HoopsHype Nolan Smith rumors

December 2, 2012 Updates

The bench, which entered the game averaging an NBA-low 12.8 points per game, collectively played 76 minutes and scored 29 points as Joel Freeland (eight points, two rebounds, one block), Will Barton (seven points, 3 of 5 shooting) and Nolan Smith (six points, 3 of 6 shooting) excelled. “We heard it,” Smith said of outside criticism about the bench’s play. “But I think as a group ... we try and just focus on what we’re doing in house; just keeping each other’s confidence up and continue to be supportive of one another. It kept us all just ready for this moment.” Oregonian

November 29, 2012 Updates

In the not-too-distant future, young players such as Victor Claver, Joel Freeland, Will Barton and Nolan Smith might be sent down to the NBA Development League for a little playing time and seasoning. Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said he intends to use Idaho this season as a tool to foster growth with his young players and he has created a tentative plan to send guys east across the Oregon border. Oregonian

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Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts brushed off Smith's latest performance and chalked it up to him just missing some gimmes that might have jump-started his game onto the right track. “He had a rough night [Friday] because he went 0-for-6,” Stotts said. “He had a couple of really good moves that he wasn't able to finish and that probably would have changed the tenner of the opinion of the game. “Those two layups go in [it's different game]. But he struggled [Friday] scoring the ball, but I think he still defends, he's quick, he gets by people. So, this is good for him. This is good for him to go through it and get minutes on the floor and [Friday] in crunch time, to be able to try and make plays and win the game.” CSNNW.com

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But it’s his most recent stop, with Dallas, that is generating the biggest buzz among Blazers players. Stotts was a key member of coach Rick Carlisle’s staff during the Mavericks’ run to the 2011 NBA Championship, which featured a first-round Western Conference playoff victory over the Blazers. “I’ve never formally met him, so I don’t know him,” second-year Blazers guard Nolan Smith said. “But I know he was on the World Championship team with the Mavericks. I know he knows what it takes to win.” Oregonian

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Nolan Smith continued to endure headaches and a sore neck Wednesday, but was recovering from the concussion he suffered Tuesday night in a summer league game against the Houston Rockets. Because he sustained a concussion, Smith will have to go through a series of steps to gain clearance from the NBA to return to basketball. But general manager Neil Olshey said Smith was "going to be fine." Oregonian

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