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Sports Business Digest:
In an industry that is still heavily dominated by men, its always a little disheartening to see a high-ranking female executive leave a position. But such is the case for Portland Trailblazers Executive VP and COO Sarah Mensah.
Mensah, who had been with the Blazers for the last 19 years, recently tendered her resignation, according to the Portland Business Journal.
While it hasn't been mentioned, one has to wonder if Mensah's being passed over for the Blazer's president job last summer, even after she was endorsed by outgoing president Larry Miller, played any part in her decision to now resign. Mensah was well liked in the community, becoming well-known for her work with autism groups in the Portland area -- her son also has autism, and she was even highly praised by current Blazers president Chris McGowan,
“Sarah’s vision, creativity and steadfast determination were essential components of an outstanding career with the Trail Blazers,” McGowan said in a statement. “Her impact on our organization was profound. The Portland Trail Blazers are grateful for her service and commitment to excellence for 19 years.” (via PBJ)
The Blazers have now seen three prominent executives leave their ranks in the past five months, including Mensah, the aforementioned Miller, and former legal head Mike Fennell.
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Portland Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard tweeted that while he enjoyed a visit to Washington D.C. and would like to return, the "historic statues" there frighten him.
A fear of statues?
Some people are scared of heights. Some fear the end of the world. I’m personally frightened by mascots and people in costumes like you’d see at a zoo or amusement park—come on, you have no idea who is under that thing!
But Damian Lillard has his own twist on the random phobia genre with his fear of historical statues.
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PDX on a slippery slope
The Portland Trail Blazers have begun their seven-game road trip with three straight losses, but the worst part is that each and every one of their opponents was considered beatable heading into the East Coast swing.
Matchup: Portland (6-9) @ Boston Celtics (8-7)
Venue: TD Garden
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Date: Friday, November 30, 2012
Coming off a loss to the only...
Batum looks like budding star
Despite his most recent slump, Nicolas Batum started 2012 like he was finally turning a corner in his career.
Portland fans will remember Batum as the savvy frenchman who spent his summer talking about how badly he wanted to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s why Batum signed a $46 million offer sheet from the T-Wolves and implored Portland...
With LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trailblazers coming into Boston, The Oregonian posted an interesting article about the matchup: Does Garnett’s style of play, and irritation, bring out the best in Aldridge? Can I quickly dispel this and say no?
According to article, Aldridge has a list of people who really bring out the aggravation in him. Guys like A’mare Stoudemire,...
PDX needs this one
The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off arguably their most disappointing loss of the season; a contest against the Detroit Pistons that was considered one of the easier games on the schedule through this point in the year.
Matchup: Portland (6-8) @ Washington Wizards (0-12)
Venue: Verizon Center
Time: 4:00 PM PT
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Last night, the Washington Wizards won their first game of the NBA season against the Portland Trail Blazers.Prior to the start of the game, Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard made some interesting remarks on his Twitter page about being afraid of historical statues: I like DC. I wana come back and visit the memorialseven though I'm scared of statues— Damian Lillard...
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Portland continues East Coast slide
The Headline: squaring off with the winless Wizards, Portland continues its East Coast losing streak with this new 82-84 loss.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards
When: 7:00 ET, Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Where: Verizon Center (Washington D.C.)
Officials: Derrick Stafford, David Guthrie, James Williams
Damian Lillard is having a tremendous rookie season for the Portland Trail Blazers, but it’s his off-the-field antics that are providing more entertainment for NBA fans.
After a trip to Washington, D.C. last week to play the Wizards, Lillard tweeted that he liked the city, but he was scared of all the historic statues that litter the nation’s capital. When reached for further...
The Portland Trail Blazers' long road trip hasn't gotten off to a fabulous start, but their struggles seem minimal compared to those of the Washington Wizards.
Portland continues its seven-game road stretch against Eastern Conference foes Wednesday night as it looks to keep Washington winless.
The Blazers (6-8) set a season low for points in a 98-85 loss to Brooklyn to...
WASHINGTON -- Sure, the Wizards remain deep in the NBA's basement, an obvious punch line if an example of overall futility is required. Yet on this night, after opening the season with a dozen straight losses, Washington is home to a winner. Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, and Emeka Okafor sank two free throws with 39 seconds left as the Wizards snapped their 12-game, season...
It’s finally happened. The Wizards have won their first game of the NBA season. Following 12 straight losses, Washington beat the the Portland Trailblazers 84-82 on Wednesday night. Injured point guard John Wall was so happy about the Wizards first win that he posted this photo on his Instagram with the caption, “Bow-tie coolin [...]