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Suspended Indefinitely: Jermaine O'Neal Spins Baseline, Into The Abyss

by Colin McGowan

May 21, 2020 5:31 PM

Jermaine O'Neal's career, viewed in hindsight, takes on the shape of a slasher film. He got the rawest cosmic deal of his generation. He sat in Portland, flourished in Indiana, and suffered through an aborted phantom season that could have seen him realize new heights. Then he started to get hurt all the time. Read more »

Tags: Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

Suspended Indefinitely: J.R. Rider Misses The Bus

by Colin McGowan

Apr 9, 2020 9:06 PM

You could glimpse something spectacular in his sporadic effort, his brief spells of best behavior. Defenders couldn't contain him, he couldn't contain himself. An entire league of bosses, teachers, and allies couldn't hold him. Read more »

Tags: J.R. Rider, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, NBA

It's The Fleeting Stuff That You Need To Write Down

by Colin McGowan

Dec 3, 2019 5:21 PM

If, a decade from now, we curiously look back on this week in time, the record doesn't need to state that Luka Doncic was awesome. Carmelo Anthony temporarily channeling his younger self is more notable. Read more »

Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

2019-20 Northwest Division Season Preview

by Keith P Smith

While the Nuggets, Jazz and Blazers all try to climb to the elusive level of true contender, the Thunder begin their rebuild and the Wolves try to rebound from a lost season. Read more »
Thirty Histories: Portland Trail Blazers

by Colin McGowan

The maturity that Brandon Roy displayed upon his NBA arrival was even more hard-won than it seemed, as he entered the league with a clock ticking over his head. Read more »
2019 Western Conference Offseason Chatter From Summer League

by Keith P Smith

With so much turnover this offseason, and another exciting draft class, teams had lots and lots to say. Read more »
Portland Trail Blazers: 2019 NBA Offseason Preview

by Keith P Smith

The Blazers have the second-most returning players on guaranteed contracts of any team in the NBA with 10. That group includes four of five starters, but only one of the team's main reserves. Read more »
The NBA Yeoman's Plight

by Colin McGowan

Playing meaningful minutes in games that matter is a new thing for Kent Bazemore, one he's toiled hard for and inarguably earned. Bazemore has taken an indirect route to this moment, but that is the way it always goes for players like him. Read more »
CJ McCollum, Khris Middleton, Klay Thompson And The Freedom To Fail

by Micah Wimmer

This trio of secondary stars are all crucial to their respective team's success. Yet they also operate on a level without the burden of legacy building. Read more »
The J.R. Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings The Next Generation: Conference Finals

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

With J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters sitting at home, we celebrate the ones who might fill their shoes. A little brother named Seth Curry and a baseball player named Pat Connaughton are ripe for their J,R./Zion moment. Read more »
The NBA's Four Exceedingly Disparate Semifinals

by John Wilmes

The Bucks and Celtics finally playing serious basketball, the Kawhi Leonard avalanche, auditing Warriors-Rockets and the hardwood candy of Nuggets-Blazers. Read more »
Dame Is The Difference

by Colin McGowan

Dame's big moment, a smidgen under a half-decade after his last big moment, is extra sweet because of who he is and what he has come to represent. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space for All 30 NBA Teams, Version 2.0

by Keith P Smith

The Knicks, Clippers, Hawks, Kings and Lakers project to have the most cap space this offseason. Read more »
The Context Compounded The Horror Of Jusuf Nurkic's Injury

by Colin McGowan

Jusuf Nurkić isn't Portland's best player, but he was perhaps the fullest embodiment of the Blazers' ideal: a solid professional performing a fair bit better than that descriptor suggests, a truly exciting if slightly inconsistent and limited talent. Read more »
Enjoying Dame And CJ In The Rings Or Nothing Era

by Jonny Auping

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are very good, very entertaining and win a lot of games. But in 2018, the gut reaction is to view them through particular lenses: That they aren't good enough. Read more »
2018 NBA Offseason Review: Northwest Division

by Keith P Smith

On the offseason moves by the Nuggets, Wolves, Thunder, Blazers and Jazz. Read more »
Thirty Futures: C.J. McCollum

by Colin McGowan

It's tough being The Other Guy: the piece that doesn't exactly fit, the one who's trying and failing to fill a role they didn't sign up for. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2019 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

The NBA cap will jump by $7 million while some of the bad contracts of 2016 will come off the books, which means an abundance of cap space again. Read more »
2018 Western Conference Summer League Notes

by Keith P Smith

Keith Smith emptied his notebook after speaking to players, coaches, front office personnel and agents with all 15 Western Conference teams. Read more »
Leroux's 2018 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

On how all 30 teams fared in the 2018 NBA Draft. Read more »