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Blazer's Edge: for Portland Trail Blazers fans

English, Basketball, 1 season, 452 episodes, 3 days, 4 hours, 7 minutes
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The official home for audio programming from Blazer's Edge, SB Nation's community for fans of the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Trail Daddy Episode 06: Dave Remembers Bill Walton

Today Dave takes time to remember Bill Walton through his unique contribution to the Trail Blazers and their fan base. Hear how Dollar Bill established a relationship that nobody else could, or has, between Portland fans and NBA basketball. Intro music was written and recorded by Kyle Gilmer of Residual Audio Podcast edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer Logo by William P. Gilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/202430 minutes, 28 seconds
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Trail Daddy Episode 05: The History of Blazers Coaches and Where Does Billups Stand?

Dave Deckard does what he does best, taking you on a tour of Portland Trail Blazers head coaches and their tenures, asking what the history of the franchise can teach us about Chauncey Billups, his prospects, and his tenure today. Intro music was written and recorded by Kyle Gilmer of Residual Audio Podcast edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer Logo by William P. Gilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 54 seconds
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Trail Daddy Episode 04: Dame Lillard - New Team, Same Results

Damian Lillard and the Milwaukee Bucks got eliminated from the 2024 NBA Playoffs. Dave puts the loss, and Lillard's career, in perspective. Does this diminish, or change, anything? Who is Damian Lillard, really? And how should he be interpreted in Trail Blazers lore? Intro music was written and recorded by Kyle Gilmer of Residual Audio Podcast edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer Logo by William P. Gilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202430 minutes, 29 seconds
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Trail Daddy Episode 02: Five Questions Dogging the Blazers

In the inaugural episode of a new Blazer's Edge Podcast, Dave Deckard looks at 5 questions dogging the Trail Blazers right now and whether the team has made any progress towards answering them. In the midst of a frustrating season, let's take stock of the franchise and see where they need to go from here.
3/31/202433 minutes, 4 seconds
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Trail Daddy Episode 01: Dave is Back!

Dave Deckard returns to podcasting with Trail Daddy, your weekly show covering the Portland Trail Blazers. In this inaugural episode, Dave addresses a half-dozen misconceptions surrounding the Blazers during this rough season and opens up hope for the path ahead. Don't miss it!
2/24/202442 minutes, 22 seconds
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Blazers Edge Podcast w/Danny Marang

In this special Damian Lillard edition of the Blazer's Edge Podcast, Dave Deckard welcomes old podcast partner Danny Marang as the two discuss all things Damian Lillard, from his history and significance to the Trail Blazers to the (maybe necessary) acrimony surrounding his departure to the fruits of the deal that sent him to Milwaukee. Don't miss this XL tribute to Dame and the Blazers! Podcast edited by Kyle Gilmer ⁠https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer⁠
10/7/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 32: Special Edition: Damian Lillard Trade Request

Damian Lillard has finally requested a trade. On this special edition of Blazer's Edge's podcast, veteran writer and draft guru Steve Dewald joins Dave Deckard to talk about the Dame timeline, potential trade returns, and the future with Portland's young players.
7/1/202337 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 31: Dave and Marlow

The Portland Trail Blazers are one week closer to the NBA Draft, but are they any closer to resolving their swampy, neither-fish-nor-foul position? Damian Lillard names teams he'd like to be traded to. Scoot Henderson affirms that he's all that and a bag of chips. What's the path forward? That, plus NBA finals, Jerami Grant talk, Chris Paul a free agent, and more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer ⁠https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer⁠ ⁠[email protected]
6/10/202353 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 30: Dave and Marlow

The NBA coaching carousel continues to turn. How do we feel about Detroit, Phoenix, and Philly picking up NBA Finals coaches while the Blazers stand pat? Plus more talk about trading down in the draft, center help, and whether a Scoot-Shaedon backcourt would work for the Blazers. Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer ⁠https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer⁠ ⁠[email protected]
6/3/202352 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 29: Dave and Marlow

The Nuggets beat the Lakers and the Celtics are still holding on versus the Heat. What lessons can the Blazers learn from the ongoing playoffs? Plus more Dame trade talk, the sly move with Pick 3 that's not being discussed much, a critique of ring culture, the Blazers' salary cap, and more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer ⁠https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer⁠ ⁠[email protected]
5/27/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 28: Dave and Marlow

Dave flies solo this week, reacting to the Blazers getting the third pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, talking about its relative value, and addressing the eternal question: is it OK to talk about Dame being traded? Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer ⁠https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer⁠ ⁠[email protected]
5/20/20231 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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Episode 27: Dave and Marlow

