Dec 09, 2013 2:50 PM EST
Jordan Crawford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week.
Crawford averaged 23.3 points on 61 percent shooting along with 6.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds in the Boston Celtics' 3-0 week.
Aldridge led the Blazers to a 3-1 while averaging 26.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
Dec 05, 2013 12:27 PM EST
The seriousness of how Portland treats the Trail Blazers forced Neil Olshey to accelerate his approach in rebuilding the roster.
The Blazers are now 16-3 with the best record in the Western Conference.
"It caught me off guard," Olshey said. "Listen, I had been in this building as a front-office executive, a coach, and I knew how much it meant inside this building with the fans. But how much the identity of this city is wrapped up in the Blazers. It's so important that this team performs well – and does it with the right kind of guys. It's not just winning, but how we win, how we lose, how guys play, how guys treat the fans.
"And you know, that's what accelerated it for me. It would be great to come in with a three-to-five-year plan, slowly rebuild, but about five minutes after I got here, I realized: We're going to have to pick the pace up on this."
Olshey came from the Los Angeles Clippers, where he worked in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers and the ubiquitous entertainment industry.
"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to be in the arena with him in L.A."
LaMarcus Aldridge has been one of the NBA's best players just months after he doubted if he may be better off going to a team ready to contend.
"Neil has done great job," Aldridge told Yahoo Sports. "I mean, he's done … great."
Dec 02, 2013 4:12 PM EST
Frank Vogel and Terry Stotts have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, the league announced on Monday.
Vogel guided the Indiana Pacers to a 15-1 record in November, the best mark in the NBA.
Stotts' Portland Trail Blazers went 13-3 in November, establishing themselves as a top team in the West.
Nov 25, 2013 4:56 PM EST
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams have each been suspended one game without pay for fighting after Bogut initiated an incident by elbowing Trail Blazers center Joel Freeland in the jaw.
In addition, for escalating the incident, LaMarcus Aldridge has been fined $45,000, while Wesley Matthews and Draymond Green have been fined $20,000 each.
The incident occurred with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers' 113-101 win over the Warriors on Saturday at Oracle Arena.
Williams will serve his suspension Monday when the Trail Blazers host the New York Knicks. Bogut will serve his suspension on Tuesday when the Warriors visit the New Orleans Pelicans.
Nov 25, 2013 2:53 PM EST
John Wall and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week in the Eastern and Western Conference in games played Nov. 18 through Nov. 24.
Wall averaged 24.3 points and 8.5 assists per game during that span, leading the Washington Wizards to a 3-1 record.
Aldridge averaged 22.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers had a 4-0 record.
Nov 05, 2013 1:27 PM EST
LaMarcus Aldridge has entered the phase of his career where he can longer be patient on waiting to play for a contending team. The Portland Trail Blazers have upgraded their roster under Neil Olshey, but remain a fringe playoff team.
"I'm happy here right now," Aldridge told USA TODAY Sports in an exclusive interview. "I feel like we have a team that can win, that can make noise, and I feel like if we buy in then anything is possible. So I'm happy, and it's still my team and I'm playing well.
"I feel like the team has jelled around me. I feel like coach (Terry Stotts) has trusted me more this year to where I'm getting different opportunities that I didn't get last year, so I think everything is going great right now."
Aldridge has two seasons and $30 million remaining on his deal.
There have been many trade rumors involving Aldridge over the past few months, but the Blazers are not motivated to trade him for anything less than another All-Star in return.
"It's not 'If there's a better deal, then get me out of (Portland) or take that. It's 'We're here. Let's win, and let's try to have the best season that we can.'"
Aldridge is currently averaging 25.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
"The team that we have now is a good balance of old and young, a good balance of hungry and – not satisfied – but hungry and older," said Aldridge. "By 'hungry' I mean (players like) T-Rob (Thomas Robinson), who was a (No. 5) pick and he's trying to prove that he should be here (Robinson was traded to Portland from Houston on July 1)."
Oct 28, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
Thomas Robinson was cited for driving 107 miles per hour on Interstate 5 in Portland on Friday.
An officer “observed a white 2013 Porsche Panamera traveling at a high rate of speed on the freeway,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau, in an email. “The officer’s LIDAR would clock the vehicle at 107 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.”
Robinson was cited for violation of the Basic Rule (100 MPH +), which carries a fine of $1,150, Simpson said.
Robinson was polite and cooperative during the encounter, Simpson said.
Robinson apologized on Twitter on Sunday morning.
Oct 25, 2013 12:58 PM EDT
Terry Stotts confirmed on Thursday that Joel Freeland has gained the Portland Trail Blazers' backup center position, supplanting Meyers Leonard.
In Thursday's preseason win over the Golden State Warriors, Freeland played 15:27 while Leonard did not enter the game until late in the fourth quarter.
The Blazers have been impressed with Freeland's defense.
The role that he has, he’s earned a lot of respect from his teammates and the coaches by how he’s impacted the game defensively,” Stotts said. “He had two rim protections tonight, made an impact on the game. We need defense out of that position, and Joel’s earned that.”
Oct 23, 2013 11:16 PM EDT
Wesley Matthews experienced an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) on Wednesday during the Portland Trail Blazers' practice.
Matthews underwent an electrical cardioversion procedure and his heartbeat has returned to normal.
He did not travel with the team to Oakland and is out for Thursday night's preseason game at Golden State and is listed day-to-day.
Oct 22, 2013 9:37 PM EDT
The Portland Trail Blazers have placed guards Dee Bost and E.J. Singer and forward Richard Howell on waivers.
Bost appeared in four preseason games averaging 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds, while Singler averaged 1.0 point and 1.0 assist in two appearances and Howell averaged 1.0 rebound and 1.0 assist in one appearance.
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Neil Olshey has overturned the Blazers' strength and training staff along with the video department and a renovation of their practice facility.
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In the year since becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Thomas Robinson has been traded twice.
LaMarcus Aldridge sat out Thursday's training camp session due to a strained left hip flexor.
Damian Lillard averaged 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his rookie campaign with the Trail Blazers.
Terrel Harris was given a five-game suspension earlier in the offseason for violating the NBA anti-drug policy.
Paul Allen of the Portland Trail Blazers headlines sports owners in Forbes' list of "Richest 400 Americans."
Richard Howell averaged 12.7 points (51.8% FG, 63.3% FT), 10.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 31.6 minutes his senior 2012-13 season at North Carolina State.
Damian Lillard believes LaMarcus Aldridge should start shooting more three-pointers.
Damian Lillard has said this offseason that his already built relationship with C.J. McCollum should help the two mesh on the court.
Richard Howell had been bought out from his French team and flew to the States to sign his new deal with the Blazers on Friday.
LaMarcus Aldridge admits he was extremely frustrated with last season.
E.J. Singler is prepared to play in the D-League instead of going overseas.
Terrel Harris was suspended for five games after violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
Luke Babbitt's deal with BC Nizhny Novgorod does not include an NBA out clause.
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