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Odds & Ends: Aldridge, Howard, Mavs, Hollins

Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge sat down with Leo Sepkowitz of Slam Online for a wide-ranging Q&A session earlier this week.  Seven years after the 2006 draft, Aldridge has proven to be the only player taken in the top five that didn't fall short of expectations.  Does the 27-year-old hold a grudge against the Bulls for passing him up?  "I used to, but I don’t think I do anymore. I think someone named a stat that I average more points and rebounds against them and Dallas than anyone else. So people say that whenever I play them I have something to prove, but I don’t think I do anymore. But if the stats say I do, then I guess I do."  Here's more from around the Association..

  • Tim MacMahon of is stacking up the Mavericks, Lakers, and Rockets in different facets as they pursue Dwight Howard.  Today, MacMahon weighs the allure of playing alongside Kobe Bryant vs. Dirk Nowitzki vs. James Harden.  With age being a key factor, MacMahon gives the edge to Houston and Harden.
  • Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News (on Twitter) believes the process is too far down the line for the Pistons to bring Lionel Hollins in for an interview.  Hollins hopes to remain with the Grizzlies but a number of other teams are said to be interested in him.
  • Kansas center Jeff Withey is set to workout for the T'Wolves on June 13th, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter).  Our own Chuck Myron profiled Withey who recently worked out for the Celtics.  Minnesota's only pick in the draft is at No. 9, which means that they'll have to find their way into the mid-to-late portion of the first round to make the KU product a possibility.
  • Scouts representing the Celtics, Mavs, Thunder, and Grizzlies were in Varese, Italy to watch the game between Cimberio and Montepaschi, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando (via Twitter).

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