Around The World: April 28, 2014

by Casey Holdahl
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Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Legendary Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay Passes Away At Age 89

"I was with him every day he was here in Portland, and I can't think of a funnier guy on the face of this earth, or someone who had a bigger influence on the way I think about basketball and life in general,” said legendary Trail Blazers broadcaster Bill Schonely. “As far as the game of basketball, he was a genius. He had the great ability to put a group of people together as a TEAM. And that was his great success. He was an outstanding teacher of the game.”

Trail Blazers: Players, Coaches, And Media Remember Jack Ramsay

“There’s one championship and he was the guy to bring it here. So obviously him passing away is a tough day for Rip City. Hopefully, I can be a part of a team that can bring that back here. It’s a sad day.”

Trail Blazers: Tweets Of The Night: Remembering Dr. Jack

"The tweets from NBA media, players, and alums paying their respects to Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay."

ESPN Front Row: ESPN Remembers Dr. Jack Ramsay, (1925-2014)

“The entire ESPN family is saddened by the loss of our beloved NBA analyst Dr. Jack Ramsay,” ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement. “It was our great pleasure to work with Dr. Jack and his energy and zest for life resonated in all that he did. He leaves an amazing legacy of helping fans understand and appreciate the game he loved. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his son Chris, a respected member of our ESPN family.”

ESPN: Remembering Dr. Jack Ramsay

“The basketball and sports worlds pay tribute to Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, who passed away Monday morning at the age of 89.”

ESPN: Hall Of Fame Coach Jack Ramsay Dies

"Jack's life is a beacon which guides us all," Bill Walton, who was on Ramsay's 1977 title team in Portland, told USA Today in 2007. "He is our moral compass, our spiritual inspiration. He represents the conquest of substance over hype. He is a true saint of circumstance."

Yahoo!: Hall Of Fame Coach Jack Ramsay Through The Years

“Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the NBA's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89.”

Yahoo!: Hall Of Fame Coach Jack Ramsay Dies At 89

''Great man,'' Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson, who played at Saint Joseph's, wrote on Twitter. ''The Greatest Hawk ever. He will be missed but never Forgotten.''

Pro Basketball Talk: Hall Of Fame Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay Dies

“Whether watched his coaching career unfold live or know it only through videos and photos, you’ve surely him on the sideline in his signature plaid jackets. Current Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts even wore a plaid jacket to honor Ramsay’s birthday earlier this year.”

Blazersedge: Jack Ramsay's Legacy In Portland

“It's easy to forget how far ahead of his time Jack Ramsay was. He stood among the early physical fitness gurus. Running, swimming, general conditioning...this wasn't just about basketball skill. He wanted you to go fast and to stay on the court as long as you were needed. He put his team through conditioning drills and took them seriously. He turned his team's youth into an advantage, dictating the fast break as the first option. He didn't want his bigs to hold rebounds or slow the game. Grab it, turn, fire the outlet, and get down the court. If the guards couldn't get a layup the center could fill the lane on the secondary break.”

Trail Blazers: Rip City Report: Episode 16

"On this week’s edition, we discuss Game 4 of the first-round series between the Blazers and Rockets, Portland being up 3-1 heading back to Houston, the play of LaMarcus Aldridge and the guts of Wesley Matthews, the locker room presence of Mo Williams, Robin Lopez vs. Dwight Howard and the passing and legacy of former Trail Blazer coach and Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay."

Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Take 3-1 Series Lead As Home Team Finally Prevails

“Mo’s always talking, for one, but he never screams,” said LaMarcus Aldridge. “Mo was just trying to light a fire under everybody. He just was telling us that we wasn’t competing at the highest level. He had seen every guy on the team, including himself, compete better than what we did in the first half, we all have to try to cease this moment of being at home and being up 2-1, that we weren’t playing our basketball. I thought every guy took on the challenge after that.”

Trail Blazers: Blazers In Black Socks, Adam Silver In the Building

"Trail Blazers team captain LaMarcus Aldridge, who is wearing black socks and a black sleeve on his right arm for Game 4, is often consulted when deciding what uniforms the team will wear. He said prior to the game that the team wanted to show their support for the Clippers, who wore black accessories in game and took to the court with their warmups on inside-out in their 118-97 loss to the Warriors Sunday afternoon. “I wanted to do something to support our brothers,” said Aldridge.

Trail Blazers: Call Of The Game: Holy Moly

"An already unbelievable series between the Trail Blazers and Rockets, just got even better. Portland was down by two, 114-112, and the seconds were ticking away. Rip City was in danger of heading back to Houston all tied up at two games apiece ... until the wildest possession of the 2013-14 season occurred. Nicolas Batum rose up from downtown with 33 seconds remaining. Only it hit nothing but iron and Houston's Jeremy Lin grabbed the rebound. Game over, right? Wrong. Mo Williams never gave up on the play, stole it from Lin, and eventually would up with the ball in his hands and feet set beyond the arc. Like the marksman he is, Williams delivered from distance. It wasn't enough to win the game in regulation, but it was enough to eventually force overtime where the Trail Blazers walked off the Moda Center court victorious, 123-120."

Trail Blazers: Trail Blazers Vs. Rockets Game 4 Audio

"Damian Lillard scored at the third quarter buzzer and got the fans up on their feet! The Trail Blazers offense begin to build some momentum. The Rockets' lead decreased to five points going into the fourth quarter, 84-79."

