How The NBA Falls Short With Summer League … And Portland Trail Blazers Takeaways

The past few weeks the NBA has been buzzing with news of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, other shufflings during the free agency period, and unfortunately more Donald Sterling talk. All throughout the midst of all the rumors and unnamed sources there was a display of the up-and-coming talent in the NBA. In Las Vegas, Summer League took place over a couple week period. Young...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Salvation Lies Within

If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.  The Portland Trail Blazers didn’t have a draft pick, lacked the cap space to add a significant free agent, and the ones they did bring in are more glue than substance.  But this team’s future success isn’t dependent on outside talent, but more so on the current personnel getting better. I’m talking to you CJ McCollum...
Via Oregon Sports News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 rotation

Looking Ahead. The 2014 NBA Las Vegas Summer League has come and gone, and the only big event standing between the Portland Trail Blazers and the 2014-15 regular season is training camp. With all significant moves now in the past (and more likely, all moves altogether), the Blazers’ roster is set. We know who will be there come the season opener, and we have a good idea of who...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Summer League Observations

It has been a quiet offseason for the Portland Trail Blazers after their powerful playoff run.  Many of the issues for the team involve keeping their stars intact.  The biggest being LaMarcus Aldridge who reportedly agreed to a contract extension on July 8th, though he will not sign the extension until next year. While Portland has not had the cap room nor the roster space to be...
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers still need to upgrade bench this off-season

The Portland Trail Blazers made tremendous strides this past in becoming one of the better teams in the Western Conference. LaMarcus Aldridge had a career year and Damian Lillard is quickly becoming one of the best young point guards in the NBA. While the Blazers bench was slightly improved from a year ago, the team still relied heavily upon on their starting five. That’s why Portland...
Via The Sports Bank
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Draft Guide – Wings

Will Barton started to show flashes of brilliance towards the end of the season. If he can build and continue off of that, the Portland Trail Blazers will have an athletically fascinating player to play the wing, off the bench. Add CJ McCollum and Allen Wright into the mix and you are looking pretty decent moving forward. I also think there is a possibility of them adding a veteran...
Via Oregon Sports News
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

How Much Can The Portland Trail Blazers Improve From Within?

Most of the talk this offseason will be about what the Portland Trail Blazers can do to improve through free agency and trades. The Blazers have a stable of young talent. While adding veteran talent is ideal to improve their playoff chances, the improvement of their young talent is just as important to their success going forward. Let’s take a look at what the Blazers can improve...
Via Oregon Sports News
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

How Portland Trail Blazers can advance further in 2015 playoffs

How Far Can They Go? The 2014 NBA Finals are officially underway, and while Portland Trail Blazers fans can be proud of the work their team did in the postseason, it’s blatantly clear that the squad from Rip City is neither the Miami Heat nor the San Antonio Spurs. After watching Portland fall in not-so-dramatic fashion to the Spurs in Round 2, it’s obvious that the Blazers...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Rip City Recognition: 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers awards

Awards Season. The 2013-14 NBA season was one to remember for the Portland Trail Blazers. Not only did the team make the postseason for the first time since 2011, but it reached the second round for the first time since 2000. That’s a 14-year drought down the drain; one we never, ever have to talk about again. While the always-entertaining Blazers managed to take down the Houston...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Portland Trail Blazers can fix their bench

Portland Trail Blazers: How to Fix the Bench By Jennifer Fazioli: Lead Writer At Hoopstuff… It became increasingly clear during the Blazers second round loss to the Spurs that their one glaring issue – outside of their defensive consistency – was the sorry state of their bench play. As such, shoring up that bench will and should be GM Neil Olshey’s top priority this offseason...
Via HoopStuff
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ Playoff Growing Pains

The second game of the Western Conference Semifinals ended Thursday night with another lopsided loss for the Portland Trail Blazers. Game 2 was a lot more promising for Portland in comparison to the first, but they just couldn’t keep up with San Antonio Spurs’ relentless pressure on both ends of the floor. For every Blazer run, the Spurs had an immediate answer, dashing any hopes...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

How Come Florida State is Not Getting Investigated by the NCAA?

Florida State quarterback/closer Jameis Winston has already completed his community service for stealing crab legs from a local grocery store. Since he has there is no reason to believe that this little blip on the off-season scandal radar will become just a memory in the days to come.But why? Shouldn't the NCAA be investigating Florida State?On the surface, Winston's crab...
Via FatManWriting
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: The Disappearance of C.J. McCollum

Portland Trail Blazers: The Disappearance of C.J. McCollum By Jennifer Fazioli: Lead Writer At Hoopstuff… The Blazers are on a four game win streak that coincides with LaMarcus Aldridge’s return to the team from a hip injury. The team is beginning to show signs of the offensive powerhouse that they were during the first two months of the season…..but they are doing so largely...
Via HoopStuff
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers - Pass On Trades, Poor Depth Goes Unresolved

