A few thoughts about Seattle's rumored NBA return


A few thoughts about Seattle's rumored NBA return

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It is being reported that the Maloof brothers are finalizing a deal to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Hansen-Ballmer group in Seattle. I would remind everyone that deals like this aren't done until they are officially done and the Maloofs are not generally predictable.

That said, it makes sense and with a reported 500 price tag, that's about as high as that franchise could be valued for sale.

A few random thoughts and reactions:

-- This thing would affect the Portland Trail Blazers, of course. The most obvious is that fans would now have the opportunity to view their team easily and inexpensively on the road. Those trips up I-5 are a legendary part of Blazer history, as is the rivalry between the teams, which at times was intense. For players, too, it's a change, with two road games per season becoming 40-minute flights instead of longer journeys.

-- It also could mean some division realignment. Seattle should be in the Northwest Division, since it would become the most "northwest" team in the NBA. But the Kings were in the Pacific Division. Could Oklahoma City switch with Sacramento and move into the Pacific? Not sure, but it make a lot of sense.

-- The franchise could call itself the Sonics. It should call itself the Sonics. The Seattle Kings, located in what for decades was officially called the "Queen City," would make no sense.

-- You can feel sorry for fans of the Kings, just as you felt sorry for fans of the Sonics when their team left for OKC. But really, everyone by now should know the unfair set of standards that rule pro sports. Some cities get stuck with lousy owners, some don't. And some cities refuse to get blackmailed into giving carpet-bagging owners free stadiums and arenas.

That's fine. Take that stance with my blessing. But at the same time, don't cry too hard when the team moves to another town. Remember, this whole thing isn't fair and never has been. Owners are there to make money -- off you, the fan. And they want to make lots of it. If you're disturbed by that and can't take consolation from having that team come to your town to satiate your fandom, just don't get involved. Don't invest in the team with your heart or your wallet.

It's business, whether you want it to be or not. And sometimes it's dirty business. And if you want a team in your town, you play the game the way it's played -- not the way you think it ought to be.

-- I hope this happens. Be fun to have a team up north again, even if it seems destined to look a lot like the woebegone Sacramento Kings for a few years.

The wait is over: Blazers open the regular season vs. Jazz

The wait is over: Blazers open the regular season vs. Jazz

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers will tip-off its 2016-17 NBA campaign when the Blazers host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, October 25th.  The Trail Blazers took both preseason games vs. the Jazz.  Portland beat Utah on October 3rd, 98-89.  The Blazers then beat the Jazz in Utah, 88-84 last Wednesday night.

During the first week of the preseason, Jazz starting small forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left ring finger.  Hayward is not expected to return to the Jazz lineup until three weeks into the regular season.   Last season, Hayward averaged 19.7 points and five rebounds per contest.  The Jazz will of course need the 26-year-old back at full strength to live up to the national media expectations of competing for the winner of the NW division title.

Utah has also been without power forward Derrick Favors (left knee).  Favors is listed as questionable for Tuesday night’s game against the Blazers.

We will set the stage for the Blazers and Jazz game on Rip City Live on CSN at 6:oopm.  And if you can’t get to a TV, you can catch The Scoop Pregame Show streaming live at 6:00pm on Facebook.com/CSNNW.



Quick Links:

Trail Blazers put preseason to bed, proclaim they are ready for games to count

Blazers exercise player options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier

Blazers put NBA-record win streak on the line opening night

Video:  Team’s are going to attack the Blazers backcourt

Video: Stotts: I think everybody is ready

Video: Lillard: Team is comfortable with each other, more confident


Game Details:

Where: Moda Center, Portland OR

Television: KGW, 7:00pm

Live streaming: The Scoop Pregame Show streams at 6:00pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW. The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/CSNNW

CSN Programming:  Rip City Live (6:00pm), Talkin' Ball  (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)

Radio: Rip City Radio 620

Blazers put NBA-record win streak on the line opening night

Blazers put NBA-record win streak on the line opening night

Portland Trail Blazers (0-0) vs. Utah Jazz (0-0)

Tuesday, Moda Center, 7 p.m.

Television: Rip City Live (5:30) CSN; Utah vs. Portland (7 p.m.), KGW; Talkin' Ball (9:30), CSN.

There are traditions, and then there are traditions. The Trail Blazers have established a meaningful tradition that has been in the making since the turn of this century and it's an NBA record.

