HoopsHype Meyers Leonard rumors

December 1, 2012 Updates
November 22, 2012 Updates

Following the game, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did something he has never done during his brief tenure as the team's coach...he called out one of his players. “He (Meyers Leonard) needs to work on his individual post defense,” Stotts said. Gortat scored on him, Jermaine O'Neal scored on him. He's trying, but right now, he's a poor post defender one-on-one.” Stotts is clearly trying to send a message with those comments. But you won't hear Leonard disagreeing with his coach's critique. “I got to get better at defense,” Leonard admitted. “It's a learning process. I got to have better anticipation, better everything. So we just as a team, got to get better and definitely for myself.” CSNNW.com

October 18, 2012 Updates
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September 4, 2012 Updates

Has your mother had surgery? [Ed. note: Leonard's mother has chronic back pain that prevents her from working, according to this piece by Mike McGraw of DailyHerald.com.] Meyers Leonard: "No. We're working on that. Basically have her health insurance all wrapped up. Getting quotes on that. I'm trying to schedule a neurosurgeon for her so we can figure out if we can go in and do some surgery, or get on medication. Even then, she's trying to ween off medication and get back to her normal life." Blazers Edge

July 23, 2012 Updates
July 12, 2012 Updates

Remember when the Portland Trail Blazers drafted the 7-1 Meyers Leonard with the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NBA draft? Okay, when that occurred, Skip Bayless of ESPN's First Take tweeted this out, “This is WAY too high for Meyers Leonard. Will never live up to 11th overall.” Of course I had to check in and see if Leonard was aware that he was called out by the easy-going Mr. Bayless. "I didn't know that,” Leonard said to CSNNW.com. “Interesting. Well, he's entitled to his own opinion. I'm just going to continue to work hard and be the best I can be. But, I didn't know he said that.” CSNNW.com

June 29, 2012 Updates

Meyers Leonard: At six years old, I lost my dad. Obviously a pretty tough time for my family and I. Grew up with my mom and my brother and I, and not a lot of money sometimes. Some hardship. It was tough but it also made me grow into a young man at an earlier age, stepping in and being somewhat of a caretaker throughout my early years of my life and now especially being able to take care of my mom and my family. Blazers Edge

June 28, 2012 Updates
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“I don’t see us moving up,” Sixers president Rod Thorn said after watching Illinois center Meyers Leonard work out Tuesday. Meyers, who’s 7-foot-1, 245 pounds, is one of several power forwards or centers who the Sixers have worked out over the past four weeks. Delaware News Journal

June 26, 2012 Updates
June 24, 2012 Updates

Sources say the Hornets are seriously considering North Carolina 7-foot center Tyler Zeller for their 10th overall pick. Zeller worked out for the Hornets on June 4, along with Illinois center Meyers Leonard, Mississippi State power forward/center Arnett Moultrie and Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Pistons are clearly looking for a big at No. 9 and have brought in all the guys who might be available to them at that spot. Illinois' Meyers Leonard, North Carolina's Tyler Zeller, North Carolina's John Henson, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, Baylor's Perry Jones and Kentucky's Terrence Jones are among those scheduled to go head-to-head in that workout. ESPN.com

Right now, sources say Leonard and Henson are the two leading candidates in the group. Sullinger has slid on the Pistons' draft board since the team saw his draft combine physical. Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie is also in the running for the No. 9 pick; however, he's more of a long shot. He worked out earlier with the Pistons. ESPN.com

Ryan Blake, the senior director of NBA scouting operations, said five players whom the Mavs could consider at No. 17 include Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross, Mississippi State power forward Arnett Moultrie, St. John's small forward Moe Harkless, Illinois center Meyers Leonard and North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall. Blake, however, believes Jones will be long gone before the Mavs make their first selection. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

June 23, 2012 Updates

If the contingent of the Warriors' basketball operations staff that wants to go big in the draft wins the argument, they'll choose between Tyler Zeller and Meyers Leonard. 'He’s definitely more polished in the post than me, but I think everyone knows that I have an athletic advantage over him," Leonard said of the comparison to Zeller. "He’s got some experience on me, but I think youth is an advantage for me. You can go back and forth." Sulia

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