Watch Meyers Leonard throw serious heat before a minor league baseball game

Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard can do more than knock down a bunch of three pointers and look gorgeous. He's a real athlete with skills that apparently stretch beyond the basketball court and onto the baseball diamond. On Thursday night, Leonard threw out the first pitch before a Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball game. It was perfect.Beforehand, Leonard took it...
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Portland Trail Blazers Mailbag – How Many Games Will The Blazers Win?

July 1st was the beginning of the end for the most recent era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball. Eighty percent of the starting lineup headed to new teams and the Blazers started a youth movement. In the past few months, the roster has started to round out. The new identity of the team is yet to be seen, but no matter what, the team on the field on October 28th will look completely...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Portland Trail Blazers’ Ivory Towers – Meyers Leonard And Mason Plumlee

This upcoming season in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers have been making a huge transition after losing four of their five starters, as well as many other unmentionable players that pushed them to their 51-win regular season. The ESPN Summer Forecast had the new Trail Blazers at a 31-51 record, ending 11th overall in the West. Although the analysts at ESPN have made these very...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blazers GM Neil Olshey plans to table Meyers Leonard extension convo until October

Speaking on Grantland writer Zach Lowe's podcast, Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey was asked for a status update on the contract negotiations between his team and Meyers Leonard, who's eligible to sign a rookie-scale extension anytime before October 31.Here's Olshey's response:"I actually prefer to have those conversations in October, when there’s a sense of urgency...
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Can Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard build on last year's success?

Meyers Leonard exceeded all expectations for the Portland Trail Blazers last season, especially in the postseason. Playing 106 minutes before Portland was eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies, the 7'1" center posted a 19.6 PER and .891 True Shooting percentage. The latter number was the result of a scorching hot outside shot, which carried over from the regular season, where Leonard...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Who Should Be Their Starting Five?

(April 24, 2015 – Source: Steve Dykes/Getty Images North America) By Christopher Kline: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… *This is an analysis of who should be the starting group for the Blazers next season, not a prediction of which players they’ll start. PG- Damian Lillard Lillard is the lone starter leftover from last season after a mass exodus this offseason, leaving him the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Here's why the Portland Trail Blazers should dominate the boards

The Portland Trail Blazers lost LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez this summer, but that doesn't mean they won't crush the glass. General manager Neil Olshey replaced those two with a collection of capable rebounders, including Mason Plumlee and Noah Vonleh—huge dudes who can control the paint, if nothing else.The Trail Blazers won't be as effective scoring the ball or stopping...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

See which Portland Trail Blazers showed up at Meyers Leonard's wedding

Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard ended last season with a bang, making an outrageous 76.9 percent of his threes in a five-game first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies. But that thrill pales in comparison to getting married, which is what Leonard did last weekend at Oregon Golf Club.A few notable Trail Blazers were in attendance, including a dancing Damian Lillard...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Translating Portland Trail Blazers Tweets From 2015 NBA Offseason

In a world where anyone and everyone can express themselves on social media, NBA Twitter is one of the most entertaining communities to follow. The DeAndre Jordan saga from July epitomizes that notion, but it doesn’t take an epic #EmojiWar for fans to realize their beloved role models are posting commentary on a regular basis. The catch here is that while Twitter creates the opportunity...
Via Oregon Sports News
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is next up for the Portland Trail Blazers?

Before a season can begin, each organization in the NBA must face free agency. This offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were dismantled and they ended up losing 4 of their 5 starters from the 2014-15 NBA season. Having said that, the Blazers didn’t necessarily completely lose out this summer. Damian Lillard During the 2015-16 offseason the Portland Trail Blazers were able to...
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Portland smart to take on Haywood, Mike Miller contracts

Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller aren’t going to help the Portland Trail Blazers on the court, but the franchise was smart to acquire the pair of veterans. In truth, Portland was smart to add them, simply so it could get rid of them. After losing LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez in free agency and trading Nicolas Batum during the offseason, the Trail Blazers will...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon Sports News’ 2015 NBA Free Agency Recap – What The Hell Just Happened?

The 2014-15 NBA season saw the Portland Trail Blazers separate themselves from the third-tier pretenders (for the better) and the top-tier contenders (for the worse). It saw them validate the notion that they were worthy of the somewhat-improved-and-kind-of-deserved national attention they received throughout the year. Unfortunately, the season also showed that the team was nowhere...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Choose Your Own Adventure Part One – Hit The Reset Button!

