Memories of Maurice Lucas

 Today is obviously a very tough day for Portland Trail Blazers fans with the news that Maurice Lucas died on Sunday at 58 after fighting cancer. Many of the obituaries of Lucas remember him quite correctly as an enforcer whose tough-guy approach was integral to the Blazers winning their only championship in the 1976-77 season. Lucas, a power forward, did a lot of the dirty work that allowed ...   More
Monday, November 1, 2010 HANK STERN

Oden v. Durant: Heavyweight Hoops Question Debated By These Heavyweight Hoops Guys

[youtube EgZi6kajBuc] We've weighed in on the Greg Oden or Kevin Durant debate before. But who cares that we think Oden will eventually pan out? Now much greater minds than mine tackle the question of whether the Trail Blazers made the right move by drafting Oden over Durant. My favorite part of how those folks at Sports Illustrated frame the question: the first sentence is "Greg Oden hasn't ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 HANK STERN

Adams Announces Proposed Locations for Baseball: Bye-Bye Memorial Coliseum

About 30 people met all day Monday and Tuesday, at Mayor Sam Adams' direction, to design a new Rose Quarter district that would accommodate a new stadium for both Merritt Paulson's AAA baseball Beavers and the Trail Blazers' longstanding plans for an entertainment zone. And this afternoon, Adams publicly announced at a 4 p.m. press conference what was previously just a possibility: That the ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Breakfast With Blazer-maniacs

The scene outside the Rose Garden this morning looked like a refugee camp. Nothing like a chance to buy tickets for the Trail Blazers' first playoff appearance since 2003 to get people to sprawl out on blankets, wrap up in sleeping bags or just bundle up with layer upon layer of Blazers paraphernalia as some folks cooked breakfast on small butane stoves and drank coffee. At 9:45 AM the ...   More
Thursday, April 16, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

Eat Mobile AND Watch Portland Devour Houston!

Were you actually worried that you would miss a second of the Trail Blazers' first playoff appearance since 2003 if you're coming to WW's second annual Eat Mobile food cart extravaganza on Saturday night? Ye of little faith. We've got you covered—we'll be screening the Portland/Houston game at Disjecta (8371 N Interstate Avenue) while you chow down on great samples from more than 15 tasty ...   More
Thursday, April 16, 2009 Story Forum Editor

Trail Blazers' Developer of Rose Quarter Gets Called Out By Columnist in Kansas City

With the Portland Trail Blazers looking to the Cordish Co. for redevelopment of the Rose Quarter, The Oregonian's Ted Sickinger wrote a good piece last month from Kansas City about the Power & Light entertainment district built in Kansas City by Cordish. Sickinger found some fans of the district, but he described the place at first glance as "corporate hip, a formulaic mixture of "entertainment ...   More
Thursday, June 11, 2009 HANK STERN

Blazers Media Day: Jerryd Bayless Halts Any Andre Miller Honeymoon

All of Portland may not be thrilled over the arrival of point guard Andre Miller. At today's media day at the Rose Garden as the Trail Blazers open camp this week, holdover second-year Blazers point guard Jerryd Bayless answered questions about Miller in the fewest words possible. Bayless acknowledged that Miller and last year's starting point guard, Steve Blake, are the frontrunners to play. ...   More
Monday, September 28, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Trail Blazers Want You To Imagine JumpTown

The Portland Development Commission wants development concepts for Memorial Coliseum, and Portland's NBA franchise has an idea: using the arena as one of the centerpieces of a "mixed-use sports and entertainment district" known as JumpTown, according to a press release from the Blazers. According to the project's website, the Rose Quarter would be renovated into an eco-friendly district serving ...   More
Monday, November 2, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Bill Simmons Greeted Like a Rock Star at Book Signing

Bill Simmons may not be bigger than the Beatles. But for pro basketball fans, he's pretty damn close. The ESPN sportswriter was at the Borders Bookstore in Beaverton on Thursday night to sign copies of The Book of Basketball, his tome on pro hoops. The suburban parking lot was full 45 minutes beforehand, and people were literally sprinting through the parking lot into the bookstore after they ...   More
Friday, November 20, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Greg Oden Apologizes for "Embarrassing" Photos

Sitting on a chair, holding a cane and surrounded by reporters, injured Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden this evening apologized several times and said he was deeply embarrassed by the naked photos of him that surfaced this morning on the Internet. At the 6 pm press conference convened at the Blazers' practice facility in Tualatin, local reporters then showered Oden, who turned 22 on Friday, ...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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