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

Remembering Maurice Lucas: He "Bullied the Bullies"

The loss of Maurice Lucas made several large men weep on Monday. But their recollections of the former Portland Trail Blazer power forward—and later an assistant coach—also made them smile this afternoon at a memorial service for Lucas, who died Oct. 31 at age 58 after a battle with cancer. They recalled him as a tough guy on the floor but one who was a well-rounded, fun-loving and ...   More
Monday, November 8, 2010 HANK STERN

Almost Live: Raptors at Blazers

Who's ready for an exciting Saturday night game against the Toronto Raptors! The Rose Garden's already shady wireless is down before the game starts, so I guess I have to keep this brief. The Raptors—and their beastly rebounding machine Reggie Evans—come in at 1-4. The Blazers should be 5-1, but Nate McMillan's continued persistance that giving the ball to Brandon Roy at the top of the ...   More
Saturday, November 6, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Blazers: Greg Oden Will Miss Another Season With Another Injury

Unfortunately, The Onion's satire last week about the fragility of Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden proved truer than anybody could have feared. The Blazers announced tonight that the oft-injured Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss the rest of this season. The team said a "recent MRI showed damaged cartilage to the surface of his femur" and that ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 HANK STERN


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