Found February 24, 2012 on
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Portland Trail Blazers
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We’re only halfway through the season and Blazer fans have already gone through the 5 stages of grief more times than a character from a Cormac McCarthy novel.
Thus far it’s been a season defined by a tragic retirement, road futility, eye rolling surgeries, role confusion and tumultuous times. In other words the All-Star break couldn’t come sooner for a Portland team that has played 34 games in 59 days.
For a club that started 7-2 and briefly announced their entrance into the upper echelons of the West, an 18-16 record is not what many Blazer maniacs had in mind heading into the second half of the season.
Despite the underachievement, bright spots have seeped through the cloud of mediocrity hovering over this team and produced some exhilarating moments through the season’s first semester.
In honor of the upcoming awards season, let’s take a moment to hand out some halfway hardware.
And the Oscar goes to…
Most Valuable Player: LaMarcus Aldridge
This is like giving the aw...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Blazers forward gets thumbs ups from his Twitter followers.
Take a deep breath, Portland.
Have a seat, Portland.
You have just been through a series of life changing events, and you need to take a few minutes to collect your thoughts.
It’s been a rough winter, and Blazer fans could not catch a break.
As soon as the dust cleared on Brandon Roy’s retirement, it was announced that LaMarcus Aldridge would miss time due to what many thought...
The old adage says: it’s the name on the front of the jersey that counts, not the name on the back.
But while the Portland Trail Blazers will be loved by its city regardless of who is on the roster, it’s sometimes difficult to recognize a team that has seen so many faces come and go over the past few seasons.
Wednesday, however, brought fans a blast from the past as it was...
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The Blazers power forward could also land a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Both Felton and Beasley have expiring contracts, and let’s face it—both don’t fit with their current team. The Lakers have a hefty trade exception from when they dealt Lamar Odom. It’s still speculation, but L.A. is likely to upgrade (at least at point guard) before the trade deadline. From Roland Lazenby: “I hear they want both Felton and Beasley. That’s their goal...
The absence of such All-Star perennials as Tim Duncan and Pau Gasol clears the way for a new group.
You’re a big, brawny sports reader, I get that. You’re probably here for a mid-season report on the Blazers, or for the first updates on the Mariners.
Sorry bub, but we’ve got more pressing matters to cover: Portland’s often terrible fashion scene and the role that the state’s sports scene plays in it.
The first part of the puzzle is recognizing that the city itself has...
The 18-16 Blazers are currently 8th in the Western Conference -- the exact same record they had at this point last season.
Fifth in a series of installments documenting my failed political ambitions, my warped sensibilities, and my Portland Trail Blazers.
The days that followed my Rose Garden eviction at the hands of Larry Miller's henchmen were uneventful, but I still found myself in a foul and combative ardor. I couldn't think of any conceivable reason why Larry Miller would have...
The Portland Trail Blazers are welcoming back free agent center Joel Przybilla.
Przybilla, who spent more than six seasons in Portland before he was traded to Charlotte last season, has not played this season. The 7-foot-1 center was pursued by Chicago, Miami and Milwaukee but decided to rejoin the Blazers last week, pending a physical exam.
Over an 11-year NBA career, Przybilla...
In the premiere episode of Sports Guy Kyle, Kyle Hubler talks about why Elliot Williams should have a bigger role on the Trail Blazers.
Joel Przybilla is coming back to the Trail Blazers to be a backup center despite the recruiting efforts of the Miami Heat, and repeated phone calls from the Chicago Bulls.
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Not Everything Comes Up Smelling Like Roses
*Due to the short All-Star week, we will add the Blazers two games from this week into the notebook*
Feb 14 vs. Washington: 124-109 L (FUGLY)
Feb 15 @ Golden State: 93-91 W (UGLY)
Feb 16 vs. LA Clippers: 74-71 L (BAD)
Feb 18 vs. Atlanta – GOOD
Considering that three of four games were being hosted...
Rich Cho has been there, in a remarkably similar way, at Oklahoma City.Click to Continue »