Trail Blazers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Blazer's Edge: Zach Lowe: Trail Blazers Guard CJ McCollum Plays "Like a Running Back"
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has experienced a mid-season resurgence after an uncharacteristically slow start to the 2018-19 season. ESPN's Zach Lowe has noticed, including McCollum in his weekly "10 Things I Like (and Don't Like)" column today.
After citing the return of McCollum's three-point shot (with a 40% success rate since New Year's), Lowe compares McCollum's style to a football player, combining rushing power with tradmark mid-range artistry.
A personal favorite: when McCollum cuffs the ball like a running back burrowing through the line before reclining, knees up and foot extended to clear space, into an unblockable leaner.
Blazer's Edge: Five Statistical Nuggets on New Trail Blazers Center Enes Kanter
While brand-new Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter has been in the NBA news a fair amount this season, it's mostly been for non-basketball related reasons. He didn't travel to Turkey because he felt threatened by the Turkish government and didn't want to leave the US, and went through an extended tussle with the New York Knicks' management and coaching about his lack of playing time. But now, Kanter is about to join a new team, and he will probably be getting a fair amount of minutes right away. Here are five statistical launch points for looking at Enes Kanter, NBA player.
Blazer's Edge: LaMarcus Aldridge on Damian Lillard: 'We've Fixed Our Relationship'
Time has seemingly healed all wounds for former Portland Trail Blazers teammates Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Heading into his seventh NBA All-Star Game, third for the San Antonio Spurs, Aldridge reflected on his past with the Blazers and the evolution of his relationship with Lillard with Jabari Young of the Athletic (subscription required):
By now, the feud, that really wasn't a feud but labeled as one, between Aldridge and Lillard is well chronicled. There were narratives of jealousy and insecurity as Lillard's stardom was increasing in Portland.
Blazer's Edge: Remembering Damian Lillard's Historic All-Star Weekend in 2014
With the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend approaching, it's fitting to remember the weekend Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard made NBA history. In just his second season in the NBA, Lillard participated in each of the five All-Star events: the Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, Dunk Contest and NBA All-Star Game. The feat was as unique as it was impressive, especially given Lillard's status as an NBA sophomore. Lillard's schedule for the 3-Point Contest and All-Star Game this weekend seems tame by comparison.
As the five-year anniversary of Lillard's historic weekend in New Orleans approaches, let's look back at how well he did.
Blazer's Edge: Trail Blazers Games versus Celtics, Raptors to Air on ESPN
After their nationally-televised thrashing of the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers have been picked up for two more ESPN appearances. Portland's February 7th tilt with the Boston Celtics and their March 1st game against the Toronto Raptors will both be shown on the four-letter-network. The games will also be televised in their original slots on NBC Sports Northwest in the local market. Tip-off for both games has been pushed back to 5:00 PM, Pacific to accommodate the national schedule.
The official Trail Blazers press release:
Blazer's Edge: Who Is Your Trail Blazers Valentine?
Valentine's Day is upon us, one of the best or worst days of the year, depending on your perspective. But hey, we're all Portland Trail Blazers fans here, right? That means nobody's truly alone...everybody has at least one "special someone" in the organization that they heart more than anybody else.
In honor of the holiday, we're inviting you to share your Trail Blazers Valentine's. Maybe you like an underrated player, or you're on the star's bandwagon, or maybe your Blazers Valentine isn't even a player in uniform, but somebody else on the public side of the organization.
Fansided: What the Latest NBA Mock Drafts are Indicating for the Portland Trail Blazers
As college basketball nears the end of its regular season, we are getting a clearer sense of which prospects are likely to be NBA players come the summer of 2019. With that, NBA mock drafts are becoming more and more relevant.
ThePortland Trail Blazers will have one selection in the upcoming draft in the first round.
This week, a handful of analysts posted their latest NBA mock drafts for 2019. Here's what some of them are projecting for the Blazers with their pick of the 2019 draft:Bleacher Report: Tre Jones, PG Duke
Bleacher report's projection is a head-scratcher.
ESPN.com: Five offseason moves to improve every NFC South and NFC West team
The NFL offseason is upon us. Most of the league has spent January thinking about what it's going to do in the player-acquisition period stretching through the end of April, and while the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams are a little behind the pack, I suspect they aren't too upset about having to catch up.
