HoopsHype Nicolas Batum rumors

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During a recent question-and-answer session with fans on NBA.com, Wesley Matthews was asked who would win a one-on-one matchup between him and teammate Nicolas Batum. The uber-competitive Matthews didn't pull any punches when he answered the question. "Me," Matthews said. "Because I'm better than him. He doesn't want to see me one-on-one. This ain't no European thing. You know how me and Earl (Watson) get down. We don't play. No foul calls, all that. You're going to have to earn every bucket." Oregonian

When he caught wind of the Q & A and Matthews' challenge, Batum took to Twitter to defend himself. He quoted Matthews' answer and set up a Wild Wild West-style duel, just short of High Noon. “Wes tommorow 11am ...” Batum said Tuesday in his tweet. The Blazers probably will practice on Wednesday, setting up a possible stage for a fun — and perhaps — intense head-to-head matchup between two of their best players. At least one teammate is excited about the possibility. “I’ll be there,” Damian Lillard said in a reply to Batum’s tweet. Oregonian

March 8, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum did indeed break his nose in last night’s 103-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, his agent Bouna Ndiaye informed CSNNW.com Saturday morning. CSNNW.com

February 20, 2014 Updates

Do you want to see Nicolas Batum be more aggressive? Terry Stotts: Do I want him to force things? No. I've been answering that for a year and a half, everyone wants Nic to be more aggressive, I want Nic to play basketball. Whether it means shooting, driving, passing, defending, we need everybody to be aggressive with LaMarcus out. Everybody has to be aggressive at both ends of the court. Blazers Edge

February 12, 2014 Updates

And yet, Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds, running the combination of Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum to exhaustion. “He is the best one-on-one player in the league now,’’ Batum said. “I used to say ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony) but I say him now because he can score from everywhere. The post was his weakness but now he has it ... I can’t say it was a weakness, he never had a weakness, but you didn’t have to think about it. He has that now.’’ Oregonian

For the first time since entering the league, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is considering giving his body a rest over the summer rather than playing for the France national team. It’s a tough decision he’s facing in possibly sitting out the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this upcoming summer. Though, it’s a decision he won’t make until the conclusion of the 2013-14 NBA season. “I haven’t had a summer where I’ve been able to just rest and relax for a long time,” Batum told CSNNW.com. “It’s something that I’ll have to think about, but I won’t decide until after the season is over.” CSNNW.com

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“The guy is the best player in the world right now. What can you say about him?” said Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, a salty defender who fended off the pain of a broken left middle finger better than he could Durant, the league’s runaway leading scorer halfway through the season. “When you watch him on TV, like, he is the best. When you guard him in the game, sometimes you have two guys on him and he makes the shot anyway. NBA.com

“He’s the MVP. He’s the MVP,” Batum repeated, fiddling with his aching finger. “I mean, six years I have been in this league I have never seen a [performance] like that. Six years.” NBA.com

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“I look at all the small forwards in the West,” Batum told NBA.com. “You know, KD [Kevin Durant], is way up there, so can’t reach him he’s so far. But the West has to take a small forward after KD; I think it should be me. The West is crazy. I talked about it with Tony Parker two nights ago — I had dinner with him — that in the West, for a bench, to pick seven guys is pretty tough. KD is going to start at small forward, but I know if I get a chance to be on the bench to be a backup to KD, I would be very happy to do it.” NBA.com

LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are virtual locks to be in New Orleans playing on that Sunday. So when asked Saturday night if he feels like he deserves to be an All-Star, the small forward didn’t hesitate to give you his thoughts. “Yes, of course,” Batum said to CSNNW.com. “If they have to pick one small forward behind K.D. (Kevin Durant), I think it should be me.” CSNNW.com

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