Breaking Down Damian Lillard’s All-NBA Selection And How the ‘Derrick Rose Rule’ Earned Him A Substantial Pay Raise

On February 19th, Damian Lillard made a statement to the NBA. In the first contest back from the All-Star break, the Portland Trail Blazers’ floor general put the Golden State Warriors on alert by recording 51 points, seven assists and six steals (making 9-of-12 from the three-point line) in a 137-105 victory over the defending champions. The snub that left him off the Western...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 hours ago

From What If To Watch This – Are Damian Lillard And CJ McCollum Portland’s Dream Duo?

For the last three decades, NBA pundits and fans have been talking about what a Clyde Drexler-Michael Jordan pairing might have looked like if the Portland Trail Blazers had taken Jordan instead of Sam Bowie in the 1984 draft. Opinions on the subject vary greatly, and we don’t have any real film or stats to support how their playing styles would have merged on the court, or how...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 hours ago

Terry Stotts The Right Fit For The Portland Trail Blazers

Recently, the Portland Trail Blazers and their head coach, Terry Stotts, agreed to a three-year extension, to much joy among the fan base (myself included). It may have been seen as a foregone conclusion by most followers of the Blazers, but in NBA coaching circles, nothing is ever certain unless you have a great relationship with the front office, or run the front office as president...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 hours ago

Damian Lillard Named To All-NBA Second Team

This is Lillard's second All-NBA team selection, which has financial implications for the Blazers moving forward. For the first time in his career, Damian Lillard has been named to the All-NBA second team. He was previously selected to the All-NBA third team in 2013-14. Per the Portland Trail Blazers' press release: Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was named to the...
Via Blazer's Edge
1 day ago

Damian Lillard Qualifies For Rose Rule But Doesn't Take Full 30 Percent

Damian Lillard agreed to take 27.5 percent of the salary cap as his max contract if he qualified for the Rose Rule instead of the full 30 percent when he agreed upon his contract extension last offseason with the Portland Trail Blazers. After making the Third Team last season, Lillard was a Second Team selection this season and therefore qualified for the rule. Lillard will earn...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Grading Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations and GM Neil Olshey

The Portland Trail Blazers exceeded everyone's expectations this past year by winning 44 games and advancing to the Western Conference semifinals in the playoffs. How do we grade Blazers President of Basketball Operations and GM Neil Olshey headed into 2016 NBA free agency? After a surprising 44-win season that saw the Portland Trail Blazers advance to the second round of the playoffs...
Via Blazer's Edge
1 day ago

Al-Farouq Aminu Completely Snubbed in All-Defensive Voting

Despite Aminu's strong defensive season in Portland, he was left without a single point in All-Defensive voting. The Portland Trail Blazers have cashed in on several awards this postseason for their surprising playoff run, but the All-Defensive Team voting has eluded them. Al-Farouq Aminu was left without a single vote for the NBA All-Defensive team selections, running counter to...
Via Blazer's Edge
2 days ago

Damian Lillard’s new rap song reportedly has labels interested

We already knew Damian Lillard was good at rapping for a basketball player. But now it’s starting to seem like he’s also good at rapping for a rapper. On Wednesday morning, the Trail Blazers point guard, aka Dame D.O.L.L.A. released a new song called ‘Talk to Em,” and according to TMZ, some “major labels” are interested in signing him to a deal. Lillard’s agent Aaron...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Noah Vonleh: 2015-16 season by the numbers

Noah Vonleh 2015-16 season by the numbers
Via The Oregonian
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: 2016 NBA Free Agency: Moe Harkless

Moe Harkless 2015-16 season by the numbers
Via The Oregonian
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Neil Olshey says the Trail Blazers will be active in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Portland general manager Neil Olshey says the Trail Blazers will be active in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Via The Oregonian
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nate McMillan a good hire no one seemingly wants to admit

Dropping hints of breaking news that could be done anytime, but choosing a Saturday night to do so, is the equivalent of trying to climb the tree to your bedroom window hoping your parents sleeping on the couch don’t realize you’re sneaking in at 3 a.m. when they saw you last go to bed at 11 p.m. So when the Nate McMillan-to-Indiana Pacers head coaching post got wind behind...
Via Crossover Chronicles
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pacers to promote assistant Nate McMillan to head coach

