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Eggers: Paul Allen Pleased With Progress From Seahawks

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Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune caught Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen's reaction to a weekend win for his Seattle Seahawks. In what is surely music to Blazers GM Neil Olshey's ears, Allen sounded unusually patient and pleased with his current management regime. ------------------------------- It’s too early to tell exactly where the Seahawks are in the third year under [coach Pete] Carroll and general manager John Schneider. It’s clear they have made strides since Carroll and Schneider took over. The defense appears strong, [quarterback Russell] Wilson is promising and the owner is optimistic. "You can’t help but like the progress we’ve had," Allen said. "When you have a new GM and coach, it takes awhile for them to get the players for their system, to implement what they want to do and get the roster the way they want it. You’re starting to see all that click now." ------------------------------- The Seahawks finished 7-9 in both 2010 and 2011. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Here's a tribute video entitled "Legacy of Oden" which chronicles the career of former Portland...

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Here's a tribute video entitled "Legacy of Oden" which chronicles the career of former Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden. Video created by Bryan Hiltner and posted on Vimeo. Thanks to Beek Person in the FanShots. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Legends Profile on Scottie Pippen at NBA.com

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Pippen spent the next four seasons with Portland, with his best season coming in his first year. He was the leader of the team that finished 59-23, good enough for second best in the league behind Pacific Division champ Lakers. The two teams would also meet in the Western Conference Finals. After going down 3-1, the Trail Blazers forced a Game 7 and held a 15-point fourth quarter lead in the decisive game. But a miraculous comeback by the Lakers sent them to the Finals where they eventually won the NBA title. The Blazers would make the postseason in each of the next three seasons that Pippen was in a Portland uniform, but an assortment of injuries reduced the amount of time he spent on the court. His versatility remained an asset though, as in his last season in Portland he became the starting point guard and led the Blazers on a 21-5 streak.

Bowers: Dallas Lauderdale Invited To Blazers Camp?

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Brendan Bowers of SlamOnline.com reports on Twitter that unrestricted free agent center Dallas Lauderdale may have been invited to Portland Trail Blazers training camp. Lauderdale, 24, played his college ball at Ohio State University. There, he was listed at 6-foot-8 and 255 pounds. Scott Schroeder of RidiculousUpside.com reported that he was headed to play professionally in Poland in 2011. The Blazers currently have 15 players under contract. Guard Elliot Williams is out for the season following surgery on his Achilles. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

HoopsWorld Panel: Blazers To Finish 5th In Northwest

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A panel of five HoopsWorld.com writers all predict that the Portland Trail Blazers will finish fifth in the Northwest Division in their 2012-13 Blazers season preview. ---------------------------- This time last year, the Portland Trail Blazers were a veteran-laden team that hoped to be a dark horse in the Western Conference. But after parting ways with Gerald Wallace, Marcus Camby, Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, Greg Oden and Nate McMillan, this is the start of a rebuilding effort in Portland. After taking over as general manager of the Blazers, Neil Olshey made it his priority to build around LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum and he has done an excellent job surrounding his franchise cornerstones with young talent. Damian Lillard is Portland’s point guard of the future, Meyers Leonard has a ton of upside and Will Barton is a potential steal. This may not have been the step back that Portland fans wanted to take, but it was necessary and it’ll pay off down the road once these talented young players come into their own. The Blazers may not win a ton of games this year, but they’ll be a team to keep an eye on over the next few seasons. – Alex Kennedy When you take a look at Portland’s starting lineup, you can’t help but think to yourself, "Hey, that looks pretty good!" With Rookie of the Year candidate Damian Lillard and All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge leading the charge for the Blazers, there’s a lot to like about the direction this organization is headed. But, once you get past that starting lineup the bench looks terribly thin, which is why I tend to think this year is going to be a bit of a struggle for the young (albeit talented) Portland Trail Blazers. – Joel Brigham ---------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Teaser for LEGACY OF ODEN highlight vid

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Here's the teaser for my LEGACY OF ODEN highlight video. Come to Attack of the Flix @ the Curious Comedy Club this Sunday night. Experience Closure.

Abrams: Arvydas Sabonis' Long, Strange Trip

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Grantland's Jonathan Abrams with a brilliant, tidy perspective on the career of a true Blazers Giant. Chock full of what ifs? to boot (unfortunately!) Update: apologies in that this article is from August of last year (whoops), was referenced by TrueHoop a bit earlier today. Still a great read for any that didn't previously :)

Hakeem Olajuwon to train Knicks front court players

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What I wished the Blazers could have done at anytime. Smart move. NY will be an interesting team to watch if Melo can just not be a terrible team mate.

Blazers G Elliot Williams To Undergo Surgery On Friday

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The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Thursday that third-year guard Elliot Williams will undergo surgery on Friday after rupturing his left Achilles tendon during a "voluntary offseason workout" at the team's practice facility on Tuesday. -------------------------------- Portland G Elliot Williams will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a left ruptured Achilles tendon. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. -------------------------------- It's quite possible, although as yet unconfirmed, that Williams will be out for the entire 2012-13 season following the surgery. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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