Portland Trail Blazers Support Gay Marriage.
Wednesday , Oct , 16 , 2013 Andrew Flint

Portland Trail Blazers Support Gay Marriage.

Who thought equality of marriage would hit the NBA in 2013? HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Good to see at least one NBA team stepping up for equality, especially since basketball is still largely scene as a haven for homophobia and hurtful slurs. Read More
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Friday , Apr , 20 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Sources: Mitch Kupchak to interview with Blazers

Kupchak is one of the Blazers' top targets in their quest to land an executive with experience running a franchise's basketball operations, sources told ESPN.com.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Mitch Kupchak, things are weird with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The owner’s son, Jim Buss, is your boss despite having no experience as a basketball executive. The superstar, Kobe Bryant, is a raging Alpha Male who can’t accept that the team is better with Andrew Bynum as the top option. Speaking of Bynum, his lack of maturity is obvious.

And we haven’t even mentioned Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, coach Mike Brown‘s offense, the press, or the rapid fan base that demand a championship every year.

Still, the Lakers quirks are nothing when compared to the mayhem of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers lost two of their top three players, Greg Oden and Brandon Roy, to injury. Long-time coach Nate McMillan was recently fired. The club is starting over.

Sadly, the on-court mess wouldn’t be the biggest challenge. That would be eccentric owner Paul Allen.

Remember, Allen fired executive Kevin Pritchard moments before the draft and casually told his former executive to stick around for the team's pick. The club spent months searching for Pritchard’s replacement. They supposedly had their man in Richie Cho, but fired him a year later for being too quiet.

There's a reason the Blazers haven't hired a replacement: no decent executive will take the gig. They don't want the mess, melodrama, and headache.

So Mitch, stick with the Lakers. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't.

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Wednesday , Apr , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Jamal Crawford to Alvin Gentry: I want to be in Phoenix

Broadcaster for the Phoenix Suns, John Bloom, tweeted: ``Jamal Crawford just told EJ on press row and Alvin Gentry on the sidelines that he needs to be here in Phoenix with  Blazer teammates nearby.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Talk about awkward.

Jamal Crawford has a team, contract, and role for 2012. He’s a combo guard for the Portland Trail Blazers. Sometimes he starts, sometimes he comes off the bench.

This minor detail didn’t prevent the Seattle native from marketing his services for 2013. Apparently, Crawford thinks he’d fit with the Phoenix Suns and told their coach, Alvin Gentry, as much.

Here’s the problem: the Blazers were playing the Suns when this happened.

In the middle of the game, Crawford, in front of his Blazer teammates and coaches, tried to sell himself to the Suns’ coach as a potential off-season signing.

Crawford, who signed with the Blazers this off-season, apparently will exercise his option on 2013, leave $5 million on the table, and become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Of course, players who sell themselves to one team while (literally) playing for another team typically come with a buyer’s beware tag.

Crawford may find being assertive has hurt his market value.

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Saturday , Apr , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Mavs, Pacers, Suns, and Blazers want Eric Gordon?

Eric Gordon is a fan of New Orleans, which should come as welcome news to, well, New Orleans fans. He loves the food, the laid-back vibe and the folks who support the last-place Hornets despite being given so many reasons to stay away. Bring up the coach (that's second-year man Monty Williams for you non-loyalists), and the 23-year-old shooting guard who will be a restricted free agent this summer makes it sound as if he never wants to leave.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Five games is enough.

Eric Gordon has been limited to a few games with the New Orleans Hornets; however, his injury woes won’t stop teams from chasing him this summer when he becomes a restricted free agent.

Reports indicate that Dallas, Indiana, Phoenix, and Portland have interest in the two-guard.

This makes sense. Gordon, while not a top-flight player, can score. When available, he’s had an impact on the Hornets.

Teams must be careful not to overpay Gordon. Sure, he deserves good money. But he doesn’t deserve max’ money -like a crème de la crème superstar.

