Preview: Heat vs Blazers

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Preview: Heat vs Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers are hot, winning 11 of their last 14 games and conquering eight straight at home. Tonight, will be a good test to see how hot they really are when they take on some heat of their own, as in the Miami Heat at the Rose Garden. It should be a good game, Damian Lillard said. They are one of the best teams if not the best team in the league. So I'm excited to go up against them.Tonight's game is the first of a back-to-back for the Trail Blazers. They travel to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors tomorrow night.

The defending champion Heat (23-10) are in the midst of their second game of a six-game road trip having lost 87-77 to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night in Indianapolis. That 77 points scored by the Heat was a season-low and they were out-rebounded 55-36. Dwyane Wade led the team with 30 points, five rebounds and three assist. LeBron James contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assist.Chris Bosh had 14 points and five rebounds. James loves to put on a show when he arrives in Portland. In 17 career games in the Rose City, James is averaging 30.1 points, his second-highest average against any NBA team (Utah 30.4). James also grabs 9.7 rebounds a game when he steps foot inside the Rose Garden,his highest average of any NBA team. Rookie of the Year favorite Lillard says growing up, James was his favorite player in the association. LeBron was my favorite player in the league up until two years ago when I was in college shooting for the NBA myself, Lillard said. He can do it all and that's why I liked him.

The Heat are not the same team outside of Miami. Even though they claim the best record in the Eastern Conference, they are 7-7 on the road.However, the road team in this series has won the last five games. That's where Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts comes in at. He has been a magician when it comes to making sure his team is prepared at home ,and being able to pull out close games. In games decided by six or fewer points, the Trail Blazers (19-15) are 10-2. Not to mention Stotts has the Trail Blazers 5-0 in overtime periods this season. Stotts (sick) was not at practice yesterday. He stayed home to rest and assistant Jay Triano took over at the helm. Stotts is expected to coach tonight, however.

Podfather Godcast with Kevin Calabro

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Podfather Godcast with Kevin Calabro

Dwight breaks down the latest in local sports and talks extensively with Trail Blazers new TV voice Kevin Calabro. How does he think Blazers fans will receive him being a former enemy of the state as the Sonics announcer. And why take up a local gig again? Learn more about Calabro here.

Plus, you don't want miss Dwight's rant on Portland traffic. He hates it more than anyone!

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Trail Blazers release TV Broadcast Schedule - 60 Games on CSN

Trail Blazers release TV Broadcast Schedule - 60 Games on CSN

The official TV Broadcast Schedule for the 2016-2017 season was released today by the Portland Trail Blazers. 

It features 60 games exclusively on CSN plus 15 games aired locally on KGW and another seven nationally televised games (six on TNT, one on ESPN).

This season will also feature a revamped broadcast team including new Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd calling the action along with Brooke Olzendam working the sidelines.

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Trail Blazers finalize new broadcast team

Trail Blazers finalize new broadcast team

Earlier this summer, the Trail Blazers made waves in the Portland market when they announced long time TV broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice would not be returning to the team for the 2016-2017 season. The team also let go radio broadcaster Antonio Harvey in the process.

On June 17th, the team announced that former Seattle Sonics play by play man Kevin Calabro would take over Barrett's job. Calabro had been doing radio play by play for a variety of national broadcasters for both NBA and NCAA basketball as well as some TV work for the Pac-12 Network. 

Today, the Blazers round out the new look broadcast team. Former Oregon State star, Lamar Hurd, takes over the color commentary role previously held by Mike Rice. After his OSU playing days, Hurd played professionally in Germany but returned home in 2007. Hurd started his broadcast career with FSN/Root Sports in 2008 and since 2012, he has been doing TV work for the Pac-12 network as a studio and game analyst and you may remember him from some apperances on CSN's Talkin' Beavers. 

In another effort to bolster the broadcast team, the Blazers have hired CSN's Brooke Olzendam to be their full-time sideline reporter. In previous years, Michael Holton has worked the sidelines for the team in some capacity but a consistent sideline reporter at all games will be a new addition. Olzendam previously worked the sidelines for FS Indiana while covering the Pacers.

Not only will the on-court broadcast team have a new look, but the studio crew will get a makeover as well. Former three sport start from Oregon, Jordan Kent, will take over duties as the primary pregame, halftime, and postgame host alongside Holton in the analyst role. Kent has been seen widly across CSN over the past few years as the host of Talkin' Ducks, Track Town, and Postagme Live as well as a host and analyst on Talkin' Ball. Kent has also done work for various other media outlets including ESPN on the track and field side. 

As in years past, you catch Rip City Live on CSN one hour before tip-off of every Blazer game plus Talkin' Ball immediately after each game. We'll also have a live web only pre and postgame show, The Scoop, streaming to your phones/tablets/computer at CSNNW.com and on Facebook.com/CSNNW before and after every game this season. Plus year-round coverage on social media and right here at CSNNW.com from our Insider Jason Quick, the Godfather Dwight Jaynes, and our Digital Reporter Jamie Hudson

A little more information from Mayo Clinic about Ezeli's knee procedure

A little more information from Mayo Clinic about Ezeli's knee procedure

When the Trail Blazers signed free agent center Festus Ezeli it was pretty obvious they did so with eyes wide open. The bargain Portland got in signing Ezeli was due to knee problems that have limited his availability for games throughout his career.

But the Trail Blazers are being proactive in trying to deal with Ezeli's problems.

He recently underwent a procedure called "bone marrow aspirate injection" that is designed to alleviate pain from arthritis and perhaps help stop degeneration of knee cartilage. The best explanation I've found for the procedure is a simple one and it comes from the Mayo Clinic.

