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

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

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

God and Greg Oden: An Almost Live Special Report

Because Hank Stern already covered tonight's bummer Greg Oden news in a previous post, and because this writer—who has covered the Blazers for WW since the Sebastian Telfair era—has been through a few Greg Oden Injury press conferences, what follows is a free-form, 3,500-word meditation on this evening's happenings. It will not yield Rotoworld-friendly injury details and the vomit-inducing ...   More
Thursday, November 18, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

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

Fans Protest Comcast at Rally Before Trail Blazers Game

Portland Trail Blazers fans at last night's game against Denver not only had the chance to root against the Nuggets, but also to protest Comcast's monopoly on TV broadcasts of Blazers games. Ten years ago, Comcast signed a deal promising Oregon sports fans they would be able to watch Blazers games regardless of which company provided their cable TV. Now in its fourth season, the deal appears ...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

Almost Live: Hornets at Blazers

First, let me explain this week's comic. It's very high-concept. Okay, I'm lying. It's not high-concept at all, just low-effort. I have been too hungover from turkey and gravy and other meat-related items to actually craft a worthy cartoon. So my next one—looks like next Sunday against Blake Griffin (who looks, when he is really concentrating, like an oversized kitten grabbing for a shoelace) ...   More
Friday, November 26, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Another Week, Another Trail Blazers Knee Surgery

This time it's 36-year-old center Marcus Camby, who injured his left knee in Monday night's win over Minnesota. Camby becomes the fifth Blazer this season to undergo knee surgery and his absence leaves the team very short-handed at center for what had been expected to be a string of upcoming games that should have been very winnable. Here's the announcement from the Blazers about Camby: PORTLAND ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 HANK STERN

Brandon Roy Now Out Indefinitely

 Alas, for Portland Trail Blazers fans, Greg Oden may have company on the out-for-the-rest-of-the-year shelf. The Blazers announced today thatBrandon Roy is out indefinitely with sore knees.The 26-year-old Roy had been a fan favorite up until this injury-riddled season and the face of a franchise that seemed not so long ago to be resurgent.But even before ...   More
Thursday, December 30, 2010 HANK STERN

What Ron Artest Had To Say on His Day Off

[youtube L4YlrkkP9SA] Houston's Ron Artest is always entertaining. In this interview between Games 5 and 6 of the Rockets-Trail Blazers series, we learn that Artest thinks Brandon Roy is better than Kobe and LeBron — but not better than some guy Artest grew up with who went to jail. And we learn what Artest thinks of Charles Barkley, as well as what Barkley thinks Artest needs to do with ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 HANK STERN


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