Kevin Durant

Hey Portland, Kevin Durant’s Career Is In Jeopardy Now Too! Feel Better?

ESPN’s Bill Simmons summed it up best, “Cant mess around with feet.  Can’t.  Can’t.  Can’t.  Not in basketball.  I’m worried.” That’s the sentiment surrounding the latest news of Kevin Durant’s lingering foot injury.  And due to such, coupled with the sensitivity in this neck of the woods regarding Greg Oden, I’m wondering (In my best […]

NBA: Preseason-Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz

Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/24

If you’re still down from the Portland Trail Blazers coming back from their Eastern road trip battered, bruised and beaten, I’ve got some good news for you. The Blazers will still be in the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs as long as they win the Northwest Division, and that seems more likely with […]

Blazers Grizzlies

Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/16

Watching the Portland Trail Blazers cast down the hated Houston Rockets last week was pretty sweet, I’ll admit. What’s more, it’s seemed to inject new life into a team deflated by Wesley Matthews’ season-ending Achilles rupture. The Blazers used the impetus gathered from punishing the evil Rockets to destroy the reeling Detroit Pistons and the […]

Meyers Leonard

Meyers Leonard Hitting Stride At Right Time For Portland Trail Blazers

When a player as valuable as Wesley Matthews goes down with a season-ending injury, it is vital for the supporting cast to step up. And not just the depth at his position; the likes of wing players Nicolas Batum and Arron Afflalo, in addition to backup guards Steve Blake and CJ McCollum … everyone. That means when […]

Chip Kelly

When Does Smart Become Too Smart?

In the wake of a myriad of moves some might deem questionable by former Oregon and present day Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, I’ve been left to ponder:  How smart is too smart? From a literal standpoint, the answer to the aforementioned question is obviously non-existent.  Intelligence by no means is a liability.  But […]

Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum Fights For Portland

My inner history geek took a direct hit. My Greatest Generation grandfather spun in his urn. Nic Batum must fight for his country? If playing basketball equals fighting for France, then Coach Charles de Gaulle sends highest praise from headquarters where he fights the good fight for eternity. There’s no question too many politicians use […]


Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/10

One game is a sample size not worth considering, so the fact that the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to hang 122 points on the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night isn’t cause to run for the nearest fallout shelter, especially after Wesley Matthews’ replacement, Arron Afflalo, fouled out. If the Blazers continue that kind of effort […]

Wesley Matthews

Portland Trail Blazers Guard Wesley Matthews Done For The Season

The Portland Trail Blazers blew out the Dallas Mavericks last night, but by now most of Rip City has heard the news about Wesley Matthews. After he collapsed on the court during the third quarter, Matthews was given an MRI which confirmed what he and the Blazers thought. Wes ruptured his Achilles tendon, and he’s […]

Jerome Kersey

Jerome Kersey Reminds Us – Let’s Celebrate Now, Before It’s Too Late

We are here to celebrate a life. That’s what Bill Schonely said.  Team Chaplain Al Egg said.  And every other speaker at Jerome Kersey’s public memorial service said or spoke to Monday afternoon at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.  But while a preferred alternative to grief, and by all accounts a worthy recipient in Kersey, I’ve begun […]

Wesley Matthews

Here We Are Again

So, here we are again. It seems like we have been here before, haven’t we? It seems as though it happens in the cruelest of times, when hopes are high and the sun seems to be finally shining after months of rain and doubt. And then it happens again. It happened again last night during […]

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard – The Graduate

In the era of One and Done college basketball players, Damian Lillard went the distance. With no other reason but a promise to his mom and himself, Lillard finished college. How hard is it to earn a college degree? People with a masters or PhD act like a bachelor’s degree was nothing, like they breezed […]

Blazers Mavericks

Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/3

The Portland Trail Blazers stringing together a 3-0 week is something they haven’t done in a solid month. Before beating the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder at home, and stomping the Boogie Cousins-less Kings in Sacramento, the Blazers were scuffling along as a sub-.500 pace since MLK Day. I admit to not watching […]