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Damian Lillard on comparisons to musically-inclined athletes: 'I think it's different because I can actually rap'

You know it's August when Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is consistently in the news for his ability to rap more than anything related to basketball—his job, the sport that pays him millions of dollars to be great.Here's another feature, courtesy of the Deseret News, on Lillard's headline-grabbing off-court hobby, and why he believes he's had success with rap...
Via Fox Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Mailbag – How Many Games Will The Blazers Win?

July 1st was the beginning of the end for the most recent era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball. Eighty percent of the starting lineup headed to new teams and the Blazers started a youth movement. In the past few months, the roster has started to round out. The new identity of the team is yet to be seen, but no matter what, the team on the field on October 28th will look completely...
Via Oregon Sports News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Portland Trail Blazers’ Ivory Towers – Meyers Leonard And Mason Plumlee

This upcoming season in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers have been making a huge transition after losing four of their five starters, as well as many other unmentionable players that pushed them to their 51-win regular season. The ESPN Summer Forecast had the new Trail Blazers at a 31-51 record, ending 11th overall in the West. Although the analysts at ESPN have made these very...
Via Oregon Sports News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard and the shapeless Trail Blazers

After a phenomenal 50-win season followed by a tough first round exit, the upcoming season does not look promising for the Portland Trailblazers. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum, arguably two of the most versatile two-way wings in the league, are now gone; solid role players Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez are gone; even LaMarcus Aldridge, the cornerstone of the franchise for the...
Via The Sports Quotient
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers GM Neil Olshey plans to table Meyers Leonard extension convo until October

Speaking on Grantland writer Zach Lowe's podcast, Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey was asked for a status update on the contract negotiations between his team and Meyers Leonard, who's eligible to sign a rookie-scale extension anytime before October 31.Here's Olshey's response:"I actually prefer to have those conversations in October, when there’s a sense of urgency...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Roster Breakdown – Ed Davis

Ushering in a new era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball seems to be the theme of the 2015 NBA offseason. The Rip City roster no longer resembles the crew that had back-to-back 50-win seasons over the past two years, but one thing it can hang its hat on is that youth and potential have become the beacons of hope in an otherwise confusing time. In a 15-part series, Oregon Sports...
Via Oregon Sports News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

C.J. McCollum Talks Damian Lillard, His Game And The 2015-16 Portland Trail Blazers

By Joshua Vinson / @TheJoshAVinson There are three seasons in the NBA: the regular season, the postseason and the free-agency season, which may be just as interesting as the first two. Every team goes through this, but one team saw a complete face-lift to its starting core this offseason. The Portland Trail Blazers, a team that was a tweak or two away from competing in the NBA Finals...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers' C.J. McCollum jabs at former teammate on Twitter

C.J. McCollum was essentially Wesley Matthews' backup on the Portland Trail Blazers last season. The second-year combo guard entered games looking to get his own shot and score in bunches, but he wasn't nearly as capable on the defensive end, or quite as deadly as a high-volume spot-up three-point threat.Now Matthews is gone, and McCollum's role in Portland has grown. On the surface...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is next up for the Portland Trail Blazers?

Before a season can begin, each organization in the NBA must face free agency. This offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were dismantled and they ended up losing 4 of their 5 starters from the 2014-15 NBA season. Having said that, the Blazers didn’t necessarily completely lose out this summer. Damian Lillard During the 2015-16 offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were able to...
Via isportsweb.com
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Matthews ‘felt disrespected’ Blazers didn’t try to re-sign him

The city of Portland has suffered through a mass exodus of historical proportions this NBA offseason. Virtually every key rotation player from last year not named Damian Lillard departed in free agency, forcing the Blazers into a large-scale rebuild almost overnight. One by one, their guys fled for greener pastures as the team watched helplessly....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Blazers were smart to start a rebuild

The Portland Trail Blazers won 50-plus games both last season and in 2013-14. They were considered by many one of the most-talented teams in the NBA. However, varying circumstances saw the team eliminated from the playoffs early both seasons. They were never a legitimate title contender over these past two seasons. That’s the harsh reality of it. Another harsh reality is the fact...
Via Sportsnaut
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The fresh new faces of the Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have undergone some major roster changes this offseason. It is clear that this team’s focus is on rebuilding. This team has made it a point to acquire young talent and look at the big picture. The Blazers are planning for the franchise’s future success. With the departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, and Arron Afflalo in free agency and Nicolas...
Via isportsweb.com
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

LaMarcus Aldridge chooses to sign with Spurs

One of the top free agents of this year’s class is reportedly on his way to the San Antonio Spurs. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Spurs will sign All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will sign with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2015   Wojnarowski...
Via Sportsnaut
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers apologize for first, get second meeting with Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly left his first free agency meeting with the Los Angeles feeling underwhelmed, but he apparently respects the franchise enough that he was willing to give it another shot. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that Aldridge granted the Lakers’ request for a second meeting on Thursday night, and the team spent the entire 90...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewery offers Aldridge free beer for life if he stays a Blazer

While LaMarcus Aldridge is currently weighing offers from teams on where to continue his career, a Portland Brewery is offering an incentive for Aldridge to stay in the area. Breakside Brewery is enticing Aldridge to stay with free beer for life as well as a signature beer. Hey @aldridge_12 do you like beer? If you...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Lakers to get second meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge

It appears that LaMarcus Aldridge plans to take his time during what has been an extensive free agency tour over the past several hours. According to Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Aldridge has granted the Los Angeles Lakers a second meeting after the team reportedly failed to impress the All-Star big man in their first meeting on Wednesday. The Lakers will get...
Via Sportsnaut
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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