After an unexpected day off, the Portland Trail Blazers are in Oklahoma City this evening. Despite the success of Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City has been struggling, losing three in a row, including one at Moda Center. The Blazers were supposed to be on the tail end of a back-to-back; instead they’re relatively rested after yesterday’s game was canceled in Minnesota.
Injuries: Evan Turner is out, but his return is getting closer. Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli are done for the season. For OKC, Victor Oladipo and Alex Abrines are both day-to-day.
You can’t bring up Oklahoma City without mentioning the legends of the OKC grunge movement, Pearl Jam. Here is possibly their best song, “Black”. But did you know that the band specifically did not want the song released? They did not produce a video for it, and didn’t want radio stations to play it. They ignored the request. Wikipedia explains the details.
"Black" became one of Pearl Jam's best-known songs and is a central emotional piece on the album Ten. Despite pressure from Epic Records, the band refused to make it into a single, citing it as too personal and expressing fear that its emotional weight would be destroyed in a music video. Vedder stated that "fragile songs get crushed by the business. I don't want to be a part of it. I don't think the band wants to be part of it." Vedder personally called radio station managers to make sure Epic had not released the song as a single against his wishes. In spite of this, the song charted at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 20 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1993. The popularity of "Black" gained it everlasting rotation, putting it amongst Pearl Jam's most enduring songs.
How To Watch Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City:
Time: 5:00 pm, Pacific Time
TV: KGW | NBA TV
Online Streaming: None (Portland) | League Pass (Elsewhere)
Radio: Rip City Radio, 620 am
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