Trail Blazers Talks Technical Fouls

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson was awarded a second technical foul and subsequently ejected for starring down Heat guard Dwyane Wade during a nationally televised game between Indiana and Miami last Wednesday. The ejection was a topic of conversation, though probably not as much as it would have been if the Pacers hadn’t pulled out a one-point victory, so I figured it was a good time to ask the Trail Blazers to recount their most memorable technical fouls. Some recounted instances of technical fouls they didn’t think they deserved or that were particularly noteworthy, while others admitted that they deserved all the technicals they had been awarded in their careers.

Here’s what they had to say …

Minnesota Timberwolves v Portland Trail Blazers

“Usually when I get one, I deserve it. They give me leeway because I don’t talk as much. I can talk a bit, but usually when I get it, I deserve it. Like, I tried to get it. When I get it, I deserve it.” — LaMarcus Aldridge

Charlotte Bobcats v Portland Trail Blazers

“It was supposed to be a tech. When I was in high school I made a game-winning shot with about maybe a half a second left on the clock to take the lead and I took my jersey off. Took my jersey off, got a tech, they

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shot free throws and beat us in the game. I was like, ‘Y’all gonna let the game be decided on that?’ That happened.” — Damian Lillard

Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

“In high school, hanging on the rim. I didn’t really even hand on the rim, there was someone underneath me. I don’t know, that was probably the worst one I could think of off the top of my head … My last one I got was pretty quick. I think it was Atlanta? I didn’t even want to get a tech, that was just emotion. I think he kind of snapped pretty quickly on that one. I didn’t even curse.” — Wesley Matthews

Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers

“I don’t know, I have a lot of technicals that I feel are very warranted. I’ve deserved the majority of my technicals. I can be a pill sometimes. I had that hard foul on Blake Griffin a few years back. I bumped a ref once. There’s a couple of things that I’ve done that are rather unsavory, a little seedy.” — Robin Lopez

Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

“It took me my first six years in the league to get a technical and I only have three. All of them I deserve. Probably didn’t get the right call or something, probably getting on the refs, making certain hand gestures and stuff like that. Nothing too crazy, just me upset with a play. I don’t do techincals because the game could go either way depending on when it is in the game. But there’s never been a technical that decided a game. I’d never put myself or my team in that position.” — Dorell Wright

Philadelphia 76ers v Portland Trail Blazers

“This year when the ref game me that foul. Who were we playing against? You remember that game we got crunk? I think it was the game T-Rob got the block and I got the dunk (versus the Timberwolves on Feb. 23). I ain’t even do nothing! He gave me a tech doing like this (makes international “What did I do?” gesture) putting my hands up.” — Will Barton

Minnesota Timberwolves v Portland Trail Blazers

“In Spain my last season there. Nothing special. I throw the ball to a player on the other team. I was on the floor, he throw the ball to me and I throw the ball to him. It was stupid.” — Victor Claver

Portland Trailblazers v New Orleans Pelicans

“I’ve gotten like three technicals in my career, two for dunking and hanging on the rim. I think it was my sophomore year, we got it on a fastbreak and he dropped it off to me and I dunked on a dude and just hung on the rim. Just swinging on the rim. And I got another one because a guy fouled me and I pushed him. I don’t really get technicals. If I dunk it, I’m going to hang. And on the second one I didn’t like how the guy touched me, so I pushed him, let him know I wasn’t having it.” — CJ McCollum

Portland Trailblazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

“I got ejected in summer league (as a coach) (by) Bennie Adams. I was in Seattle. This was way back, I was a young pup. And then the other technical that I’m reminded of was when I was playing in France. I was on the lane line there (points to key) and he had just called a foul on me and he was over here (points to sideline). So I was like this (stands hunched over with hands on knees) and I was looking like, I see you. Cause he was starring at me and I said ‘I see you. I see you.’ So he gave me a tech because he was reading my lips — he doesn’t speak English — and he thought I was swearing at him. A French guy is reading lips in English from across the court, and that got me a technical.” — Terry Stotts

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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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