Trail Blazers: Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 123, Rockets 120 (OT)

“It will be tough, just like the first two games that we won down there. Doing it three times is really tough, but it’s not impossible. When you have a team down three games to one, you don’t want to let them believe too much. They’re a good team, a really confident team and I’m sure they believe that if they win one at home, come back win one here and get it to seven, they’ll have a great chance. But in our heads, we want to make sure that we stay focused, take that same mindset that we’ve had these past four games and take that back into Houston and do what I guess is considered to be almost impossible. [winning three road games in same series]"

Trail Blazers: Paul Allen Statement On Alleged Donald Sterling Remarks

“The kind of statements attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling, if true, are abhorrent, and not acceptable for the owner of an NBA franchise or anyone in professional sports. We at the Trail Blazers reject any and all such sentiments, and believe NBA leadership should take swift and impactful action in this case.”

Oregon Live: Quick: Trail Blazers' 'Dramatic' Halftime Locker Room Brings Team Closer To The Spirit Of 1977

"Shortly after the game, in that same locker room where players were shouting, and challenging one another, they stood side-by-side in front of the television. It was Aldridge, Lillard, Thomas Robinson and Will Barton, towels wrapped around their waist, watching highlights of the crazy game that left us all sweaty enough that we too needed a shower."

Oregon Live: Trail Blazers Guard Mo Williams Says Post Game Confrontation With Troy Daniels Doesn't Show Whole Story

“I think it’s … you know, the playoffs. Trust me, we all basketball player, so when we cross that other line, you know, everything is on the court. All the emotion, all that intensity is on the court. Because the crazy part about this league is we might be teammates one day, and I might be going to battle with him just like I’m going with (my team) now.’’

Oregon Live: Chandler Parsons After Rockets' Game 4 Loss: 'It's Win Or Go Home And We're Not Trying To Go Home'

"They played well, you can't take anything away from them," Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said after the game. "But it's just hard to play a team and play against ourselves at the same time. It's impossible to win that way."

CSNNW: With The Western Conference Wide Open, Blazers Can See A Path To Finals

“We’re not here for moral victories,” Damian Lillard told adamantly. “We all want to win the championship. Of course we’re going to take it game-by-game, but we’re here for rings, man.”

Columbian: Matthews' Clutch Play Provides Inspiration

"Wes has a big heart," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "He was taking criticism for his offense in the first three games, but his defense has been solid. ... He came out determined and made plays at both ends. That's what Wes does."

Portland Tribune: Together, Blazers Go Overtime To Beat Rockets Again

"We were shouting across the room -- not at people individually, but addressing the team," point guard Damian Lillard said. "Guys stepped up and spoke up -- Mo, L.A., Wes, Earl. We won two games on the road. It would be a huge disappointment to let (the Rockets) come back and do the same thing. We rose to the challenge."

Ball Don't Lie: Jeff Van Gundy Claims That The NBA Has 'Tried To Hurt Me With My Bosses' Following His Referee Criticism

"Which is great. When he’s on, he calls a great game, and it’s also necessary for the league to have its feet held to the fire a bit. The preponderance of “we have to call everything” block/charge calls, the ridiculous amount of time it takes to review a play that should be obvious amongst first glance on an HD receiver, and the noted recent little silly tweaks and adjustments (the oft-reviewed fast break foul call that slows the action, the delay of game penalty that slows the action) have turned what has genuinely been a peak NBA season into an annoying watch at times."

ESPN: How Will Silver Respond To Sterling?

"The NBA's bylaws are not made public, but sources with knowledge of the secret constitution say Silver does possess the equivalent of a "best interests of the game" clause he can invoke to suspend owners for detrimental conduct even though they theoretically employ him. Two NBA owners held in much higher regard than Sterling -- Minnesota's Glen Taylor (under-the-table contract with former No. 1 overall pick Joe Smith) and the Los Angeles Lakers' Jerry Buss (charged with driving under the influence) -- were suspended when David Stern was in charge."

ESPN: Most Entertaining Playoffs Ever?

"It's the seventh overtime game so far in the playoffs, which, according to Elias Sports Bureau, is the most the NBA has ever seen in any round. What's more ridiculous is that there have been three series in NBA playoff history that have featured a trio of overtime games, and two of them have come this season: Thunder-Grizzlies and Rockets-Blazers."

ESPN: D12 Warily Facing An Early Playoff Exit

"For a team that came into the season with visions of contending for a championship, it would be a staggeringly early exit. One that would be hard for all involved to digest. Howard wasn't allowing himself to go there yet. Not with another game still to play. Not when three of these four games have been decided in overtime and the Blazers are winning by a combined seven points over the four games."

CNNSI: The Point Forward's 2014 All-NBA Teams

"Golden State’s dependence on Curry might be more worrisome if he weren’t so consistently potent. Opponents can do only so much to contain a player capable of flicking a jumper at a moment’s notice. Curry strains defensive schemes like few players can, with the weight of his presence challenging the discipline of opposing guards and demanding ample help from big men at the top of the floor. One can almost see the defensive principles in play being torn apart as opponents race to contest Curry’s jumper. And who could blame them? The 26-year-old ranked first in three-pointers (261) and 10th in percentage (42.4) while creating the majority of those looks for himself."

SLAM: Post-Up: Blazing Forward

"And what about Nicolas Batum? He was money in the bank. That crossover three-ball in the fourth on Chandler Parsons? Nasty. Just nasty. Not only that, it was the Frenchman who put up a five-piece on the Rockets’ heads with 3:30 minutes left in OT that kicked off a 9-2 Blazers run. Portland took the lead and they never trailed again."