On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Blazer’s Edge alum, formerly of Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post’s newest national NBA writer - and all around great guy, Ben Golliver. Together they hit on the state of the franchise from ownership, the ties that Portland has through their fans, looking forward to the trade deadline, trading for Jabari Parker, Jusuf Nurkic’s growth, the future for Damian Lillard and much more!
2:30 Pro-”Danny” stance
4:30 ELI5, a Blazer’s fan
8:50 Relationship between front office & ownership with the fanbase previously & going forward
9:20 Taking Paul Allen for granted
12:15 Stability of the franchise
14:20 Looking forward to new ownership
17:15 Does the uncertainty of ownership effect players?
19:20 Top tier players and “ownership” of the franchise
20:30 Damian Lillard’s future
22:15 Jabari Parker and the Blazers
24:50 Parker as a basketball fit and another chance
28:30 Is this the year that Portland makes a deadline move of consequence?
31:00 Portland “green lighting trades” right now
33:00 Jusuf Nurkic a year after Ben’s feature piece
34:20 Nurkic vs Anthony Davis and going forward
38:00 Can Nurkic hold up in high-level playoff situations
38:30 Is this a make or break postseason for this Blazer’s team?
44:10 Parity in the NBA
46:20 Aminu Appreciation Society
50:20 Portland making a pivot and trading someone like Aminu
55:00 How does the upcoming trade deadline look?
55:20 Wildcard trade possibility for Chris Paul?
58:00 Ben’s newsletter at the Washington Post