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

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

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


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