Does Neil Olshey Deserve More Criticism For The Arron Afflalo Trade?

The Portland Trail Blazers didn't have a first-round pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Their February 2015 trade for Arron Afflalo was the main reason why. Even though there's not a single minute of actual basketball played, there are few nights on the NBA calendar more exciting to a true hoops geek than draft night. It's where franchises decide their future. For the teams at the top of...
Via Blazer's Edge
11 hours 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
15 hours 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
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Unusual 2016 NBA Draft Could Help the Portland Trail Blazers

The 2016 NBA draft is weird: Mid-to-late first-round picks will get tiny salaries for years, while an early second-rounder could demand a high salary in his second season. How will teams respond to the unusual circumstances? Can Blazers GM Neil Olshey parlay the confusion into a draft pick? The Portland Trail Blazers need to find a way to get into the 2016 NBA draft. Regardless...
Via Blazer's Edge
1 day ago

Damian Lillard To Forego 2016 Olympics

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will not play for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in order to rest and continue rehabilitating the plantar fasciitis injury that dogged the 6-3 for much of the 2015-16 season. I can confirm this report. Though Lillard was able to play through the injury after missing seven...
Via Forward Center
1 day ago

Is Hassan Whiteside the top Choice for the Portland Trail Blazers?

A video Q&A with Dane Carbaugh answers questions about 2016 NBA free agency, the best fit in the post for the Portland Trail Blazers, and the best colorways for Damian Lillard's adidas shoes. Last week on the Q&A video we talked about the Portland Trail Blazers and their pick-and-roll, basic needs in free agency, and how to utilize Meyers Leonard. This week, readers expanded...
Via Blazer's Edge
1 day ago

Portland Trail Blazers – Draft-Day Trade Rumors Are Swirling, What Are The Right Moves?

The NBA draft is tonight, and with a perceived lack of depth (some calling it the shallowest draft pool in years), many teams are looking to the trade and free agency markets for impact players. If Portland is interested in improving its roster overnight, there are plenty of potential deals to be had if Neil Olshey is willing to pull the trigger and send one of his home-grown talents...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago

Portland Trail Blazers NBA Draft Primer – Part Two – Who Might They Target?

On Tuesday, we covered Part 1 of our NBA Draft Primer, where we discussed a few ways that the Portland Trail Blazers, who don’t own a pick themselves, might be able to make a move to get into the tonight’s NBA Draft. Today, we’ll look at what players the Blazers may target if they do wheel and deal their way into the draft. With Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum holding down the...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago

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
5 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
7 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
8 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Blazers broadcasters Barrett and Rice won't return

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) 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...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard Freestyle Illustration

The surprise freestyle Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard dropped on Sway in the Morning serves as the key inspiration for this piece created by Bam! Bam! Bam! Dope! The post Damian Lillard Freestyle Illustration appeared first on Hooped Up.
Via Hooped Up
9 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
15 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
18 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
23 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
26 days ago  |  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

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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