The sky is falling, the waves are crashing over us, and the earth is crumbling below our feet. For Portland Trail Blazers fans, this is the end of days. Again. Or something like that. But before you go face first into your morning cereal, try to keep in mind that nothing bad is actually happening. Sure, 80% of the starting lineup is gone, and the assumed marquee player/franchise...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers announce summer league roster

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced their roster for Summer League in Las Vegas, which will take place from July 10-20.  Highlighting the roster will be Noah Vonleh, who was acquired in a trade for Nic Batum this offseason. Joining Vonleh will be second-round draft choice Pat Connaughton, as well as Meyers Leonard, Allen Crabbe and Tim Frazier, who were all members of the...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Summer School – Literature 414 – Reading Too Much Into Draft Night Moves

Over the course of the summer, this series will be taking a look at some of the key storylines surrounding the Portland Trail Blazers this offseason and how they might go about navigating them as they attempt to move towards the head of the NBA class. This week’s class: Literature 414 – Reading Too Much Into Draft Night Moves Even with the NBA Finals having just wrapped up less...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard’s future with the Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard made the transition from a seldom-used benchwarmer to a much more refined and polished role player over the course of the 2014-2015 NBA season. His marked improvement indicates that he may move up further on the depth chart. It is also safe to assume that with more minutes, he will handle more responsibilities for this young team moving...
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Experts Discuss Rip City’s Approach To 2015 NBA Draft

Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey has constructed a roster that’s appeared in back to back postseasons, and secured the franchise’s first trip to the conference semifinals since the year 2000. But with no guarantees that all five members of the previous two seasons’ starting lineup will return next year, and the pending contract negotiations of both Damian...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Meyers Leonard: 'Once the opportunity was there, I took advantage'

It took a while for Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard to earn some regular time in the rotation, but good things happened once he did.Leonard, the 11th pick of the 2011 draft, played just 355 minutes during the 2013-14 season. This season, it took multiple injuries for him to see the floor. Leonard stayed ready, however, and ended up finishing the year as one of the team...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – DeAndre Jordan Needs To Be Their Big Splash Target

There is a rich history of basketball in Portland, and a beloved history at that. But one thing that the Trail Blazers have lacked for seemingly ages is a dominant big man. Sure, they’ve made due and had some great years with Robin Lopez, Meyers Leonard, Marcus Camby, Greg Oden, Joel Pryzbilla, Arvydas Sabonis, Kevin Duckworth, Sam Bowie, Mychael Thompson, Tom Owens, Bill Walton...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Increasing Meyers Leonard’s Role Crucial For Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are two weeks away from the official beginning of an offseason worth dreading. Much of their roster will be free to sign wherever they please, including two of their stars, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews. There is a great deal up in the air and while that is the case, it is also important to focus on the players Portland has under control. Among...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ Frenzied Offseason Has Been Part Of The Plan All Along

If it’s true that we sometimes fear what we don’t understand, Portland Trail Blazers fans are justifiably shaking in their boots. Following a disappointing end to the 2014-15 NBA season, free agency is on the horizon, and there are far more questions than answers. LaMarcus Aldridge is one of the most-coveted free agents to hit the market across the Association, and high-profile...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Think Positively, Portland Trail Blazers Fans

The Portland Trail Blazers’ 2014-2015 season was filled with all kinds of ups and downs. Unfortunately in the “what have you done for me lately” society that we live in, the downs often overshadow the ups. Coming into this season there was a lot of excitement and anticipation of what this team could do after capturing the hearts of the city, and the nation, with “the shot”...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers’ Future Rests In LaMarcus Aldridge’s Free-Agency Decision

Many players on the Portland Trail Blazers are beloved amongst fans. Wesley Matthews, who personified dependability and tenacity before his injury, is one of them. Quirky Robin Lopez is another. Meyers Leonard is, too, especially when factoring in his exuberance and the overall improvement he made this season. Routinely clutch Damian Lillard is also, his inconsistent performance...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Blazers head home after season marked by injuries

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The moment that defined the Portland Trail Blazers this season came in early March, when Wesley Matthews collapsed at midcourt and grasped his ankle during a game against Dallas. Matthews said later that he first thought someone had hit him from behind. It was far worse. A key contributor on the floor and in the locker room, Matthews ruptured his Achilles tendon...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Hawks facing pressure, Grizzlies trying to advance

Atlanta has to know exactly what Brooklyn is feeling right now. And that knowledge might be scary. A year ago, the Hawks were the playoff upstarts, the nothing-to-lose No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs that gave No. 1 Indiana all it wanted in the first round. Atlanta surprised plenty of onlookers by taking that series to seven games before getting ousted. Now it's the...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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