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Blazer Goals

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Dame, CJ, DeRozan, Gallinari, Nurk

The universe.

QuoteShot

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So can we still get Clippers in the first round?

my brain

Serena Winters to Portland?

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LakersNation was pretty upset. The word is she is headed for Portland according to Larry Coon. @larrycoon Does anyone know about this or changes that might come concerning the hosts or on-air talent?

@larrycoon

Marc Stein pontificates a CJ trade

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"This is the year Portland will break up the potent backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum: The Blazers don’t want to trade either one, especially when they awoke Wednesday ranked seventh in the league in defensive efficiency despite the annual external skepticism about the pairing’s capabilities at that end of the floor. But the easiest path to balancing the roster is by parting with one of their two guards — most likely McCollum — for a package headlined by a frontcourt player on their level. No one’s suggesting it’ll happen before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, but Portland’s latest so-so season threatens to be the impetus that finally pushes the longtime Blazers owner Paul Allen in a new direction."

New York Times article quoted on hoopshype. Behind a paywall

The origin of "Jail Blazers" in ‘96

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We-a culpa. It was Willamette Week. On the cover of the Aug. 14, 1996, issue: "JAIL BLAZERS: On the court and in the courtroom: How Portland's NBA team stacks up." The first page of the story reads: "Six current Blazers have run afoul of the law. For details of their criminal activities and an analysis of their value to the team, see chart on page 24."

http://www.wweek.com/sports/2018/01/17/portland-sportswriters-once-shamed-black-athletes-for-smoking-pot-what-do-they-say-now/

Statement uniforms cost Blazers

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Never wear those horrendous things again. The Bucks looked more like Blazers than we did.

BL

Should we be stacking future draft picks outside our window now?

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This plan would work best with a Cleveland, GS team but might be more valuable to us as a small market team. we trade next years and 2020 pick to teams we project as possibly sucking in 21-22 or a year or 2 after lillards contract expires and roll any extra picks we get for salary dumps into those years too and plan to stockpile regularly in 6-8 year increments so our picks come in all at once negating or lightening the rebuilding periods normally experienced. I admit no gm would like this plan as he could be fired by then but it would be better for the organization.

"self quote"

Semi Ojeleye has limited length but impressive athleticism

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Semi Ojeleye of SMU posted an impressive 40.5 Max Vertical Leap (tied for fifth best), but perhaps the more significant numbers for him were the 10.58 seconds he posted in the lane agility testing and 3.16 seconds he posted in the three-quarter court sprint which rank third and eighth best overall respectively. Ojeleye weighed in at strong 241 pounds yesterday which he has proved is not too high of a number to compromise his athletic ability. He's a highly unique physical specimen, ranking in the 95th percentile or better in those three categories in our extensive datab - Source: http://www.draftexpress.com/article/2017-nba-combine-athletic-testing-analysis-5930/ ©DraftExpress

Draftexpress

Blazers Facebook Post Says Nurkic Out w Fibular Fracture

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"Please tell me this is a sick April Fools joke!" - me

Dear Lord No Not Again .com

Blazers In Costing Cutting Mode (and a mention of Lillard)

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Portland Trail Blazers Rival teams will keep calling about C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe’s availability after the Blazers already swapped Mason Plumlee for Jusuf Nurkic to avoid their impending cap crunch. Teams will, and should, inquire about Damian Lillard as well, although they’ll likely be rebuffed, league sources say. Portland will certainly explore options to cut costs and avoid becoming a tax team next season.

http://www.si.com/nba/2017/02/21/nba-trade-deadline-preview-rumors-reports-primer-teams