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  1. NBA season preview: Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 12, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Last season: Nothing will push you toward rebuilding like disappointment, and their 28-38 record was that. This was a 48 win team a couple seasons ago, but last season a team that should be playing fast and pressuring teams was average in pace and threatening nobody. Point guard Raymond Felton took the blame from fans…

  2. Coach’s assessment: Blazers’ Leonard is a work in progress

    Oct 8, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Leonard from Illinois University shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Stern after he was selected by the Portland Trailblazers as the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA basketball Draft in Newark

    Portland is rebuilding their team. They will not be terrible because LaMarcus Aldridge won’t let them be (and because I think Damien Lillard is going to be pretty good), but they have time to let young players learn and develop. Like rookie center Meyers Leonard. He has a lot of developing to do. Blazers assistant…

  3. Coach confirms Lillard, Hickson will start for Blazers

    Sep 25, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Lamarcus Aldridge Wesley Matthews

    The names aren’t really a surprise, but it shows that the Trail Blazers are going to be young and athletic this season. And a lot of fun to watch. Speaking with the media, coach Terry Stotts confirmed the starting five in Portland (via Joe Freeman of the Oregonian): Damian Lillard, Wesley Mathews, Nicolas Batum, J.J.…

  4. Could LaMarcus Aldridge win MVP? Well, no, but let’s talk about it anyway

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to today’s “There’s a week left until training camp and I’d chew my own arm off if it meant I could blog about it” post. Blazers Edge posted a link to a story on Rip City Project on Saturday night. It contained the following passage regarding LaMarcus Aldridge and a possible MVP bid: It…

  5. Blazers new coach plans to use Aldridge like Nowitzki

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:18 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    For the past few years, Terry Stotts was an assistant coach to Rick Carlisle in Dallas. Now, he’s the head coach in Portland. But he’s bringing a little of Texas to the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, he wants to use LaMarcus Aldridge like Dallas uses Dirk Nowitzki. Something that could mean more minutes and opportunity for…

  6. Aldridge, Batum stepping into leadership role for Portland

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    A few years ago, there was no doubt that the Portland Trail Blazers were Brandon Roy’s team. Then his knees happened. Now we are all rooting for him to make a comeback in Minnesota that sticks. And now other guys are stepping up to lead in Portland. New Blazers GM Neil Olshey was talking on…

  7. Who is going to win Rookie of the Year? Try Damian Lillard.

    Sep 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers

    Predicting who is going to win Rookie of the Year is a lot like trying to predict this winter’s snowfall totals in the first week of September — we have some broad trends to go on but the specifics are ahead of us still. It’s a guess. My guess: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail…

  8. NBA Summer Power Rankings: Free agency moves Lakers up

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Summer NBA power rankings are about as meaningful and accurate as preseason college football rankings. At least the NBA isn’t silly enough to have something like this matter in determining a champion. That would be stupid. The top and the bottom of the poll are what you’d expect, but the Lakers and Celtics moved up…

  9. Anthony Davis says Olympics made him more confident

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis pretty much fell backwards on to the London Olympic team. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski like him as a prospect, but it took injuries to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin (his in training camp) for Team USA to get desperate enough to grab the No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets.…

  10. Stotts’ Blazers are going to run, launch a lot of threes

    Aug 9, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers Stotts Basketball

    There were a lot of shrugs and even some eye rolls when Portland said they were going to hire Terry Stotts as head coach — this is a guy who has had two head coaching jobs before and his career winning percentage is well below .500. Another recycled coach. But that’s not entirely fair —…

  11. Trail Blazers hire Terry Stotts as head coach

    Aug 7, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Terry Stotts

    Terry Stotts, the former coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, has been hired as the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, the team and general manager Neil Olshey have announced. It’s a nice hiring. Not thrilling, but nice. He’ll do a solid job. His most recent gig was as an assistant…

  12. Outside shots, tempo, Chandler key for Team USA in London

    Jul 25, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    USA v Spain - Men's Exhibition Game

    Sunday it gets real. For the past three weeks Team USA has been training and scrimmaging and playing some exhibition games, getting ready. But Sunday they tip off the Olympics against France and if they can go 8-0 they will have another gold medal. (They could lose one of the first five group-play games and…

