Found June 01, 2012 on
Oregon Sports News:
Jeff Van Gundy
Portland Trail Blazers
Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs
There was something missing from the Portland Trail Blazers this year. It was evident late in games: There was nobody driving to the basket and getting to the free-throw line. There were no arms flailing, no screams reaching the rafters as the ball sailed aimlessly overhead.
There was no Brandon Roy.
As the NBA’s unabated flopping continues to run rampant through the league, those around the game are finally starting to speak up.
Phil Taylor touched on it in Sports Illustrated. Shane Battier’s in favor. And Jeff Van Gundy is the movement’s leader.
While watching the playoffs, it’s clear to see players faking their way into calls is getting out of control. It’s so bad we’ve reached the point where both players involved in “collisions” are trying to sell the call.
Portland fans should be proud. Sure, the Blazers aren’t in the playoffs. But fans in the Rose Garden weren’t subject to watching players take dives game in and game out this season.
That wasn’t the case from 2006-11.
BEST OF MAXIM
LaMarcus Aldridge underwent hip surgery in May, which eliminated him from consideration for the Olympic team, but as he revealed on his Blazers.com blog (dubbed L.A.’s Rehab Central) on Friday, he came down with something last Saturday that could have eliminated him from more than the Olympics. L.A. explains the scary details:
On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly...
The NBA draft lottery was yesterday and the Portland Trailblazers now know where they are going to be selecting with their two picks.
Per The Oregonian. The team walked away from Disney/ABC's Times Square Studios in New York with the Nos. 6 and 11 picks in a what is widely regarded as a deep and talented draft class.
"Obviously having two...
One week ago, to no knowledge of anyone besides those closest to LaMarcus Aldridge and members of the Portland Trailblazers organization, the power forward checked himself into the hospital feeling incredibly sick, thinking he may have only food poisoning or an extremely bad cold. But no no no, he has a deadly blood virus. Here [...]
The Portland Trail Blazers are the draft lottery’s biggest winners behind the New Orleans Hornets, as they now officially own the No. 6 and No. 11 picks in 2012 NBA draft.
Knowing where Portland will be picking this summer, the question now becomes, what do the Blazers do with these picks as they head into one of the most important summers in franchise history?
LaMarcus Aldridge was hospitalized for two days last Saturday due to a blood virus.
It is not a secret that every single Portland Trail Blazers’ fan out there is watching someone else's team in the playoffs, or perhaps not at all.
What is a secret, to the men and women over at One Center Court anyway, is how those teams have succeeded where Portland has failed for more than a decade.
Oklahoma City (formerly Seattle), and the San Antonio Spurs, have...
First off, I’d like to praise Rich Cho’s reaction to the results of last night’s draft lottery. I’m amazed at how gracefully he handled the unspeakably crushing news that he’d lost out on the #1 pick by smiling sweetly and casually congratulating the winner, Monty Williams. It’s certainly not how I handled it, that’s for [...]