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The Fanalysts invite Blazer's Edge Managing Editor Dave Deckard on the podcast to talk about his long history following and covering the Portland Trail Blazers, his thoughts on the upcoming season & more!

MILWAUKEE, WI - CIRCA 1977: Bill Walton #32 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks to shoot a free throw against the Milwaukee Bucks during an NBA basketball game circa 1977 at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Walton played for the Trailblazers from 1974 - 79. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - CIRCA 1977: Bill Walton #32 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks to shoot a free throw against the Milwaukee Bucks during an NBA basketball game circa 1977 at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Walton played for the Trailblazers from 1974 - 79. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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The Fanalysts invite Blazer's Edge managing editor Dave Deckard onto the podcast to open his heart, spill his guts and talk about everything he loves about the Portland Trail Blazers.

We hear about young Dave with his ear to the heating vents listening to Blazer games after bedtime. We learn how Dave’s math teacher derailed his pro basketball career. There’s talk about which Blazers we’re going to watch this upcoming season and how likely it is that CJ and the Blazers can improve on defense.

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Highlights

2:15 How Dave became a Trail Blazer fan

6:35 greatness vs Greatness (with a capital "G")

9:45 How Dave started writing about the Blazers

13:30 The importance of Community Guidelines

19:00 On Terry Stotts’ coaching

23:45 Motivational thoughts for the team (after you hear this, you’ll probably be ready to suit up)

29:30 Defense (because of course) and which players we’ll be watching this season

35:30 Remember when you had to stand in line to buy tickets?

38:00 Dave’s favorite basketball plays

41:00 Jo and Tara love Andre Miller. Like, a lot.

45:48 Dave’s all time favorite Blazer (the answer might surprise you)

53:45 Thoughts on Colin Kaepernick

References

What is GI Joe’s?

Richard Anderson box score

Andre Miller scores 52 points

Music

Can I get a Headband?

Bust-a-bucket

Rip City Rhapsody