The NBA Draft Lottery will soon dominate the attention of Trail Blazers fans, but before we get there, Dave and Marlow break down playoffs series, ask who would be the best forward acquisition for Portland this summer, debate the merits of DeAndre Ayton, and much more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected]
5/12/202359 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 26: Dave and Marlow

The second round of the NBA Playoffs marches onward! Dave and Marlow examine every series, extracting bits of analysis and wisdom that might apply to the Trail Blazers, their future, and their off-season plans. They also discuss firing championship coaches, the trade value of Anfernee Simons, and more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected]
5/6/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 25: Dave and Marlow

The first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs is well underway! Dave and Marlow look at each series on its own merits, then asking which players on the various teams would look best in a Trail Blazers uniform. Would YOU take Draymond Green or Rudy Gobert? Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected]
4/22/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 24: Dave and Marlow

Damian Lillard chatter! The Play-In Tournament yields new trade targets! Which players would solve problems for Portland and which, based on age, salary, skill, or temperament, might create new ones? Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected]
4/15/202343 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 23: Dave and Marlow

The Trail Blazers season has come to an end, but there's plenty to think about as we ponder the state of the team. We look back at a bright spot in the final weeks and share what it can teach the Blazers about the summer ahead. We also discuss lottery odds, Shaedon Sharpe and Anfernee Simons, the salary cap situation heading into July, and plenty more about the big-picture implications of the year! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected]
4/10/202348 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 22: Dave and Marlow

What is the state of the Trail Blazers at the end of March, 2023? Do we know anything more about this team than we did at the start of the year? Does Shaedon Sharpe's late-season excellence bring any hope? How about the rest of the bench? And what key moves will determine the summer for Portland? Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected]
4/1/202350 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 21: Dave and Marlow

Damian Lillard conspiracy theories! Frontcourt players contributing! Debates over the importance of a championship and a bold prediction from Dave about the week ahead. All of this and more from Dave and Marlow this week! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected]
3/25/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 19: Dave and Marlow

Can the Blazers make a playoff run? Why isn't Nassir Little getting more minutes? Is Damian Lillard the best Blazer ever? Could Portland be percolating a big trade this summer? This and more on Dave and Marlow, Episode 19! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/13/20231 hour, 47 seconds
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Episode 18: Dave and Marlow

Dave and Marlow return after a long All-Star Break to discuss Damian Lillard's three-point trophy, what's wrong with the mid-season classic, what's right and wrong with the Blazers, the promise of Nassir Little, the struggles of Shaedon Sharpe, and more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/25/20231 hour, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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Episode 17: Dave and Marlow

The Trade Deadline has come and gone. The Trail Blazers hoped to put on a good show but ended up sitting on a whoopee cushion instead. Dave and Marlow sort it out for you. How did Portland get better and/or worse, and what does this mean for the season? Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/11/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 16: Dave and Marlow

Jusuf Nurkic injuries! Damian Lillard an All-Star again! Jarred Vanderbilt trade rumors and Jerami Grant contract negotiations! Dave and Marlow cover all of that in-depth, plus games, All-Star revisions, and more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/4/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 15: Dave and Marlow

With the trade deadline two weeks away, Dave and Marlow discuss who could be on the move, who might be coming back and propose the grossest trade ever (that actually makes some sense) for the Trail Blazers. Plus, should we be encouraged by Portland's recent wins? And how great is Damian Lillard anyway? Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/28/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 14: Dave and Marlow

The magic of Damian Lillard is on full display in Episode 14 of Dave and Marlow, but so is the desperate way the Blazers have been needing him. Plenty of Lillard talk, plus bench, trades, Anfernee Simons, and the critical nature of the next two weeks for Portland! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/21/20231 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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Episode 13: Dave and Marlow

What's right and wrong with the Blazers at the midpoint of the season? What are the root causes? Which will ease with time and which need to be addressed, and how are the Blazers likely to line up for the NBA trade deadline? All this and more in this week's Dave and Marlow! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/14/202345 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 12: Dave and Marlow

Dave and Marlow discuss the return of Gary Payton II, the primacy of Damian Lillard (and whether that's good), the relative roles of Anfernee Simons and Josh Hart, and much more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/7/202356 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 11: Dave and Marlow

This week Dave Deckard and Marlow Ferguson, Jr. take on the two most controversial players on Portland's roster: Gary Payton II and Anfernee Simons. You're not going to want to miss what they say about this duo! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/31/202257 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 10: Dave and Marlow w/Adrian Bernecich