Portland has won a league-record 15 consecutive home openers and that's the task facing the visiting Utah Jazz Tuesday night in Moda Center. Utah lost to the Trail Blazers twice during the exhibition season. But those games were meaningless and, quite obviously, for these two teams on the rise that are often predicted to be fighting over the same playoff berths this season, this game is not.

Utah and Portland are loaded with young players expected to develop into cohesive units. The Jazz has made its reputation on defense, built around shotblocking center Rudy Gobert. Portland is a high-scoring unit that is offensively efficient and looking to improve at the defensive end.

I would expect these teams to be fighting for the fourth or fifth playoff spots in the Western Conference. And I certainly believe Portland, if healthy, is capable of churning out 50 wins this season. The Trail Blazer leader, Damian Lillard, says his team is ready for the season.

"Seven preseason games and a lot of workouts, I think we're prepared to go," Lillard said Monday after practice. "We played them twice in the preseason and over the years, we know that they're going to defend. they have great length, they play hard -- they're a competitive team capable of coming in here and beating us. We've got to be sharp. We've got to put our best foot forward.

"It's always great to open up the season at home. You know you're going to get that excitement from the crowd. Our guys will be pumped to play in front of crowd and have that homecourt advantage. But just because we're the home team doesn't mean it's going to be a fun, easy game. We have to go out there and attack the game and be ready to play."

Terry Stotts believes his team is prepared.

"I think everybody is ready," he said. "October was good, the preseason games were good and I think everybody's ready to go."

"I think they're going to have a very good season," Stotts said, when asked about the Jazz. "Just the addition of some veteran guys like George Hill and Boris Diaw and Joe Johnson -- guys who have played at a high level on 50-win teams. One of the problems the Jazz had last year was closing out some games. I think that experience will help them along with just that internal growth that they'll have. Obviously without (Gordon) Hayward it will be a little bit of a challenge for them."

Hayward is out a few more weeks with a broken finger on his left hand and forward Derrick Favors is nursing a sore knee that kept him out of the latter part of the preseason schedule. The Trail Blazers will be without center Festus Ezeli, who did not participate in the exhibition season because of a medical procedure on a knee.

As of Monday afternoon there were still a limited number of tickets available for the game.

Blazers exercise player options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier

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Blazers exercise player options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier

The Portland Trail Blazers have exercised the fourth-year contract options on forward Noah Vonleh and guard Shabazz Napier, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Vonleh, 21, posted averages of 3.6 points (42.1% FG, 74.5% FT), 3.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 15.1 minutes in 78 games (56 starts) last season with the Trail Blazers after being acquired from the Charlotte Hornets on June 24, 2015. Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Acquired on July 7 from the Orlando Magic in exchange for cash considerations, Napier, 24, has averaged 4.4 points (36.1% FG, 34.7% 3-PT, 76.2% FT), 1.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 15.2 minutes over two seasons with the Miami Heat and Orlando. Napier was originally selected as the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Trail Blazers put preseason to bed, proclaim they are ready for games to count

Trail Blazers put preseason to bed, proclaim they are ready for games to count

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The good news Friday was the Trail Blazers looked good in their final preseason game.

The bad news is it wasn't even close to beating the Golden State Warriors.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant 28 as the Warriors overcame a 16-point first quarter deficit to beat the Trail Blazers 107-96 at Oracle Arena in the preseason finale for both teams. 

Portland finished 4-3 in the preseason and will play host to Utah on Tuesday in its regular season opener. Golden State went 6-1 in the preseason and will play San Antonio in Oakland on Tuesday.

Both teams played their regular-season rotations into the fourth quarter before Stotts emptied his bench with about 7:30 left and the Blazers trailing by 14.

The Blazers for the past week have said they were ready for the regular season, and they backed that up with solid performances Wednesday in Utah and Friday against the defending Western Conference champions. 

With crisp ball movement and aggressive drives to the basket, the Blazers raced to a 26-11 lead as Damian Lillard hit his first four shots and the Warriors started 2-for-8. Lillard was particulary effective driving past Curry for layins and scored 10 of his 20 points in the first quarter. 

By halftime, Golden State had come back to lead 57-56 as Curry had 28, then Durant in the third quarter spurred a 17-2 run by hitting back-to-back-to-back three pointers. 

Stotts used the same starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game -- Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee -- with his top four players off the bench being Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe, Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh. 

