Portland Trail Blazers News and Rumors

  • With talent and depth, Blazers look to take next step

    With talent and depth, Blazers look to take next step

    nba.com Updated Oct 21 (3 days ago)
    Not a whole lot has changed for the Portland Trail Blazers.
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  • Nolan Smith Throws Towel While Walking To Bench, Infuriates Coa…

    Nolan Smith Throws Towel While Walking To Bench, Infuriates Coach

    deadspin.com Oct 19 (5 days ago)
    Former Trail Blazers pick Nolan Smith was pissed when he was subbed out of Galatasaray Liv Hospital's game against Banvit. He threw a towel in the direction of head coach Ergin Ataman, and Ataman immediately confronted him.Read more...
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  • Damian Lillard Previews Signature Shoe After #4BarFriday Rap

    Damian Lillard Previews Signature Shoe After #4BarFriday Rap

    dimemag.com Oct 17 (7 days ago)
    When adidas invited us out to Las Vegas to unveil their newest creations, the Crazylight Boost and D Rose 5 Boost, Blazers all-star Damian Lillard was part of the unveiling after signing close to a $100 million extension to stay in three stripes. With t…
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  • BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Portland Trail Blazers

    BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Portland Trail Blazers

    yahoo.com Oct 17 (7 days ago)
    Last season went about as well as the Portland Trail Blazers organization and fans could have hoped. The team immediately outperformed preseason expectations with a 17-3 (and then 31-9) start to put itself in excellent position to grab a postseason bert…
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  • LaMarcus Aldridge: “I’m Definitely Going To Shoot More Threes”

    LaMarcus Aldridge: “I’m Definitely Going To Shoot More Threes”

    dimemag.com Oct 14
    Prolific scorers that do their vast majority of damage from LaMarcus Aldridge are few and far between in the modern NBA. And considering the league’s collective understanding of which shot attempts carry the most value has finally reached its zenith, th…
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  • Wesley Matthews: “I Think I’m The Best Two-Way Two-Guard In The…

    Wesley Matthews: “I Think I’m The Best Two-Way Two-Guard In The NBA”

    dimemag.com Oct 14
    Yesterday we gave you our list of the top 20 shooting guards in the NBA today. Blazers off-guard Wesley Matthews came in at No. 16, but we know Matthews thinks he should be higher after telling The Columbian’s Erik Gunderson he was the “best two-way, tw…
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  • For Trail Blazers to take next step, defense must improve

    For Trail Blazers to take next step, defense must improve

    nba.com Oct 14
    The Trail Blazers stunned the league out of the gates last season, then endured some slippage and some injuries to win 54 games, 21 more than the previous season for the biggest single-season turnaround in franchise history.
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  • Watch Damian Lillard Deliver The Pre-Game Proposal Pass Of The …

    Watch Damian Lillard Deliver The Pre-Game Proposal Pass Of The Night

    dimemag.com Oct 13
    Damian Lillard didn’t play in last night’s exhibition game between the Blazers and Clippers. That didn’t stop him from passing for the assist of the night, though. Here’s Dame unveiling the engagement ring for his friend’s shocked, soon-to-be fiancé. Yo…
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  • Will Damian Lillard Reach Elite Status This Season?

    Will Damian Lillard Reach Elite Status This Season?

    dimemag.com Oct 11
    The sophomore slump is a rite of passage for most second-year players. It’s mostly precipitated by fatigue, as the slog of an 82-game season inevitably begins to take its toll. It often manifests itself in shooting droughts and/or nagging injuries. On t…
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  • Alec Burks Shows Off Quick Explosiveness With Dunk On Thomas Ro…

    Alec Burks Shows Off Quick Explosiveness With Dunk On Thomas Robinson

    dimemag.com Oct 10
    Before the Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward posterized Joel Freeland for the dunk of the preseason in his team’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers last night, teammate Alec Burks made a strong submission of his own. And while Burks’ slam isn’t quite on …
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  • Gordon Hayward hammers two-hand poster dunk on Joel Freeland as…

