Monday, June 06, 2005

A Debate

A new debate has aroused my thoughts, a debate that will probably continue for ages to come. The question being; who is better Shaquille O’Neal or Wilt Chamberlin? Now before anyone decides to answer this question, one should take time to think about it. To think about all the factors that comes into play.

For one I am not a big fan of Shaq but the man is very good at what he does and will some day join Wilt in the Basketball Hall of Fame. But consider it was two different eras and two different styles. It is almost like comparing Joe Montana to Brett Favre, both great players but two different eras. So what do you all think?

Monday, May 30, 2005

Beating the Odds

I guess this year was the year to beat the odds. First the Miluakee Bucks beat out the Atlanta Hawks for the number one draft pick in the draft lottery. That is despite the Hawks having a 25% chance of getting the number pick, which happened to be the best chance for any team.

Then there is your Trail Blazers who beat the odds themselves by receiving the number 3 pick overall and the 35th pick as well. So stay tuned, you loyal T’blazer fans, to see who the Trail Blazers pick when draft day comes around on the 28th of June.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Several Questions

Just wondering how many you Trailblazer fans out there are really Trailblazer fans? How many of your fans jumped off the band wagon because of the Trailblazer had a bad season, and for those of you loyal enough to follow this team all season, when did you become T’blazer fans? How did you become T’blazer fans? And why did you become a T’blazer fan?

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Extended

Good news in Portland, the team has decided to use there option to give General Manager John Nash an extension on his contract. John Nash will continue to be the sixth GM in T'’Blazers franchise history. Nash'’s job oversees the all the day-to-day basketball operations and most importantly he is responsible for all player personnel decisions, so that means trades, draft picks, and free agents.
“"We are very pleased to announce that John Nash will continue to be the General Manager of the Trail Blazers organization. In his role, John is the chief architect of our club. We recognize that this is a very important off-season for our franchise and John gives us the continuity that will help us achieve the vision for our basketball team." - team President Steve Patterson

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

O yeah!

The 2005-2006 BlazerDancer tryouts are here!

Tryouts will be held June 11 and June 12 and the finals will be June 18. Dancer audition prelims will take place at Camas High School, in the gymnasium. The finals will also take place at Camas High School, in the auditorium.

A BlazerDancer audition clinic will also be available for those who would like to attend and costs $15. The clinic will take place on June 4, also at Camas High School, in the dance room.

Come on ladies we need the best dancers and prettiest girls out there representing the city of Portland.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Sebastian Telfair’s Movie Debut

from the official site of the Portland Trail Blazers
On Thursday, April 21, Sebastian Telfair made his film debut in the movie, Through the Fire. The movie was directed by Jonathon Hock and premiered at Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York. "It was such a wonderful experience. And to have my name mentioned with Robert DeNiro and this film festival is overwhelming!" said Telfair.

Through the Fire focuses on Telfair's senior year of high school and the pressures he endured in deciding to go to college or try to play professional basketball. On the Tribeca Film Festival website, Through the Fire is summarized as:

At the start of his senior year at Lincoln High School, basketball phenomenon (and cousin to Knicks star Stephon Marbury) Sebastian Telfair calls a press conference to announce his decision to attend college at the end of the year. He does this as his friend, fellow teen phenom LeBron James, is making history with a $90 million dollar sneaker deal. But after two young men are gunned down outside Telfair's apartment in a public housing project, Sebastian can't suppress his urge to provide a better life for his family as soon as he can, and he decides to forgo college and go straight to the pros.

Five years earlier, his older brother, Jamel, a Providence College basketball star who also hoped of being drafted saw that dream deferred when no NBA team picked him. The aftermath left their mother Erica heartbroken and forced a devastated Jamel to play overseas in obscurity. Now it is up to Sebastian to set things right for their mother, for Jamel, and for his eight other brothers and sisters. And everyone – from the media to the NBA scouts to his basketball coach – all try claim a piece of him for themselves.

With Sebastian’s story as focal point, Through The Fire provides a provocative and intimate look at the American phenomenon that ushers poor children past the traditional means of upward mobility for the win-it-all/lose-it-all gamble of professional sports, a culture that can often push these young men to greatness, or drive them to ruin.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Changing Losing Ways

I am pretty sure in Portland right now that fans are happy for once, but that probably won’t last long since the playoffs are far out of the picture for the Portland Trail Blazers who don’t have any excuses.

