Crystal Ballin’

Predicting the NBA futures of the Nike Hoop Summit’s graduating class.

Basketball never stops, they say, but it does slow down. In fact, this particular week is among the most interminable for hardcore hoopsheads. March Madness is over, and the NBA playoffs have    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portland Public Schools Sets Date to Hear Title IX Complaint


Portland Public Schools' Board of Education has set two dates to consider the substance of a Wilson High School mom's Title IX complaint regarding the high-school girls' basketball schedule.Mother Allison Horn, as first reported by WW, alleges PPS's basketball schedule violated Title IX by scheduling more "prime time" games for boys' teams than girls' teams. Earlier start times in the season that just ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Ladies First

Why do Portland schools treat girls’ basketball as second rate?

Maddy Horn had a great season as point guard for her Wilson High School girls’ varsity basketball team, winning co-MVP. The senior says she and her teammates worked just as hard as the Wilson    More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Big Shot Ben

Meet Oregon’s biggest Spurs fan.

Until the 2013 NBA Finals, I’d never seen anyone I know cry over sports. And then came Game 7 of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. After Tim Duncan uncharacteristi   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Previewing the Pre-Playoffs

Planning to watch the Trail Blazers before the playoffs? Here’s what to look for.

Culture Features
I am the ghost of Blazers past. Come with me. Together we will hurtle back to a time when the aerial tram was but an expensive blueprint. A time when you told someone you were from Portland and th   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Son of Blazer Commentator Mike Rice Profiled in New York Times

Mike Rice Jr., fired from Rutgers basketball, apparently knocked out his dad's tooth in a game before his wedding.


The son of colorful Blazer color commentator Mike Rice Sr. was fired from his job as a basketball coach at Rutgers University in April of this year, after ESPN aired out footage of Mike Rice Jr.'s abusive behavior toward his players.The video showed Rice throwing basketballs at his players, along with a battery of expetives. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie—known for his oratory restraint—called ...   More
Saturday, November 9, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Ticket Sales No Slam Dunk for Matthew Knight Arena


The Oregon Ducks basketball team is off to its best start in years. But even with the top ranking in the Pac-12 and seven straight wins to start the conference season, the Ducks' sterling new $200 million arena isn’t drawing the crowds quite like it expected. According to an article in the university’s Oregon Daily Emerald, Matthew Knight Arena is well below the expected revenue projections ...   More
Monday, February 18, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

Red Card

Jefferson Smith says he regrets acts of unsportsmanlike conduct that have gotten him banned from the court and field.

News Stories
Politics is a rough business—but it’s light duty compared to lining up against Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) on the basketball court or...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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