Found February 13, 2013 on Oregon Sports News:
In just over a week, the February 21st NBA trade deadline will have come and gone and the Portland Trail Blazers will be the same team then as they are today. The crux of the deal or the anti-deal is the Blazers lack of assets that other teams want or the Blazers are willing to part with. Yes, they have a talented starting five. But as it has been discussed ad nauseam the Blazers lack bench strength; this equates to a lack of assets. As it goes, to get something you have to give something. There has been some talk about trading J.J. Hickson, the Blazers power forward having a career year with an expiring contract. But this is easier said than done. Hickson would have to OK a possible deal and in doing so relinquish his Bird Rights. Hickson stands to make a fair amount of money in free agency this summer and forgoing his Bird Rights could cost him some leverage and, of course, some dough. I have fashioned a few deals that would employ LaMarcus Aldridge to acquire younger pl...

Portland Trail Blazers: Updated player odds for NBA awards

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Elderly radio personality joins Blazers Dancers

There's a reason why he's referred to as the "Wild One".Renowned for being the only broadcaster to ever have been ejected from an NBA game (on account of Steve Javie's whistle-happy wrath) and representing one half of Portland's esteemed "Mike and Mike" color-commentating duo, Mike Rice joined the BlazerDancers at a recent game for some quality...

J.J. Hickson Takes Out Female Spectator

During the third quarter of Wednesday night’s match-up between the Portland Trailblazers and New Orleans Hornets there was a little bot of a collision, which happened off the court. Check out the below video of the Blazers’ J.J. Hickson went after a loose ball out of bounds and his momentum was not about to be stopped, even by an unsuspecting female fan. The two collided and...

Rick’s Picks Week 15: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

Top Blazers Each and every week I sit down to write this column I feel like I’ve seen a different Blazers team take to the court over the previous week. Some weeks the non-existent bench shows signs of life, or Damian Lillard shows why he could be an all-world point guard, then other weeks Portland seems lethargic, Nic Batum’s wrist costs Portland crucial possessions, or that...

72-year-old Trailblazers Announcer Mike Rice Danced with the Cheerleaders

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The Portland Trail Blazers' New Big Three - Are Aldridge, Batum And Lillard The Foundation Of A ...

Four years ago, on Valentines Day in February 2009, the Portland Trail Blazers were the team of the future.  They were 32-20 going into the All-Star break, riding Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and a deep bench, playing Nate McMillan’s slow-paced, low-risk brand of basketball.  Greg Oden was finally playing, and he’d shown flashes of brilliance.  He was inconsistent and had...

The Five Greatest Portland Trail Blazers Of All-Time

5.    Clifford Robinson, Forward/Center:  (1989-1997)   Uncle Cliffy ranks number three in total number of points scored as a Blazer with 10,405. Additionally, for the Blazers, he ranks in the top five for all-time games played (644), free throws made (2,041), 3-pointers made (492), and blocks (726). He was a member of the squads that played in the NBA Finals in 1990...

Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Hornets prediction and preview

All-Star Weekend nears The Portland Trail Blazers will face off against the New Orleans Hornets to conclude a six-game road trip Wednesday night, and they could desperately use a win heading into All-Star Weekend. Matchup: Portland (25-27) @ New Orleans (18-34) Venue: New Orleans Arena Time: 5:00 PM PT Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 The road trip hasn’t gone as well as fans...

Wesley Matthews sprains left ankle, won't return

Wesley Matthews injured sprained his left ankle, and won't return, according to Hornets sideline reporter Jennifer Hale. The Portland Trail Blazers guard fell hard on his left knee and ankle, but it sounds like his ankle to the brunt of it. Matthews played just two minutes. His replacements aren't to be trusted in fantasy basketball. #Trailblazers Wesley Matthews...

Portland Trailblazers players in awe of LeBron after loss to Heat

Tweet LeBron James set an NBA record on Tuesday night against the Portland Trailblazers, becoming the first player to score 30+ points in six straight games while shooting over 60 percent. Against the Blazers, LeBron went off for 30 points on 73.3 percent shooting and added nine assists and six boards just for good measure. [...]

Damian Lillard scores 33 in shootout with Miami Heat

Portland rookie Damian Lillard bounced back from a dreadful 1-of-16 performance with 33 points. It wasn't enough to top the Miami Heat; the Blazers fell 117-104. Lillard hit 10-of-18 shots and 10-of-11 free throws in a stellar shooting night. He filled out his line with three 3-pointers, a rebound and three assists in 39 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 29 points...
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