From the Elbow #10: Auditioning for the NBA

A week out from Draft Day, a crop of potential incoming rookies fight to get noticed.

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The NBA season ends and begins again every June. The first two weeks of this month have been spent trying to crown the league champion for 2012-13. A few weeks after the Finals end, on June 27th, a whole new batch of young superstars will be drafted to join the professional ranks.  Much has to be done in the days and weeks leading up to the NBA Draft, as every team but one begins the off-season ...   More
 
Thursday, June 20, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #7: Sonic Reboot

With the impending return of pro-basketball to Seattle, the Blazers look forward to reviving a rivalry.

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Last Friday was 1990s Night at the Rose Garden. Over the course of the evening, the home crowd celebrated Jerome Kersey, Clyde Drexler and Blazer teams from a decade that included two trips to the NBA Finals, two trips to the Western Conference Finals, a 63-win season and 10 straight postseason appearances. The 2012-13 Blazers picked up their 10th consecutive loss on ‘90s Night, losing ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #6: Off the Bench, Into the Fire

From guarding Kobe Bryant to delivering a highlight-reel dunk, it's been a career week for Blazers rookie Will Barton.

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Last Wednesday night, when they walked through the doors of the Rose Garden, Blazer fans can be forgiven for thinking they had been teleported to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Dancing in the aisle, screaming “MVP” at the top of their collective lungs every time Kobe Bryant stepped to the free throw line, wearing a wide selection of Lakers gear—No. 8 Bryant jerseys, No. ...   More
 
Monday, April 15, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #2: Not Bad Enough

The Blazers are better than expected, and that spells doom for a rookie like Meyers Leonard.

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At times during the 2012-13 season, the Blazers have flirted with being a very bad team. From wire-to-wire, however, Portland has fallen right into that “too bad to make the playoffs but too good to clean up in the draft" category. And, in some ways, that’s worse. A bad team can flounder for generations in mediocrity, getting close but not all the way to pay-dirt in the wins column ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 MIKE ACKER

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

Almost Live: Heat at Blazers (w/ guest blogger Trevor Solomon)


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MFNW Executive Director Trevor Solomon Hey folks. Time for MFNW executive director Trevor Solomon's now four-year tradition of public Miami Heat fanaticism, blogged out live at the Rose Garden as the team plays the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:30 pm. This is Matthew Korfhage filling in on the intro, as former music editor (and BlazerBlogger) Casey Jarman last year became the first hot dog to be ...   More
 
Thursday, January 10, 2013 Trevor Solomon

Last Man Standing

Kurt Thomas would rather foul out than fade away.


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Kurt Thomas can’t compete with Blaze. The NBA’s oldest player and his team’s mascot are representing the Trail Blazers at Russell Academy’s rundown elementary school gymnasium in Northeast   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Paul Allen's Busy Week

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Sometimes it feels that we ought to have a reporter covering Paul Allen full time. The 48th richest person in the world is a very busy fellow. Here is what the second richest Oregonian has been up to (Nike's Phil Knight just edges him out, according to Forbes, and Allen owns a home in Portland and also the Trail Blazers, but technically, he is from Seattle):*On March 21, Allen announced a $300 million ...   More
 
Friday, March 30, 2012 by Mark Zusman

Darius Miles Busted

Tried to Bring a Loaded Gun on a Plane


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Just how stupid is Darius Miles?  The onetime Portland Trail Blazer, a 6'9" small forward with extraordinary athletic skill and seeming unlimited potential, has demonstrated once again that in the IQ department, he's a playgound-lot baller.Yesterday, Miles was busted for allegedly trying to bring a loaded gun through security at the St. Louis airport.Miles was a first-team NBA All-Rookie in 2001, ...   More
 
Thursday, August 4, 2011 Mark Zusman (editor)

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