The Trail Blazer’s traveled over to New Orleans to take on the Hornets and beat them in the final score of 90-81.
"Losing beats you down," Abdur-Rahim said. "It feels good to win. It's good for everybody."
I believe Abdur-Rahim was talking about the Blazers loosing 10 in the row on the road and 15 out of 20, leaving only five wins for the past couple of weeks. In there outing Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Damon Stoudamire had 19 points, Ruben Patterson added 16 buckets of his own and Travis Outlaw scored 13.

Monday, April 04, 2005

A Dismal Season

The season has not gone at all in Portland’s favor at all. The Trail Blazers lost 103-97 to the Nuggets Saturday night making 19 out of the last 22 games that Portland lost. That also means the interim coach Kevin Pritchard has just won two games since he became the head coach.

Damon Stoudamire led his team with 27 points, Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 20 points of his own, and Sebastian Telfair had 16 points and added a season high 10 assists for him self.

Maybe it the Blazers didn’t turn the ball over as much they would some games… or is that just me?

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Lakers 86, Trail Blazers 83

Anne M. Peterson / Associated Press
A modest three-game winning streak as the season edges closer to the playoffs isn't enough to excite the Los Angeles Lakers, and certainly not Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers put together three wins for the first time this season with an 86-83 victory over the struggling Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

"Even though we won, we still feel like we can play much better," said Bryant, who had 31 points. "I don't think anybody's going to be jumping for joy."

Teammate Lamar Odom also suggested more is needed to be accomplished before any congratulations were passed around.

"Hopefully, we can get four or five straight," he said.

Portland made it close. Shareef Abdur-Rahim's game-tying 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the final buzzer.

Damon Stoudamire scored 21 of his 25 points in a second half rally for the Blazers, who have won just one of their last six games.

"Close games like that always disappoint me. In this situation you can't even feel good about the fight, because we're so desperate for wins," Abdur-Rahim said.

Portland coach Maurice Cheeks was much more dire.

"It is a dagger," Cheeks said. "It is not the end, but it is a dagger."

After trailing by as many as 13 points, the Blazers briefly took a seven-point lead in the third quarter. The rival Lakers quickly regained control, and the Blazers grew clearly frustrated when they fell behind 76-69 in the fourth. Stoudamire kicked the scorer's table when Portland called timeout.

Then Stoudamire singlehandedly took over, scoring the next eight points to narrow the gap to 78-76. But Portland wouldn't get that close again until Stoudamire made a 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds left in the game, closing it to 84-83.

Bryant hit a pair of free throws before Abdur-Rahim's unsuccessful attempt to tie it as time ran out.

"It's a significant win for us, period," Lakers coach Frank Hamblen said. "We're in a race for a playoff spot."

The Lakers, in eighth place in the Western Conference, were coming off a 104-95 victory over Boston the night before. Bryant and Odom each scored 21 points.

Forward Zach Randolph, who missed Portland's last two games before the break with lingering soreness in his right knee, started for the first time since mid-January when he first had trouble.

Randolph, the league's Most Improved Player last season who seemed frustrated at times with his reserve role, had 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Lakers went on a 15-2 run to take a 29-18 lead early in the second quarter and led by as many as 13 points in the first half. But the Blazers closed to 43-39 at the break with an 11-2 rally.

Nick Van Exel's 20-foot jumper tied it at 45, and the Blazers went on to take a 58-51 lead on Stoudamire's 3-pointer. It was short-lived, however, and the Lakers scored eight unanswered points to go up 59-58.

Los Angeles extended the lead to 68-61, capped by Tierre Brown's 3-pointer and layup.

The Blazers activated Abdur-Rahim from the injured list before the game. He missed 22 games with an injured right elbow that required surgery Jan. 12.

The move comes amid trade speculation involving Abdur-Rahim. He had 16 points against the Lakers. his second career start in his place. ... Portland center Theo Ratliff dressed but pulled himself out of the starting lineup because of shoulder pain. ... The Blazers cleared the way for Abdur-Rahim's return by placing guard Derek Anderson on the injured list with back spasms. ... Portland rookie Sebastian Telfair limped off the court midway through the second quarter with a mild left ankle sprain, according to the team.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Ugh!

