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Former Trail Blazer and Buck Joel Przybilla retires

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Joel Przybilla fit a stereotype when he entered the NBA.

A blue-chip recruit, he’d been suspended by his coach at the University of Minnesota. Then, with athleticism on his side, he turned pro early. Painting with a broad brush, he seemed like a high-maintenance and coddled player.

In the NBA, he proved anything but.

The No. 9 pick in the 2000 NBA draft, Przybilla scored fewer than 50 points in three of his first four seasons. In the outlier, he averaged just 2.7 points per game.

Really, that was just a sign of things to come. He never averaged more than 6.4 points per game.

But the 7-foot-1 center kept finding ways to contribute. He blocked shots. He rebounded. He finished near the rim, though in extremely limited usage.

All that dirty work gave Przybilla a 13-year-career, most of it with the Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers. He didn’t play last season, and now he’s ready to hang ‘em up for good.

Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press:

Przybilla signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Trail Blazers in 2006 – a big payday, but a deal Przybilla struggled to justify on the court. Eventually, his contract was used to facilitate the ill-fated trade of Gerald Wallace to Portland from Charlotte.

After just five games with the Bobcats, Przybilla signed for a year with the Trail Blazers and then a year with Milwaukee, where he spent his first four seasons. He didn’t play anywhere last season.

Due to his contract and quiet contributions, Przybilla frequently popped up trade rumors. So, though he found on-court comfort in only two cities, fans all around the league were drawn to him – and we noticed his ability to positively impact game after game.

Przybilla didn’t fit the perception when he entered the NBA, and even once in the league, he didn’t fit the standard profile of a successful top-10 pick. But he was one.

All Chandler Parsons wants for Christmas is healthy knees

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons poses for a picture on NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Parsons signed with the Grizzlies in July. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”

Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:

Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.

As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:

And then there’s this for the haters.

Sit back and watch the top 10 dunks from the first five weeks of NBA season

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Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?

Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?

The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.

Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Here you go.

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Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?

Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.

I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili hustling saves lead to Spurs bucket (VIDEO)

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That’s about the most Spurs play ever.

During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.

Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.