Of course, the Hornets can match any offer Gordon receives, so interested teams will have to float an Enron-type, exorbitant contract to scare off the Hornets.

That still might not be enough. Tom Benson just purchased the Hornets and the Saints owner will use his deep pockets to keep Gordon and the good times rolling in New Orleans.

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Saturday , Apr , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: LaMarcus Aldridge’s overtime game-winner Vs. Mavericks

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: LaMarcus Aldridge continues to play at a high level -even though it has been a disastrous year for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Last night the post hit the game-winning shot in overtime against the world champion Dallas Mavericks.

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Friday , Mar , 16 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Agent: Greg Oden not retiring, wants to join Pacers

Greg Oden shares the fans' disappointment in the way his career has gone. The 7-foot center was limited to just 82 games by injuries after the Portland Trail Blazers took him over Kevin Durant with the first selection in the 2007 draft. Portland waived the former No. 1 overall pick Thursday after an injury-plagued five-year run in which he averaged just 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. He recently underwent his third microfracture knee surgery, the second on his left knee, ending his season.
"He feels bad for Portland and the team, more than anything, more than he did for himself," Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., said Friday. "He felt he could have made an impact, and he knows they were counting on him."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Greg Oden doesn’t think his career is over even if the Portland Trail Blazers do.

Yesterday, the Blazers - who fired their coach and traded their starting center and small forward - waived Oden, the prep and college sensation they drafted first overall in 2007 ahead of superstar Kevin Durant.

Oden’s heart and effort could never be questioned. Sadly, his knees only allowed him to play 82 games over five seasons. So the Blazers, tired of the setbacks and disappointment, cut ties with the center yesterday.

Word is Oden will continue rehabbing his leg in his hometown of Indianapolis in hopes of making a comeback with the Pacers.

With a little luck, one of the most celebrated prospects in hoops history will change how his story ends.

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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Report: Blazers fire Coach Nate McMillan

Nate McMillan has been fired by the Blazers, according to a source. McMillan has been the head coach of the Blazers since the 05-06 season.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Right or wrong, fair or not, Nate McMillan's time was up.

Reports out of Portland had the players tuning-out McMillan, which eventually happens to every coach. So the Blazers, who started rebuilding today with several trades, fired their longtime coach.

It's worth noting, McMillan held the Blazers together -even though Greg Oden has been a bust and Brandon Roy's career fell apart due to injuries.

McMilllan, an elite sideline boss, will get another gig this summer.

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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Blazers trade Marcus Camby to Rockets

Blazers trade center Marcus Camby to Houston Rockets, a source tells Y!


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Portland is having a fire sale.

The Trail Blazers are rebuidling, so every peice - other than Nicholas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge - can be had for some combination of draft picks and expiring contracts.

Earlier in the day, Gerald Wallace was sent to the New Jersey Nets. Now Marcus Camby is a Houston Rocket. Expect Jamal Crawford and perhaps Ray Felton to have new homes by the end of the day, too.

Much of this can traced to Greg Oden's injury and Brandon Roy retiring. Without these two pieces, Rip City has decided to rebuild.

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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Elijah Abramson

Blazers send Wallace to Nets for Okur, Williams, and draft pick

The Nets send Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 draft pick protected thru No. 3, sources tell Y! Nets trying to surround Deron Williams now. Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Too little, too late. The New Jersey Nets have acquired Gerald Wallace because they believe he’ll convince point guard Deron Williams to sign a multi-year extension. Williams can opt-out of his contract this summer and become a free agent. The Nets, who are moving into a shiny billion dollar stadium in Brooklyn, have hitched their wagon to the star table-setter. Wallace makes the Nets good, but not good enough for Williams. D-Will wants a legit co-star  - like dare I say it, Dwight Howard who will play with Orlando for another year - to stay with the Nets long-term. Wallace, a fourth star on a contending team, isn’t of the same ilk as Howard. The Nets have a rapidly shrinking window to do something significant or Williams likely signs with his hometown Dallas Mavericks this summer. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below. 
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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Sources: Wolves, Blazers, Lakers to swap Beasley, Crawford, Blake?