The Trail Blazer just seem to keep and to my surprise, but not the why that I want them too. It hurts to see a team contribute to another teams’ 9th win of the season, especially when that other team is the Hornets.

The Blazer dropped last night contest 80-91 to the New Orleans Hornets. The icing on the cake, or to rub the salt on an open wound, either is a way to look at it; but the Blazers where kind enough to give the Hornets a previous win on December 27 losing that contest 106-112.

That means two out of the nine wins that the Hornets have are from our Blazers. I don’t know what else to say.... ugh!

Monday, January 31, 2005

Blazing over the Clippers.

From sports.yahoo.com:
Portland Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks was hurt and frustrated after his confrontation with Darius Miles.

His team wanted to win the game for him.

The Blazers did, shrugging off the drama behind Miles' suspension to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 90-86 on Friday night.

Miles was suspended by the team for two games Friday after an argument with Cheeks earlier the day before. Team officials would not comment on the nature of the confrontation, except to say that there was one.

According to The Oregonian newspaper, Miles repeatedly called Cheeks a racial epithet and shouted that he didn't care if the Blazers lost 20 games in a row.

Many of the Blazers said they felt they needed to rally around Cheeks, who was outwardly shaken up by the incident.

``Coach is a great guy and he hates when it comes to something like this with the players, because he's all for the players,'' said Theo Ratliff.

Damon Stoudamire had 18 of his 22 points in the second half for the Blazers, who trailed much of the game, and were down by 12 in the third quarter.

``They had to dig down and find something inside them to win that game,'' said Cheeks, who also admitted, ``I wanted that one more than normal.''

Elton Brand had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost six straight and nine of 10 on the road. The Clippers haven't won in Portland since 1999.

``Disappointing loss for us,'' Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. ``I thought we did a lot of good things, but we missed a ton of open shots.''

The Blazers, who had lost 13 of their last 16, got great defensive performances from big men Joel Przybilla and Ratliff. Przybilla had 10 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and Ratliff had seven blocks.

The Blazers made just eight of their first 29 shots, and trailed 48-40 at halftime.

The game turned when Stoudamire, 2-of-9 shooting in the first half, got hot in the third quarter, finding his jumper and scoring nine points.

The Blazers fought back to 66-63 and then Stoudamire hit a 21-footer early in the fourth and Portland took a 70-69 lead.

Two Ruben Patterson layups made it 85-77, before Stoudamire hit four free throws in the final 13 seconds to put the game away.

Miles, who signed a six-year, $48 million contract with the Blazers in the offseason, will also sit out Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

In a statement released by the Blazers, Miles said: ``I would like to apologize to all of our Trail Blazer fans for not being a part of the team these next two games. Things were said in frustration and I am sorry for that.''

He did not apologize to Cheeks in the statement. General manager John Nash would not comment on that, but said, ``Darius will be welcomed back to the team at the conclusion of the suspension.''

Bobby Simmons scored 16 points for the Clippers despite 3-of-14 shooting in the second half. Rookie Quinton Ross had 10.
Lets hope Cheeks isn't too shaken up about the matter between him and Miles. We will need to have our team in good spirits if we are going to beat the Lakers tommorow night. Lets hope Miles and Cheeks can settle their differences in time for the Nuggets game, so we can put our focus back on winning. GO TRAIL BLAZERS!

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Big win over San Antonio!

From sports.yahoo.com:
The Portland Trail Blazers stopped a frustrating losing streak with a surprising win.

Damon Stoudamire had 23 points and nine assists, and Joel Przybilla added 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead Portland over the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs 107-99 Monday night.

Beset by injuries, the Trail Blazers snapped a six-game skid and won for only the third time in 17 games. They shot 56 percent and kept the Spurs at bay when San Antonio tried to rally in the second half.

``It was a gutsy game,'' Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Tim Duncan had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who were coming off a 103-73 win over Sacramento on Sunday night.

Tony Parker added 20 points and seven assists.