Join Dave Deckard and special guest Adrian Bernecich from down under as we talk about Portland's 1-3 week, what weaknesses are starting to show up, key points entering the NBA trade season, and much more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/24/202242 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 09: Dave and Marlow

Nobody gets more out of Blazers games than Dave Deckard and Marlow Ferguson. A 3-1 week provides fertile ground for a super-sized Dave and Marlow, full of insight about Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Portland's bench, hidden qualities of the team, and more! Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/17/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 08: Dave and Marlow

Damian Lillard is back, and so are Portland's winning ways. Dave Deckard and Marlow Ferguson look at the hits, misses, and wishes as Portland rounds the quarter pole of the season. Podcast Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/202239 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 06: Dave and Marlow

All the Blazers do is win, win, win! Well, give or take a Dallas game. Dave and Marlow cover the week that was, including a fun victory in New Orleans, plus talk about Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, Anfernee Simons, Dame Lillard's passing, Shaedon Sharpe's scoring, and more! Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/18/202256 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 05: Dave and Marlow

In a 3-1 week spurred by complete team efforts, Dave and Marlow have something to say about EVERY member of the Blazers roster, plus they tackle the reasons behind that pesky turnover problem. What's causing this? Will it get better? Edited by Kyle Gilmer https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/202256 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 04: Dave and Marlow

Two games for the Trail Blazers this week revealed a lot about the roster, particularly in the absence of Damian Lillard. Hear what Dave and Marlow think of Anfernee Simons stepping in to captain the ship, Jusuf Nurkic improving, and more! Podcast edited by Kyle Gilmer at Residual Audio https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/4/202230 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 02: Dave and Marlow

Dave Deckard and Marlow Ferguson have a wheelbarrow full of observations about the Blazers' first game of the season! Individual performances, team schemes, and predictions for the future...this podcast has it all! Podcast edited by Kyle Gilmer at Residual Audio https://linktr.ee/kylegilmer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/21/202240 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 01: Introducing Dave and Marlow

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10/15/202246 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 99: Dia says goodbye

October 6, 2022 It's the beginning of the Trail Blazers' pre-season games, but with this being Dia's last episode of the podcast, it's also the end of an era. Dave and Dia start the episode with a summary of the first pre-season game and. a break down of individual players and what they anticipate the team will look like this season. The two co-hosts finish out the episode with a farewell from Dia, as she makes the announcement that she'll no longer be on the podcast. There's reminiscing, kind words, encouragement and some tears. Dave discusses what the future will hold, and Dia says her goodbyes. You won't want to miss this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/6/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 98: Blazers Media Day

September 29, 2022 After a long summer of scraping the barrel for headlines and talking points, the Portland Trail Blazers are back with media day, and all the interviews. Everyone is talking-- the front office leadership, coach, and players are all weighing in. Dave and Dia break it all down. Plus, they touch briefly on the Ime Udoka controversy. All of this and more on this week's episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/29/202249 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 97: The Saga continues, and so does summer

September 22, 2020 The Robert Sarver saga continues and Dave and Dia have a lot to say about It, and all the deeper issues surrounding It. The Blazers add a big WNBA name to the franchise, Gary Payton Jr recovers from an injury and there's more discussion about remote broadcasting. All of this and more on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/23/202258 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 96: The Robert Sarver Saga

On this week's podcast, Dave & Dia are back together and discussing a big issue that's currently happening in the NBA - the year long suspension of Sun's owner Robert Sarver. The two also discuss Damian Lillard and Jermaine O'Neal's upcoming TV show, the trend towards players controlling their own narrative, and more Blazers related headlines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/17/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 95: Guest Host Adam Drexler

September 8, 2022 Dave is away this week, so Dia is joined by guest host, Adam Drexler. Yes, that Drexler. Adam is the son of Blazers great, Clyde Drexler, but he is also a professional basketball player himself. AND a Trail Blazers fan. Dia and Adam discuss all the current Blazers news including past Blazers working out for the Warriors, more training camp news, and Jusif Nurkic dominating for FIBA. The two also discuss some league wide news. Adam dishes on what it's like to grow up as Clyde Drexler's son, and what he thinks this season will look like for the Trail Blazers. All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/8/202259 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 94: Roses and PDX carpet jerseys

September 1, 2022 Summer treads on, but with a surprising amount of Blazers news to discuss. Dia is back this week with Dave, and the two are talking all about the most recent headlines-- Jusuf Nurkic dominating for FIBA, an open roster spot, training camp, and the newest jerseys. Plus the two break down top NBA headlines on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/1/202256 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 93: Guest Host Henry Abbott