Lillard led the Blazers with 20 points in 27 minutes on 7-of-15 shooting and McCollum added 16 points in 32 minutes on 7-of-18 shooting. Vonleh had nine points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

Notes: Meyers Leonard entered the game with 3:22 left in the third quarter after missing the past two games with a sore back. He made his first two three-pointers and finished with 12 points and one rebound in 16 minutes ... Shabazz Napier did not play because of a sprained left ankle. 

Next up: Regular season opener -- Utah at Portland, 7 p.m. Tuesday (KGW).

Blazers and Warriors putting on a show in the bay: GS up one at the break

Blazers and Warriors putting on a show in the bay: GS up one at the break

It’s the final preseason game for both the Trail Blazers and the Warriors as the two tipped off at 7:30pm on Friday night. The Blazers got off to a 5-for-7 start from the floor as a team and Portland hasn’t looked back.  Midway through the first quarter, the Blazers led 24-9.  The Warriors seemed to take more time to get its offense going.  Golden State went on a 16-3 run late in the second.

To end the first quarter, Portland shot 50% as a team to take a 37-32 lead.  Damian Lillard led the way for Portland going 4-for-7 from the floor, to score 10 points in the first. 

At the break, the Warriors are up 57-56.  Portland ended the first half shooting 45.5%, while the Warriors shot 42.9% as a team.   


Top performers of the first half:

Trail Blazers

Points: Damian Lillard, 17

Rebounds: Four players tied with 4 rebounds 

Assist: Mason Plumlee and Evan Turner, 3


Points: Steph Curry, 28

Rebounds: Draymond Green, 6

Assist: Draymond Green, 4

Following tonight’s game, you can check an all-new Talkin’ Ball live on CSN and if you can’t get to a television you can find The Scoop Postgame show on your phone and your computer streaming live at Facebook.com/CSNNW.

Playing for fallen cousin and his hometown, Tim Quarterman wins Blazers' final roster spot

Playing for fallen cousin and his hometown, Tim Quarterman wins Blazers' final roster spot

He says he plays for his fallen cousin, and also, Tim Quarterman says he plays for the kids growing up in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia.

And today, Tim Quarterman can add another to the list he plays for: The Portland Trail Blazers.

Quarterman on Friday won the 15th and final roster spot on the Blazers, when the team announced the 6-foot-6 undrafted rookie point guard out of LSU beat out veteran center Greg Stiemsma, power forward Grant Jerrett and wing Luis Montero.

“I know I’m fortunate to get this opportunity,’’ Quarterman said. “I look forward to getting better throughout the year. I think I’m going to have an impact on this league in a couple of years.’’

He is pushed by competing against Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in practices, but he is motivated by two things that run much deeper than basketball.

In February of 2014, his cousin and close friend Rashaad Spann was shot in the back and killed in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia.

Quarterman was a freshman at LSU when he received the call. It both devastated and changed him.

“It has driven me ever since that day,’’ Quarterman said. “It’s my purpose.’’

In the two years since, his purpose has expanded. Spann’s memory still motivates him to get in the gym and as Quarterman says, “have an edge on the court,” but he also plays for so many more: the kids of Savannah.

“I want to give the city something to be motivated about, give the kids something to look up to,’’ Quarterman said.

He smiles when he talks of Savannah, a port town on Georgia’s eastern shore. He brags how the city attracts tourists to its cobblestone streets and how the River Street district entertains both locals and visitors.

“I love my city,’’ he says.

But he worries that the youth have little to dream about, little to guide them. An NBA player hasn’t come out of Savannah since Pervis Ellison (1989-2000).

“There were a lot of people who were good that I looked up to who gave up on their dream,’’ Quarterman said. “I don’t want to be that dude to give up, and the next kid look at me and say, ‘Well, he had it, but he didn’t make it, so I don’t think I can make it.’’’

He pauses and thinks of his path. His cousin murdered. Going undrafted. Trying to make a team that already has three point guards.

“I want the next kid to say, ‘He went through this, that and the third and he still made it,’’’ Quarterman said. “Maybe that kid says, ‘Maybe I can do it the right way and make it too.’’’

Quarterman, who turns 22 on Thursday, made it with the Blazers thanks to what Lillard and McCollum said is a driven work ethic and a never-back-down attitude on defense.

Little did they know, but when training camp started for Quarterman, it was with a heavy heart. He felt pangs of loneliness when he arrived in Portland because he knew Spann would normally be the first to check in with a text or a phone call.

But those pangs only reminded him of his “purpose” – to play with an edge to honor Spann.

The Blazers’ stars didn’t know his back story, only that this undrafted kid was coming right at them.

