Trail Blazers Playing Again on Christmas Night (UPDATED with Blazers releasing schedule)

Fanhouse has a beat on the NBA's 2009-10 schedule, and the insta-takeaway is that the Blazers will be one of the featured teams on Opening Night with an Oct. 27 game against Houston, the team that knocked Portland out of the playoffs last season. And the Blazers are again playing on Christmas night, with a game against Denver that will be televised on ESPN. UPDATE: The Trail Blazers just ...   More
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 HANK STERN

Your Newest Trail Blazer: It's Miller Time

The Pritch is Back. Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard has made it official: the Blazers have signed Andre Miller to a multi-year deal. A quickie take? A 33-year-old point guard will have enough short-term oomph — if his durability remains a constant — to make the Blazers better. But he's not exactly the final piece of the long-term puzzle either. And the next obvious short-term question: ...   More
Friday, July 24, 2009 HANK STERN

Trail Blazers Unveil "New" Jerseys

OK, I get that throwback jerseys are a total marketing stunt designed to part a fool (uh, me) from my money. But as a Trail Blazer fan who gets teary remembering the mid-1970s when Blazer stalwarts like Leroy Ellis sent me a letter or when Barry Clemens rallied Portland back from a 26-point deficit against the Lakers circa 1974, I think bringing back the red jersey from that era on the left ...   More
Monday, August 17, 2009 HANK STERN

From The Fab Five To Portland: Blazers Sign Juwan Howard to One-Year Deal

It's been a long time since Juwan Howard was on Michigan's fabled Fab Five. So long that when Howard came into the NBA 15 years ago from Michigan, his first team was still known as the Bullets before that name was considered in poor taste for a franchise in Washington D.C. We tell you all this so you get a sense with today's news about the Trail Blazers signing the 36-year-old former All-Star ...   More
Thursday, September 17, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Everybody Say "LUKE": Maurice Lucas Back On The Sidelines

As the Portland Trail Blazers ready for training camp next week, there's some good news today about my all-time favorite Blazer. That ex-Blazer, Maurice Lucas, will be resuming his assistant coaching duties after battling bladder cancer earlier this year. For those too young to remember the now 57-year-old Lucas when he played on the Blazers' 1976-77 championship team as part of his 14-year ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Trail Blazers Sign Ime Udoka

Ex-Portland Trail Blazer Ime Udoka, whose local hoops roots also include Jefferson High and Portland State University, has been signed by the Blazers as they get ready for training camp next week. Again, not an earth-shattering offseason move by the Blazers heading into camp. But if Udoka ends up making the team, he has proven throughout his basketball odyssey to be a good defender and not the ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 HANK STERN

Do Two Good Exhibition Games For Greg Oden Mean Anything?

Every flash of progress by Greg Oden sends me and other fans into speculating that the Trail Blazers center is finally poised to become a big contributor. The latest example comes just two games into the exhibition season after Oden put up back-to-back good nights against lowly Sacramento. Oden —who I root for in part because he seems like a decent human being— has nowhere to go ...   More
Thursday, October 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Half-Price Trail Blazers Tickets Already?

Look, I know a Tuesday night game in November against Atlanta can't be everybody's must-see Trail Blazers game this year. And I do appreciate the fact that the nose-bleed seats I've already bought for two other games somehow gets me on a list where I get discount offers emailed to me by the team. But if you need any more evidence that the NBA has some financial problems, this email below sure ...   More
Thursday, October 29, 2009 HANK STERN

Phil Jackson's Latest Thoughts On Portland

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Friday, January 8, 2010 HANK STERN

Casey Jarman For Blazers General Manager

Remember when Casey Jarman, WW music editor and Blazers blogger extraordinaire, wrote last month about some of the big men who Portland could acquire. The always-modest Casey included Chicago's Tyrus Thomas, writing that the only "downside" was "I'm the only person in the world who thinks this is a good idea." Turns out Casey wasn't. Here's what else the prescient Casey had to say about Thomas ...   More
Thursday, February 11, 2010 HANK STERN


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