HoopsHype Nicolas Batum rumors


November 11, 2014 Updates
November 10, 2014 Updates

Trail Blazers starting small forward Nicolas Batum has a right knee contusion, nothing more. That dose of good news was delivered late Sunday night, when magnetic resonance imaging tests performed on his knee did not reveal significant damage. Batum suffered the injury late in the Blazers' 116-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets at the Moda Center. Oregonian

October 5, 2014 Updates

Batum has played for France every summer since 2009, but this year there was a difference. "This was my first time since I got drafted I had a team for me. I had a challenge ahead of me," he said. He had San Antonio's Boris Diaw, who helped knock out the Blazers, but the keys to the team were turned over to Batum. "I was the leader. Coach really gave me the team for the World Cup. That was big for me. I learned a lot," Batum said. "The first seven games I was Nic Batum, run around, play the team game." Columbian

He wants to get on the line more than he did, which can only help the Blazers. "That's one aspect of my game I want to improve more this year," Batum said. "Being on the line more, being more aggressive. Last year Wes (Matthews), LA (LaMarcus Aldridge) and Dame (Damian Lillard) were the scorers." Columbian

September 14, 2014 Updates
September 9, 2014 Updates
September 7, 2014 Updates
September 6, 2014 Updates
August 2, 2014 Updates
July 6, 2014 Updates

Capela befriended some other French NBA players, like Portland's Nicolas Batum, and picked up valuable advice. "He told me if I worked hard and was very serious, I could make it to the NBA," Capela said. "He still gives me advice and helps me while I am going through everything." Capela has found comfort in the fact that the NBA has become such an international league. "There are so many players from different countries, and France has a lot of players," Capela said. "That makes it feel better for me to come here." Houston Chronicle

June 19, 2014 Updates
June 15, 2014 Updates
June 14, 2014 Updates
June 10, 2014 Updates

Scott Howard-Cooper: Talked with Nic Batum on Mon. He said offseason workouts have focused on developing a post game. Considers it part of taking the next step. Twitter @SHowardCooper

May 29, 2014 Updates
May 23, 2014 Updates

With the Trail Blazers finished for the year, Nic Batum is looking for some new people to improve his game with. And because dogs need to go outside to generally be happier dogs (at least according to our understanding of pet ownership having only occasionally pet-sat our friend’s dog) Batum’s game against his dog seems like the perfect way to accomplish both. For The Win

May 20, 2014 Updates

After a successful 2013-14 campaign, the Portland Trail Blazers have transitioned from a team trying to win to a team about winning. Portland returned to the postseason for the first time since 2011 and advanced past the first round for the first time in 14 seasons – the longest such drought in the Western Conference. So after a 54-win season and appearance in the conference semifinals, the Blazers aren't shying away from upping the ante for next season. "We gotta be Top 4 next year," forward Nicolas Batum said about the Blazers, who finished fifth in the Western Conference this season. "And at least for one round have the homecourt advantage ... that's minimum for us." Oregonian

May 13, 2014 Updates

He has been guarding Parker for stretches of games for four years now, and Monday was the longest, and most important assignment. The theory is Batum’s length — he is 6-foot-8 — bothers Parker (6-2), but really, Batum says his biggest asset against Parker is his mind. “I know him,’’ Batum said. “I’m not saying I can stop him, but I know Tony, I have played with him a lot, I have watched him for so long.’’ Oregonian

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.