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With 24.3 seconds left, the Trail Blazers ahead of Oklahoma City 108-104 and LaMarcus Aldridge at the foul line for a pair Wednesday night at the Moda Center, the fans serenaded the city's biggest sports star with chants of "M-V-P!" "Finally," teammate Nicolas Batum said with a smile. "He deserved that." Portland Tribune

It was a great team win, but Aldridge's showing was so outstanding, it was hard not to focus on his standing among the game's elite. "I say it every game," Batum said. "He's the best power forward in the game. I'm not surprised what he did tonight." Could Aldridge be the NBA's MVP? "He deserves to be in the discussion right now," Batum said. "We're No. 1 in the West and No. 2 in the league. He's the best player we have. He's a top-five player right now." Portland Tribune

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“I feel like I’m competing with Carmelo [Anthony], K.D [Kevin Durant] and LeBron [James],” George told CSNNW.com. “I’m not taking nothing away from Batum or other small forwards in this league, but I feel like those guys are my competition and they’re who I’m going for." CSNNW.com

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“Really, I felt like Nicolas was going to be a good player and a talented player. Again, he was drafted with that in mind, with being a part of the future. Probably the one thing when I look back on my time in Portland that I regret was the decision to take Nicolas out of that lineup and starting Gerald Wallace,” McMillan admitted. “That was something that I was battling with the time I was there. CSNNW.com

“I knew that Nic was going to be the future. I knew Wesley [Matthews] was going to be the future. Those were the two best wings for us. But bringing in a veteran such as Gerald Wallace and trying to convince him to come off the bench and he did for about a week or two. He felt like he needed to be in the starting lineup. I went against what I really believed was right which was Nicolas and Wesley playing with LaMarcus because they defended and they shot the ball at the two and three positions. But we gave him as much as I felt like he could handle at the time.” CSNNW.com

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No, his lone regret came one season prior, when the Blazers acquired Wallace in a trade with Charlotte. When Wallace first joined the Blazers, McMillan brought him off the bench because he liked his presence in the second unit and didn’t want to stunt the growth of Batum. But behind the scenes, Wallace sulked, and eventually McMillan relented and shifted Batum to the second unit. “As I look back on it now, if I would have done anything different, I would have kept Nic in the starting lineup,” McMillan says. “Wallace wanted to go in the lineup, and I ended up trying to make that work. But I felt like Nic and Wesley (Matthews) were the right wings for us — and I think right now it’s showing that they’re the right wings. If I had that, to do it over again, I wouldn’t have done that. Nic was the future.” Oregonian

November 27, 2013 Updates

When Portland acquired one-time All-Star Gerald Wallace via trade midway through the 2010-11 season, McMillan had a tough decision to make. And he made it. It’s one of the only things he regrets during his time as the Trail Blazers coach. “Really, I felt like Nicolas was going to be a good player and a talented player. Again, he was drafted with that in mind, with being a part of the future. Probably the one thing when I look back on my time in Portland that I regret was the decision to take Nicolas out of that lineup and starting Gerald Wallace,” McMillan admitted. “That was something that I was battling with the time I was there. CSNNW.com

“I knew that Nic was going to be the future. I knew Wesley [Matthews] was going to be the future. Those were the two best wings for us. But bringing in a veteran such as Gerald Wallace and trying to convince him to come off the bench and he did for about a week or two. He felt like he needed to be in the starting lineup. I went against what I really believed was right which was Nicolas and Wesley playing with LaMarcus because they defended and they shot the ball at the two and three positions. But we gave him as much as I felt like he could handle at the time.” CSNNW.com

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But an offseason of hope and hype unraveled into merely more of the same Wednesday night at US Airways Center, where the Phoenix Suns delivered a 104-91 body blow to the Blazers in a season-opening letdown before 17,208. "We were not ready," Nicolas Batum said. "We can talk about how much better we are and all the things we want to do, but we've got to be ready. We had a good preseason. We had a good training camp. But the preseason is over. "œThat was a good warning for us." Oregonian

October 29, 2013 Updates

His eyes opened wide. His eyebrows shot up. Then an amused Nicolas Batum flashed an are-you-kidding-me gaze. Does Damian Lillard look better than he did last season? “Wheeeeeeeeeeooo,” Batum responded, allowing his whistle to drag on for a few seconds. “He’s way different than last year. Way better. He wants to be the best point guard in the league, and he’s doing what he needs to do to be the best point guard in the league.” Oregonian

October 18, 2013 Updates

His play hasn’t been eliciting oohs and aahs during games. His contributions barely stand out on box scores. But one consistent trend has developed during the Blazers’ training camp: Joel Freeland is quietly playing well. “He’s my MVP right now,” Batum said. “He’s one of the best players right now of the camp. Joel is playing good, especially on defense.” Oregonian

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