On this week's episode, Dia is away and Dave is joined by guest host Henry Abbott! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/26/20221 hour, 1 minute, 5 seconds
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Episode 92: Dave and Dia discuss fandom

August 18, 2022 The off season is extra slow, with very little going on in Rip City. Dave and Dia discuss a couple quick Trail Blazers headlines and then turn to their own fandoms. How did Dave and Dia become the Blazers fans they are today? What are their early memories of their favorite team? After 91 episodes, get to know your hosts just a little more this week on the show. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/19/202243 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 91: Damian Lillard and the City of Portland

August 11, 2022 The off season presses on and so do Dave and Dia as they continue to discuss Blazers related headlines... and a few headlines they're grateful AREN'T Blazers related. Damian Lillard holds his formula zero camp and gives a strong message to the new generation of players and the hosts break It down. They also discuss Justise Winslow, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant's ongoing situation and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/11/202249 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 90: Training Camp Signings and Free Agency news

August 4, 2022 The Portland Trail Blazers are not far away from training camp, and the announcements of signings are rolling in. Dave and Dia discuss the players the team has signed for training camp, and where the Blazers roster currently sits. The two also discuss a couple of past Trail Blazers who are making headlines, and of course, say goodbye to NBA legend, Bill Russell. All of this and more this week on the podcast. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/4/202248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 88: "Rotting" in Portland

July 28, 2022 Dave and Dia are back again for another week of Blazers talk. It's deep into the off season and things are mostly still and calm, but that doesn't mean people aren't still questioning Damian Lillard's loyalty. The hosts dive into JR Smith's comments, as well as Kevin Durant still not having a team, Nicholas Batum wishing for another shot with a particular Blazers roster and the odds for the upcoming season. All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/28/202246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 87: WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

July 21, 2022 The Trail Blazers win the summer league championship, and one host (we won't tell you who) is over the moon and planning the parade. The duo discuss Trendon Watford and his Final game MVP, Jabari Walker and his potential, and our beloved Amara Baptist announcing her exit from the franchise. All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/22/202238 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 86: Damian Lillard's extension

July 14,2022 Dia is joined by guest host Josh Rodriguez on this week's episode. The two discuss Summer league as the team is 3 games in (and two wins!!!). The young guys are looking promising and the season should be exciting. They also break down the article in the NY Post about Jody Allen and the scandals surrounding the team. And in the biggest news, Dame signs a max extension and stays with the team! All of this and more on this week's episode! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/14/202254 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 85: The Current Roster

July 7, 2022 The Portland Trail Blazers are making moves this off season, which is a nice change from the not so distant past where moves didn't move the needle much. Dave and Dia discuss the off season moves, including the re-signing of Jusuf Nurkic and Anfernee Simons, and the acquiring of Gary Payton II. The duo also talk about Shaedon Sharpe as he starts to create a buzz going into summer league. Also, Blazers' owner, Jody Allen, makes a statement about the team being sold (or, not sold) and more on this week's episode! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/7/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 84: Guest Host Chris Haynes

June 29, 2022 Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes joins Dia on this week's episode to discuss all things Trail Blazers. Dia asks Chris all the hard questions-- Is Kevin Durant coming to Portland? Will Anfernee Simons and Jusuf Nurkic stay with the team? Is OG Anunoby still an option? Who will the Blazers go after in Free Agency? All of this plus some insight on what it's like to be a news breaker covering the NBA and living the dream on this week's episode of Dave and Dia (minus Dave). Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/29/202259 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 83: The Draft is here!

June 22, 2022 It's Draft Day! Which is basically Christmas in June for these two podcasters and basketball fans everywhere! More rumors surround the Blazers first. round pick, but this time they're. about who might be drafted. Dave and Dia break It down. The two also discuss the tragic news surrounding Caleb Swanigan, Terry Stotts coaching opportunities, summer league, and of course, Damian Lillard. You won't want to miss this one! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/23/202240 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 82: Rumors heating up, and media stepping away

June 16, 2022 The off season trade rumors are beginning to sort themselves out and the Trail Blazers have been repeatedly linked to Atlanta Hawks' John Collins. Dave and Dia break down the possibilities. The duo also discuss media and how it's changed over the years and how that impacts those covering the team currently. All of this and more on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/16/202246 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 81: Trade rumors and Lottery Picks

