Welcome to Portland Trail Blazers Media Day, 2018 edition!
After being swept by the 6-seed New Orleans Pelicans in the 2018 NBA Playoffs, the Blazers have brought back their team mostly intact. In July, Portland signed Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas, after drafting Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent, Jr.
The festivities are expected to begin at approximately 11:30 am. NBC Sports Northwest is expected to have streaming access, as well as the Blazers via their Facebook page. After interviews end, the Blazers typically post the archives on their YouTube page.
We’ll provide updates through the day with highlighted quotes and moments from the festivities, both here and in separate articles. In the meantime, commenters can use this as their open thread.
Updates from throughout the day:
McGowan on jerseys - "We'll be announcing two new ones this season"— Peter Sampson (@PeterSampson) September 24, 2018
Olshey on whether there's a sense of urgency to win - "Look we work for Paul Allen, so there's a growing sense of urgency every day"— Peter Sampson (@PeterSampson) September 24, 2018
Olshey, asked to assess Terry Stotts' performance: "Well, we're one of five teams in the NBA to make the playoffs five years in a row. That's the first bar. I think Terry's record speaks for itself."— Sean Highkin (@highkin) September 24, 2018
Terry Stotts plans to get away from having CJ McCollum serve as the primary ball-handler with bench unit, as he has the last two years. Curry, Baldwin, Turner, Stauskas could fill that role more.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) September 24, 2018
You can find individual highlights pieces here:
- Neil Olshey
- Terry Stotts
- Damian Lillard
- Jusuf Nurkic and Al-Farouq Aminu
- Seth Curry, Meyers Leonard, and the Reserves
- CJ McCollum
- Maurice Harkless injury update
Dan Marang will be along with a summary of the event and its major themes after the interviews have concluded.