Lillard Talks Free Agency, Team USA and Special Olympics At His Yearly Basketball Camp

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is currently holding his annual youth basketball camp in Beaverton, and unlike some of these events put on by other players, Lillard is there actually there working with the kids every day. If you send your child to the Damian Lillard Basketball Camp, he or she is going to meet Damian Lillard. But even though the focus is on the kids, Lillard...
Via Forward Center
2 hours ago

Sports Illustrated Updates the Billy Ray Bates Saga

Where is Billy Ray Bates now? Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim fills us in on the whereabouts of the former Portland Trail Blazer star. One of the most iconic players in Portland Trail Blazers history made an appearance in the national media on Wednesday. Sports Illustrated Executive Editor Jon Wertheim penned an extended "Where are they now?" article about Billy Ray Bates for si...
Via Blazer's Edge
7 hours ago

ESPN: Portland Trail Blazers score meeting with Hassan Whiteside

The Portland Trail Blazers have landed a meeting with their top free agent target, according to ESPN. The Portland Trail Blazers will meet with free agent center Hassan Whiteside tomorrow morning, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace. Wallace reports that Whiteside will also meet with the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers soon after the league lifts its ban on teams contacting...
Via Blazer's Edge
8 hours ago

Defining a successful 2016 NBA free agency season for the Portland Trail Blazers

What do the Portland Trail Blazers and GM Neil Olshey need to do for this offseason to be considered a success? Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations and GM Neil Olshey has a tough job over the next month. He has to fill sizeable holes on the team's 44-win roster without disrupting chemistry or overpaying potentially underachieving players. Fans won't know,...
Via Blazer's Edge
9 hours ago

Damian Lillard releases new rap single

Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard is spending his time in the offseason in the studio, rather than the gym, for now. He’s been hard at work and just released a new track. Dame D.O.L.L.A, as he goes by, just dropped his new single. It’s called “Ready for it,” so are you ready? Check it out below. This is the first track I’ve heard Dame spit on, and was happily...
Via The Sports Daily
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blazers give qualifying offers to Harkless, Leonard, Crabbe

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have extended qualifying offers to guard Allen Crabbe and forwards Myers Leonard and Maurice Harkless. The qualifying offers, announced Wednesday before the June 30 deadline, make all three restricted free agents. Portland can match any offer that teams extend to the players. Crabbe averaged a career-high 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: McCollum And Commissioner Silver Have Their Yearly Reunion

The relationship between Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver predates both of their current occupations. When the two first sat down for a interview back in 2010, McCollum had not yet been drafted by the Trail Blazers with the 10th overall pick of the 2012 Draft (though that would happen later that night) and Silver, while already tabbed to take over...
Via Forward Center
2 days ago

Above All, Portland Trail Blazers Fans Plea – Neil, Just Don’t Do Anything Stupid

It’s the most dreaded and beloved time of year for Portland Trail Blazer fans. A time of year that has a long, documented history of either making or breaking Portland’s team. The NBA Draft is arguably the most polarizing event in the league and in no other place has that been more evident than Rip City. It’s the time we shine or whine (or wine, depending on how bad it is)...
Via Oregon Sports News
6 days ago

WATCH: Portland Trail Blazers acquire Jake Layman in 2016 NBA draft

Portland Trail Blazers acquire Jake Layman in 2016 NBA draft
Via The Oregonian
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers hire longtime Sonics broadcaster Kevin Calabro for TV broadcasts

The Portland Trail Blazers moved quickly in hiring a new play-by-play man for their game telecasts on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. One day after brooming out the broadcast team of Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, the team hired Kevin Calabro to be its new voice on television. Though the Blazers fanbase is understandably upset about a beloved broadcast team being dismissed, Calabro figures...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers hire Calabro as new play-by-play announcer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have hired veteran television broadcaster Kevin Calabro as their new play-by-play announcer. The announcement Friday comes two days after the team said on-air personalities Mike Barrett and Mike Rice wouldn't return next season. Calabro was the TV and radio announcer for the Seattle SuperSonics for 21 years but didn't join the team...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers axe broadcasters, face backlash

It’s rare to see a team undergo wholesale turnover in its local TV and radio broadcasters, and even more rare to see a team instigate that when those broadcasters are still under contract. That’s apparently what the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers have done, though, with Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reporting that the team has parted ways with TV play-by-play man Mike Barrett...
Via Awful Announcing
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers purge most of their longtime broadcaster team