``(The Blazers) came in here and played and played and played, got a lead and confidence and kept making shots,'' Duncan said. ``That was the situation we put ourselves in and we couldn't get out of the hole.''

Ruben Patterson, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, and Darius Miles, who had 21 points off the bench, made key plays for the Blazers in the fourth quarter.

Stoudamire hit a falling-away 3-pointer with 21 seconds left to give Portland a six-point lead.

``Sometimes you have to step up to the challenge when you are playing the best,'' Stoudamire said. ``San Antonio is a great team; they beat a good Sacramento team by 30 last night. We were just hoping to catch them on a back-to-back.''

Devin Brown had 20 points off the bench for the Spurs (34-10), who had won four straight.

The Blazers won despite playing without leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph (bruised knee) and forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim (elbow surgery). In addition, guard Derek Anderson, who lost his starting job earlier this month, sat out with a tooth problem and forward James Thomas didn't play because of a bruised rib cage.

Portland's losing streak was its longest since 2001-02, Cheeks' first season as coach.

``We've been struggling, but the one constant is that we have been playing hard,'' Przybilla said. ``It paid off with a big win tonight.''

Manu Ginobili made a 3-pointer with 2:54 left to pull the Spurs to 95-91, but Miles, who scored 14 in the fourth quarter, hit a jumper and then caught an alley-oop from Stoudamire for a dunk.

The Spurs didn't go away. Parker's driving layup cut the lead to four again, but Stoudamire's 3 sealed it.

Portland maintained a lead throughout much of the third quarter despite the ejection of guard Nick Van Exel at 7:32.

Ginobili made both technical foul shots and Portland lost the lead. But the Blazers, who had 26 assists and only 11 turnovers, went on a 5-0 run.

The Blazers led by seven early in the fourth, but San Antonio went on a 7-2 run that Parker capped with two free throws to get the Spurs to 84-82.

The Spurs, who beat Portland by 34 points on Dec. 30, came out confused and flat early. Duncan hit only three of his first nine shots.

Portland made 13 of its first 16 shots and scored 20 points in the paint in the first quarter to take a 30-20 lead.

The Spurs quickly got back in the game, going on a 14-2 run to open the second quarter and take the lead. Ginobili beat the halftime buzzer with a 3 to give San Antonio a 47-46 lead.
This game will help us get our foot stuck out of the hole. A win over a team of this calibur is just what we needed to get our confidence back. We had gone 1-10 in the last 11 games and we broke a six loss loosing streak. It may be a small thing as far as its impact, but I think it will help us get back on our feet. GO Trail Blazers!

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Cavaliers 107, Trail Blazers 101

from foxsports.com
Portland was finally home after a grueling six-game, 10-day road trip, during which the Blazers managed just one win. But even the comforts of home couldn't boost their depleted lineup.

Forward Zach Randolph missed his fourth game with a sore right knee. Already short Darius Miles (left knee contusion) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (right elbow surgery), the Blazers started Ruben Patterson and Theo Ratliff at forward.

Ratliff, usually a center, made his first-ever start at forward Tuesday night in the Blazers' 113-107 overtime loss in Sacramento. Although fighting a stomach virus, he started Wednesday's game but left a short time later after getting two quick fouls and did not return.

The Blazers led 32-26 midway through the first half, but the Cavaliers took off on a 23-6 run to go up 51-38 on Sasha Pavlovic's layup. Cleveland led 55-49 at the half.

There was a brief skirmish early in the second half when Cleveland's Ira Newble appeared to shove Przybilla down and the two faced off. The officials quickly stepped in, and technical fouls were called against both players.

Otherwise, it was all James.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Downward Spiral

It is looking pretty grim as Trail Blazers are coming off their fourth straight loss; in midst of losing six of their last seven they have played. Besides their one win against the Golden State Warriors, in this 7 game stretch.

But that last when was on the new years mark. Another odd stat is that also besides that one January 1st win, all off the Blazers opponents have scored a 100+ point’s time for the Blazers to play some defense.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Stoudemire too Much

Not much you can do on days where an individual from the opposing team scores 50 points by himself. Which allocate for about half of the points for the Suns in their win over the Portland Trailblazers 117-98.

It seemed like there wasn't anything the Blazers could do to stop him. That is not including the 7 foul shots he missed...