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The Blazer's Edge alum joins Danny and Tara in this week's edition of the Blazer's Edge Podcast.

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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!

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Intro

Opening Comments

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

Closing Comments

Outro