  13. Trail Blazers officially match offer keep Nicolas Batum

    Jul 18, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    There really was no surprise here. From Portland making the move to keep Batum to a quick spin that all is good and trying to put a contentious negotiations behind them and move on. As was expected all along, Portland has officially matched the Minnesota four-year, $46 million offer and will keep Nicolas Batum, Blazers GM…

  14. Report: Blazers offered head coaching job to Phil Jackson. He said “no thanks.”

    Jul 13, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Can you really picture Phil Jackson coaching the Portland Trail Blazers? Neither can Phil Jackson, apparently. But the offer was there, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. For the last few months, the Trail Blazers have been in back-and-forth discussions with Phil Jackson in an attempt to persuade him to take their head coaching vacancy, a…

  15. Blake Griffin twists knee in USA scrimmage, getting MRI

    Jul 12, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    This is not good, but hopefully not that severe. Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known.…

  16. USA’s versatile, athletic roster will be fun to watch. Will win a lot, too.

    Jul 7, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin arrives for a news conference announcing the players selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Las Vegas

    Al Davis would have loved Team USA. Because speed kills. Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski coded it with words like “athleticism” and “versatility” — and those are accurate, too — but the makeup of Team USA is both lightning quick but with length. This is a team that that can run the floor, make…

  17. Blazers president Larry Miller steps down

    Jul 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    trail blazers logo

    Larry Miller lost a power struggle. When Neil Olshey was hired as the new general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers, it was considered to somewhat be a loss for President Larry Miller who was against the hire. Today that process came full circle as Miller stepped down as President of the Blazers. From the…

  18. Three spots remain on Team USA. Who should get them?

    Jul 6, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    We know who already had their tickets punched for London. Nine spots on the Team USA Olympic hoops roster have been secured and you can’t really argue with any of them: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler. That means three spots are…

  19. Anthony Davis’ ankle injury not that bad, will attend Team USA camp

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Draft

    The initial reports did not sound good, but sometimes injuries are not as bad as they first appear. Anthony Davis’ ankle injury was not as severe as first reported and he will attend the USA Basketball Olympic training camp in Las Vegas starting later this week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC…

  20. Long shot Odom pulls self out of Olympic consideration; Lin leaves USA Select Team

    Jul 2, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    He was a long shot anyway after the disaster of a season he just had, but Lamar Odom — who had an invite to Team USA Training Camp — is dropping out of consideration. Via the only other national media member that went to my high school, ESPNLosAngeles’ Arash Markazi, on twitter: Lamar Odom tells…

  21. Report: Anthony Davis severely sprains ankle, out of Olympics

    Jul 2, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Draft Hornets Basketball

    And Team USA loses another potential big man for the roster. Recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis severely sprained his ankle in a workout for the Hornets, which leaves him very unlikely to be ready when USA Basketball opens training camp Friday (July 6) in Las Vegas and he is now out for the games,…

  22. Free Agency Rundown 7.1.12: The movers, they are a shaking

    Jul 1, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Here’s what’s going on with free agency news and rumors as the moratorium period began Sunday night at 12:01 a.m..Do not, by any means, consider this comprehensive. There’s so much going on, we’re just trying to get you an overview. (HT: Hoopshype, IAmAGM.com) Atlanta Hawks Well, for starters, they’re exploring a deal for Joe Johnson…

  23. Report: Trail Blazers offer Roy Hibbert max deal. Expect Pacers to match.

    Jul 1, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    True NBA big men are hard to find. And the simple economic theory of supply and demand applies. Roy Hibbert is a 25-year-old All-Star true NBA center who averaged 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, but showed his real value in the playoffs when his length really bothered Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on…

  24. Chris Bosh pulls name from Olympic consideration

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh USA

    Team USA takes another blow to its front line. Chris Bosh played through an injury to beat Boston and win an NBA championship, but he never fully recovered from his abdominal strain that had him out for nine games of the playoffs. To recover from that, he has pulled his name from consideration for the…

  25. NBA Draft: PBT’s pick-by-pick Draft tracker

    Jun 28, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Locate the refresh button on your browser now, because this is where you are going to want to be for the entire 2012 NBA Draft. Every pick will be discussed here, from Anthony Davis at No. 1 to the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 60 (last year’s final pick who turned out to end the…

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