June 9, 2022 The rumors are bigger than ever with the draft quickly approaching. Dave and Dia break down possible trades for some big name players (Obi Toppin, Bradley Beal, Miles Bridges and John Collins). The two also discuss what the team could possibly do with the pick if they choose to keep it. Also on the podcast is Rasheed Wallace to the Lakers, an offer for the team is denied, and CJ McCollum as a media member. It's a full episode this week with all of these things and a few more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/9/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 80: Future Trail Blazer OG Anunoby

June 2, 2022 The rumors continue to swirl as the Trail Blazers inch closer to the draft. This week's biggest rumor involves Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby. Dave and Dia break down the possibilities. The duo also discusses the hiring of Mike Schmitz and the possible ownership change. All of this and more on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/2/202234 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 79: Guest hosts Danny Marang and Steve Dewald

May 26, 2022 On this week's episode of Dave and Dia, Dave is joined by special guests, Blazers Edge's own Danny Marang (Jacked Ramsays) and Steve Dewald. (Church of Roy) The three talk about how the Trail Blazers will use the 7th pick, trade rumors, and if/when the team will be sold. All of this and more on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/26/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 78: The Lottery Pick

May 19, 2022 The Lottery Pick is in! Dave and Dia react to the Blazer's spot, and Damian Lillard's reaction. Speaking of Damian Lillard, the duo discuss the last installment of "Keep or Yeet" and Dia tries to explain her reasoning for keeping half the team, even if she doesn't want to "run It back". And then there's the trade rumors--will Deandre Ayton be suiting up in a Blazers jersey next season? All of this, plus Dia's story of meeting Carmelo Anthony and even more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/20/202259 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 77: Off Season Rumors

May 12, 2022 The playoffs aren't even over and the off season rumors are flying. Is Zach LaVine going to suit up for the Trail Blazers next season? Is Terry Stotts going to coach the Lakers? Dave and Dia give their opinions. Plus, The team names a General Manager, Damian Lillard does good things, Nassir Little has surgery and the playoffs are causing quite a stir. All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/13/20221 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds
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Episode 76: What direction should the Blazers go moving forward?

May 4, 2022 The Trail Blazers remain in the off season and talks of what to do now are in full swing. Dave and Dia discuss a few more players and wether or not they should stay, and should the team bring back LaMarcus Aldridge? Plus the big question-- Which direction do the Blazers go from here? Also Dave has some strong opinions on the developing lawsuit against the team and Jusuf Nurkic. All of this and more on this week's podcast. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/4/202255 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 75: Next Season's Roster

April 28, 2022 It's the end of he season, and Dia's least favorite game is back--keep or yeet. Dave and Dia break down the team's current roster and who should stay and who and should go. The two also discuss the playoffs thus far and a few more other fun things going on in this week's episode! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/28/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 74: The playoffs begin.. and so does the off season

April 21, 2022 The Playoffs have begun, and for the first time in 9 years, the Trail Blazers are not in It. Which means that the off season has begun, and so has speculation of where we go from here. Dave and Dia break down what the existing contracts look like, and what options the team has going forward. The duo also discusses their picks for the playoffs, plus lots more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/21/202253 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 73: A look back on the season

April 14, 2022 The roller coaster of a season has ended and Dave and Dia are breaking down the players we saw come and go.... all 27 of them. The duo review the season and all it's parts and players in this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/14/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 72: CJ McCollum returns, Blazers Edge night, and Lebron to the Blazers?

April 7, 2022 The Trail Blazer season comes to a close and so does the tank. It's been a season like no other, but as the team finishes out their last few games, Dave and Dia still have a lot to be happy about. Blazers Edge night was a success and both hosts recount their personal experiences of the night. CJ McCollum returns to the Moda center for the first time, and it's emotional. Plus, is LeBron James to the Trail Blazers to play alongside Damian Lillard an actual possibility? All of this and more on this week's episode! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/8/202241 minutes
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Episode 71: Nurk and the iPhone

March 24, 2022 It's another wild week in Rip City and we have Jusuf Nurkic tossing a pesky fan's phone, Damian Lillard getting benched for the remainder of the season, some losses, a win, and Future Blazers' legend Jerami Grant. All of this and even more to discuss on this episode of Dave and Dia. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/24/202259 minutes, 58 seconds
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Epiode 70: Rip City!