If the past NBA champions have left any sort of blue-print for those who would follow, one thing is clear: depth is extremely important, and you need a solid bench. And what is clear today but will hopefully change, is that the Portland Trail Blazers do not have one and that is concerning as the losses and defensive woes start to mount. Yes, there are still plenty of games left...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Look To Reignite Past The Break

The Trail Blazers have had a tale of two seasons already.  A first quarter of the season where Portland shot threes at a record-breaking pace, and climbed into the top two of a loaded Western Conference.  This magic was followed by a quarter where the bench tapered off and the starters were run ragged into the break.  The Portland starters have played more minutes than any other...
Via Oregon Sports News
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: What To Expect In The Season’s 2nd Half

Portland Trail Blazers: What To Expect In The Season’s 2nd Half By Jennifer Fazioli: Lead Columnist @ Hoopstuff… The Portland Trail Blazers enter the All Star Break sporting a disturbing record of 5-8 over their last 13 games. After starting the season on a torrid pace with a 31-9 record and with an accompanying long stay at the top tier of the Western Conference standings, they...
Via HoopStuff
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Blazers beat the Timberwolves thanks to career night from CJ McCollum

With the negative narrative building and the heat rising, the Trail Blazers’ bench — if for only a night — was able to quiet the naysayers. CJ McCollum had a career outing, Joel Freeland had one of his most prolific games of the season and the maligned bench proved to be the difference as the Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 Saturday night at the Target...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Their Bench Is Still A Problem

Portland Trail Blazers: Their Bench Is Still A Problem By Jennifer Fazioli: Staff Writer At Hoopstuff… Following the Blazers’ dismal 33-49 record last season, good for only 4th in the Northwest division, GM Neil Olshey set out to make some significant upgrades, namely to the Blazers’ bench which was considered one of its largest problem areas. The Blazers’ bench was ranked...
Via HoopStuff
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Playing General Manager For The Portland Trail Blazers

We have just past the halfway point of the NBA season and the trade deadline is just around the corner. The Portland Trail Blazers have a chance to do something very special this season. They have held onto a top-3 seed in the Western Conference for about 2 months now. A trade could give these guys the push that they will need come playoff time. Obviously, the Blazers have overachieved...
Via Oregon Sports News
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Sailing High But Trade Deadline Looks Grim

Not even the most devoted Portland Trail Blazers fanatics could have foreseen what this season has wrought in the Rose City.  Damian Lillard continues to improve as a scorer, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews are playing up to their potential, the bench moves by GM Neil Olshey have all worked out well, and LaMarcus Aldridge is playing on a different plane of existence from just...
Via Oregon Sports News
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 11

NBA Debut Name: CJ McCollum Position: G Last Week’s Stats: 7.0 PPG, 0.5 APG, 1.5 RPG, 54.5 FG%, 40.0 3PT% It took 36 games, but CJ McCollum has finally made his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers. When McCollum was drafted 10th overall in 2013, fans were split on the selection. One side believed that the guard would clash alongside Damian Lillard, while the other saw a...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers video highlights and analysis – Week 11

A Short Week The Portland Trail Blazers played three games during Week 11, and while the competition wasn’t the stiffest, we got a good look at how this team must play the rest of the season. In three outings, the Blazers went 2-1. They surprisingly dropped the first game of the week against the Sacramento Kings, but they bounced back by winning contests against the Orlando Magic...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers do enough to beat Celtics but know they have to get better

Make enough three-pointers to hang around, then crank up the defense in the fourth quarter to key the win. It might not be a championship formula, but the Trail Blazers put it to good use Saturday, when they subdued the Boston Celtics in the final quarter for a 112-104 victory before an announced sellout crowd of 20,011 at the Moda Center. LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: CJ McCollum Makes Season Debut

A broken foot has kept Portland Trailblazers rookie CJ McCollum sidelined thus far into the season, but he is likely to make his return this week. Many anticipated McCollum to be an extremely talented shooter who will help the Blazers bench immensely. Video here: Are you excited for McCollums’ return? Let us know in the comments […]The post VIDEO: CJ McCollum Makes Season Debut...
Via The League News
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Blazers come back to soundly beat Magic 110-94

The Portland Trail Blazers break their two-game losing streak with a 110-94 home win over the Orlando Magic. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland (27-9) with a game-high 36 points to go along with nine rebounds. Wesley Matthews put his posting up arsenal on display and ended the game with 17 points. Nicolas Batum registered a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss
Trail Blazers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Most controversial NFL suspensions

Best, worst in-season trades for each team

12 managers who are on the hot seat

25 most memorable plays in NFL history

10 NHL players looking to bounce back in 2014-15

Most confrontational sports interviews

MLB trade deadline tracker and analysis

The biggest busts in WWE history

Introducing the scale of NFL sadness

College football's most improved teams

Best MLB prospects by projected WAR

Gallery: Wrestlers dressed like dorks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.