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Damian Lillard on comparisons to musically-inclined athletes: 'I think it's different because I can actually rap'

You know it's August when Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is consistently in the news for his ability to rap more than anything related to basketball—his job, the sport that pays him millions of dollars to be great.Here's another feature, courtesy of the Deseret News, on Lillard's headline-grabbing off-court hobby, and why he believes he's had success with rap...
Via Fox Sports
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blazers' Offseason Was About Finding Players On Same Career Arc As Lillard

The Portland Trail Blazers have shifted this offseason to fully build around Damian Lillard following the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge. “We had a lot of veteran free agents, [but our offseason plan] was all based on LaMarcus’s decision,” Neil Olshey said. “We had brought some guys in prior to July 3 when LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, that we felt could play...
Via RealGM
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Roster Breakdown – Mason Plumlee

Ushering in a new era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball seems to be the theme of the 2015 NBA offseason. The Rip City roster no longer resembles the crew that had back-to-back 50-win seasons over the past two years, but one thing it can hang its hat on is that youth and potential have become the beacons of hope in an otherwise confusing time. In a 15-part series, Oregon Sports...
Via Oregon Sports News
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Will Portland Swing For Baseball?

I, on behalf of Portlanders, would sure like Major League Baseball. Everyone likes or has heard of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland Athletics. Landing either is a fun idea, and I hear they’re itching to move. The Athletics or Rays can be Portland’s baseball darling, but for now we don’t care because we’re without. The Seattle Mariners aren’t ours. Oakland — incidentally...
Via Oregon Sports News
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vote for which Portland Trail Blazers player you're most excited to see this season

The Portland Trail Blazers of 2015-16 look nothing like the Portland Trail Blazers of 2014-15.LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Nicolas Batum, Arron Afflalo and Wesley Matthews are gone, replaced by Al-Farouq Aminu, Noah Vonleh, Mason Plumlee, Ed Davis, Gerald Henderson and so on and so forth.But new faces can be exciting, even if expectations are dramatically lower than they were...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
3 days 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard and the shapeless Trail Blazers

After a phenomenal 50-win season followed by a tough first round exit, the upcoming season does not look promising for the Portland Trailblazers. Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum, arguably two of the most versatile two-way wings in the league, are now gone; solid role players Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez are gone; even LaMarcus Aldridge, the cornerstone of the franchise for the...
Via The Sports Quotient
4 days 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...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Roster Breakdown – Ed Davis

Ushering in a new era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball seems to be the theme of the 2015 NBA offseason. The Rip City roster no longer resembles the crew that had back-to-back 50-win seasons over the past two years, but one thing it can hang its hat on is that youth and potential have become the beacons of hope in an otherwise confusing time. In a 15-part series, Oregon Sports...
Via Oregon Sports News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers Prepare For Post-Aldridge Era, Hope To Survive In Rugged Western Conference

LaMarcus Aldridge spent the first nine years of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers. This offseason, a decision had to be made regarding Aldridge’s future, and the former Texas Longhorn chose to return home to his roots, joining the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent. Aldridge’s departure, obviously, leaves a gaping hole within Portland’s depth chart, making the upcoming...
Via Oregon Sports News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Aldridge and Lillard left off Portland's all-time starting five

The Portland Trail Blazers have had some truly great players. Some, like Bill Walton and Brandon Roy, tragically had careers cut short by injury. Others, like Greg Oden and Sam Bowie, were all but prevented from having a career at all. But beyond the dark clouds shines more than a few bright lights. The Oregonian's compiled five of them right here, as selected by the publication...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

C.J. McCollum Talks Damian Lillard, His Game And The 2015-16 Portland Trail Blazers

By Joshua Vinson / @TheJoshAVinson There are three seasons in the NBA: the regular season, the postseason and the free-agency season, which may be just as interesting as the first two. Every team goes through this, but one team saw a complete face-lift to its starting core this offseason. The Portland Trail Blazers, a team that was a tweak or two away from competing in the NBA Finals...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How did Gerald Henderson find out he was traded from Charlotte to Portland?