Lakers getting Beasley, Jamal Crawford to Minnesota and and Steve Blake to Portland is getting close, the News Mitch Lawrence reports.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If reports are true, this three team deal will soon be official.

While not a blockbuster, the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Portland Trail Blazers would all benefit from this swap of useful parts. Here is why:

1) The big winner would to be the Lakers. Beasley, a terrific scorer, would allow Metta World Peace to return to the bench.

2) Jamal Crawford would provide the Wolves with scoring and depth because Ricky Rubio is, of course, injured.

3) Blake, who has had two previous stints with the Blazers, would stablize the one-spot in Rip City.

Expect this deal to soon become official. All three teams will get a boost for the stretch drive.

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Monday , Mar , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Blazers to trade Jamal Crawford?

The Clippers or any other team looking for scoring could also turn their attention to Portland's Jamal Crawford. With the Blazers (18-18) underachieving and the 12-year veteran having struggled to fit in this season, sources say he's available.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Jamal Crawford hasn’t fit with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Crawford, a former Sixth Man of the Year, is a scorer, while Blazers coach Nate McMillan likes defense. And Crawford is stuck playing point guard because McMillan is frustrated with Ray Felton, who is also on the trading block.

Then there’s Crawford’s contract. He inked a two-year, $10 million pact with the Blazers, however, the second year is a player’s option.

Crawford, unhappy with playing time, has made littlle secret of his desire to exercise that option and test the free agent market this summer.

So Blazers management may move Crawford to a contender and get an asset as part of an inevitable rebuilding project.

LaMarcus Aldridge aside, no player or coach is safe, which means the next few months should be awfully interesting in ‘Rip City’.

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Monday , Mar , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Heat interested in Back-Up Big Man?

There’s a reason the Heat have continued to look to add a veteran big man to their roster. They attempted to sign both Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla but weren’t able to do so. A radio station in Miami reported the team worked out Rasheed Wallace last week. According to league executives, the Heat have been calling around to gauge demand for reserve big men as the trade deadline approaches.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will the rich, the Miami Heat, get richer?

Reports indicate the reigning Eastern Conference champions are on the prowl for a reserve post. Chris Bosh is out the line-up and the Heat lost free agents Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla to the Clippers and Blazers.

Another big body would allow Bosh to man the more familiar high-post when he returns, while providing depth for an extended playoff run.

After all, the Heat will face a plethora of bigs come May and June during the NBA’s second-season. The question is who can they get before the quickly approaching trade deadline.  

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Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers interested in Ray Felton?

Portland is making a change — Jamal Crawford, not Raymond Felton, will be the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers when they face off against the Spurs tonight, reports the Oregonian. So here’s your starting job, Mr. Crawford, enjoy trying to stop the hottest player in the league in Tony Parker. But the move isn’t a surprise. Felton is shooting a career low 37.1 percent so far this season, 22.9 percent from three, his assists are at a career low while his turnovers are at a career high, his PER is 10.5 (that of of a third-string guard) and he helped lead the Trail Blazers to a franchise low 7 points in the first quarter against the Lakers Monday night. Portland is struggling, Felton is struggling and coach Nate McMillan decided to shake things up.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Their make-over probably won’t stop with Rasheed Wallace.

Reports indicate the Los Angeles Lakers are speaking to the Portland Trail Blazers about Ray Felton, who is upset after losing his starting spot.

Face it: Derek Fisher is old and Steve Blake has struggled since signing with the purple-and-gold.

Coach Mike Brown would surely run Felton through pick-and-rolls like Mike D’Antoni did in New York last year. And the veteran table-setter would also fit Brown’s get-stops mentality on defense.

Best of all, Felton has the tenacity to stand up to Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant -without creating a Smush Parker type standoff.

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Wednesday , Nov , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Blazers to cut Brandon Roy?

