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

Buzzing Atlanta Rapper Young Thug's New Mixtape Is Called Black Portland For Some Reason

UPDATE: Collaborator Bloody Jay explains the Black Portland concept.

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Most hip-hop fans—or, at least, hip-hop fans who learn about emerging artists via indie-rock blogs—first discovered Atlanta upstart Young Thug via "Picacho," a wildly idiosyncratic track in which the MC compares his jewelry to a Pokemon character. That song, from Thug's widely acclaimed 1017 Thug mixtape, ended up on Pitchfork's Best Songs of 2013 list, while another single, "Stoner," has begun ...   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

From the Elbow: Something (New) To Talk About

Just as the NBA's midseason malaise settling in, Blazers rookie CJ McCollum has finally made his debut. Let the speculation begin!

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At some point in the very near future, the Blazers will record their 33rd win of the 2013-14 season. If they can reach that win number on the night of January 21, when they face off against the Thunder in Oklahoma City— which is a little unlikely considering the Blazers will have to win every single one of their very difficult impending road games to do that—this team will have matched ...   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Off the Christmas List

The Blazers were once a Christmas Day team, and are fighting to prove they belong there once again

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The NBA gets three chances every season to sell its product to everyday, run-of-the-mill sports fans, the fans who are unlike those who live in an NBA city and start following professional basketball from the minute the NBA Draft starts to the second the NBA Finals end. The first time is Opening Night, which has now been expanded to Opening Week, which features a measured roll out of ...   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MIKE ACKER

On The Rebound

The Blazers broke our hearts. Are we ready to get back with the NBA’s hottest team?

Cover Story
Maybe it was when Kobe’s alley-oop to Shaq sealed Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. Maybe it was when Greg Oden’s knee exploded for the third time or when Brandon Roy finally gro   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MIKE ACKER

The Fan Who Wasn’t There

The Blazers are scorching. Why are seats empty at the Moda Center?

A seat at the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 12 home game against the Houston Rockets should have been a hot ticket. The matchup at the Moda Center featured the Blazers, the NBA’s hottest team,    More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AARON MESH

From the Elbow: What's In a Chant?

Portland has grown to love LaMarcus Aldridge. Will he love us back?

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Basketball games can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique moments. Basketball seasons can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique games. And professional basketball careers can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique seasons. One moment doesn’t define a game, just as one game doesn’t define a season, or ...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Ethic Studies

A week into the season, Nicolas Batum and the Blazers provide a lesson in the NBA's strange morality.


The NBA is hard to encapsulate. It’s a league comprised of the best professional basketball players in the world. It’s a corporation operating on a large scale trying to sell a high-value product to the largest possible customer base at the best possible price with the highest imaginable mark-up. It’s a conglomeration of similarly run large business enterprises fighting against one another ...   More
Thursday, November 7, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From The Elbow: The Fan Pledge

As the Blazers tip off a new season, we revisit the proclamation the franchise made to its fans 10 years ago.


In 2003, a basketball fan from Bend was quoted in Sports Illustrated equating rooting for the Blazers to “selling one’s soul for a cheap thrill.” It had only been two years since Portland came within one epic fourth-quarter collapse from a trip to the NBA Finals and a possible second championship. Instead of heralding a new era of success for the franchise, that on-the-court implosion ...   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Rip City vs. No Pity: Blazers

Basketball is the real beautiful game.

News Stories
You have to start with the pinwheel. When I first started attending Trail Blazers games in 2003, the team’s brand was suffering. This was not because the Blazers were bad: The squad had finish   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 CASEY JARMAN


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