March 18, 2022 The Portland Trail Blazers get a win and an almost win this week, and that feels like something to talk about! In the midst of massive injuries, there are new faces on the team-- and one is pretty familiar to Dia. The duo talk about the exciting young talent, the ceiling of Trendon Watford and Josh Hart. Because at this point, what would a Blazers podcast be without Josh Hart? All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/18/202254 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 69: The Tank

March 10, 2022 The Trail Blazers are 0 for 2 this week, but we expected a much as the team seems to be committed to tanking the rest of the season for a draft pick. Dave and Dia discuss this as well as the good things in the midst of it-- who do we think is the most promising young talent? Will Anfernee Simons win Most Improved Player? Lots to talk about this week for the duo as they explore these questions and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/11/202248 minutes, 54 seconds
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Dave & Dia Daily: March 8 2022

March 8, 2022 In a new, shorter version of the podcast, Dave and Dia come to you with talks of Russell Westbrook and the fans and media. Should there be more boundaries and limitations as to what can be said about players? How far is too far? Is Russell Westbrook making legitimate points? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/9/202212 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 68: The Great Damian Lillard Debate

The Portland Trail Blazers have had quite the first half of their season, with change after change being thrust upon Rip City. With these changes comes speculation by the National news media-- Where does Damian Lillard's future as a Trail Blazer stand? Dave wrote an article about this very topic for Blazers Edge last week and it caused quite a stir. So much of a stir that Dia was caught in the crossfire. After waiting not so patiently, Dia finally gets a chance to respond to Dave's article. All of this and more on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/3/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 67: Dave and Dia Q&A

February 24, 2022 It's the All Star Break but Dave and Dia aren't stopping with the Podcasts! The duo answers fan submitted questions and also discusses the All Star game. There is a lot to say about both on this week's episode! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/24/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 66: The Happiest Podcast Ever

February 17, 2022 The Portland Trail Blazers have done something no one was expecting-- after trading away 3 starters and several other key players for a roster that didn't appear to make much since, the Blazers are on a roll and won all of their games this week. The Lakers, the Knicks and the Bucks all fell to the new underestimated Trail Blazers roster. Dave and Dia have a lot to talk about, and this might be the happiest podcast ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/17/202259 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 65: The End of an Era

February 12, 2022 The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Trail Blazers made big moves. Were they good? Were they beneficial? Do they make any sense at all? Dave and Dia have the breakdown of what went down, where he team currently stands and what comes next. Also, an emotional interview with Gary Trent Jr's father, and of course, a big win against the Lakers. All of this and more on this weeks episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/13/202253 minutes, 14 seconds
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Dave and Dia Daily: February 9, 2022

February 9, 2022 In a new, shorter version of the podcast, Dave and Dia come to you with news of the CJ McCollum trade to the New Orleans Pelicans. Was it a good move? What does this mean going forward? Join the duo to hear their reaction and feelings about the trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/9/202210 minutes, 57 seconds
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Dave & Dia Daily: February 4, 2022

February 4, 2022 Dave and Dia come to you in short form today talking about what seems to be a controversial trade of Norman Powell and Robert Covington to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Bledsoe, Justice Winslow, Keon Johnson and a 2025 second round pick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/4/20229 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 64: Trade predictions, Injuries and a win!

February 3, 2022 The Trail Blazers continue to struggle, but is Dia on board with tanking yet? She and Dave discuss where the Blazers currently stand and where we go from here. The duo talk All Star selection and make a bet as to wether or not Dame will be named to the All Star team. Will Dia finally have to eat sushi? The Kings have pulled out of the Ben Simmons trade talks, leaving him still available, Anfernee Simons and CJ McCollum pick up the slack, and Nassir Little faces an unfortunate injury. All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/4/202252 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 63: Dame has surgery, CJ has a baby, and the Blazers win more than lose

January 19, 2022 The Portland Trail Blazers spent their week winning games, and Dave and Dia are pretty happy about it! Despite Damian Lillard having surgery and sitting out, and CJ McCollum having a baby and also sitting out, the Blazers are picking up wins, one at a time. Anfernee Simons is the shining star of the week, but the duo also discuss other players who have made an impact. Lots to talk about this week on the Dave & Dia Podcast. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/20/202247 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 62: Winning and Losing, fighting a Herro, and Dame's injury update

January 1, 2021 It's been a full week of Trail Blazers news and Dave and Dia are on it! The duo talk about the losses and the wins, Anfernee Simons new star status, Just Nurkic versus Tyler Herro, Nassir Little versus Kyrie Irving, the status of the players and of course, Damian Lillard. The duo also explain the upcoming Blazers Edge night and how you can be a part of sending kids to a game! All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/13/202246 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 61: Shutting down Dame, Anfernee Simons goes off, and Nurkic makes a difference