Over the next two weeks, I'm going to detail the first five moves I think every team should make this offseason. I'll begin in the NFC West and work my way east, and then catch up with the AFC next week.
Blazer's Edge: Could CJ McCollum Have a Successful Second Career in NBA Media?
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is mostly known for what he does on the basketball court, but he's already planting seeds for what could come next: a second career in NBA media. Aiming to find the next former-player-turned-media-guru, Richard Deitsch of the Athletic (subscription required) asked his NBA colleagues about who could become a media star after their playing days.
Blazers beat writer Jason Quick believes it could be McCollum:
He majored in journalism at Lehigh and has shown interest in following through after his career. He's already an experienced interviewer (he's been granted sit-downs with Adam Silver for the past three years) and he is not afraid to speak his mind on his podcast.
Official Site of the Blazers: Collins Comes With 'A Little Something Extra'
PORTLAND -- It's been a tough sophomore season for Zach Collins. He had an impressive start to his second NBA campaign after being selected out of Gonzaga with the 10th overall pick out of the 2017 NBA Draft, but the 7-0 big has seen his minutes decrease each month of the season as he's struggled to find consistency on both ends of the floor. While it might not be what either he, the team nor fans would have hoped for this season, at just 21 years old and after playing just one season in Spokane with the Bulldogs, it's not all that surprising nor worrisome that Collins is still finding his way in the NBA.
Official Site of the Blazers: Wojnarowski: Trail Blazers Sign Enes Kanter
The Portland Trail Blazers created an open roster spot with the trade that sent Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin IV and two future second round picks to Cleveland in exchange for Rodney Hood. According to reports, that spot has now been filled.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Trail Blazers have signed seven-year veteran big man Enes Kanter, who was recently bought out by the New York Knicks...
Blazers beat a crowded field for Kanter, including the Lakers, per sources. Kanter is an important addition for Blazers, where he'll play a good share of minutes.
ESPN.com: GOATs on GOATs: LeBron and MJ in their own words through the years
Stop us if you've heard this before: Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Six championships. Count 'em. OK, stop us if you've also heard this: LeBron James is the GOAT. The King is simply bigger and stronger, and he has done it longer.
The two never faced off in an NBA game. Jordan played his last game for the Washington Wizards on April 16, 2003 -- two months before the Cleveland Cavaliers made James the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. But their paths have been linked for as long as we can remember -- and will cross again soon.
Blazer's Edge: Portland Bench Rides High, Blazers Drop Warriors, 129-107
Facing a short-handed Golden State squad, the Portland Trail Blazers expected a strong night from the starters to push the defending champs. Instead, it was the second unit answering the call and sending the Warriors into the All-Star Break defeated.
Jake Layman had 17 points, Zach Collins had three emphatic blocks, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 129-107, Wednesday night at the Moda Center.
Damian Lillard scored 29 points, but the night belonged to the bench, which scored 52 points. Stephen Curry had 32 points in a losing effort.
Official Site of the Blazers: Trail Blazers Go Into The Break With Big Win Versus Warriors
PORTLAND -- The Portland Trail Blazers won their first game of the season when trailing going into the fourth quarter with a 129-107 victory versus the Golden State Warriors in front of a sellout crowd of 19,549 Wednesday night at the Moda Center.
The Trail Blazers are now 34-23 overall and 24-8 at home this season. Portland and Golden State finish their season series tied at 2-2.
Neither team held a lead of more than six points through the first three quarters, with the Warriors taking a slim 95-94 advantage into the fourth quarter. But the momentum shifted squarely into Portland's favor after an impressive block by Zach Collins with 7:35 to play in regulation.
Official Site of the Blazers: Damian Lillard Featured In New Biofreeze National Campaign
After signing an endorsement deal around the same time that Biofreeze became the Portland Trail Blazers' jersey patch partner, Damian Lillard is being featured in his first national ad campaign for the product promoted as the "secret weapon of athletes."
In the spot, which will air nationally starting this weekend during coverage of the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, Lillard lists off the the obstacles that he's had to overcome to become the player and person that he is today.