Trades are a literal life-altering experience for every NBA player that goes through them. When former Charlotte Hornets guard Gerald Henderson found out he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers, it wasn't all that surprising, but he might've been a little dazed.Here's the Charlotte Observer with more on how Henderson first found out he was dealt, and what his thoughts are on playing...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: CJ McCollum Could Be This Season’s Breakout Star

You might remember CJ McCollum as the man who lit up Duke’s defense for 30 points in Leigh’s upset victory over the Blue Devils in the first (second) round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. You may know him as the frequent contributor to The Players’ Tribune, offering advice to rookies on how to get through their first year in the league. Or you may never heard of the Portland...
Via Standing O Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blazers' C.J. McCollum jabs at former teammate on Twitter

C.J. McCollum was essentially Wesley Matthews' backup on the Portland Trail Blazers last season. The second-year combo guard entered games looking to get his own shot and score in bunches, but he wasn't nearly as capable on the defensive end, or quite as deadly as a high-volume spot-up three-point threat.Now Matthews is gone, and McCollum's role in Portland has grown. On the surface...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Stotts still wants to launch a ton of threes

Today's Portland Trail Blazers aren't nearly as talented as they were last season. One specific area where they're expected to take a hit is behind the three-point line. But head coach Terry Stotts is confident his team can still use outside shots to create spacing and do damage against unsuspecting defenders. Here's what he recently said in a Sirius XM radio interview, per The...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Damian Lillard’s Kingdom Now

All hail Damian Lillard. It won’t be easy, but it’s for the best. When the Portland Trail Blazers ran through LaMarcus Aldridge, they — even with Aldridge and Brandon Roy for six seasons — never made it past the first round. The dynamic of late was Aldridge, three set shooters, and designated rebounder Robin Lopez. Wesley Matthews’ anterior cruciate ligament tear slowed...
Via Oregon Sports News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The late Jerome Kersey is honored by an amazing corn maze

Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey passed away last year. He was 52 years old when a blood clot moving from his left calf to his left lung resulted in a pulmonary embolism.He is gone but will not be forgotten, and the fine people at Portland's Bella Organic Pumpkin Patch & Winery have gone out of their way to make sure of it. They recently carved a gigantic...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Dorell Wright is headed to China

Dorell Wright spent last year on Portland's bench, unable to scrap together minutes outside of garbage time or the occasional moonlight as an emergency stretch four. He turns 30 this season, and instead of fielding a veteran's minimum deal from another NBA team, Wright will take his talents to China. Good for him. He'll earn more money and see the court way more often over there...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Dorell Wright Signs With Chongqing Dragons

Dorell Wright has agreed to sign in China with the Chongqing Dragons. Wright has most recently played for the Portland Trail Blazers. Wright and the Miami Heat also held talks.
Via RealGM
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Dorell Wright Considering Offer In China

Dorell Wright is considering an offer to play in China during the 15-16 season. Wright was most recently with the Portland Trail Blazers and has also been in contact with the Miami Heat.
Via RealGM
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: What Should Be Their Second Unit?

(Jan. 20, 2015 – Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) By Myles Stedman: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… Recently we published an article on what the Portland Trail Blazers starting five should be for this upcoming season. Now, we take a look at how they should structure their bench. With a starting five of Damian Lillard, Gerald Henderson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Noah...
Via HoopStuff
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Expect a Damian Lillard Dame DOLLA Album

A photo posted by Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) on Aug 14, 2015 at 12:25pm PDT Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is already considered the best baller/rapper and to solidify his place in the game. Dame DOLLA (Different on Levels the Lord Allows) plans on releasing an album in the future. “I plan on putting out a short album,” he said. “I want to do it way...
Via Hooped Up
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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