TAG: Nicolas Batum

Latest News / Jan 8, 2015 / 10:00 pm

Photos: Nicolas Batum Dons ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Shirt Prior To Blazers-Heat

Nicolas Batum

The fight for equality and justice has no jurisdiction. Neither does support of those victimized by senseless acts of terror. Weeks after tens of players donned “I Can’t Breathe” tees, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Nicolas Batum – a native Frenchman – warmed up for tonight’s game versus the Miami Heat wearing a shirt that read “Je Suis Charlie,” the world’s collective cry of defiance in reaction to the massacre at Paris’ Charlie Hebdo headquarters on Wednesday. Read More »

Smack / Dec 18, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Struggling Nicolas Batum Says Overall Game, More Aggression “Is Coming”

Nicolas Batum

It speaks volumes of the Portland Trail Blazers’ wealth of talent that they’ve started the season 20-6 despite uncharacteristic play from Nicolas Batum. The multifaceted 6-9 wing is shooting career-low marks from the field and three-point range, and using fewer possessions than he has since his rookie year. But this wasn’t the plan for 2014-2015, and Batum is confident that his game – and health – will come around soon enough as the result of a more aggressive mindset. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Sep 12, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Serbia Holds Off France In FIBA Semifinal With Help Of Insane Crunch-Time Basket


Nicolas Batum was cooking, France was raining three-pointers, and Serbia was losing their game-long stranglehold on the chance to play Team USA for World Cup gold. Where would Serbia go for a basket when it needed one most? A pick-and-roll between Phoenix Suns first-round pick Bogdan Bogdanovic and former Milwaukee Bucks big man Miroslav Raduljica seemed coach Aleksandar Dordevic’s best option, and that thought proved correct – Raduljica scored off an assist from Bogdanovic to put their team up 65-57 and helped stem the French tide with just under six minutes remaining. Just like they drew it up, right? Well, not exactly. Read More »

NBA / Jun 4, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The Next Wave Of The 15 Most Marketable NBA Stars

Damian Lillard

As the NBA continues to grow globally; companies in the international markets have reached out to some of the game’s youngest, brightest and biggest stars to promote their products across the world. Even if it means paying a hefty price to lock down a potential superstar, NBA personalities have become some of the biggest brands in the world. In the age of social media, the culture has changed and fans are following their favorite players more closely than ever. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 14, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The 10 Best Closers From This Season’s NBA Playoffs

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Playoffs are in full swing. There are no weak teams left but rather just the mighty squads that are all capable of winning at this level in this kind of environment. Because of the level of talent from team to team, games–especially those that mean so much–come down to the wire and it is up to the “closer” to bring his ninth inning heat and finish out the contest. Read More »

NBA / May 14, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Will The Real Trail Blazers Please Stand Up?

Will Barton

Memphis by way of Baltimore? It doesn’t get much grimier than that. So is it any surprise that it was the rugged, skinny kid from Mobtown who had the Blazers’ backs when they needed it the most?

For more than a week now, the Blazers have been wondering what happened to their pride. In Game 4 against the Spurs, it was the inspiring, and improbable, play of Will Barton that showed everyone just what pride looks like. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 24, 2014 / 10:20 pm

Video: LeBron James Skies For The Reverse Alley-Oop

Norris Cole, LeBron James Nicolas Batum

There is no question that LeBron James is one of the best finishers in the game today, if not the best. ‘Bron showed fans another example of this trait in the second quarter of Monday’s matchup against the Trail Blazers. LeBron used his quickness to beat Nicolas Batum with a sweet cut along the baseline as Norri Cole

threw up a lob from way beyond the arc. The reigning MVP finished with a reverse jam despite Batum trying to intercept Norris’ pass. Read More »

NBA, Video / Feb 4, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 100 Best Dunks Of The NBA Season

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

For only a half season’s worth of basketball, the NBA’s top athletes have put together a strong resume and large volume of impressive slams, so much so that we had to list 100 of them. There weren’t any that had to be forced on, either, to complete the list. No, there were plenty of worthy candidates to make this list go beyond the threshold of 100. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 24, 2014 / 1:44 am

Video: Wesley Matthews Slam Off The Inbounds Lob

Wesley Matthews

The Trail Blazers nipped a 110-105 win over the visiting Nuggets in the second game of TNT’s Thursday night double-header. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 44 points in the victory, and he was the primary reason the Blazers outscored the Nuggets, 24-14, in the final period to clinch the comeback win. But Wesley Matthews was the only other Blazer to drop a pair of buckets in that final session, and he already wowed the crowd at the Moda Center in the third period with a filthy slam off an inbounds lob from Nicolas Batum. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 16, 2014 / 10:30 am

Video: Nicolas Batum Lobs For Sneaky Damian Lillard Slam

Damian Lillard

The Blazers pulled away from a visiting Cavs team — that’s not messing around anymore with the acquisition of Luol Deng — in the fourth quarter Wednesday night behind their stars, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The former even snuck backdoor for a sick alley-oop from Nicolas Batum. Read More »