“He reminds me of somebody who comes from my neighborhood,’’ Lillard said. “From Day One, he wasn’t scared. He was himself: Competing, not shy … comfortable, confident.’’

Quarterman is 6-foot-6, which makes him tall and long for a point guard, and he is so gangly that teammates chide him about his weight. But that’s where it ends. On the court, they say he can play.

“Defensively, he is pretty good,’’ McCollum said. “He’s active, long and he works hard. Extremely hard. He is going to be a good player.’’

Added Lillard: “He’s like a pest.’’

Coach Terry Stotts called Quarterman a "young player with upside" after Quarterman learned of making the team Friday.

Quarterman left LSU after his junior season, when he averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He was stung when he went undrafted, and experienced another bump in the road when he seldom played for Charlotte’s Summer League team in Orlando.

To Quarterman, they are not setbacks, but rather the fabric that weaves his story. A story, he says, that those in Savannah will one day read with a happy ending.

“Eventually, when I go back one day, I will be looked at differently,’’ Quarterman said of his hometown. “I will be looked at as somebody who made it, came back and gave back, somebody who tried to help other kids make it. That’s big for me.’’

Damian Lillard: The Mind that Moves the Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard: The Mind that Moves the Trail Blazers

The night before the Trail Blazers would hold their first practice of the season, the team held a dinner at The Foundry on the shores of Lake Oswego, when a player asked to have the floor.

Not surprisingly, the player was Damian Lillard.

And not surprisingly, the team captain delivered a message that lasted well after the fish and chicken dishes were digested.

This was not a team with players who needed motivation, and it was not a team that encouraged rah-rah speeches. But when Lillard stood, the room came to attention.

“When you have respect from grown men, let alone millionaires, that’s a lot. You know what I mean?’’ Ed Davis said. “And he has that respect. So when he talks, everybody listens.’’

What they heard from Lillard set the tone for the upcoming season.

The Blazers’ minds, Lillard told his teammates, had to change.

No longer should the Blazers be the cute story of culture and chemistry. No longer should close losses to top teams be acceptable. And the 44 wins that was good enough for the fifth playoff seed last season? The West won’t be that easy this season.

“What we did last season was really hard,’’ Lillard reminded. “But the fact is, that’s just not good enough no more.’’

This team, he said, should expect to win every game. This team should expect to be better than last season. But it would be even harder than it was last year.

It was a calculated message, one that he felt needed to be delivered before the first practice in order to firmly establish there would be no easing into the season, no figuring things out on the run.

Truth is, his message was spoken partially out of fear. Ever since May when the team flew back to Portland after Golden State eliminated the Blazers in the second round, he harbored uneasy feelings. A part of him didn’t like the exhale of accomplishment the team felt after a 44-win season. He worried whether there were “too many pats on the back” being doled out after the series loss to the Warriors.

So on the first official day of the season, Lillard challenged his teammates. Everything we do, Lillard told them, has to be taken to the next level. Practices. Film sessions. Workouts.

Expectations had changed, he reminded, and simply matching last season would not be good enough.

“It starts in our mind,’’ Lillard said. “However far we want to go, it has to be in your mind first.’’

It wasn’t quite the “Us versus Everybody” fire-and-brimstone speech he delivered in the Los Angeles locker room that spurred their underdog season a year ago, but to his teammates in the audience, it cut a sharp edge to the season’s start.

“I think the things he has said internally, and the way he has played (in preseason) has really set the tone for our mentality and how we are approaching this season,’’ Mason Plumlee said. “Last year was ‘Let’s get better day-by-day’ – and that’s still part of us and what we are going to do – but now we are out to win every game. There is not a team we can’t beat. That’s how we are going to approach the season.’’

By the time the team left that night, the players’ minds didn’t so much change as much as they came into focus.

“He got us back into that mindset that we have to be ready to play, and teams are going to be coming after us,’’ CJ McCollum said. “And, that nothing is going to be easy.’’

If the night showed anything, it was that for all the strengths of the Blazers roster – depth, versatility, chemistry – their greatest asset still might be Lillard and his leadership.

He has a way with these men that is easy yet powerful, for he doesn’t just stir the fire in their belly, he moves their minds. They think not of themselves, but of the team. They think not of expectations, but what is beyond. And they think not what could happen, but what will happen.

On the surface, it may seem natural that a team’s best player is its most forceful leader. But behind the scenes, Lillard’s ascension was years in the making.

