Tag:Portland Trail Blazers
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:15 pm

A quick video summary of Chris Dudley's loss

Posted by Royce Young

Former NBA center Chris Dudley lost the Oregon governor's race by a slim margin to incumbent John Kitzhaber this week. It was hard-fought loss in a closely contested race for Dudley, who had previously had no political experience. Still, he came up short to Kitzhaber and I thought this video summed it up the race nicely.

Posted on: November 3, 2010 8:20 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:26 pm

Chris Dudley loses Oregon governor's race

Former NBA center and current Republican candidate Chris Dudley is projected to lose his race for governor of Oregon to Democrat John Kitzhaber. Posted by Ben Golliver Former NBA center Chris Dudley, a clunky seven-footer who enjoyed a lengthy career with the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and a handful of other NBA teams despite not being able to hit a foul shot to save his life, has done pretty well for himself in his retirement.  Just look at this picture of Dudley riding dirty. chris-dudley In all seriousness, Dudley has enjoyed a successful post-basketball career managing money, and last year he announced that he would run for Governor of Oregon, despite having no prior political experience. After raising millions of dollars more than his opponent, Democrat John Kitzhaber (who had previously served as Governor of Oregon twice), Dudley found himself in a neck-and-neck race throughout the fall. The race was actually too close to call on election night, with Dudley holding a slight lead for much of the evening. At roughly 11 p.m., Dudley addressed supporters at the Rose Garden, home of the Blazers, and expressed extreme confidence that he would hold on and win the election. "We're winning now and we're going to be winning tomorrow," Dudley said. "There's no doubt about which way it is going." Here's video of the speech, courtesy of Portland's ABC affiliate, KATU. Unfortunately for Dudley, the race started to swing the other direction shortly after he made that declaration. A vast majority of the ballots that had not been counted Tuesday night were from precincts in Multnomah County, the district that houses left-leaning Portland. Late Wednesday afternoon, Portland's Fox affiliate, KPTV, called the race for Kitzhaber and, soon after, The Oregonian followed suit, projecting Kitzhaber as the winner.
Although Republican Chris Dudley continues to hold a slim lead, mathematical calculations based on statewide voting trends show Kitzhaber is likely to overtake him and win by about 10,000 votes out of 1.4 million cast. The newspaper’s projections show Kitzhaber winning by 49 percent to 48 percent, which is outside the margin for automatic recount.
If there's any consolation for Dudley, it comes wrapped in this oft-noted bit of trivia: his projected 48% of the vote easily surpasses his 45.8% career free throw percentage. UPDATE: Shortly after the projections came out against him, Dudley conceded the race to Kitzhaber.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: November 3, 2010 2:44 pm

Blazers set date for Przybilla's return

Posted by Royce Young

The Blazers will be getting their talented big man back Nov. 26. No, not that one. I'm talking about the other one. No, not Jeff Pendergraph. The other one. Joel Przybilla.

Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports the Blazers are targeting a home game against the Hornets on Nov. 26 as Przybilla's return date.

Przybilla ruptured his right patella tendon at Dallas on Dec. 22, 2009 and had surgery two days later. He re-reruptured the same knee in March when he slipped in the shower, requiring a second surgery on March 8. He returned to practice Oct. 10 and intended to play in the team's opener Oct. 26, but coach Nate McMillan felt he was still a little tentative with the knee.

Much in the Blazer way though, they're making due pretty well without Oden, Pendergraph or Przybilla. Portland is 4-1 with Marcus Camby as the only healthy center on the roster. Nate McMillan has done a terrific job of mixing lineups and moving players around. Camby at 36 years old is just seeing 27 minutes a game, but with LaMarcus Aldridge filling in at the 5, Fabricio Oberto helping and even with some small-ball lineups, the Blazers are making due.

They aren't necessarily a strong rebounding team at the moment, but they're holding their own. The Blazers are right in the middle of the league in rebounding and have a plus-3.2 differential.

So once Portland starts getting healthy, its only going to get better. Greg Oden doesn't have a timetable set yet, but the Blazers can plan on getting Przybilla back soon.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:57 am

Game Changer 11.2.10

Deng does work with his mid-range, the Raptors do no work on the glass in the fourth, and Gordon does demolition work on the rim. All that and more in this edition of the Game Changer .
Posted by Matt Moore

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer .


