From the Elbow: Ethic Studies

A week into the season, Nicolas Batum and the Blazers provide a lesson in the NBA's strange morality.

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The NBA is hard to encapsulate. It’s a league comprised of the best professional basketball players in the world. It’s a corporation operating on a large scale trying to sell a high-value product to the largest possible customer base at the best possible price with the highest imaginable mark-up. It’s a conglomeration of similarly run large business enterprises fighting against one another ...   More
 
Thursday, November 7, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #18: The (European) Champ Is Here

How Nicolas Batum spent his summer vacation: Helping France win its first EuroBasket Championship.

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Instagram has been the best place to catch up on what the Blazers have been up to in these last few weeks before the start of training camp and the launch of the 2013-14 NBA season. Damian Lillard has been hosting a weekly rap battle of sorts. Wesley Matthews has posted photos of his recent basketball camp for kids, along with the obligatory workout photo or two. Speaking ...   More
 
Friday, September 27, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Blazer Nicolas Batum Crotch-Punches Spaniard at Olympics

Was Rudy Fernandez to blame?

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 The proud Portland tradition of punching people in the testicles during basketball games continued today at the London Olympics.This time it was Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum who took a swing at an opponent's groin, while representing France at the Games. He swung at Juan Carlos Navarro's crotch with 24 seconds left in France's quarterfinal loss against Spain.Unlike mayoral candidate ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 AARON MESH

JUICY SUITS: A Trail Blazer Fan, a Nicolas Batum Autograph and an Alleged False Arrest

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A fan of the Portland Trail Blazers is suing the owners of the Rose Garden for $105,000 after security guards allegedly confiscated his Nicolas Batum autograph and detained the plaintiff in a dark room.In the lawsuit filed March 29 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Mark Chernobelsky of Southwest Portland says he had courtside tickets to the Blazers' home game against the Los Angeles Lakers on April ...   More
 
Friday, April 1, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

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