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Oregon Sports News:
The Portland Trail Blazers had their opportunities. J.J. Hickson was allowed to leave, eventually signing with Denver. Gorgui Dieng was still available at number ten in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Blazers passed on him and instead selected Jeff Withey, the center out of Kansas in the second round. But Neil Olshey turned Withey, regarded by many scouts as the best interior defender in the draft, into Terrel Harris and Robin Lopez.
All of this was a massive vote of confidence for 2012 first round pick Meyers Leonard. While his fellow draft pick Damian Lillard was lighting up scoreboards, Leonard sat on the bench, showed an occasional flash of brilliance, and more often looked lost on defense and overmatched on offense. No one expected Leonard to make an immediate impact, but what he showed did indicate a player ready to start year two.
Leonard must be ready to start, at least in the mind of Neil Olshey. Why else would the Blazers downgrade Jeff Withey, a player with trem...
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Oft-injured big man Greg Oden reportedly is scheduled to meet face-to-face with officials from three NBA teams in Las Vegas on Monday.
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Neil Olshey came to the Portland Trail Blazers after quite some time with the Los Angeles Clippers, watching that team go from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. Similar to his tenure with the Clippers, Olshey was greeted in Portland by a complete mess.
The Blazers had been inefficient in recent years, fans were beginning to mock the team, and they weren’t...
Clearing out the depth chart
As we traverse through the summer we get closer to the 2013/14 NBA opening night. The closer things get, the more Portland’s roster begins to take shape.
The Trail Blazers have picked up a lot of players this offseason, and they might not be done. There’s a lot of depth here, and unfortunately that means some guys won’t make it through the summer...
The Jeff Hornacek era started on a perfect note as the Suns were able to able on to beat the Blazers in their Vegas Summer League opener, 82-69, on Saturday night.
Remember Greg Oden? He was the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State University for the Portland Trailblazers. He was selected before Kevin Durant. It’s no secret that the Wizards have struggled to find a long term option at center for what seems like more than 30 years. The team has found talent, but they’ve either traded that talent away, had that talent...
Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest in Portland, Ore., reports the Magic have agreed to terms with point guard Ronnie Price. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel and Max Luckan of Crossover Chronicles confirmed this report.
Price played in 39 games last year with the Trail Blazers before he was waived to make room for Eric Maynor in a mid-season trade. He averaged 2.7...
The Phoenix Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers by a final score of 82-69 in Summer League play on Saturday.
Markieff Morris with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting and five rebounds.
C.J. McCollum had 22 points, three rebounds and four assists.