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Blazers Injury Update: Thomas Robinson has begun contact practices

The Portland Trail Blazers approach training camp coming off a season in which they lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to the San Antonio Spurs. After an excellent 2013-2014 season, the Trail Blazers look for several young players to improve in training camp to make an impact in the 2014-2015 season. One such player is power forward Thomas Robinson, who averaged 12...
Via Sports Injury Alert
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Expectations high for stable Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Among the themes for the Portland Trail Blazers this season is to embrace the idea they belong with the elite teams in the West. The Blazers exceeded expectations last year by winning 54 games and advancing to the second round of the playoffs, where they fell to the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers return nearly the entire roster from that...
Via AP on Fox
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Earl Watson To Retire From NBA

Earl Watson, 35, is set to retire after 13 seasons.  Watson will become a coach for the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate. The Kansas City native averaged 6.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds for his career. The veteran spent his last season in Portland, where he only played in 24 games.  
Via BlackSportsOnline
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers 2014 Player Spotlight – Nicolas Batum

As the start of the NBA season approaches, I’ll be breaking down each Trail Blazer expected to play a role in the team’s chances for success. Today, we feature the Glue, Nicolas Batum. (Stats provided by NBA.com.) How Did He Do Last Year? We can start with this: Nicolas Batum played 82 games for the first time last season. Given his issues with nagging injuries in previous years...
Via Oregon Sports News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Earl Watson to accept coaching position with Toros

Earlier this month, a report stated former Portland Trail Blazers guard Earl Watson was thinking about an offer from the San Antonio Spurs’ NBA D-League affiliate team, the Austin Toros, on an assistant coaching position with the organization. Sunday morning at the Spurs’ second day of training camp, Watson was in attendance and on the […]
Via Project Spurs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers – Three Things To Look For Heading Into The Season

As crazy as it seems, the basketball season is here. Seriously. Here in Portland, Media Day is Monday Sept 29th; training camp is the ensuing week, leading up to Wells Fargo Fan Fest on Sunday October 5th. Long story short, basketball is back. After the incredible, expectation-shattering season last year, there are a lot of hopes and dreams floating around Rip City. The spirit...
Via Oregon Sports News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: Championship odds approaching 2014-15 NBA season

Rip City Championship Odds When you think about the 2014-15 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers don’t come across as championship favorites. Their showing last year was impressive to say the least, but to win a title, it will have to go through the powers out West — not to mention at least one power out East — to make it happen. All that said, Portland will enter training...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Portland Trail Blazers prospect has the highest upside entering 2014-15 NBA season?

Youth and Potential When you look at the Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2014-15 NBA season, it’s clear that there’s a monumental disparity between what the starters have done and what the bench has done in the recent past. In fact, the second unit has been the worst in the league in numerous categories for two years running, while the starters have been No. 1 in...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The Bench Be A Factor For The Portland Trail Blazers Next Season?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Ron Leyba, the lead editor of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.Com – good source of fantasy basketball news and rumors. You can follow @NBAFantasyInfo via Twitter or via Facebook for more updates. The Portland Trail Blazers recorded a breakaway season in 2014 – 2015. Rip City entered the campaign really strong and it very quickly reached...
Via Oregon Sports News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Power Ranking Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 roster by position

How do they rank? Point guard. Shooting guard. Small forward. Power forward. Center. The Portland Trail Blazers, like all 30 NBA teams, have them, but which position ranks the best on the roster entering the 2014-15 season? When ranking these positions, a few things come to mind. First is past production. What did the players at each spot do last season, and what has each player...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Call To The Hall: LaMarcus Aldridge

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) We’ve hit the dog days of the NBA summer.  All the big name free agents have been snatched up.  Summer league is over.  Training camps are still weeks away.  So now is the perfect time to reminisce a bit over current NBA players’ career accomplishments to see if they are Hall of Fame worthy or not.  Next up: LaMarcus Aldridge   LaMarcus Aldridge...
Via Hoops Manifesto
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Bold Predictions For 2014-15

The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off of an exciting season last year, and are poised to take another step forward in the Western Conference. They were extremely happy with the improvement that Damian Lillard made, and once again were given an impressive season by power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. It will be interesting to see […] Portland Trail Blazers: 5 Bold Predictions For...
Via NBA Draft Blog
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Damian Lillard on deck for Team USA

The Portland Trail Blazers up-and-coming point-guard, Damian Lillard, failed to make Team USA’s final roster, but word on the street is that Lillard is Team USA’s player on deck should somebody drop out, or suffer an injury. Report: Damian Lillard is ‘player on deck’ should anyone opt out of Team USA. http://t.co/QfiJ7i6zZipic.twitter.com/99VMDqxrj7 — theScore (@theScore...
Via Pass The Pill
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Damian Lillard has hilarious response for Twitter troll

Team USA announced their final 12-man FIBA World Cup roster Friday and Damian Lillard did not make the cut, but he’s keeping his head up and had a hilarious response to a fan who decided to poke fun at him for not playing a single minute in Team USA’s exhibition game against Puerto Rico Friday night at Madison Square Garden. “@Vin_Lee_: @Dame_Lillard we played the same amount...
Via Beyond The Buzzer
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Trail Blazers could look to acquire David West?

The Indiana Pacers are still in shock following the horrific leg injury that Paul George suffered last Friday night, and are still deciding what to do in the aftermath of the injury. They have been rumored to be pushing hard to sign Shawn Marion, but they have also considered making some trades and trying to break up the core of the team and start over. If the Pacers do decide to...
Via Sports-Glory
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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