Here's hoping Allen does. And that the longest look is into Roy's eyes. Brandon's out," a league executive told me Monday. "Don't know the exact details, but everyone around the league knows it's way, way done. Paul and Bert (Kolde) are calling the shots on this one."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh how the mighty has fallen.

Not long ago Brandon Roy was heading up a basketball renaissance for the Portland Trail Blazers. Zach Randolph and The Jail Blazer era was out, while Roy, the perimeter version of Tim Duncan, was in.

And the basketball-mad Rose City rejoiced, qualifying for the playoffs with a young crew  that was almost as talented as the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Blazers, who knew Roy had knee troubles, went ahead and signed him to a lucrative six-year contract for the league maximum.

At the time, it was the right move.

Knee surgeries have hampered Roy’s play. He fell out of favour with the coaching staff, lost his starting position, and spouted off to the media about his minutes during last year’s playoff.
Some inspired play during those same playoffs won’t be enough to save him.

The Blazers will likely take advantage of the amnesty clause in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and cut ties with their one-time franchise face.

This will be especially painful for Roy, a Northwest native. The talented swing will dust himself off and salvage his career, though.

He just won’t do it earning max’ money. Welcome to the new and cost-effective NBA.

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Portland interested in Chris Mullin for GM?

Blazers president Larry Miller has expressed a strong interest in former Golden State Warriors GM Chris Mullin, sources said. Mullin’s expected to talk with the Blazers too, sources said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Chris Mullin’s career as an executive hasn’t been normal.

The sharpshooter revitalized the Golden State Warriors before getting stabbed in the back by Don Nelson, his former coach and the man he rescued from the sideline boss scrap heap.

Then Mullin was tabbed to take over the executive chair in New York from Donnie Walsh before dysfunctional owner James Dolan stepped-in. Walsh is out; Mullin won’t be leading the Knicks.

Now he’s linked to the Portland Trail Blazers, the organization that fired GM Kevin Pritchard moments before the 2010 NBA draft only to invite him to stay for the evening's festivities.

Pritchard’s replacement, Richie Cho, was pink-slipped after being on the job for less than a year. Cho was seen as too docile, low-key, and quiet.

Perhaps Mullin should pass on the Blazers‘ gig. Right now, they’re dysfunctional, and owner Paul Allen seems determined to meddle.

Life may be a little more normal in ESPN’s broadcast booth.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Carl Landry to Portland?

Carl Landry believes the Blazers would be a good fit for him and LaMarcus Aldridge is in agreement. “That’s big of him to speak out and I’m glad he spoke out and said he wants to play with us,” Aldridge told SLAMonline. “He’s a good player and I definitely feel like he can help us immediately.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Carl Landry is interested in Portland. And Portland, according to their newly anointed superstar, should have interest in Landry.

Landry and LaMarcus Aldridge have been throwing each other public bouquets, which has fuelled speculation the free agent will sign in ‘Rip City’ when the lockout ends.

While not a fan of players acting like general managers, Aldridge is right to suggest a fit.

Landry could start at center if Greg Oden’s injury woes continue. Or, he could come off the bench and back-up Aldridge and a healthy Oden.

Either way, Landry is a professional. He’ll fit in, work hard, and accept his role, while never rocking the boat for coach Nate McMillan.

All Landry, Aldridge, and Portland need is a collective bargaining agreement, so their interest can perhaps become something more substantial  -like a contract .

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LaMarcus Aldridge willing to Lose season for ‘fair deal’

"No," Aldridge said, when asked if there was reason for optimism. "Both sides are pretty (far) off right now. So it's going to be a while."

Aldridge, who is the Blazers' player representative in the NBA Player's Union, said he does not expect the season to start on time but does believe there will be a season eventually. That said, he is prepared to sit out all of 2011-12 if necessary.

"If that's what it takes to get a fair deal done, then yes," Aldridge said.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The lockout just became a little more complicated.

