Damian Lillard To Graduate From College

Three years after leaving school for the NBA, the Blazers point guard has earned a degree in technical sales from Weber State in Utah.


Just call him Big-Brain Dame.  Three years after leaving Weber State University—the obscure mid-major in Ogden, Utah, that recruited him out of high school—to enter the NBA draft, Damian Lillard is about to become a college graduate. Between elevating the Blazers to championship contention, signing lucrative endorsement deals and appearing in commercials with Nick Cannon and whoever the ...   More
Monday, March 2, 2015 by Matthew Singer

Watch Former Blazer Martell Webster's Pacific Northwest-Heavy Rap Video

Filmed in Washington, featuring a Portland rapper-producer and directed by Will Vinton's son.


Over the NBA All-Star break, Damian Lillard went on the radio and wowed the basketball blogosphere with his rhyme skills. No less an authority than MTV's Sway declared him the best rapper in the league, and most were apt to agree. But another Blazer alum has thrown his warmups onto the court. Former Portland combo guard Martell Webster, currently of the Washington Wizards, spits a bit himself, ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Watch Damian Lillard Prove He's the Best Rapper in the NBA


As avid Blazers fans know, Damian Lillard likes to rap.  That's not unique among NBA players, of course, but #0 takes it a step further. Ever since he came into the league, Lillard has helmed a weekly online rap battle, 4 Bar Friday, in which participants upload short verses to Instagram, with the winner chosen by the point guard himself. At last year's All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, he hosted ...   More
Saturday, February 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portland Cops Say NBA Player Stomped on Homeless Man in Old Town

Houston Rockets forward Terrance Jones arrested for harassment


Portland Police say they arrested Houston Rockets forward and former Jefferson High School star Terrance A. Jones early this morning for stomping on a homeless man's leg.Police say a sergeant patrolling the area saw a large group of people leave the Tube nightclub, spilling out onto the street. One officer ordered the group back onto the sidewalk, a release from the Portland Police Bureau says.But ...   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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.


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

How Do the Blazers Rank in Franchise Worth?


This has to be the least-anticipated opening night in the last decade for the Portland Trail Blazers. Even the interesting questions—is Damian Lillard the point guard of the future? Is Lamarcus Aldridge worth max money? Will Nicolas Batum cock-punch anybody?—are overshadowed by the malaise lingering from the suddenly vanished Oden/Roy era.You know what would get everybody in a basketball mood? ...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 AARON MESH

Raymond Felton, We Knew Ye Too Well


The long regional nightmare is over. Raymond Felton is a Knick.You knew that already. Doubtless you spent the weekend binge-eating in celebration. But Portland's relief at the Blazers trading the "portly malcontent" has garnered national notice—especially in his new home of New York City. It's just a footnote to the Big Apple's general horror at losing Jeremy Lin because Knicks owner James Dolan's ...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON MESH

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

Almost Live: Heat at Blazers (Heat Fan Edition)


hello cyber world. testing testing hopefully this works. trevor solomon here a big miami heat fan from the seikaly pearl washington days till the championship (thanks dwayne) and to even last year when we were really close and lost out. this year feels like a mission i tell you 8 straight wins, a broken nose, and very nice lead in the east i think our heat is looking good. ok starting lineups. heats ...   More
Thursday, March 1, 2012 Trevor Solomon

Almost Live: Clippers at Blazers

Lob City Comes to Rip City


The camera flashes to the hall just outside the locker room, as it always does before games, and most of the players glance sideways at the camera for a minute or ignore it all together. Nolan Smith, though, flashes a smile and a big peace sign, like he's a giddy fan who has falsely assumed he's on national television. I like that. Looseness. I know Nolan probably won't see the court much—if at all—tonight, ...   More
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 CASEY JARMAN


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