    Gordon Hayward hammers two-hand poster dunk on Joel Freeland as Jazz beat Blazers in preseason (Video)

    yahoo.com Oct 10
    I'm a fan of Lang Whitaker's #MUSCLEWATCH feature, so I already knew that Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward celebrated his four-year maximum contract extension by getting extra swole: Gordon Hayward said he's able to "bully" guys around more n…
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  • Here’s The Trailer For “Exploring Kaman,” Web Show Starring Chr…

    Here’s The Trailer For “Exploring Kaman,” Web Show Starring Chris Kaman

    dimemag.com Oct 9
    The Chris Kaman web television show you’ve been waiting for is finally almost here. Wait, what? Nobody was waiting for that? Well, “Exploring Kaman” debuts on October 17 anyway, and looks unlike anything we’ve ever seen involving an NBA player. This tra…
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  • BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Houston Rockets

    BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Houston Rockets

    yahoo.com Oct 8
    Daryl Morey does not plan to improve steadily. When the Houston Rockets entered this offseason, fresh off 54 wins and a very tight but ultimately disappointing first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, they planned to build a conference fav…
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  • Kevin Garnett’s Amusing Update On Rasheed Wallace

    Kevin Garnett’s Amusing Update On Rasheed Wallace

    dimemag.com Oct 6
    For a certain generation of basketball fan, Rasheed Wallace is everything you’ve ever wanted in an NBA player. The former Pistons, Blazers and — on the downside of his career — Celtics and Knicks forward was eminently quotable and probably the most uniq…
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  • LaMarcus Aldridge Is “All In” With Trailblazers This Season and…

    LaMarcus Aldridge Is “All In” With Trailblazers This Season and Beyond

    dimemag.com Oct 3
    It’s hard to imagine that it was just over a year ago that there were rumors floating around that All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge had demanded a trade, but that’s exactly the scenario the Portland Trailblazers were facing after a disastrous end to th…
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  • Damian Lillard Is Feeling Benefits Of Summer Diet, Too

    Damian Lillard Is Feeling Benefits Of Summer Diet, Too

    dimemag.com Oct 2
    The offseason diets and weight loss of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have made the most headlines, but they aren’t the only All-Stars that cut back this summer to take a step forward this season. The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard also change…
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  • Lovable Weirdos Chris Kaman and Robin Lopez Are Right At Home i…

    Lovable Weirdos Chris Kaman and Robin Lopez Are Right At Home in Portlandia

    dimemag.com Oct 1
    Robin Lopez, or “ROLO” as he’s affectionately called these days, became a fan favorite here in Portland almost overnight. Rip City loves its weirdos, and ROLO fits right in here with his unwieldy hair, his nerdist tendencies (comic books, video games, D…
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  • Damian Lillard And The Trail Blazers Are Ready for Big Things T…

    Damian Lillard And The Trail Blazers Are Ready for Big Things This Year

    “Hungry.” That’s the word Damian Lillard used to describe his mentality toward the coming season as the Portland Trailblazers opened training camp Monday at the Moda Center. Since bursting onto the scene two years ago, the intrepid point guard has quick…
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  • We Reminisce: The Raja Bell-Kobe Bryant Rivalry

    We Reminisce: The Raja Bell-Kobe Bryant Rivalry

    dimemag.com Sep 19
    When you think about Kobe Bryant‘s greatest individual rivals, the list is pretty short. Ruben Patterson called himself “The Kobe Stopper,” but the Blazers never defeated the Lakers in the playoffs. Tracy McGrady might have been a rival in terms of tale…
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  • Teams’ Latest Twitter Contest Is #NBADramas