January 6, 2021 Another week of the season is down, and the Blazers struggle in their first two games but pull off a beautiful win against the Hawks, even with Damian Lillard out. Anfernee Simons is breaking records and Nassir Little is shining. Dave and Dia discuss Jusif Nurkic being a difference maker, once again, The duo have a lot to unpack about basketball this week, with all of this and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/6/202259 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 60: Covid (again), the G-League and some Holiday Cheer

December 29, 2021 Dave and Dia are back and recovering from Christmas. The two discuss the covid epidemic currently taking over the NBA, and how it's affecting the Blazers (and the league). The G-League call ups are a point of passion for Dia, and Dave talks Christmas movies, because frankly, we could all use a little Christmas cheer. All of this plus which previous Blazers would we call up to the current team, and more on this episode! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/29/202156 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 59: Covid in the NBA, Dame comes for the media, and the Blazers are still fighting

December 23, 2021 It's almost Christmas and the Trail Blazers aren't giving up this season. Dave and Did break down the 4 games from the last week (2 wins and 2 losses). They talk about how covid is affecting the NBA (although thankfully not the Trail Blazers so far), and where the Trail Blazers are currently at. Lots of talk about Damian Lillard-- his comments to the media, his never give up attitude, and his seeming comeback after getting a cortisone shot for his injury. All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/23/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 58: Dame returns, Cronin impresses, and trade rumors fly

December 16, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers continue to struggle through their season with 4 more losses this week. Injuries are still at the forefront of what their facing, but Damian Lillard returns after a couple of weeks off. Joe Cronin seems to be holding it down in the interim and all the trade rumors are flying as the deadline approaches. Dave and Dia discuss all of this and more this week on the show. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/16/202157 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 57: Injuries, Struggles, and a New Era of Hope

December 10, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers struggled through their week with losses and injuries. But the franchise fired GM, Neil Olshey, and replaced him with an interim that appears to actually be a good guy. Meanwhile the internet is swirling with rumors and speculation, while Damian Lillard continues to try to convince the world that he wants to be in Portland. Dave and Dia cover all of this plus the search for a new GM, Billups coaching and all the headlines, plus more Trail Blazers related news on this episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/202154 minutes
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Special Episode: Neil Olshey has been fired

December 3, 2021 In a special episode of Dave & Dia, recorded shortly after the Portland Trail Blazers official announcement of the firing of General Manager and President of Basketball Operations, Neil Olshey due to violations of the Portland Trail Blazers' code of conduct, Dave and Dia discuss the news, the history of Olshey as a GM, what this means for the future of the team, and especially for Damian Lillard. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/3/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 55: A Win, a Fine, and a Soft Mask Toss

December 2, 2021 It's been a difficult week for the Portland Trail Blazers with three tough road losses, two frustrating injuries, and a mask thrown at the referees **Sung in the tune of 12 days of Christmas** Dave and Dia break down the games, discuss the impact these injuries may have going forward, and lament on how Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum are playing. They also dive into the frustration that many Blazers fans may be feeling at this point in the season. All of this and more this week on the show. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/3/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 54: Blazers win them all, Dame is back, and Neil is a problem

November 24, 2021 It's a week of wins! The Trail Blazers win every game this week and Dia is thrilled to bring back the unicorns--at least for a minute. Damian Lillard wins player of the week for the Western Conference, Lebron gets suspended, Larry Nance Jr and Jusuf Nurkic are making everyone talk and Greg Brown makes a killer dunk. Dave and Dia talk about all of this--as well as the ongoing investigation into Neil Olshey and why he's problematic--and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/24/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 53: The President Steps Down, Dame Deals with Injury and Line Up Mash Ups

November 17, 2021 It's a new week and a new podcast, but the same record the team seems to have each week-- two wins and two losses. Dave and Did discuss the ongoing ups and downs of the team, the road games versus home games, the current adversity the team is facing, Damian Lillard's injury, the president stepping down and Neil Olshey. But in true Dave and Dia fashion, there's also some fun! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/17/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 52: One Year of Podcasts, a Roller Coaster ride and Neil Olshey

November 11, 2021 It's been a whole year of podcasts for Dave and Dia, and what a year it's been! But they aren't stopping anytime soon, and the Trail Blazers are keeping them on their toes. The duo discuss the roller coaster that this season continues to be, two wins and two losses, the Neil Olshey controversy and the ongoing investigation, and Dia's time hanging with Adam Drexler (son of Trail Blazers legend, Clyde Drexler). All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/20211 hour, 13 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 51: Dame's slow start and the Blazers' Roller Coaster