In general, Nicolas Batum is a good defensive player. So is Wesley Matthews. Unfortunately, last night, they were completely overwhelmed by the rarest of finds: a fully functional Luol Deng. Not hampered by injury, a poor offensive system, or mental distractions, last night is a perfect example of what can happen when Deng is feeling it. Particularly, Deng's game is focused on the mid-range J. It's a highly inefficient shot, which is why he so rarely has nights like this. But when it's falling? Good night, nurse. Deng dropped 40 on the Bulls in a game that wasn't close right from the start. The Blazers just looked overwhelmed defensively. They couldn't protect the rim, and nothing was going to work on Deng. He kept nailing pull-up jumpers off the dribble, forcing them to close. Then he pump faked and got to the line. Take a look at his shot chart from CBSSports.com's Game Tracker .

That's a pretty good night from the field. When you're hot, you're hot.

Other than that? Not much to report. The Bulls' defense wasn't really all that stout, allowing a 110.1 efficiency for Portland, despite the Blazers shooting 41% from the field and 0.00% from the arc. 0-14 from the stripe for the Blazers. It was that kind of night. But 41 free throws helped them avoid getting wiped off the map while still being down too much to climb back from. The Blazers just looked a step behind on all their rotations, and the Bulls' offense was functioning at an extremely high level. Derrick Rose finishe with 16, 13, and 5, with 6 turnovers, and made a few absolutely gorgeous cross-court skip passes to Deng for open threes behind the baseline off-ball screen. Stuff you did not see out of the Bulls last year. Thibs has the offense going well, and with Deng hitting the jumper, that was all she wrote.


Luol Deng: 40 points on 14-19 shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, +19

Tyreke Evans: 23 points on 9-16 shooting, 7 rebound, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Gary Neal: 16 points, 4-8 from 3-point land, 6 rebounds, 2 assists

Eric Gordon: 23 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, only Clippers starter with postiive plus/minus


Ken Berger posts on how the league needs to take note of what happened in the NHL Lockout. Check out Ken's Post-Ups with news from around the league on several subjects, including Derrick Favors, Nicolas Batum, and how the league is approaching the Knicks investigation. Be sure to check out the horror, the horror of the Mike Conley extension, and Royce Young covers what we learned in week one .


The Raptors held a 34-25 advantage on the glass headed into last night's fourth quarter against the Kings. In related news, they held an eight point advantage. In the fourth quarter alone, they lost the rebounding battle by double (14-7, advantage Kings), and were outscored by 11. That was your ballgame. Andrea Bargnani was, for some weird reason, matched up with the bulkier, meaner DeMarcus Cousins, while Reggie Evans was forced to try and hold off the wiry, quicker Carl Landry. It made absolutely no sense and the results bore out. The Raptors had this game on lockdown and just let the Kings take it away from them. This despite Evans finishing with 19 rebounds, 10 offensive. That would make them Never Be Closing, I suppose.


In case you missed it last night:


The Clippers bench was outscored 32-7 last night in a nine point loss. For those of you keeping track, that means that the starters managed to outscore San Antonio's, but they couldn't handle Gary Neal and James Anderson. It at once says that the Clippers are far too woefully thin to be considered anything close to a playoff team this year, and that the Spurs have once again added young, versatile pieces which will help them this season. One game does not a season make, but the success the Spurs are having is a product of the system, and solid player acquisition. The smart get smarter, the Clips get Clipper.


Loud noises!

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 10:51 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:20 pm

Former all star Maurice Lucas passes away at 58

Maurice Lucas, power forward for the 1977 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers, passed away at age 58 on Sunday. Posted by Ben Golliver maurice-lucas Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports on Twitter that former Portland Trail Blazer power forward Maurice Lucas passed away on Sunday. Lucas, a four-time NBA and one-time ABA all star in a career that spanned 14 years and eight teams, had battled cancer for a number of years. Lucas will be remembered, particularly in Portland, as one of the league's great enforcers. In a small town that often feels picked on by the country's larger cities, Lucas reached heroic heights, as he never shied away from contact or conflict.  Lucas famously got into it with Philadelphia 76ers center Darryl Dawkins during Game 2 of the 1977 NBA Finals, and many believe the incident turned the series in Portland's favor. The Blazers went on to defeat the Sixers 4-2, winning what is still the only championship in franchise history.  Here's video of the fight, courtesy of patvilhauer on YouTube . For this combination of fearlessness and ultimate success, Lucas will stand as one of Portland's most beloved professional athletes for decades to come. Former Blazers center and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton, Lucas's teammate on the 1977 title team, recently called Lucas "the greatest Portland Trail Blazer of all time ." Walton also named his son, Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton, in honor of Lucas. Lucas began his career in the ABA, but was drafted by Portland when the league folded. After a four-year stint in Portland, Lucas went on to play for the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle SuperSonics. He then closed his career in Portland in 1988, and shifted into an assistant coaching role the following season. More recently, Lucas served as an assistant coach under Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, starting in 2005. He primarily focused on developing Portland's big men both physically and mentally, calling on his playing experience to tutor players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden. Cancer forced him from the bench multiple times, and Lucas was unable to return for the 2010-2011 season. His No. 20 jersey has been retired by the Blazers and it hangs in the Rose Garden rafters.  Maurice Lucas was 58 years old.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:54 pm

