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  1. Portland’s Fabrico Oberto retires due to heart condition

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Two nights ago Fabricio Oberto left Portland’s game against Milwaukee due to dizziness. That led to tests to see what was the cause. It was a heart condition, recurrent palpitations, that Thursday forced him to retire, according to the team. “I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,”…

  2. Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams out for season with knee surgery

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    We haven’t seen much of Portland Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams, and not we will not until next season. Williams dislocated his right patella during drills at the team practice facility, according to the Trail Blazers. He will have surgery and miss the rest of the season, according to the team. Portland took Williams out…

  3. Former stiff NBA centers find politics no easier than basketball

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:26 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:26 pm: It was close, but the red tide was not enough to help out Chris Dudley in a blue state. He conceded the race tonight. 1:04 pm: Two former NBA centers were on the ballot last night, trying to win elected office. One lost, one had gone into overtime and is still waiting…

  4. The good, and the so bad it’s ugly surprises of the NBA season

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

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    We’re a week into the NBA season and some things are what we expected — the Lakers, Heat and Celtics are good; the Sixers are not; John Wall is dynamic; Kobe won’t talk about his injuries; and the Grizzles are making bad contract decisions. But there are surprises, and not to go all Forest Gump…

  5. Former NBA All-Star Maurice Lucas dead at 58

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:34 AM EDT

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    Maurice Lucas, the five-time All-Star and a prototypical power forward in the NBA, has died at the age of 58. Lucas succumbed to bladder cancer he had been battling for years. He had been an assistant coach with the Trail Blazers — the team Lucas is best remembered for playing for — when the cancer…

  6. Greg Oden does not get extension, now playing in contract year

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    This isn’t really a surprise to anyone, but it is of note and makes this year interesting for him: Greg Oden will not get a contract extension from the Portland Trail Blazers, a team official confirmed to the Associated Press (and the Oregonian). He is the first No. 1 overall pick not to be offered…

  7. Rudy Fernandez to play in Madison Square Garden… but not as a Knick

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Rudy Fernandez finally gets to play a game in Madison Square Garden tonight. He’s wanted that, his agents have pushed for that all summer (pushed hard enough to get him fined, twice). Of course, they pushed for him to be a Knick, instead he comes in as part of the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. The…

  8. Rudy Fernandez tired of writing checks for things his agents say, appeals fine

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Rudy Fernandez has two agents: Andy Miller for his NBA deals and Gerard Darnes for European deals. Or does he? During the summer of his discontent, both Miller and Darnes said things about Fernandez wanting to get out of Portland that led Fernandez to be fined. In September it was Darnes, going on a Portland…

  9. Wolves have little hope of getting more compensation for Webster

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

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    Caveat emptor. It’s the first rule of being a consumer, and the Minnesota Timberwolves ignored it. Now they stand little chance of getting any extra compensation from the Portland Trail Blazers in the Martell Webster trade. For those of you need to brush up on our Latin, caveat emptor means “let the buyer beware.” The…

  10. Minnesota asks league to investigate if Portland knowingly traded injured player

    Oct 28, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Martell Webster will be out the next six weeks, give or take, after having undergone surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back this week. If you recall, Webster was moved out of Portland to Minnesota this summer in a trade for the draft rights to No. 16 pick Luke Babbitt. Now Minnesota is…

  11. Portland looks pretty good, Phoenix… they should get better. Right?

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

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    The Phoenix Suns scored just one point in the final 5:43 of this game. That’s why the Blazers won 106-92 and the final score belies how close this game was for three-and-a-half quarters. What happened? Well, for the last half decade, when the game got tight and the defenses serious, Phoenix had one of the…

  12. There is basketball outside of South Beach and L.A.: 10 things worth watching

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

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    Yes, the Heat have the three biggest stars we have seen on a team since the 1980s. Yes the Lakers are the two-time defending champs and may have more talent than any team in the league. We get it. You love them. We’ll talk about them plenty this season. But there is so much more…

  13. Blazers waive Jeff Pendergraph, keep Patty Mills on roster

    Oct 25, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

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    The ying and the yang, the sorrow and joy of the NBA roster cuts…. Just 18 days ago Jeff Pendergraph was a sure thing for the Portland Trail Blazers, a second year center who may not have had a guaranteed deal but a guy the team liked and was getting minutes. With Greg Oden and…

