On their own this week for the WHAT Podcast, Tara and Cassidy discuss the Trail Blazers’ upcoming season. With lots of roster turnover there are plenty of questions about what the team will look like. How will rebounds be distributed among the team? How about assists? How will CJ McCollum’s game evolve? How much will he drive to the basket? Will he get to the line?
They we introduce the 2020 Season Trail Blazers’ playlist. These are our picks for songs that capture our feelings about the upcoming season. Cassidy’s picks reflect the nostalgia of the 50th season, with one song representing each decade. Tara chose songs that reminded her of specific players.
1:00 Icebreaker: At what point in the Growing Up Rip City video did you start crying?
7:45 After a pretty long drought with no triple doubles, Blazer players picked up four last season. How many will they put up this year, and who will get them?
11:00 How many offensive rebounds will opponents get?
17:00 How many times will CJ drive to the hoop per game? How many times will he get to the line?
23:30 How will assist be distributed?
Trail Blazers’ 2020 Playlist (find it on Youtube)
We started the Trail Blazers’ 2020 Season playlist, and we’re planning to add to it all season. Here are the songs we’ve chosen, what songs would you add?
30:00 The Blazers will be hosting five themed home games this year to celebrate 50 years. These are the songs Cassidy chose to represent each decade:
- 70’s night: It is almost too perfect the Queen’s We are the Champions was released in October of 1977, the year, of course, that Portland won the NBA Championship.
- 80’s night: Basketball by Kurtis Blow
- 90’s night: Rip City Rhapsody
- 2000’s night: First half: Can I Get A Headband?, second half: Ball Don’t Lie -Shakira parody, made in honor of Rudy Fernandez’s dunk contest appearance. “Oh Rudy, when you dunk like that . . . “
- 2010’s: Trail Blazers Theme Song by MarchFourth Marching Band
39:00 Tara went a different direction for her songs, choosing songs that she felt represented certain players and the year that they would have.
- Song for all of the new guys: Linda Ronstadt Its so Easy to Fall in Love because of course we’re going to fall in love with all the new players.
- CJ McCollum: Lionel Richie, All Night Long. Put on McCollum highlights, crank up Lionel Richie, so smooth! A match made in heaven.
- Rodney Hood, Firework by Katie Perry because “baby you’re a firework, Come on show ‘em what you’re worth.”
- Damian Lillard Won’t Back Down (by Tom Petty)
- Is Hassan Whiteside Just What I Needed (The Cars) or are the Trail Blazers just what he needed?
Which stats will you be watching? Which songs would you like to see added to the 2020 playlist? Let us know in the comments below.
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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