The Scouting Report on Marcus Camby

If the Portland Trail Blazers' reported deal of Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake for Marcus Camby happens, here's what WW's Blazers blogger Casey Jarman had to say about Camby last month in his piece looking at big men the Blazers might try to acquire: Upside: Bigtime defender at 6-foot-11 who can shoot well and pass like Arvydas Sabonis. Contract expires this year, so it's not a big commitment. Downside: ...   More
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 HANK STERN

Mad That You Can't See Trail Blazers Games on TV? Read This.

I have no idea if a new local chapter of something called the Sports Fans Coalition can move the needle on getting access for Portland Trail Blazers fans throughout the Northwest to watching their team on games broadcast by Comcast. But good on coalition organizers for trying. Here's a release from the group that we got this morning, as well as links where you can go to support the effort: Washington, ...   More
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Online Petition Arises To Save Kevin Pritchard's Job (UPDATED with Paul Allen statement)

THURSDAY EVENING UPDATE: Blazers owner Paul Allen has just released this statement about the departure of vice president of basketball operations Tom Penn and what all that means for general manager Kevin Pritchard (My insta-translation of what Allen says below is there's not exactly a long-term vote of confidence in there for Pritchard) The Trail Blazers made a change in the vice president of ...   More
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 HANK STERN

Where in The World Is Derek Anderson?

Ex-Trail Blazers are popping up in the weirdest places. Earlier today, we learned that Qyntel Woods is now tearing it up in Poland. And now we learn courtesy of SLAM that ex-Blazer Derek Anderson is in the documentary business, having been executive director on a film about his 1995-96 championship team at the University of Kentucky. [youtube][/youtube] The ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 HANK STERN

Brandon Roy Definitely Out For First Round of Playoffs

What had been in little doubt in this injury-riddled season for Portland is now in no doubt: Brandon Roy's partial meniscus tear in his right knee will mean he's going to miss the Trail Blazers' first round series against Phoenix. The Blazers announced this afternoon that Roy will undergo surgery on Friday, but refused to rule out the possibility that he could return if Portland beats Phoenix ...   More
Thursday, April 15, 2010 HANK STERN

Mar-Cus Cam-Bee Scores A New Deal

Whilst a nation waits for WW's own Casey Jarman and Aaron Mesh to live blog Game Two tonight of the first-round series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, there's this bit of news about Blazers center Marcus Camby. The Blazers announced today what's been rumored for the last 24 hours — Camby has been signed to a two-year contract extension. “Portland felt right ...   More
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 HANK STERN

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


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