It's a chance for coaches and GM's to take a look at how their draft picks fair in game situations against NBA players for the first time. For the newcomers, it's a chance to work with their teammates for the first time -- and for the older players, a chance to have the nouveau riche rooks pay for dinner. In Damian Lillard's case, it's a chance to get on SportsCenter for a few weeks during the usu
Each time that LaMarcus Aldridge went to the free-throw line late in the game against the Washington Wizards, the Trail Blazers' forward was showered with a chant of ''MVP, MVP,'' from the hometown fans. Just two days before, Aldridge had announced he was going to have surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb and would miss the next six to eight weeks.