Live Chat: Trail Blazers vs. Rockets, 5 PM

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 years ago

HOUSTON – Greetings from Texas, yet again. We’ll be hosting a live chat for tonight’s game versus the Houston Rockets at The Toyota Center. Trail Blazers are trying to be the first team since the Celtics in 2008 to sweep the Texas Triangle. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 PM on TNT and 620 AM.

If you haven’t done so already, please create an account (you can use your Twitter of Facebook account to log in, or you can create a new Livefyre account) so you can add your own comments and commentary. Then come back here at 5 PM for tipoff.

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Audio: Stotts Talks Turner, Lillard Tweets On Jay Mohr Sports

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 weeks ago

Comedian/actor/radio show host Jay Mohr was in Portland on Thursday during which he hosted a live edition of Jay Mohr Sports on Rip City Radio 620 AM. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, who is still in Las Vegas taking in Summer League, joined the show to discuss a host of NBA topics. You can listen to the entire interview below, though I’ve also transcribed a few of the more interesting answers…

On Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors…

“They’re going to be damn good, that’s for sure. They’ll be a little bit different, they lost three of their big guys so they’ll have to tweak their defense a little bit. One of the keys to their success the last two years was their defense and I think that got overlooked because of how well they scored the ball. They’re going to be a better offensive team, they’re going to be the favorite to win, but you never know until you toss it up.”

On signing free agent guard/forward Evan Turner…

“I’ve read some of the experts about us signing Evan and I’m surprised they don’t see the fit, because Evan is a really good basketball player. He handles the ball, he’s got a high assist ratio, he makes players better. I talked to Brad Stevens about him afterwards, they’re going to miss him in Boston. He’s a versatile defender, he’s unselfish, I think he fits into our culture. The one thing that I think gets overlooked is there was such pressure on Damian and CJ last year to be scorers and playmakers and particularly, the way I rotated the players, one of them was in the game at all times. Well Evan gives us another playmaker to take some of the load off of Damian and CJ, hopefully they’ll get better shots. You can add more playmaking — you look at the Golden State Warriors, how many playmakers they had on the court. They had two, three, four playmakers on the court at one time and that just adds to your effectiveness offensively. And defensively, Evan’s a versatile defender, he can guard two or three positions. Like I said, I think he fits in really well.”

On Damian Lillard tweeting “Hell no” when asked about returning to Oakland to play for the Warriors…

“It was pure Damian. He’s proud to be a Blazer, he loves Portland, he loves the franchise and he’s really embraced the role of being the face of the franchise. I was glad to read that.”

On the baseless speculation that the team is moving to Seattle…

“(Laughs) No. With all due respect to you Jay, and I do have immense respect, but that doesn’t really deserve a response. We’re the Portland Trail Blazers, always have been.”

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Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest: ‘Damian Lillard Is A Monster’

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
10 months ago

NBA TV’s Sekou Smith and Lang Whitaker kicked off their Hang Time Road Trip yesterday in Oakland, home of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Oak Town tour included a sit down with Phife Dawg of the seminal rap A Tribe Called Quest. Though he and the rest of the A Tribe Called Quest crew hail from Queens, Phife Dawg, aka Malik Taylor, lives in the Bay Area now, which might be why he’s so familiar with Damian Lillard’s musical pursuits. In the video below, Phife Dawg is asked which player is currently the best rapper in the NBA, which Dame getting the nod (the segment starts around the 3:30 mark)…

High praise indeed. Complimenting Shaq’s rap skills seems a bit questionable to me, but I’m in no position to challenge Phife Dawg’s authority on the subject.

Phife Dawg joins the likes of Ice Cube and Waka Flocka as rappers who have shown their admiration for DAME DOLLA’s flow. A lot of crossover opportunities in today’s NBA.

You can listen to a number of Lillard’s tracks on his Soundcloud page.

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Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest: 'Damian Lillard Is A Monster'

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
10 months ago

NBA TV’s Sekou Smith and Lang Whitaker kicked off their Hang Time Road Trip yesterday in Oakland, home of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Oak Town tour included a sit down with Phife Dawg of the seminal rap A Tribe Called Quest. Though he and the rest of the A Tribe Called Quest crew hail from Queens, Phife Dawg, aka Malik Taylor, lives in the Bay Area now, which might be why he’s so familiar with Damian Lillard’s musical pursuits. In the video below, Phife Dawg is asked which player is currently the best rapper in the NBA, which Dame getting the nod (the segment starts around the 3:30 mark)…

High praise indeed. Complimenting Shaq’s rap skills seems a bit questionable to me, but I’m in no position to challenge Phife Dawg’s authority on the subject.

Phife Dawg joins the likes of Ice Cube and Waka Flocka as rappers who have shown their admiration for DAME DOLLA’s flow. A lot of crossover opportunities in today’s NBA.

You can listen to a number of Lillard’s tracks on his Soundcloud page.

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