PORTLAND, Ore. — Longtime Trail Blazers television broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice will not return to the team next season. Team President and Chief Executive Officer Chris McGowan announced the changes on Wednesday. The Blazers also let go of radio analyst Antonio Harvey. Barrett, a native Oregonian, had been with the Blazers for 17 seasons, 13 as the lead play-by-play...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Offseason Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

After losing four starters and two top reserves, most expected the Portland Trail Blazers to fall to the bottom of the Western Conference. Instead, with two excellent free agent signings, the Blazers not only remained competitive but managed to thrive and even won a playoff series. With young talent up and down the roster and Neil Olshey and Terry Stotts in perfect rhythm at the...
Via RealGM - NBA
21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Moves Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey made this year

A breakdown of moves Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey made this year
Via The Oregonian
24 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Al-Farouq Aminu: 2015-16 season by the numbers

Al-Farouq Aminu: 2015-16 season by the numbers
Via The Oregonian
29 days ago  |  Discuss

C.J. McCollum calls out old timers for their mouthguard opinions

Apparently, the way some of the NBA’s current players, most famously Stephen Curry, use their mouthguards as toys does not go over well with the old guard. Portland guard C.J. McCollum brought that to light on Sunday when he called out said old guard for their thoughts. McCollum himself found out through this tweet, which he retweeted. Just learned that the way guys hold their...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard’s new rap song reportedly has labels interested

We already knew Damian Lillard was good at rapping for a basketball player. But now it’s starting to seem like he’s also good at rapping for a rapper. On Wednesday morning, the Trail Blazers point guard, aka Dame D.O.L.L.A. released a new song called ‘Talk to Em,” and according to TMZ, some “major labels” are interested in signing him to a deal. Lillard’s agent Aaron...
Via The Comeback
May 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Nate McMillan a good hire no one seemingly wants to admit

Dropping hints of breaking news that could be done anytime, but choosing a Saturday night to do so, is the equivalent of trying to climb the tree to your bedroom window hoping your parents sleeping on the couch don’t realize you’re sneaking in at 3 a.m. when they saw you last go to bed at 11 p.m. So when the Nate McMillan-to-Indiana Pacers head coaching post got wind behind...
Via Crossover Chronicles
May 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Pacers to promote assistant Nate McMillan to head coach

The Indiana Pacers are in the final stages of finalizing a deal that would promote assistant coach Nate McMillan to head coach. McMillan has been on the sidelines for the Pacers on and off since 2013. Originally he was brought in to be the associate head coach behind Frank Vogel, which he served for a year, but then took a year off. He was then hired back as an assistant for the ’15...
May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts not ‘a slam dunk’ to return as Blazers head coach

What head coach Terry Stotts did with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015-16 season was nothing short of miraculous. Despite losing five of his top six players from last year’s team over the offseason, Stotts took a ragtag roster of misfits and undervalued talents to a 44-38 record and a Western Conference Semifinals berth, earning Coach of the Year runner-up honors in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Even in defeat, Blazers prove to be a force to be reckoned with

The Portland Trail Blazers lost 80 percent of their starting lineup and two of their three best players last summer. This came on the heels of the team losing in the first round of the 2014-15 NBA Playoffs. At that point, common logic seemed to suggest that the Blazers would be closer to winning the lottery than actually taking part in the playoffs this spring. Something funny...
Via Sportsnaut
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Steph Curry's sister addresses video of mom dancing on another man

Sonya Curry went nuts celebrating a three-pointer made by her son, Stephen Curry, late in the Warriors’ Game 5 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, as she tends to do. The only thing is her appearance on TV caused many to have a question. Where the heck was her husband, Dell, as she was getting comfortable with another guy while dancing in a suite at Oracle Arena? ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard shows off sick handles, drains stepback jumper

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is lethal, no matter where he is on the court. He can create his own shot with his dribbling skills, or he can use his speed and elusiveness to get to the hoop. Lillard did the former in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game, as he showed off his sick handles and calmly drained a stepback three-pointer. He faked Leandro Barbosa...
Via The Sports Daily
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

The Trail Blazers and the joy of exceeding expectations

For some reason, sports have become less about entertainment and more about winning. Now, the immediate response is, obviously, “Winning is fun, isn’t it?” Yes, it is, but not if it comes at the expense of entertainment. Whatever the reason might be (fantasy sports, blogging, talking heads and other explanations come to mind), a large number of fans watch their teams with...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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