We'll Always Have Portland

Au revoir Nic Batum, and thanks for all the nut-punches.


Hey! How is your summer going? Gardening, chilling on the Willamette docks, dining outside, smoking weed on hills. Oregon summers: It doesn’t get any better!  If I were you, I would throw this article in the trash before you read it, because, if you ask me, the Portland Trail Blazers are strictly a wintertime activity, a refuge from the rain and the omnipresent gray. Just ignore everything that ...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

The Blazers Don't Lose To Spanish Players, But They Will Punch Them In The Crotch Now And Then

Who's to blame for Portland's locker room sign mock-controversy? Naturally, it goes back to Rudy Fernandez.

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Athletes like motivational signs. In any room with 10-20 athletes, they will spring up from nothing. “ALWAYS COMPETE!” “SQUASH!” “BLEED FOR THE TEAM!” “IF YOU AIN’T LOSING A HAND, YOU AIN’T GIVING ENOUGH OF YOUR HAND FOR THE TEAM!” These sorts of signs are like the competitive pollen to make winning nectar. You can’t make sports happen without them. Recently, John Canzano—a ...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

From the Elbow #1: Career Opportunities

Last Saturday, two former Blazers returned to the Rose Garden. One is a hero. The other is just trying to make an NBA living.

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An hour before tip-off on a rainy Saturday evening in Portland, a throng of local television and print journalists are waiting deep in the belly of the Rose Garden for a rare pre-game press conference. For the first time since he unexpectedly retired on the eve of the lockout shortened 2011-12 NBA season, Brandon Roy is going to grace them with his presence.  Roy, arguably the most important ...   More
Monday, March 4, 2013 MIKE ACKER


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