HoopsHype Nicolas Batum rumors


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Prior to Tuesday night’s game versus the Charlotte Bobcats at the Moda Center, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum took questions from the media regarding his status after sustaining a right knee contusion near the end of Sunday night’s 116-100 victory versus the Nuggets. “I tried to jump but somebody kicked my knee,” said Batum. “Kind of twisted a little bit. It felt like a big hit on my knee. I’ll be okay.” Forward Center

“It could be worse,” said Batum. “We thought it was going to be worse than that when that happened. The first thing when the doctor saw that, yeah, they were pretty worried. It’s scary, it swelled a little bit but I’m okay. Forward Center

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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

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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

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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

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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

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