Taking A Deep Breath Before Game 6

[youtube 3j1q6osDAEc] For all the back-and-forth over what the Trail Blazers should — or shouldn't — be doing in their first-round series against Houston, we're going to take a step back on this day off between Games 5 and 6 to employ that classic sports bromide — "putting things in perspective." Sports fans ask one of two things from our teams: 1) If you're going to be jerks, ...   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 HANK STERN

Blazers Aftermath: Some Video Consolation

[youtube pDVFxfUdv5M] Sure, last night's end to the Trail Blazers season was disappointing. But here's some consolation to get you through today's letdown of realizing that Greg Oden stunk, Travis Outlaw and Nicholas Batum shrunk and Steve Blake suffered through on-again, off-again funk. There will be plenty of time to analyze what the Blazers need to do next season. But for the moment, let's ...   More
Friday, May 1, 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 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

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


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