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The Trail Blazers and the NBA Draft Combine

The Blazer’s Edge Podcast looks at the draft combine, Zach Collins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez trades, and much more!

2018 NBA Draft Combine - Day 1 Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang discuss all the news that came out of the NBA Combine, the Trail Blazers sending a psychologist for interviews, combine measurements, a quick look at who the Blazers have talked to, Neil Olshey’s comments on the state of the franchise, adding playoff caliber players, comparing Zach Collins to Kevin McHale, Karl Anthony-Towns landing on the trade block, Brook Lopez coming to Portland, legalized sports gambling and more!


  • Intro
  • Royal Wedding
  • NBA Combine
  • Blazers send their psychologist
  • Combine measurements, do they matter
  • What are the Blazers trying to learn about players with a psychologist
  • Blazers bringing in/working out a ton of combo guards
  • Who stands out from the players linked with the Blazers so far?
  • Brown Brown- Miami
  • Gary Trent Sr. and Gary Trent Jr.
  • Tis the season for smokescreens
  • How do you know what to believe this time of year?
  • Chandler Hutchinson - could Portland be the team that gave him the guarantee?
  • Neil Olshey’s comments at the NBA Combine
  • Contradicting statements and trying to parse through it all
  • Timelines, playoff caliber players and roster building tools
  • Zach Collins compared to LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin McHale and Rasheed Wallace…seriously
  • Making comparisons like these are dangerous
  • Moving Collins back inside- can Collins be ready?
  • Blazers are no longer building around Damian Lillard’s trajectory
  • Karl Anthony-Towns trade rumors
  • CJ McCollum, Zach Collins and a 1st RD pick for KAT?
  • Brook Lopez to POR as a free agent- does it make sense?
  • How does the recent Supreme Court ruling on sports gambling effect the NBA?
  • Will the NBA experience change?
  • How do you tackle the fears of “protecting the sanctity of the game?”
  • Closing Comments
  • Outro

Note from Danny Marang: Apologies for my audio quality folks, my mic actually shorted out during the recording. It’ll be rectified before the next podcast.