Before Lillard could be the mind that moved the Blazers, his own mind had to be trained to become a leader.

And the first step was getting him to speak.


Before Lillard’s first practice with the Blazers in the fall of 2012, assistant coach David Vanterpool watched the rookie play pickup games.

He noticed a startling trait from the No. 6 overall pick: he never opened his mouth.

So Vanterpool stopped the game and made a rule: Lillard was not allowed to cross halfcourt until he said 10 words. They could be about an offensive play, or a defensive coverage, or they could be flavors from Wing Stop. It didn’t matter. Vanterpool wanted Lillard to talk.

“I always think back to rookie year … he said ‘You are too quiet to be the point guard,’’’ Lillard said.

At first, Lillard struggled to find enough words to get passage past halfcourt, but soon he was blurting out about providing help defense, and about the need to get back in transition.

It would become the first of many exercises Vanterpool would employ in addressing what became their mantra: Becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable.

They would practice shooting off the wrong leg. They would play 1-on-1 where Vanterpool had free reign to foul him, and Lillard wasn’t allowed to complain. They would complete grueling workout sessions where quitting wasn’t an option. And they would study film, noting not just Lillard’s  assignments, but also the responsibilities of each teammate.

“He was constantly in my ear, holding me accountable for every little thing,’’ Lillard said. “He has forced me to be a leader and to do uncomfortable things over the course of my career, and now I understand it. I see the value in it.’’

The maniacal workouts were established so he could have room to tell the next guy to work harder. And the film study provided a base in knowing how and when to direct players on the court. Meanwhile, Vanterpool would level harsh criticism to both ground Lillard and harden him.

“I would say something to him about every little thing,’’ Vanterpool said. “And he accepted the criticism. He never wavered.’’

Still, even as Lillard’s game flourished, he remained mostly muted.


In 2014, the Blazers locker room was a delicate landscape for a second-year player to navigate.

LaMarcus Aldridge was the designated leader, but he chose to lead with his play more than his mouth or his heart. Wesley Matthews was the heart and soul of the team, a brash, emotional veteran who often reminded that the right to speak was earned rather than given.  And Nicolas Batum was an accomplished player who was content to stay in the shadows.

“I tried to encourage him to say more while (the veterans) were here, but there were sensitivity things going on,’’ Vanterpool said. “It was just tougher for him. But you could see that whole time that he was preparing for what he would say in each situation.’’

Vanterpool knew he had a student on his hands, so he presented Lillard with the classic “The Art of War” in hopes the book would resonate.

Although Lillard said he was able to only read parts of the book, he was drawn to the chapters on leadership and controlling the environment around you.  He found that no matter how much he read, or how much he worked with Vanterpool, leading was difficult and sensitive.

The most difficult part?

“Standing up to people,’’ Lillard said. “For example, Wes would run ahead and Wes would get mad, and I would have to learn how to be in control of that situation. Instead of it being us going back and forth, I had to control and manipulate the situation. Like ‘My bad; I’ve got you … but the next time, maybe you could do this  … ‘ kind of nurse the situation. That was uncomfortable. Wes had been in the league way longer than me, I don’t want to step on people’s toes … but I had to learn to confront those situations.’’

Soon, Lillard would make his breakthrough. Near the end of his second season the Blazers were on their way to winning 54 games, but in March they were caught in a four-game spiral where they couldn’t finish games.

After the fourth straight loss, in San Antonio, the locker room was silent after coach Terry Stotts finished his postgame address until two words came from the stall of Lillard: “Hold on.’’

Before he spoke, Lillard thought about what he was about to do. He thought about Vanterpool’s lessons in being comfortable being uncomfortable. And here he was, thrusting himself into an uncomfortable situation with one question to answer.

“Do I care about guys’ feelings or do I care about what’s good for the team?’’ Lillard remembered thinking. “So I just kind of went out and said what I had to say.’’

The team has kept what Lillard said that night private, but by all accounts it was an impassioned speech about caring and sticking together. It was  a watershed moment for Lillard, and really, the franchise. Lillard felt freed of holding everything in, and the Blazers knew they had a special leader who was beginning to blossom.

“It was big in me being able to come forward as a leader because (the veterans) respected it, it wasn’t like people tried to go at me,’’ Lillard said. “They respected what I said and going forward I felt comfortable saying more and putting myself out there more.’’

A year and a half later, Aldridge left in free agency, beginning a dismantling of the veteran core. The rebuild was built on the foundation that Lillard would lead not only on the court, but off it.