Rudy Fernandez files grievance over latest fine

Posted by Royce Young

Both Rudy Fernandez and his people haven't done a very excellent job of keeping their mouths shut lately. He wants (or wanted, at least) out of Portland and made that position pretty clear and pretty public. And as a result, the league stamped a $25,000 fine and then a $50,000 ticket.

I guess Fernandez accepted the first one, because with the lastest one, he's filed a grievance with the league, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

The fine stemmed from comments Fernandez's unofficial agent, Gerard Darnes, who made on his behalf to a Portland radio station. Basically, Darnes said Rudy wanted out of his contract and to return to Spain. This was the second time Fernadez (or his representation) had gone public with his desire to leave the Blazers so the league upped the ante.

What's interesting is that Fernandez appears to be happy and doing well in Portland right now. His big complaint was his role and playing time, but in two games, he's playing an average of about 18 minutes a game and has produced relatively well in that time scoring eight then seven points in two games. He's has a good attitude and hasn't appeared frustrated in the slightest.

Rich Cho has made it pretty clear Fernandez won't be released and likely will not be dealt, so Fernandez is embracing really his only basketball option and that's to suck it up and play his best for Portland. I guess he gets that now. And therefore, he's kindly asking for his $50,000 back.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 2:05 pm

Wolves asking league to look at Webster trade

Posted by Royce Young

Save your David Kahn jokes for the end of this. I know I'll try to. But according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, the Timberwolves have requested the league investigate whether the Blazers knowingly dealt them an injured player.

The player in question is Martell Webster who was acquired on draft night for the 16th overall pick from the Portland Trail Blazers. Webster on Monday underwent surgery to repair a disk in his back and is expected to miss about 4-6 weeks. Webster said the injury dates to last spring's playoffs, when he was undercut and fell hard in a game against Phoenix.


Now of course that doesn't mean the Blazers knew this would require surgery and that they knew he was hurt when they traded him. So maybe not busted. But isn't it just like the Wolves to get a player and one that happens to be like the sixth at that position on the roster, find out he's hurt and then say, "Wait, you guys knew he was hurt when you traded him to us. Not fair!" Isn't that just so Wolves?

Zgoda says the Wolves are likely looking for a draft pick as compensation.

I just find the whole thing pretty funny. If this were a big trade, one that involved a key player, it would make more sense. But Martell Webster? Just have Anthony Tolliver, or Michael Beasley or Wesley Johnson or Lazar Hayward or Corey Brewer or Maurice Ager fill in at small forward. Good thing you've got that depth, Minnesota!

Now as for proving the charge, it won't be easy. Webster played in six preseason games for Minnesota, averaged 26 minutes and 12 points per game. Sure the Blazers may have known he was potentially injured, but that doesn't mean they did anything wrong.

Posted on: October 28, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:12 pm

The Game Changer 10.28.10

Blake Griffin impresses in his debut, Russell Westbrook gets way up, Thabo Sefalosha talks block and "The Most Interesting Man in the World" makes a cameo in Los Angeles.
Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.


Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was the Talk of Twitter Wednesday night, charging out of the gate with astonishing energy in the first quarter of his NBA debut, dropping jaws and immediately earning rave reviews from commentators and fans alike.  First things first: if you haven't seen the video of his right-handed alley-oop catch followed by his left-handed putback slam, both of which took place in the game's opening five minutes, then go here right now.  Griffin's energy and fearlessness in his return from a season-ending injury last year stood out most prominently, but his all-around game shouldn't be overlooked. His stat line speaks to his game-changing ability - 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and a steal - and the only downside was that his Clipper teammates and coaching staff apparently forgot he was on the team down the stretch. While he's not yet a finished product, Griffin is by no means raw. He did almost all of his work around the basket tonight, finishing 6-10 on layups and dunks, while shooting 2-4 from outside the immediate basket area. There's a pro and a con to those numbers. The upside? He's attacking the basket relentlessly, both off the dribble and while crashing the offensive boards (he had nine offensive rebounds, and it felt like 29). The downside? Defenses will adjust quickly, daring him to shoot the mid-range jumper, a shot that is in his toolbox but that he didn't look particularly eager to shoot tonight.  Forget the nit-picking, the kid is special, and he set a high standard for his main competition for Rookie of the Year - Washington Wizards point guard John Wall - to match tomorrow night, when he makes his NBA regular season debut. Keep reading for a frame-by-frame look of one of Griffin's prettiest offensive moves, a stunning 360 degree spin move that left the Portland defense flat-footed.


Russell Westbrook:  28 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steal, 1 block, 8-15 shooting Two of Westbrook's 28 points came in spectacular fashion : a must-see coast-to-coast drive and dunk. Honorable mentions go to... Joakim Noah: 18 points, 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 7-13 shooting and... Monta Ellis:  46 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 18-24 shooting


Ken Berger was on hand for the Miami Heat's first win of the 2010-2011 season in Philadelphia. He wonders when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will start clicking?


OK, back to Blake Griffin.  Below you'll see a frame-by-frame look at a second-quarter spin move Griffin executed against Portland's Dante Cunningham. Let me set the scene a little bit. Frame 1: Griffin received the ball at the elbow with his Clipper teammates standing around in semi-hopeless fashion. With all five Blazer defenders eying him, Griffin slowly took a dribble to his left toward the paint, lulling Cunningham to sleep a little bit. Frame 2: Cunningham, an undersized power forward with good core strength and lateral quickness, trusts his defensive abilities on the perimeter and attempts to body Griffin to force a pass or tough turnaround shot. Rudy Fernandez dives down to make life for Griffin a touch more difficult but he doesn't commit fully, and Griffin is able to continue operating with relative calm. Frame 3: Griffin absorbs the body contact from Cunningham and explodes off of it, rotating nearly 360 degrees towards his strong hand with a reverse pivot and taking a monster gather step towards the basket in the process. The result is as explosive as it looks in the freeze frame: Griffin was in one place and then instantly in another, while Cunningham barely has time to react. Portland's help defenders are similarly stunned, as Brandon Roy stays home on the corner shooter and new Blazers big man, the aging Fabricio Oberto, has no chance to come over from the weak side to help. Frame 4: While Cunningham makes a game effort to recover and contest the shot, Griffin has created a clean look at the rim at close range, and he converts on the move. His quickness into his jump ensures no one will be able to block the shot. As the clock shows, the entire move, including the original dribble, took place in just two seconds.


"The Most Interesting Man in the World" of Dos Equis fame took in the action between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Seated in front of him appears to be a member of Napoleon Dynamite's extended family. most-interesting-man Video Clip Mania: Oklahoma City guard Thabo Sefalosha talks about how he sent back a Luol Deng shot attempt. Via Royce Young. 


Cleveland needed a hero to ice their huge win. Anthony Parker, with an assist from the clock crew, stepped up and became that hero.



By Matt Moore
  • Russell Westbrook was simply devastating for the Thunder last night, slashing all the way through. He was lethal off in-bounds, off the rebound, and especially in transition. Derrick Rose matched him in points and assists. It was a classic point guard battle, though Westbrook killed Rose in terms of efficiency.
  • Derrick Favors was surprisingly good in limited minutes yesterday. He was active on the glass, that you'd expect, but he got a few buckets off the pick and roll and seemed to work smoothly in it.
  • The Nets got their first win, a month earlier than they did last year.
  • The technical foul issue popped up again in several games. That rule hasn't faded since the start of the season.
  • Monta Ellis was ridiculous, and didn't miss a single shot inside ten feet last night.
  • DeMarcus Cousins was overshadowed by Griffin, but had himself 14 and 8, and oh, yeah, his team won.
  • Utah got blown off the map, not how the Jazz wanted to start what should be a promising season.
  • How about Roy Hibbert in a losing effort last night? 28 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks for the big man. The Pacers need that and against easier competition, Hibbert could be the difference in wins and losses.
  • Terrence Williams is looking more and more like a complete player for the Nets. He had a solid outing last night, including a nice lob to Favors.
  • Andrea Bargnani's offense roared back after a terrible preseason, and he had two solid defensive plays. The problem as always? All the other defensive plays.

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