    Teams’ Latest Twitter Contest Is #NBADramas

    dimemag.com Sep 17
    The increasingly active and humorous Twitter accounts of NBA teams are at it again. We’ve already shown you our favorite #NBASitcoms and #NBAMovies; now it’s time for some #NBADramas. Here are some miscellaneous notables this time around: Good Wall Hunt…
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  • We Reminisce: Rasheed Wallace Ejected For Shouting “Ball Don’t …

    We Reminisce: Rasheed Wallace Ejected For Shouting “Ball Don’t Lie”

    dimemag.com Sep 17
    Rasheed Wallace turns 40 today. When you think about ‘Sheed, the first thing you probably think about are the technicals and ejections, which were a running theme throughout his career. You also remember his famous sayings, including “ball don’t lie” an…
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  • Danny Ferry's recent remarks have allowed us to look back at an…

    Danny Ferry's recent remarks have allowed us to look back at an alleged 2002 racial incident

    yahoo.com Sep 11
    It’s a rumor at worst and a distressing anecdote at best. Chatter started to swirl on Twitter on Wednesday about an alleged in-game remark former San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Ferry said to Portland Trail Blazers swingman Bonzi Wells in 2002, and by t…
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  • Danny Ferry's recent remarks have allowed us to look back at an…

    Danny Ferry's recent remarks have allowed us to look back at an alleged 2002 racial incident

    It’s a rumor at worst and a distressing anecdote at best. Chatter started to swirl on Twitter on Wednesday about an alleged in-game remark former San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Ferry said to Portland Trail Blazers swingman Bonzi Wells in 2002, and by t…
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  • Robin Lopez: “I Would Play For The Philippines”

    Robin Lopez: “I Would Play For The Philippines”

    dimemag.com Sep 11
    Robin Lopez spent three days this week in the Philippines at a basketball training camp. The country appears to have left a very strong impression on Lopez, as he has declared his interest in joining the national team as a naturalized citizen. Via Karlo…
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  • We Reminisce: Damon Stoudamire Beats Jordan And The Bulls, Wins…

    We Reminisce: Damon Stoudamire Beats Jordan And The Bulls, Wins ROY

    dimemag.com Sep 4
    Damon Stoudamire turned 41 yesterday. Because he’s officially in his 40′s, we take a look back at his rookie season with the Toronto Raptors, in which he won Rookie of the Year and led the expansion team to a victory over Michael Jordan and a Chicago Bu…
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  • Video - Rookie Randle Lifts Lakers Past Blazers 00:30

    Rookie Randle Lifts Lakers Past Blazers

    Oct 22
    Julius Randle scored a team-high 17 points in the Lakers' 94-86 win over the Blazers.
  • Video - Lillard, Aldridge SportsCenter Conversation 02:43

    Lillard, Aldridge SportsCenter Conversation

    Oct 15
    Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and guard Damian Lillard discuss their connection, expectations for the upcoming season, and what they learned from last year's playoff run.
  • Video - Blazers Season Preview 02:23

    Blazers Season Preview

    Oct 8
    Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge discuss Portland's playoff run and look ahead to this season
  • Video - Clippers' New Owner Is Richest In American Team Sports 03:12

    Clippers' New Owner Is Richest In American Team Sports

    Sep 29
    ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell discusses the heavy presence of sports owners on Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans.

Sports Columnists

  • NBA: Steve Nash's contract continues to cost Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 23
    With Steve Nash out for the entire 2014-15 season, his contract continues to hurt the Lakers, writes J.A. Adande.
  • Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic agree to 4-year, $53 million extension

    Oct 21
    The Orlando Magic reached terms on a contract extension Tuesday with center Nikola Vucevic, according to team sources.
  • NBA: This Memphis Grizzlies team will not quit

    Oct 21
    The Grizzlies have made four straight postseasons. This could be the first one where they scratch and claw their way to June, writes J.A. Adande
  • Washington Wizards to add veteran guard John Lucas III

    Oct 21
    The Washington Wizards, looking for a trusted veteran to add to their guard depth, are on the verge of signing John Lucas III, NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday.