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

From the Elbow #5: Across the Pond

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


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.


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


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


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

Isiah Rider

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


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.

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

One More Reason to Yell at Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Here's an update to the analysis that Casey Jarman wrote in today's WW of potential Portland Trail Blazers playoff opponents in the first round: the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant may be a bigger jerk than we feared.After tonight's games end the regular season, the Blazers will learn whether they'll be playing Dallas, Oklahoma City or the Lakers in the first round.If it's the Lakers, that should be ...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 HANK STERN

Men In The Middle

Can the Blazers finally escape the first round?

As the Trail Blazers prepare this week for their third consecutive playoff appearance, Portland seems poised to make a push for postseason success thanks to the midseason addition of Gerald Wallace.   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 CASEY JARMAN


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