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January 20, 2015 Updates

"The worst thing I can do right now is give up,'' Batum said Monday night after an 8-point, 4-rebound, 4-assist night in the Blazers' 98-94 win over Sacramento. "I'm going to be all right.'' Batum is averaging 8.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists and is shooting a career-low 38.5 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from 3-point range. Oregonian

January 16, 2015 Updates

It was tough to tell just how quickly Nicolas Batum jetted out of the Portland Trail Blazers locker room Wednesday night, but judging from the streaks still cascading down the sides of the plastic cup, it was moments before the media was allowed in. Maybe he had a date, or a family matter, or maybe he had to pack for Thursday morning's early departure to San Antonio, but Batum wasn't around Wednesday to answer the biggest question surrounding the Trail Blazers these days: What in the world is going on with his game? Oregonian

"We need him,'' LaMarcus Aldridge said. "I think he knows that. He's a big part of this team and what we do, offensively and defensively. So, we need that Nic back from last year. I don't think he's happy with it, I think he's trying to figure it out and I think every guy on the team is trying to help him figure it out, too.'' Oregonian

So what is going on with Batum? If I was to guess, there are several factors at play here. He has been going through a complicated and messy divorce. Before the season started, I asked him whether he worried his personal life would disrupt his professional life. He scoffed, pointing to his performance that summer for France in the World Cup. "Do you think it affected my mind during the World Cup? I don't think so. I didn't show it,'' Batum said. "When this story came out, it was the same night I got 28 points.'' Oregonian

January 12, 2015 Updates

He saw the videos of the mass rally in Paris on Sunday. “I was proud,” Batum said. “I was proud of everybody because close to a million people on the streets and no incidents. Nothing happened. There were 50 world leaders there too and nothing happened. That shows that people greatly respect each other and what happened was bad and evil people. To be honest we had Jewish people and Christian people and Muslim people, we had everyone black, white they stand together. “I was proud to be a Frenchman.” NBCSports.com

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While Batum is grateful for the way things turned out, he still believes the decision to sign that offer sheet was the smartest route for him back in the summer of 2012. “At the time when I signed [Minnesota’s offer sheet], it was different,” Batum said. “We had no coach, I didn’t know Damian [Lillard] back at the time. And Minnesota was a different situation. They had Kevin Love, Rick Adelman, Ricky Rubio that was the way it was set up really. Now that I see the way we play, how I am right now with Terry Stotts, I’m glad I’m here now.” Basketball Insiders

December 20, 2014 Updates
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Paul Garcia: Hearing Nicolas Batum will be out tonight. Wasn't at Stotts' session, but heard from one who was. Twitter @PaulGarciaPS

The Trail Blazers' starting small forward did not practice Thursday night, when the team went through a brief workout at the AT&T Center, and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. His availability will be determined Friday night after -- and if -- Batum tests his ailing body during the Blazers' pregame warmup. If Thursday offered any indication, it's hard to envision Batum stepping on the court any time soon. He has a bruised left knee and a bruised right wrist and he said Thursday he couldn't bend his knee or move his wrist, byproducts of that nasty Wednesday night tumble. "Better," Batum said, when asked how he was feeling. "My head is better. I land on my face, but I'm OK. My left knee, my right wrist are the most painful spots." Oregonian

December 18, 2014 Updates

Batum looks around the league, hears everyone already discussing the free agency of Kevin Durant. They’ll both fall in 2016, yet Batum believes he and Durant are made of the same disposition with different external temperaments. Durant’s been swarmed with questions about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Batum, the case is simple: Why leave Portland? “I still have time and I like low key so there’s no reason to think yet, but why not stay in Portland?” Batum told RealGM. “I’ve been here for seven years now, so why not?” RealGM

And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.” RealGM

December 17, 2014 Updates

Every summer, his old French buddies return to their native country for the national team’s training camp and words of the practices in San Antonio, of the culture and free-flowing system, fascinate Batum. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and San Antonio gave Batum and the Portland Trail Blazers a clinic in the Western Conference semifinal playoff series last season, and Batum pondered how he could play for those Spurs amid all the connected passes for wide-open shots, all the cuts and drives born of the sport’s fundamentals. As Batum thought aloud, “Yeah, maybe I could. Maybe.” Batum wasn’t looking outside Portland, but rather gauged his fit on a champion, any title winner, really. RealGM

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