“We had been preparing for the time it became his team,’’ Vanterpool said. “And halfway through his second season, I felt it could be his team, even if all those guys stayed because guys just wanted to follow him.

“And as soon as that door opened it was like he knew exactly what to say, he knew how to say it, when to say it,’’ Vanterpool said. “He knew how to pick one guy up while kicking him in the behind and how to pick another guy up at the same time by patting him on the back. He understood all of that.’’


Lillard’s leadership this season didn’t end with that dinner on the shores of Lake Oswego last month.

His play has been exceptional, with games of 30 and 27 points in the preseason, and his ability to gauge the mood of the team unmatched.

He approached newcomer Evan Turner after he sensed Turner was pressing and told the veteran to be himself and let the team adjust to him rather than him adjust to the team. And he continues to set the bar for work ethic, always the first to arrive for practice, and always one of the hardest and longest workers after practice.

But more than anything, he is the pulse of the team.

 “I’ve seen him grab individuals when he sees slippage, or sees someone fall into a bad spot, and he’s like ‘Look that’s not the how we do it here, we have to do it this way because this is where we are going,’’’ Vanterpool said. “He grabs anybody going from the wayside and doesn’t let them get too far. He keeps them close to the group so we can keep moving in a forward direction. And everybody has taken to him. Everybody has definitely taken to him.’’

It’s time to put a bow on the preseason: Blazers at Warriors on CSN

It’s time to put a bow on the preseason: Blazers at Warriors on CSN

Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors

The Trail Blazers (4-2) finish the preseason with a final game on the road to face the Golden Sate Warriors (5-1) on Friday night.  Golden State is coming off a 123-112 win over the Lakers on Wednesday night.  Steph Curry led the way with 32 points in the victory.  As for the Blazers, Portland also got a win on Wednesday night.  The Blazer beat the Jazz in Utah, 88-84.  Damian Lillard finished the night with 27 points to lead the way for the Blazers.    

Of course, the big news this offseason was the free agent move of Kevin Durrant heading to Golden State.   During this preseason, Durrant is averaging just under 20 points per game and nearly five rebounds per game.

Here’s a quick look at the other offseason moves for the Warriors-

Other new additions beside KD: C Damian Jones (pick No. 30), SG Patrick McCaw (pick No. 38), SF Kevin Durant (signed a two year, $54 million deal), PF David West (signed a one year, $1.5 million deal), C Zaza Pachulia (signed a one year, $3 million deal)

Who left the bay: PF Marreese Speights (signed with the Clippers), SF Harrison Barnes (signed with the Mavericks), SG Brandon Rush (signed with the Timberwolves), C Festus Ezeli (signed with the Blazers), SG Leandro Barbosa (signed with the Suns), C Andrew Bogut (traded to the Mavericks)

Resigned with the Warriors: C Anderson Varejao (signed a one year, $1.5 million deal), SG Ian Clark (signed a one year, $1 million deal), PF James Michael McAdoo (signed a one year, $1 million deal)


You can catch all the action between the Blazers and Warriors live on CSN.  We will set the stage for Friday’s game with Rip City Live on CSN and The Scoop Pregame Show streaming live at 6:30pm on Facebook.com/CSNNW.



Quick Links:

Damian Lillard’s excellent preseason continues for Trail Blazers

Evan Turner takes advice from Lillard, has most effective preseason game

Mason Plumlee and the pursuit of a tripe-double: Question of when, not if it happens


Video: McCollum: “We’ve shown we’re ready”

Video: Lillard’s advice to Turner, bold prediction about Plumlee

Video: Harkless steals the show in Plumlee’s postgame interview



Game Details:

Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland CA

Television: CSN, 7:30pm

CSN Programming:  Rip City Live (7pm), Talkin' Ball  (Immediately after the Blazers postgame show)

Live streaming: The Scoop Pregame Show streams at 6:30pm at Facebook.com/CSNNW. The Scoop Postgame Show will stream immediately after the game at Facebook.com/CSNNW

Radio: Rip City Radio 620

Podcast: Dwight Jaynes with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum


Podcast: Dwight Jaynes with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum

This week's podcasts features the Trail Blazers backcourt duo. It's a great listen.

Be sure to check back every week for a new podcast. Past episodes have included guests such as Kevin Calabro, Mike Parker, Festus Ezeli, Darwin Barney, and more.

You can subscribe on iTunes right here: itun.es/us/1QFHeb.c