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

Ex-Blazer Makes Hall of Fame

Arvydas Sabonis

 Former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis will be enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame this summer.The announcement today of Sabonis' entry into the Hall of Fame as part of a class that includes Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin and Artis Gilmore makes Sabonis the sixth ex-Blazer to make the Hall.Sabonis had a solid career with the Blazers, playing seven seasons with Portland. But by ...   More
Monday, April 4, 2011 HANK STERN

Almost Live: Mavs at Blazers


 It's an honor and a privilege to resume my Blazer blogging in the wake of Aaron Mesh, one of the finest voices of his generation. ---Also, it's just a relief to be back here at the Rose Garden, in this sweet-ass seat, surrounded by friends and colleagues (the latter may be wishful thinking on my behalf), pumped-up Blazer fans, retirees with spare time and the very clever public address crew who ...   More
Sunday, April 3, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Hotseat: Patty Mills

The Blazers’ recent run of victories has meant no playing time for one of fans’ favorite players. Is he bummed?

When Patty Mills is on the court, he’s a pinball. The 22-year-old Trail Blazer from Australia hoists up three-pointers without hesitation, hurtles his body into the lane and plays hyperactive, n   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Tonight's Trail Blazer Game: Who Needs Hankies? (UPDATED with Nate McMillan signing contract extension)

Crying Baby

 Many NBA fans (or maybe just me) are more curious than usual about tonight's Portland Trail Blazers game at Miami against the Heat.LeBron James' "Heatles" have lost four straight. A shocking development given the talent amassed in South Beach? Perhaps, though even good teams have some kind of losing streak during an 82-game season. But what's made tonight's game stand out from the usual regular-season ...   More
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 HANK STERN

One Piece of Consolation—Again—for LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge

 Maybe if LaMarcus Aldridge wins enough "Western Conference Player of the Week" honors, it won't matter if the Portland Trail Blazers' power forward didn't make the All-Star Team.Days before this Sunday's All-Star Game, Aldridge today picked up his second "player of the week" award this season—less than a month after getting his first one.Certainly something for Aldridge to be proud of while ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 HANK STERN

The Curse of Trail Blazers Centers

The Portland Trail Blazers' bad luck with centers continues. Newly acquired backup center Fabricio Oberto announced today he's retiring after just five games with Portland because of "recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition." According to this release from the Blazers, the 35-year-old Oberto had lightheadedness and dizziness during the Blazers' game on Tuesday against Milwaukee. "I ...   More
Thursday, November 4, 2010 HANK STERN


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