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  1. Report: Blazers may push Brandon Roy to retire

    May 27, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Brandon Roy should have sat out all of this season to rest his tired knees. Just like he should not have pushed himself so hard the previous season to come back from surgery for the playoffs. But that is not how Roy is wired, he is as fierce a competitor as the NBA has right…

  2. Report: Blazers considering Danny Ferry as new GM

    May 25, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

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    Don’t expect the Portland Trail Blazers to move fast — they said they were going to take their time finding a new GM to replace Rich Cho — but apparently they have one name on their list already. Danny Ferry, the former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager who before and after that has worked with the…

  3. Blazers defend firing of GM Cho, say it was chemistry

    May 24, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    Rich Cho

    For the second time in a year, the Portland Trail Blazers have fired a general manager. For the second time in a year it’s because of a personality clash with the owner Paul Allen and upper management. Because newly fired Rich Cho had a good reputation around the league — he had been the No.…

  4. Blazers surprisingly release GM Rich Cho after one year

    May 23, 2011, 4:26 PM EST

    Rich Cho

    In a move that came as a surprise around the NBA, general manager Rich Cho was released after one season, the team announced Monday. College scouting director Chad Buchanan will take over as the interim GM. “The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn’t right,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said in a…

  5. Nate McMillian thinks Portland’s roster could use some changes

    May 17, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    The Portland Trail Blazers have been in “stockpile assets” mode for a couple of years now. They have managed to accumulate a lot of fine players, and haven’t really made a disastrous move. More importantly, they somehow managed to field a playoff team with two guys who should be their franchise players almost completely hobbled…

  6. Brandon Roy wants to be a starter again for Portland

    May 2, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    There is no “Sixth Man of the Playoffs” award, but if there were Brandon Roy would be the frontrunner. He was a game changer for the Trail Blazers off the pine, especially in Game 4 when he had a quarter for the ages that pulled his struggling team up and evened the series (even if…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s passion no match for Dallas execution

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:37 AM EST

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    Like Brandon Roy before him, Portland’s Gerald Wallace gave it everything he could on Thursday night. There was the 9-0 run by himself at the start, the playing through back pain, the great fourth quarter effort that culminated in 32 points (on 17 shots). But as it has been for most of this series, even…

  8. When asked about thrown item, Mark Cuban throws expletives

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    Note to self: Remember to ask Mark Cuban new questions. Remember back at Game 3 of the Portland/Dallas series when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got hit with a projectile thrown from the stands by a Blazers fan? And we all smiled and moved on. Well the Portland Tribune decided there should be more information on…

  9. Late game screen adds some bad blood to Dallas, Portland series

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Mavericks' Chandler gestures towards an official as Trail Blazers' Camby runs up court during their NBA Western Conference playoff game in Dallas

    Now, just to add to the big comebacks and pressure shot in a fun series, we have some real bad blood between Dallas and Portland. It stems from this play at the end of Dallas’ win to take a 3-2 series. With just 18 seconds left in a nine-point game, you usually see the defenders…

  10. NBA Playoffs: No comeback this time, Dallas gets defensive in win

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:56 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas has basically won seven of the last eight quarters against Portland. The series is 3-2 and headed back to Portland because of Brandon Roy’s epic fourth quarter Saturday (which John Hollinger of ESPN said so well was not Roy’s best quarter it was anyone’s best quarter). Monday night there was no Roy making plays…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Will the Mavs come undone?

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    There aren’t many choke job opportunities in your every day life. Think about it. You can say someone choked on that stage, but they never go through 80% of speech or performance and then just when the crowd is preparing to give them a standing ovation trip on a banana peel or make a racist…

  12. Video: Watch Brandon Roy’s amazing fourth quarter

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Enjoy the moment. Don’t think about what Brandon Roy will be or do next season. Don’t think about his knees. Don’t think about how all that robbed us of many more nights like this. Bask in the glory of the playoffs. Of one man’s mind over matter. Of Brandon Roy dropping 18 fourth-quarter points on…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Brandon Roy and the Rose Garden Time Machine

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:28 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Portland 84 Dallas 82. You could not have written it better. Well, maybe if it was Game 7. But then it would be in Dallas and that’s a whole different result. In sports, a lot of us have become repulsed by cliches, by ridiculous preconceived storylines forced down our throats. But there is still something…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s season on line again Saturday