Let's hope it helps.

 

Rasheed Wallace joins Damian Lillard in rapping for the #SoGoneChallenge

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Rasheed Wallace joins Damian Lillard in rapping for the #SoGoneChallenge

It's not quite the #IceBucketChallenge, but the #SoGoneChallenge is sweeping social media over the past several weeks. 

The craze dares people to freestyle rap lyrics that they wrote over the instrumental version of Monica’s 2003 song “So Gone.” Everyone from 9 to 5ers to celebrities have released their renditions. Last week, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard joined in:

Now, former Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace released his version. You can watch the video here. The lyrics are not suitable for all audiences.

Rasheed is no stranger to rapping, either. There are a number of videos out there over the years of him freestyling:

So, the question is, who did it better: Damian or Rasheed?

 

 

Trail Blazers sign forward Grant Jerrett to training camp contract

Trail Blazers sign forward Grant Jerrett to training camp contract

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The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward Grant Jerrett to a training camp contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Jerrett, 23, last played in the NBA as a rookie in 2014-15, averaging 2.0 points (26.9% FG), 1.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 6.4 minutes in eight games with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz.

An early entry draft candidate out of the University of Arizona, Jerrett (6-10, 235) averaged 14.5 points (44.5% FG, 37.6% 3-PT, 76.3% FT), 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 28.9 minutes over two seasons (2013-14, 2014-15) with the Idaho Stampede and Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League.

Jerrett was acquired by Oklahoma City in a draft day trade after originally being selected by the Trail Blazers in the second round (40th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

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The Portland Trail Blazers signed forward Grant Jerrett to a training camp deal, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

If Jerrett's name seems familiar, the 6'10" power forward was drafted by the Blazers back in 2013 with the 40th overall pick, though his rights were immediately traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on draft night in exchange for cash.

Jerrett has appeared in just eight career NBA games, while spending the majority of his time playing in the NBA D-League with the Tulsa 66ers, Oklahoma City Blue and Idaho Stampede.  The 23-year-old has averaged 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in three seasons.

In February 2015, Jerrett was traded to the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal and was later waived after suffering a shoulder injury in last year's NBA Summer League.

While the Trail Blazers roster is full, they only have 14 guaranteed contracts. Jerrett will compete alongside Tim Quarterman, who was signed to a partially guaranteed training camp contract, as well as Luis Montero, whose contract is also not fully guaranteed. 

Jerrett will compete with Luis Montero and Tim Quarterman for the Blazers' 15th and final roster spot.

CJ McCollum shuts down homophobic Twitter troll in one swift blast

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CJ McCollum shuts down homophobic Twitter troll in one swift blast

If you follow CJ McCollum on Snapchat like I do, you'll know he values a number of things: Good food, a hard workout, and a mani-pedi every now and then. 

The Trail Blazers guard, who recently inked a four-year $106 million, which will kick in next year, has been in New York City the past few days to catch Alex Rodriguez's final game (among other things) and has been chronicling, or "snapping" his adventures with longtime girlfriend Elise Esposito.

From snapchats on his trips in the subway drinking a smoothie, to food pictures of from breakfast, lunch and dinner (we all take photos of our food whether we choose to admit it or not), haircuts and hard workouts, McCollum has gotten a lot done. 

But when he and his girlfriend both went on an adventure to get a manicure and pedicure together, one person on Twitter took issue. 

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It didn't take long for McCollum to shut down the homophobic insinuation.

A brilliant response.

McCollum's affinity for personal hygene, such as haircuts and mani-pedis isn't unlike other athletes. Afterall, it's McCollum's job to be on his feet for a living. We all saw how painful it looked as Damian Lillard ripped off his finger nail. And have you ever had an in-grown toe nail?! Taking care of your body both inside and out is paramount for these professional athletes, so a little TLC on the hands and feet can go a long way.

And for those interested in what's since happened to the Twitter troll since he tweeted at McCollum, here's a few responses:

Looks like Richie should have subscribed to the age old theory: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.  

No game on Christmas Day but holiday season not kind to Blazers

No game on Christmas Day but holiday season not kind to Blazers

Rumors of a Christmas Day game proved to be false but the announcement of the NBA schedule Thursday brought little holiday cheer for the Portland Trail Blazers.

The holiday season brings a rough patch of games, both home and road.

Consider this: Beginning Dec. 5, Portland embarks on a five-game road trip to Chicago, Milwaukee, Memphis, Indiana and the Los Angeles Clippers, returns home for ONE GAME against Oklahoma City, then heads right back out for road games at Denver, Golden State and Sacramento. Then there are four straight home games over Christmas, but they're against Dallas, San Antonio, Toronto and Sacramento. Then, to complete the holiday season, the Blazers head out to road games at San Antonio, Minnesota and Golden State. The contest against the Timberwolves is scheduled for Jan. 1.

That game is also in the midst of a wacky zig-zag trip that seems to be more common in recent years in the NBA -- a trip to San Antonio, then up to Minneapolis and then back to Oakland. Portland has a similar three-game trip in February that calls for a stop in Orlando before heading to Toronto and Detroit. Then in March Portland has a trip that features Phoenix-to-New Orleans-to-San Antonio-to Atlanta-to Miami. It's not often a west-coast team doesn't play Orlando and Miami on the same trip to Florida.

If your travel agent booked you on these sorts of trips you'd ask for your money back. What an enormous waste of jet fuel.

The redeeming feature of the schedule is its closing days. The Trail Blazers get 10 of their last 12 games at home.