From the Elbow: That Time of Year Again

Can the Blazers avoid another historic end-of-season losing streak? Does it even matter?

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The Blazers won their final game of last season on March 22. Down in Atlanta on a Friday night, the Blazers handed the playoff bound Hawks an 11-point loss. It was the fourth game of a five-game road trip that included a win the night before against another playoff team in the Chicago Bulls, and back-to-back losses against the Bucks in Milwaukee and the 76ers in Philadelphia. That trip, ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: The Brandon Roy Question

The Blazers are trying to link their current success to their past—and erasing No. 7 from history.

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A few weeks back, a topic of conversation was introduced on Talkin' Ball which, this late in the Blazers' 2013-14 season, seemed like ancient history. The Cleveland Cavaliers had just held a big ceremony to retire the jersey of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Zydrunas—Big Z to his friends and fans—isn’t quite a household name, but he’s not exactly a deep-cut, either. Over the course of ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #9: The Next Next Big Thing

The Draft Combine is only the prologue to the never-ending NBA season, but for the Blazers, it could be a glimpse at the future.

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The NBA has no off-season. Certainly, Portland-based professional basketball fans have moved on to other leisure-time activities since the Blazers’ season wrapped up unceremoniously just over a month ago. That doesn’t mean the NBA season is over, however. Or that it will, in fact, ever end.  The NBA’s elites, minus Kevin Durant and an injured Russell Westbrook, are still fighting ...   More
 
Monday, May 20, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #5: Across the Pond

As the Blazers' season winds down, bench player Joel Freeland looks to the future.

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Time has run out on the Portland Trail Blazers. They avoided total playoff elimination Wednesday night only because the Utah Jazz were unable to find a way to beat the Denver Nuggets in Salt Lake City, but the Blazers’ next loss will be the final nail in their coffin. With the meaningful part of the regular season coming to a close, it’s nearing time for the Blazers to switch their focus. “You ...   More
 
Friday, April 5, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #4: Gunning for That No. 8 Spot

It's just about over for the Blazers. Don't tell them that, though.

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Almost exactly a week ago, the outlook in Blazerland was rosy. The Blazers were winners of four of their last six—not world-beating numbers by any stretch, but a marked improvement over the seven straight they dropped in February. Coming off unexpected back-to-back road wins against the playoff-bound Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, the Blazers rolled into Oklahoma City with a chance ...   More
 
Monday, April 1, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #3: A Pick Grows From Brooklyn

Portland, the Nets and Damian Lillard

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Back in January, The Gothamist published an article entitled “Are Portland and Brooklyn Actually the Same Place?” This piece came with a handy Venn diagram showing, with just a touch of levity, what the city of Portland and New York City’s largest borough do and do not share. On the Portland-only side of the diagram is affordable rent. On the Brooklyn side is Maggie Gyllenhaal. ...   More
 
Friday, March 29, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Blazer Exec Gets New Gig

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J. Isaac, who spent two decades at the Portland Trail Blazers, many  dealing with government agencies,  has a new job—working for CFM, a prominent lobbying and public affairs firm that has offices in Portland and D.C.  Isaac, a lawyer who many years ago was the business manager for the iconic Portland rock group Quarterflash, and is currently the chair of the Portland Business Alliance, ...   More
 
Friday, May 4, 2012 by Mark Zusman

The Original Jail Blazer

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Portlanders who have lived in this city for less than a decade may not know that the poster child for the infamous "Jail Blazers," the squad of hoopsters who were better known for their off-court exploits than their hardwood skills, was Isiah "J.R." Rider, a player of whose athletic talent was exceeded only by his ability to make poor judgments. Rider came to Portland from Minnesota to play for the ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bankrupt Former Blazer's House To Be Auctioned

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Former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson enjoyed a long and lucrative NBA career. A 6'10" forward who starred at the University of Connecticut, Robinson joined the Blazers in 1989 as a second round pick. He became an NBA All-Star in 1994 when he averaged more than 21 points per game. Robinson would play eight seasons for the Blazers and total of 18 seasons in the NBA. He retired in 2007, having scored just ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Know Your Enemy

Assessing the threat level of these international Mavericks.


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Technically, there shouldn’t be a team of “Mavericks” because the dictionary defines a maverick as “an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party.” Which sounds aw   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

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