?

What Will the Future Bring for the Portland Trail Blazer Starters?

With the roster nearly void of contracts running after 2015 -- and a few guys due for a pay increase come next offseason -- the future of the Trail Blazers starting unit is up in the air. You can't talk about the long-term future of the Portland Trail Blazers without considering the Summer of 2015. General Manger Neil Olshey created Portland's roster with flexibility in mind. He could retain the current lineup. He could blow up the entire roster next summer and start from scratch. Other than Nicolas Batum and a couple rookie-scale guys with team options that will likely be picked up...
Rip City Project Sep 6, 2014

FIBA: Nicolas Batum instrumental against Croatia (69-64)

Nicolas Batum and the French national team held on to a late-game lead to defeat Croatia 69-64 in the first elimination round of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. After leading by just one point at half time, France built a 12-point lead in the third quarter. However; the momentum swung in Croatia’s favor, as Bojan […] FIBA: Nicolas Batum instrumental against Croatia (69-64) - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Sep 6, 2014

FIBA: Nicolas Batum, France to face Croatia in Round of 16

With the group stage over, in which every team got to play five games to determine seeding for what comes next, the FIBA World Cup has taken the top 16 teams and put them into a elimination bracket. In this first round, Portland’s own Nicolas Batum and France will take on Dario Saric and Croatia. The loser […] FIBA: Nicolas Batum, France to face Croatia in Round of 16 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Sep 3, 2014

FIBA: Nicolas Batum, France Fall to Victor Claver, Spain 88-64

Nicolas Batum and his French compatriots were simply overwhelmed by the Spanish National Team 88-64 today during FIBA World Cup pool play. Spain was led by the Gasol brothers, with Pau Gasol posting 15 points on 5-9 shooting, and Marc Gasol leading all scorers with 17 points. Serge Ibaka also contributed with two blocks. On […] FIBA: Nicolas Batum, France Fall to Victor Claver, Spain 88-64 - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project Sep 3, 2014

Nicolas Batum & Victor Claver go head-to-head in France vs. Spain

Nicolas Batum and France take on fellow Trail Blazer Victor Claver and Spain in Group A today at 12:50 p.m. PDT. Claver’s Spain is 3-0 in the tournament and dominating by an average margin of victory of 28.5 PPG. While it kills me as a Blazers’ fan to say this, Claver has had little to do […] Nicolas Batum & Victor Claver go head-to-head in France vs. Spain - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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