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

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
8 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
8 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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Four Blazers On NBA.com's Fantasy Basketball Big Board

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
8 months ago

With the NBA season rapidly approaching, some of you are probably doing preliminary research for your fantasy basketball drafts. While not as popular as fantasy football, fantasy basketball is arguably more fun and definitely more challenging, as you have to be on top of your lineups every day, not just a couple of times a week. And if you’re like me, your fantasy football teams are basically already out of the running for the championship anyway (thanks a lot DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch), so you might as well turn your attention to fantasy hoops.

Which the folks at NBA.com have already done, for fairly obvious reasons. The league website recently posted their Top 150 fantasy players for this season, with four Trail Blazers making the list.

As you would expect, point guard Damian Lillard is the highest ranked Trail Blazer, coming in at No. 9 on the Top 150…

Here is Portland’s starting five from last year – Aldridge (gone), Matthews (gone), Batum (gone), Lopez (gone) and Lillard. As the Blazers work to gel as a squad, Dame (21 pts, 6 ast) will be the one they lean on most.

The assumption is that Lillard, between being the only returning starter and head and shoulders the best player on the roster, will put up impressive numbers this season even if the Trail Blazers find wins hard to come by, which seems like a pretty safe bet to me. Between points, assists, free throws, three-pointers and the fact that he’s yet to miss a game in his professional career, Lillard easily qualifies as a go-to fantasy guard.

What’s more, Jon Hartzell of NBA.com ranks Lillard as the fourth-best fantasy guard, be it point or shooting…

Lillard is the only returning starter for the reigning Northwest Division champs as the loss of LaMarcus Aldridge sparked a complete rebuild. Lillard has so far embraced a mentor role for the young Blazers and will be their main offensive weapon for the first time in his career. Expect big numbers across the board as the ball will seldom leave the fourth-year guard’s hands.

Hartzell has Lillard ahead of John Wall at No. 5 and behind Chris Paul at No. 3. He’s also one spot ahead of Wall in the overall rankings, and sits behind Kings center DeMarcus Cousins at No. 8.

You have to go a ways down the list (79 spots to be exact) before finding the next Blazer on the Top 150, which is shooting guard CJ McCollum, who comes in at No. 88…

With Wes Matthews and Arron Afflalo gone, CJ McCollum will get his chance to prove himself on a rebuilding Portland roster. McCollum certainly showed flashes when given the chance, averaging 25.7 pts in the final three Playoff games last season.

I’m guessing McCollum is going to be a popular fantasy sleeper pick, if you can call him that, thanks to both the reasons listed above. He’ll also qualify for both guard positions, seeing as how he’s Portland’s first backup point guard option on the roster, which should help his assist totals as well. McCollum is ranked behind Minnesota center Gorgui Dieng at No. 87 and ahead of Brooklyn forward Thaddeus Young at No. 89.

I was a bit surprised to see power forward/center Ed Davis as the next Trail Blazer on the Top 150. But he is coming off a career year and is a rebounding machine, so coming in at No. 127 makes some sense…

Career highs in rpg and FG% for Easy Eddie last season in LA. Has a great opportunity to build on that success in Rip City.

“Easy Eddie” eh? I could see that. Davis is ranked behind Cavs center Timofey Mozgov, who I once saw driving an orange Nissan Cube, at No. 126 and ahead of Boston forward Jae Crowder at No. 128.

Meyers Leonard is the last Blazer to make the cut, just squeezing into the Top 150 at No. 148…

It’s anyone’s bet who will emerge in Portland’s front court now that LMA and RoLo have departed. Meyers has tenure and upside playing in his favor.

Not to take anything away from Davis, Mason Plumlee or Noah Vonleh, but if anyone is going to “emerge in Portland’s front court” this season, it’s going to be Meyers. Just as I was a bit taken aback to see Davis so high, I’m a bit surprised to see Leonard so low considering he’s a pretty good bet to average a near double-double and is going to shoot a gang of threes. I would imagine Portland’s big man rotation is going to be robust, but I still think Leonard is going to get the best opportunity to put up numbers. Leonard is directly behind L.A.’s Lance Stephenson at No. 147 and ahead of Phoenix’s PJ Tucker at No. 149.

As for guys who didn’t make the list, I suppose you can’t expect much coming off a horrendous season, but I think Moe Harkless is going to do be a nice fantasy option in what I figure will be a bounceback season in Portland. And it’s still a bit early to start touting Vonleh as a fantasy sleeper, but if he’s able to sustain anything close to what he’s shown at summer league and in Portland’s first preseason game, he’s worth a look.

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