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Matthews celebrates three-point shot against Dallas Mavericks in Portland

    Portland pretty much knew the game plan they had to pull off from Game 1 — force turnovers, get some transition points, work the offense inside out through LaMarcus Aldridge, knock down jumpers. For the first two games, it was Dallas taking care of the basketball and knocking down jumpers, Plus in crunch time they…

  15. Blazer fan throws projectile, hits Mark Cuban with it

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Come on Portland, this is why we love Mark Cuban. You want another faceless owner who sits in a luxury box with his friends and views the team as an investment? We need passionate, committed owners. Ones willing to sit with the fans and tell them what is on their mind. Cuban was sitting near…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Aggressive Trail Blazers make a series out of it

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:30 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Portland just came out aggressive. Finally. Sometimes it’s not about the Xs and Os, it’s about energy and execution. Portland had that in the Rose Garden. Credit the home crowd (always one of the best in the league). Credit desperation. Credit Everclear. (The band, not the drink.) Whatever it was Portland came out far more…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Blazers have to walk fine line of emotions vs. Mavs in Game 3

    Apr 21, 2011, 6:36 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Brandon Roy‘s upset. Brandon Roy’s sorry. Brandon Roy’s a role player. There’s a lot going on, emotionally, in Rip City, as there always is. But if the Blazers want to get back into this thing and prevent Dallas from putting distance between themselves and Portland, Nate McMillan’s crew is going to have to walk a…

  18. Blazers coach feels for Brandon Roy, but he’s a role player

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 3:48 pm: After practice on Thursday, Roy apologized for his complaints about playing time, according to the Associated Press. He said it came from a place of frustration. Which is a place it is understandable Roy inhabits. If he weren’t frustrated, he’d be a cyborg. But that still does not change what  Nate McMillan…

  19. Brandon Roy fights off tears when sat for much of Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is not that Brandon Roy anymore. He’s not the three-time All-Star, the guy who can regularly take over games, who was an elite guard, who was a building block of the Portland franchise. His knees have robbed him — and us, for he was a joy to watch — of that. Roy himself…

  20. Portland owner, one of world’s richest men, complains about NBA finances

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Paul Allen

    For some context, Portland Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen is worth $13 billion dollars according to Forbes. That would make him the 21st richest man in the United States. Which is the kind of money you get when you are one of the founders of Microsoft. Put it this way: When it was time to…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Dirk Nowitzki is better than you as Mavs take 2-0 lead

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:51 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Some playoff series are emotionally exhausting because of the extreme highs and lows. Then there’s Mavericks-Blazers, which is like a sixteen hour day of manual labor. You’re going to want to pass out about six times, you’re going to get injured, and you’re going to be pumped when you make progress. The Blazers are bloodied.…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Mavericks and Blazers wrestle for control

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Throw out the term “pivotal” in this series. Get the phrase “must-win” out of your head. They have no place here. The Mavericks can take the game Tuesday and Game 3 and nothing will be assured. There’s too much volatility in this series. The Mavericks have perimeter acuity. The Blazers have much stronger post play.…

  23. Mark Cuban’s least favorite referee assigned to Mavs game

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Brown

    My mind in these situations always floats back to a junior high basketball coach. We were sitting in the basement locker room of our gym when I was in 8th grade and we were convinced the referees had robbed us of a win with a bad call at the end of the game. “If you…

  24. Nate McMillan fined $35,000 for ripping officials after Game 1

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Nate McMillan might as well have pulled out his checkbook while he was talking to the media after his Trail Blazers’ Game One loss to the Mavericks Saturday. The amount to write in — $35,000. That’s what the league announced. That’s pretty steep, but NBA Commissioner David Stern had warned that after last year (where…

  25. NBA Playoffs Blazers-Mavericks: This one’s going to be rough

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:47 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    The Pacers nearly knocked off the Bulls, but that one feels certain. The Sixers hung with the Triad. But again, you get the feeling Philly’s overwhelmed. The Hawks took one from the Magic, but you kind of knew that one was going to be back and forth. Blazers-Mavericks? That’s the one that showed it’s going…

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