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PORTLAND, Ore. Cheap Brooklyn Nets Jerseys . -- No longer the NBAs surprising overachievers, Damian Lillard says the Trail Blazers need to stay true to the process.Portland went 44-38 last season despite losing four starters to free agency the previous summer. The team got the fifth seed in the Western Conference and played past the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers into the second round of the playoffs.With greater expectations, the Blazers embark on this season hoping to build on the last.Its something well have to continue to push ourselves to do, but I think we just grow on what we started last year, Lillard said. You continue to stay true to the small things that we committed to last year and get better that way. I dont think you come back and say, `Its a new year, lets go change this and change that.The Blazers fell to the Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals, and this season Golden State again looks to be the team to beat with the addition of Kevin Durant. The Blazers counter with a deep bench and should vie again for the Northwest Division title.We have a lot of players who can have an impact to finish games. The first three years, we were relying on the starters. Last year, the depth was versatile and helped us get through the season, and we improved on that this year, coach Terry Stotts said. We look at the season as a continuation of last season.Lillard averaged a career-high 25.1 points in the regular season, becoming the third Portland player ever to average more than 25. He also averaged 6.8 assists.Backcourt teammate CJ McCollum averaged 20.8 points in his first year as a starter, giving the Blazers their first backcourt duo with an average of 20 or more points apiece in a single season. He was named the leagues Most Improved Player.Mason Plumlee returns as the starting center, with Al-Farouq Aminu at power forward. Maurice Harkless and offseason addition Evan Turner have been competing in training camp for the other starting nod.Other things to consider as the Trail Blazers prepare to open the season:NEWCOMERS: Portland signed Turner and free agent forward Festus Ezeli, while trading for guard Shabazz Napier and rookie forward Jake Layman. Ezeli played last season for the Warriors and averaged seven points and 5.6 assists.Turner, who agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract, is adjusting to his new team in the preseason. Last year with the Celtics, the 6-foot-7 wing averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists as Bostons sixth man.Lillard recently offered Turner some advice: I said to him, `Dont worry about what this person thinks or what that person is saying. We want you to play. Youre a playmaker and you score the ball. ... We need you to play off your instincts. Thats what you do well. Thats what you do well in practice. We want you to do it in a game so we can adjust to what you do and learn that way instead of you trying to get used to us all the time.ROAD TRIP!: The Trail Blazers once again embarked on a preseason team-bonding excursion to San Diego. The trip south was started by Lillard and McCollum in 2015. The team worked out at San Diego State and shared meals. I always knew they were cool guys and they had good chemistry, Ezeli said. But I didnt know the team was this tight.DEFENSE: Stotts has always emphasized defensive improvement, and this season is no different. The Blazers ranked 20th in the league for points allowed per game, 16th for opponents field-goal percentage and 17th for opponents points per shot.INJURY UPDATE: Center Meyers Leonard has returned to the court ahead of schedule following shoulder surgery. Noah Vonleh has also returned from a procedure on his thigh. But the Blazers continue to wait on Ezeli, who had a left knee procedure in August. There is no timeline for his return, and the Blazers are acting cautiously.MULTITALENTED: Lillards first rap album The Letter O was released Friday. Lillard, who musically goes by Dame D.O.L.L.A., worked with artists including Jamie Foxx, Raphael Saadiq and Lil Wayne. His first single is the song Hero, with Saadiq. Lillard has been involved with music since coming to the Blazers: He hosts the popular freestyle challenge (hash)4BarFriday on Instagram, and the video for his song Bigger than Us premiered on TNT in January. Wholesale Brooklyn Nets Jerseys . MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session, which was announced Monday. The league has discussed placing its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. China Nets Jerseys . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. http://www.cheapnetsjerseys.us/ . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The co-owner suing the Nashville Predators will have to plead his case against the franchises ownership before NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman after a judge refused his bid to keep his lawsuit in a Tennessee court.According to online court records, Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle issued her ruling Friday after hearing arguments July 20. But her ruling dismissing David Freemans request for a stay of arbitration had not been posted as of Friday afternoon. At least parts of the order likely will be sealed or redacted.The Tennessean first reported the ruling.The former Predators chairman and Commodore Trust sued Predators Holdings LLC and current team chairman Tom Cigarran on June 23 seeking $250 million in damages arguing his original 48 percent stake has been diluted.We are pleased with the ruling of Davidson County Chancery Court, as it reaffirms our position from the beginning that Mr. Freemans claim was meritless, frivolous, and that this issue should be resolved by the NHL as mandated by the NHL Constitution, the Predators said in a statement. The organization does not plan to comment further on this matter at this time.The lawsuit states that Freeman, through Commodore Trust, organized the Holdings investment group in 2007 to keep the Predators in Nashville. But it charges that some Holdings members have conspired to repay his dedication to the team and community by claiming that Commmodore owns less than one percent of Holdings. Wholesale Youth Nets Jerseys. he lawsuit also states that members of the Predators ownership group have refused to treat Commodore Trust as an owner and have repudiated Holdings commitment to compensate plaintiffs in return for tens of millions of dollars of loan guarantees that kept the Predators solvent and in Nashville.The complaint names Cigarran the chief architect of this scheme.Freeman has been involved in other NHL arbitration cases over the past year but argued in the lawsuit that Bettman cannot be impartial because of his obligation to protect the league.Attorneys for Freeman and Commodore Trust argued July 20 before Lyle that league rules are so overly broad that they wrongly could allow the commissioner to arbitrate this case. They also argued Freeman is technically not a co-owner of the team but rather an investor in a trust whose business dispute should not be decided by the commissioner.Lawyers for both Predators Holdings and the NHL defended the commissioners impartiality and the leagues constitution, which gives Bettman the right to handle disagreements among both clubs and owners through arbitration. They also said Freeman agreed to arbitration when he signed consent agreements as part of buying the Predators in December 2007. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

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