Kevin Pritchard Petition Reminder

As the Vulcan vultures apparently swirl around Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard, a reminder that Blazers fan Brian Libby still has an online petition going for fans to sign in support of Pritchard. Since last we checked in with Libby's effort a couple months back, the number of Pritchard supporters has climbed to nearly 1,000. We strongly suspect an online petition isn't ...   More
Monday, June 7, 2010 HANK STERN

Billy Ray Bates Remembered

If this excerpt about ex-Trail Blazer Billy Ray Bates when he played in the Phillipines is any indication of the rest of Rafe Bartholemew's book (Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball), the hoops book just leaped to the top of my Father's Day list. This 2004 "whatever happened to" piece about Bates in Willamette Week gets a mention ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 HANK STERN

A Painful Pre-Draft Reminder

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 HANK STERN

Paul Allen Buys a Home on the Coast (not Oregon)

Ever since the end of 2009, when the Portland Trail Blazers announced that owner Paul Allen had been diagnosed with lymphoma, reporters have been tip-toeing around the issue of the 57-year-old billionaire's mortality. The diagnosis has spawned constant rumors — one of which was that this diagnosis was a death sentence for Allen, who beat Hodgkin's disease more than two decades ago; the ...   More
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

How Big is This Win For The Lakers? Rebecca Haarlow Jetting to L.A.

It's getting to be quite the get-together of folks who have signed on to work this summer for the Los Angeles Lakers after putting the Portland Trail Blazers in their rearview mirror. First it was guard Steve Blake. Then Theo Ratliff. And now the unkindest cut of all: As first reported by Blazersedge, Blazers sideline reporter Rebecca Haarlow is leaving to patrol the sidelines for the Lakers. ...   More
Friday, July 23, 2010 HANK STERN

Don't Save Up for a Blazers Jersey of Chris Paul

At the risk of violating the "never say never" rule when it comes to possible trades and posturing by players, today's news out of New Orleans that Chris Paul seems content with the Hornets should let Trail Blazers fans stand down from high alert about any deal to bring Paul to Portland. In case you don't follow the offseason NBA, Paul had listed the Blazers among the teams he'd like to be traded ...   More
Monday, July 26, 2010 HANK STERN

Greg Oden vs. Blake Griffin in the Blazers' First Preseason Game?

The Portland Trail Blazers' preseason schedule was released today. And while these things are generally pretty un-thrilling, the Blazers' first matchup against the Clippers on Oct. 5 could be interesting: If both players are healthy and their respective coaching staffs see fit, this could be the first time Greg Oden and Blake Griffin (the top draft picks from 2007 and 2009, respectively) face each ...   More
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Trail Blazers Schedule Released

The NBA released the entire Portland Trail Blazers' 2010-11 schedule today after last week's tease that told us where the Blazers are playing on Christmas Day as well as the team's preseason schedule. Below are some of the highlights from the entire regular-season schedule for what will likely be a campaign of 50-55 wins. Ordinarily, that would be a successful mark. But this year, it's one ...   More
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 HANK STERN

Brandon Roy's Rap Video Cameo

Portland Trail Blazers fans awoke this morning to star player Brandon Roy in a new role: bit player in this video (lyrics NSFW) by Cali & Cavalli (at about the 1:29 and 3:07 mark). [youtube][/youtube] Roy's brief non-speaking appearances in the video "What They Want" (the "they" being pot and money) has been the subject of conversation on ...   More
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 HANK STERN

Money Watch: The Latest Notable Donations In Oregon Governor Race

Republican candidate Chris Dudley, a former pro basketball player whose NBA career included a stint in Portland, has picked up a $5,000 donation from the Trail Blazers, according to fund-raising reports he filed today. He also reported $40,000 from the Restaurant Association-connected Mahonia Hall Hospitality PAC, and $10,000 each from long-time Republican donor Richard Geary of Portland and ...   More
Friday, August 20, 2010 HANK STERN


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