Most owners, as we know, have no issue sacrificing the season to get a Collective Bargaining Agreement that has a hard cap and a 50-50 split of Basketball Related Income.

Some players feel the same.

LaMarcus Aldridge, the talented power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers, recently declared that he was willing to sit the entire year to get a 'fair deal'.

Thankfully, most players don't share his view. Aldridge is a union rep', so he has to spout the rhetoric. As a highly paid player, he has the resources to go several months without an income.

Most players making the mid-level exception and below will re-think their 'stance' and begin bargaining when they miss a pay cheque.

If the players don't show flexibility, if they don't step off Aldridge's hard-line, then the season is slready lost.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Zach Randolph invited drug dealer to house

Police say Zach Randolph met a man dealing marijuana aboard a charter cruise ship in Portland on Friday and invited him to his mansion later in order to sell weed to the 20 or so guests at Randolph's after-cruise party.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Zach Randolph has a problem.

Yesterday, HoopsVibe News reported that Randolph was not directly involved in an assualt at his residence between 'The Hoop Posse' and a drug dealer.

Well, it turns out the power forward (allegedly) invited the man into his home to sell weed to guests after a boat cruise in Portland.

This changes things. There are now legal ramifications.

I have two thoughts. First, Randolph has to cut ties with the infamous entourage that keeps getting him in trouble. He’s no longer a rookie with the Trail Blazers. He’s a man, and should take greater responsibility for the company he keeps.

Second, if Randolph can’t cut ties then he should avoid The Rose City. Nothing good happens for him in Portland; fans, residents, and police don't like him and his friends.

Randolph has disposable income. He can live where he likes. Why not reside in another city and avoid the trappings of Portland?

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Rudy Fernandez leaving NBA for Real Madrid?

According to Spanish media (Onda Madrid was the first one to report), Rudy Fernandez agreed to terms with Real Madrid for the next four seasons. The Spanish guard will return to NBA just for the season 2011-12 when lockout ends playing with Dallas Mavericks who acquired him via trade during in June.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If there’s a 2011-12 season, it will be Rudy Fernandez’s last in the NBA.

Reports indicate the Spanish swing will fulfill the final year of his NBA contract with the world champion Dallas Mavericks and then begin a multi-year deal with Real Madrid.

Fernandez is plying his trade with the European power while the NBA is locked-out. He has an opt-out clause if owners and players finalize a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Is this a surprise?

Fernandez has been unhappy since landing in the NBA. Every few months there was some drama with the Portland Trail Blazers that became public knowledge.

It was too much, especially since Fernandez, while talented and valuable, was only a rotation player. The Blazers finally dealt their diva to the Mavs’ in late June.

Apparently, a starting spot on a championship contender wasn’t enough. Fernandez is leaving Team Cuban and the NBA for Europe.

Soon enough he’ll be complaining, though. It’s Fernandez’s nature. He only seems happy when he’s unhappy.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Will Wolves appease Love and pay Adelman?

If they're willing to pay $4-5 million a year, the pick clearly seems to be former Houston coach Rick Adelman, a candidate who meets all of Kahn's criteria for style of play, winning track record and the unspoken but important Kevin Love Factor.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is a minor boondoggle by Minnesota Timberwolves standards, but a boondoggle nonetheless.

GM David Kahn has publicly stated owner Glen Taylor, who has never thrown money around, will dig deep into his pockets to pay the right coach.

Fat chance.

Can you see Taylor paying a top candidate $4-5 million annually for a minimum of three years, while also honouring the final $4 million owed to former coach Kurt Rambis?

So why would Kahn state that the Wolves would hire a pricey option like Rick Adelman, who enjoyed success with the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, and, most recently, the Houston Rockets?

Now the Wolves are stuck. If they hire a less expensive coach, for whatever reason, they’ll get criticized. If they hire an expensive coach, like Adelman, they’ll get criticized for wasting their limited resources on a bench-boss.

There’s one way Kahn, Taylor, and the Wolves can quiet the critics: start winning.

--Oly Sandor.

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