The Indiana Pacers are in the final stages of finalizing a deal that would promote assistant coach Nate McMillan to head coach. McMillan has been on the sidelines for the Pacers on and off since 2013. Originally he was brought in to be the associate head coach behind Frank Vogel, which he served for a year, but then took a year off. He was then hired back as an assistant for the ’15...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts not ‘a slam dunk’ to return as Blazers head coach

What head coach Terry Stotts did with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015-16 season was nothing short of miraculous. Despite losing five of his top six players from last year’s team over the offseason, Stotts took a ragtag roster of misfits and undervalued talents to a 44-38 record and a Western Conference Semifinals berth, earning Coach of the Year runner-up honors in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ Backcourt on the Rise

Last summer Portland watched as three of their five starters left for bigger markets in free agency. When the Trail Blazers realized that the roster they had worked tirelessly to put together was falling apart they traded another starter, Nic Batum, to Charlotte for young pieces. These moves signaled the end of an era and left Portland fans shaking their heads. A roster full of talent...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers player's dog crashes Portland's last press conference of the year

Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard has a good dog named Bella. Normally, Bella seems like a very obedient pup who can do no wrong.But like all dogs, sometimes Bella likes to explore, which she did Thursday during the Trail Blazers' last press conference of the season.Bella roamed into the interview area when head coach Terry Stotts was speaking to the media.Leonard had...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Even in defeat, Blazers prove to be a force to be reckoned with

The Portland Trail Blazers lost 80 percent of their starting lineup and two of their three best players last summer. This came on the heels of the team losing in the first round of the 2014-15 NBA Playoffs. At that point, common logic seemed to suggest that the Blazers would be closer to winning the lottery than actually taking part in the playoffs this spring. Something funny...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Steph Curry's sister addresses video of mom dancing on another man

Sonya Curry went nuts celebrating a three-pointer made by her son, Stephen Curry, late in the Warriors’ Game 5 win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, as she tends to do. The only thing is her appearance on TV caused many to have a question. Where the heck was her husband, Dell, as she was getting comfortable with another guy while dancing in a suite at Oracle Arena? ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard shows off sick handles, drains stepback jumper

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is lethal, no matter where he is on the court. He can create his own shot with his dribbling skills, or he can use his speed and elusiveness to get to the hoop. Lillard did the former in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game, as he showed off his sick handles and calmly drained a stepback three-pointer. He faked Leandro Barbosa...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Trail Blazers and the joy of exceeding expectations

For some reason, sports have become less about entertainment and more about winning. Now, the immediate response is, obviously, “Winning is fun, isn’t it?” Yes, it is, but not if it comes at the expense of entertainment. Whatever the reason might be (fantasy sports, blogging, talking heads and other explanations come to mind), a large number of fans watch their teams with...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard Become the Next Stephen Curry?

Damian Lillard has brought the Portland Trail Blazers to a 2-1 deficit of the reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors. For the talent the Trail Blazers lost this past off season, the expectations were not for this team to win 44 games and reach the Western Conference semifinals. Lillard is proving to All Star voters why it was a major mistake to snub him from a spot on the...
Via The Sports Journal
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick celebrates 29 years as a UPS driver

Former Portland Trail Blazers No. 1 overall draft pick in 1972 LaRue Martin didn’t quite pan out as an NBA player. In fact, he told OregonLive, “I get ridiculed every year being the worst draft choice… there was never too much playing time. I kept my mouth shut.” But, Martin told OregonLive that people in Portland treated him very well, despite his (by his own admission...
Via The Comeback
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Leandro Barbosa’s secret to longevity is horse medicine

Leandro Barbosa is still going strong after all these years. The 33-year-old backup shooting guard is averaging 13.4 minutes off the bench in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors and playing well. What’s his secret? The answer might surprise you. Barbosa credits his longevity to a green liquid extract made from the leaves of a South American shrub called arnica do mato...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

CJ McCollum says Warriors set ‘a lot of illegal screens’

The Portland Trail Blazers were poised to even their series against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night until they blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. If you asked Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, he might tell you the officiating had a lot to do with it. McCollum says Klay Thompson, who scored a game-high 27 points, has been difficult to defend because the Warriors...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clippers guard Rivers returns to game after 11 stitches to eye

Austin Rivers has been heavily criticized throughout his NBA career, but no basketball fan can speak ill of the effort he gave during Friday night’s playoff loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Rivers, filling in for the injured Chris Paul, scored 21 points and dished out eight assists, grabbed six rebounds, and didn’t turn the ball over on the night. He finished +2 overall in...
Via College Spun
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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