kiitos. In a recent interview with the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, point guard Petteri Koponen, a 2007 NBA draft selection of the Philadelphia 76ers (whose'>

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Finnish Blazers prospect: I feel like a hostage

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08:05 AM ET 06.17 | This wasn't exactly saying kiitos. In a recent interview with the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, point guard Petteri Koponen, a 2007 NBA draft selection of the Philadelphia 76ers (whose rights were then traded to Portland) voiced his concerns over the way the Trail Blazers have handled him and his career path as he continues to play overseas in Italy. "It seems that Portland only wants to keep me so that none of their competitors can have me. Sometimes I feel like a hostage. Yes, my agent and I talked about this with them. It doesn't feel right, because it is, however, my dream (to play in the NBA) and this is my career." With all of the changes to the Trail Blazers front office the past two years, one has to wonder where the Blazers' brass stands on the young Finn.

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June 17, 2011  08:09 AM ET

Ummm. NFL T&R? Ummm. I'm going back to bed.

June 17, 2011  08:09 AM ET

I guess the young man doesn't really understand the concept of free enterprise.

June 17, 2011  08:12 AM ET

Hey! You can't do that! That guy is NOT locked out. That's a violation of Jolly Roger's No Contact Rule.

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June 17, 2011  09:09 AM ET

Stay in Europe then, Bro.

June 17, 2011  10:56 AM ET

hostage? theyre keeping you for trade wth greg oden cant you figure that out??? lol

June 17, 2011  11:20 AM ET

Yeah, and for the last two years the Blazers have wanted to sign him and have him at trianing camp. But he has said his not ready to come over and play in the NBA yet.

But I'm sure he wound come over if he was with the Lakers, Bulls, Knicks, or Heat. Trade him to the Cavs, Wizards or Clippers. Then lets see how fast he comes over.

June 17, 2011  01:31 PM ET

Who is this guy and why do they have a picture of Andre Miller up?

June 17, 2011  10:30 PM ET

He sounds more cocky than he should be for an unproven European player...

June 18, 2011  05:04 AM ET

Can TORONTO get Andre Miller - i'll take him, don't let him go to Miami OR its a ???

June 18, 2011  11:57 AM ET

Then **** play in the NBA. As a Twolves fan, I hate seeing european players enter the draft, then say they dont wanna play 4 the team that drafts him. "Its my dream to play in the NBA" then dont be a dbag & play!

"I feel like a hostage... it doesnt feel right". How about the team that wasted a draft pick on you?

 
June 19, 2011  11:42 PM ET

I shall weep many tears for you.

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