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Two-time All-Star and MVP candidate Brandon Roy describes the team’s development: "We’re not going through the learning process anymore."

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The Blazers’ major free agent acquisition, point guard Andre Miller, jokes about season expectations: "The only thing guaranteed is the contract."

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Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge was in a good mood despite the fact that his contract status is uncertain: "I didn’t think [negotiations] would be this hard."

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Juwan Howard charmed the press during Media Day, talking about Portland’s fans: "They let the other team know it’s going to be a dogfight in here."

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Center Greg Oden spent the whole summer working with Blazers assistant coach Bill Bayno on his defensive mobility to reduce his fouls.

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After missing all but five minutes last season, Martell Webster, when asked about how far the team could go, had high hopes: "All the way."

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One of the Blazers’ two early second round draft picks, Dante Cunningham, laughed with the press about getting dunked on by Greg Oden in summer pickup games.

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Point guard Jerryd Bayless thought he had a shot at the starting position this season, right up until the Andre Miller signing.

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French import Nicolas Batum knows Portland much better after spending a year in the Rose City. His favorite French restaurant? Fenouil.

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With the signings of Andre Miller and Juwan Howard, center Joel Przybilla is excited that he’s no longer the "old man" of the team.

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Another year, another position controversy: eternally embattled point guard Steve Blake put on a happy face at Media Day.

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Rudy Fernandez, fresh off a championship over teammate Nicolas Batum’s French team in the EuroBasket tournament, was una fantasma as his round with the media lasted for less than five minutes.

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Despite an injury that has wiped out the beginning of his rookie season, forward Jeff Pendergraph remains in good spirits: "I’m used to walking on crutches."

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Travis Outlaw drew laughs as he debuted a short ‘fro at Media Day with the explanation, "I forgot to cut it." He says he’s ready to "bust some new moves."

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What’s old is new again: Portland native Ime Udoka is happy to be back with teammates Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge as he returns to the Blazers after two years with the San Antonio Spurs: "They feel like baby brothers to me."

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Juwan Howard takes his role as a mentor on this team very seriously. "You know how coaches have an open-door policy? So do I," he said. "If any teammates want to soak up information like a sponge from me, they can."

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