  14. Training camps is almost over, time for Erick Dampier to make a decision

    Oct 20, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

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    If one were cynical, one might think that free agent center Erick Dampier has taken his sweet time making a decision on where he will play this season just to avoid training camp. We are that cynical. But training camp is almost over, so it’s time and Dampier is about to choose a team. Probably…

  15. Fabricio Oberto talking with Portland, Turkish club about deal

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

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    Fabricio Oberto is a man who can get things done. That despite being a little to slow, not great on the boards and not quite good enough a shot. He plays a smart game — which is why he was a starter for the 2007 title-winning Spurs, his interior passing was a great fit with…

  16. Brandon Roy as Keyshawn Johnson: “I want the ball a lot more.”

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Two seasons ago, when Brandon Roy exploded onto the NBA scene the way those of us who watch a lot of Pac-10 ball expected he would, the ball was in his hands. You could define the positions however you want, Steve Blake was out there with him and may be the true point guard, but…

  17. Brandon Roy and the Zen of expectations

    Oct 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Last season was the year the Portland Trail Blazers were going to rise up from “team on the rise” to “championship contender.” Expectations were high. The basketball gods hate expectations. They smack teams with them down every year. Just for spite. Last season the Blazers seemed to get the brunt of their wrath. This season,…

  18. Blazer bring in Stephen Hill for camp to shore up depleted front court

    Oct 11, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

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    After another Blazers center went down in camp, they needed another big body for practice — a guy not likely to make the team but one to run through drills and the like. Stephen Hill, come on down, according to the Oregonian. Hill is a 7’0” center out of Arkansas who played on the Blazers’…

  19. Marcus Camby plans to play two more seasons. After that, who knows?

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

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    If Portland is going rise up and challenge the Lakers in the West, Marcus Camby is going to have to play a big role. We have no idea what kind of role Greg Oden will play, and if he is not protecting the rim then Camby must. At least for another two seasons. After that,…

  20. Report: Andre Miller brought in to now-dead Melo trade talks

    Oct 10, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    This is Vescey-time, so get your grain of salt ready. The “notable” writer for the New York Post reports today that during the final stages of the four-team deal for Carmelo Anthony to be shipped to the Nets, the Blazers were involved in talks. Vescey reports that Charlotte was swapped out with Portland, with Portland…

  21. Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph out for season with torn ACL

    Oct 8, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Bad news for Jeff Pendergraph, more bad news for the Portland Trail Blazers at center. Jeff Pendergraph tweeted today that he is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee last night (via Blazers Edge). The injury happened at the start of the second quarter of a preseason game Thursday…

  22. Blazers center Jeff Pendergraph injures knee, leaves court in wheelchair

    Oct 8, 2010, 12:03 AM EDT

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    If you are a center for the Portland Trail Blazers, just make sure your health insurance is fully paid up. Portland’s second year center Jeff Pendergraph injured his knee and had to leave the court in a wheelchair during the Blazers preseason game against Utah Thursday. We’ll find out Friday how serious it was on…

  23. Agent: Hey, stop picking on Rudy Fernandez, it's not nice

    Oct 7, 2010, 1:02 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez has not been popular in Portland this summer. Primarily because he said he didn’t want to be there anymore, said he wanted to be in Europe and had an agent publicly pushing for a trade. But you know, aside that it’s all puppies and rainbows. Jason Quick of the Oregonian wrote what a…

  24. Rudy Fernandez to the Knicks, not totally dead yet

    Oct 6, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez went out Tuesday night and reminded everyone he can play — 15 points on 5 of 6 from three, plus five rebounds and three assists. Happy or not in Portland, he can contribute. Word comes out of New York that the Knicks still have some interest in Fernandez, according to Frank Isola of…

  25. Nate McMillan coaching for a new contract

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    At the end of the season, Nate McMillan will be a free agent. But McMillan is handling his business a little different than recent high-profile payers — he is being quiet. Make no mistake, he wants a new deal in Portland, but he wants to prove he deserves it by taking the Blazers to new…

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