Win against the Pacers, tweeting with Roy Hibbert, not getting caught up in the hot start, being “over-emotional” about the end of last season, Terry Stotts being more trusting, putting off any contract talks until after the season and being the last man standing from the short-lived Roy/Oden/Aldridge era,
Howdy kind listeners. Before we all take some much needed respite before the start of a brutal March schedule, Joe Freeman, he of The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, and I, Casey Holdahl of ForwardCenter.net/TrailBlazers.com, hit the studios at the Moda Center to record an All-Star break edition of the Rip City Report podcast, which you can listen to below…
On this week’s episode we marvel at the Trail Blazers being 27-27, good for seventh in the Western Conference, and how that’s going to cost Freeman some money/beer at some point, the emergence of Maurice Harkless since joining the starting lineup, Portland rising while other teams in their general range struggle, discuss how we’ll be spending our respective All-Star breaks and answer a host of questions pertaining to the upcoming trade deadline, Gerald Henderson’s tenure in Portland, Damian Lillard passing Brandon Roy and a bunch of other stuff that I’ve already since forgotten. As I noted during the show, my brain is already on vacation.
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Greetings audio enthusiasts. Before this wonderful homestand comes to an end Friday morning, Joe Freeman, he of The Oregonian and OregonLive.com, and I, Casey Holdahl of ForwardCenter.net and occasionally TrailBlazers.com, hit the Moda Center studio to record the double nickle edition of the Rip City Report podcast, which you can listen to in any number of ways, including by hitting the play button below…
On this week’s show we discuss Portland’s five-game winning streak and how much longer it might last as the schedule becomes more challenging, ponder Damian Lillard’s All-Star snub, revisit the battle for minutes between Gerald Henderson and Moe Harkless and answer some of your Twitter-submitted questions about Portland’s locker room, whether Terry Stotts will get any buzz for Coach of the Year, the relationship between the players and media and what upcoming road trips we’re most dreading. There’s also some discussion of Joe’s new haircut and how I don’t really care for pudding all that much. You know, the important stuff.
In his first podcast for Adrian Wojnarowski’s new website, The Vertical, Clippers shooting guard JJ Redick is joined by Wizards forward Jared Dudley for a discussion of various topics pertaining to life in the NBA. I’m not sure how much editing they did in post-production, but Redick comes across as an incredibly polished host in the first edition, which adds him to the ever-growing ranks of players setting themselves up for working in sports media when their playing days come to an end.
The topic turns to 2016 All-Star snugs toward the end of the show with Redick going on record that he thinks Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was the most glaring omission while also opining, as others have done recently, that the field should be expanded…
“Everyone said the Blazers would tank this year. They basically lost four starters, Damian Lillard was the lone starter back. He’s sixth in the league in scoring, he’s averaging a little less than 25 points a game and they’re right there for the eight-seed. So Damian Lillard, to me, should have been an All-Star.
“I don’t know, I’m not going to get into who you should have taken off of the 12 guys, but I’m in the camp that believes there should be 15 All-Stars per conference, and I don’t think that’s watered down. When they first made the All-Star Game, ‘Alright, we’re going to have two teams from each conference’ they said ‘We’re going to have 12 guys.’ I don’t even know how many teams there were at that point. Ten teams? Eight teams? It was something like 15 to 20 percent of all NBA players were named All-Stars. We’ve got 30 teams now, there’s 450 guys in the league, we can name 30 All-Stars instead of 24. That sounds pretty logical to me.”
Technically, NBA All-Star Game rosters initially had 10 players per team rather than the current 12, though I think Redick’s point is still apt. And he’s spot on about Lillard, who is the only player in the Top 15 in scoring who did not make the All-Star Game (though CJ McCollum, now tied for 15th in scoring with Kyle Lowry at 20.7 points per game, can now claim that distinction as well).
For his part, Dudley agreed that Lillard was the biggest snub, though he blamed that on Kobe Bryant rather than the size of the roster…
“I will say Damian Lillard would have gone but you have Kobe this year who, his last All-Star (game) so he’s going to take a spot from someone, and as he should. He knows this is his last year so, you know what, I could see that. But I believe winning matters, so if you’re going to take someone out, maybe you’ve got to take out Anthony Davis, maybe you’ve got to take out some of these guys that aren’t in the playoffs even though he is an All-Star.”
Now before you point out that he didn’t pick his own teammate, center DeAndre Jordan, as the biggest snub, know that Redick goes on to state that he would he didn’t want to “homer it” by picking someone from the Clippers. Smart move.