November 4, 2021 The season has just started but for Portland fans it feels like it's already been an eternity. We aren't even 10 games in and already the roller coaster ride is a doozy. Dave and Did break down the last 4 games (2 wins and 2 losses, obviously), and discuss Damian Lillard and his current "slump" (and by slump we mean still scoring over 20 points a game most nights). Philadelphia fans break into chants of "We want Lillard" and CJ McCollum says "He's still here". All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/4/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 50: 30 points makes all the difference

October 28, 2021 The Trail Blazers are back with two more games as the season gets underway. The Blazers tease us with a solid win against the reigning Western Conference Champions, and then struggle in Los Angeles and fall to the Clippers. Dave and Dia break down the two games this week and discuss where they think we go next. Is Nurkic still good? What's going on with Dame? Can CJ keep the team afloat? And where are all these dunks coming from? All of that and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/28/202159 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 49: It's a new season!

October 21, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers have started a new season, and so have Dave and Dia! The Trail Blazers lose their season opener, and Dave is convinced that even though it's a new season, it's the same ol' team. Dia, of course, is much more optimistic and trying to point out all the good. So where does that leave the team going into this season? Can they be real contenders? And why are we STILL talking about non-Blazer, Ben Simmons? All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/21/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 48: A pre-season game, an arrest, and 10 sweatshirts

October 13, 2021 The Pre-season continues with another Trail Blazers loss, but with most of the roster sitting out, Dave & Dia have a chance to break down some of the bench players. They discuss standouts, different game play, and how they think that looks going into the season. Also on the pod today, Root sports, some familiar faces in broadcasting, and Ben Simmons.... again. The duo also discuss the latest coaching controversy, and a really cool story about CJ McCollum and some sweatshirts. All of this and more on this week's episode of Dave & Dia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/13/202159 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 47: Blazers Basketball is Back, New Players Debut, and the NBA GM's have spoken

October 7, 2021 Blazers basketball is BACK, the pre-season is in full swing, the Portland Trail Blazers have game one under their belts and there is so much to discuss! Joining Dia this week is Dave & Dia producer, Josh Rodriguez, and the two have plenty to talk about-- how the team looks, the new players on the roster, the coaching staff, and Trail Blazers already getting hit in the face. Dia and Josh break down the first game of the pre season, and discuss the new rule that has been put into action as well as the General Manager Survey that was just released-- spoiler alert: it includes the Trail Blazers! All of this and more this week on Dave & Dia. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/7/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 46: Media Day, Ben Simmons (again), and how many games will the Blazers win?

September 30, 2021 Trail Blazers media day has come and gone, and Dave and Dia dissect some of the statements made by the players, and of course, Neil Olshey. Is the team too optimistic or do we believe them? The pair also talks about Ben Simmons (again) because that story just won't end. Dave and Dia also make their predictions as to how many games the team will win in the regular season. Spoiler alert-- one of them is more optimistic than the other. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/30/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 45: Answering all of your questions

September 23, 2021 The off season continues this week, and it's been a slow week. So Dave and Dia decided to answer listener questions! The duo spend the majority of the show discussing the questions left on Blazers Edge, twitter and even instagram. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/23/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 44: Carmelo Anthony's departure, Potential Blazers lineups, and--online dating??

September 14, 2021 It's another new podcast, another day of the offseason, and more off topic talk from Dave and Dia. The two discuss online dating, and laugh at their experiences (or lack of). But there's also plenty of Trail Blazers talk as the duo discusses the latest from Chris Haynes and Carmelo Anthony, as well as Potential lineups for the team this year (Does CJ or Norm come off the bench??) and what the heck do we do with Nurk? Rick Adelman is inducted into the Hall of Fame, and Dave and Dia have lots to say about all of it, and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/15/202159 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 43: Blazers fan Larry Nance Jr, Dame's wedding, CJ's baby and a lot of Chaos

September 9, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers basketball news is slowing down at this point of the off season, but their personal lives are taking center stage. Damian Lillard throws one heck of a party--er, wedding. CJ McCollum announces that his family is growing. Larry Nance Jr. talks about his Trail Blazers fandom, and Dave and Dia have suddenly forgotten this podcast is actually about basketball. The duo give you a small inside look at the inner workings of Blazers Edge, and talk about a few more Trail Blazers headlines while simultaneously going completely off the rails. Just another Dave & Dia podcast. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/9/202148 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 42: Making moves, talking trades and CJ McCollum

September 1, 2021 The Trail Blazers finally made a move! Pigs and unicorns are flying and Dave and Dia talk Larry Nance Jr. Dia is suddenly back to her optimistic self, and Dave is back to talking about food—donuts this time.The duo talk more off season moves, Ben Simmons, McCollum as a top 10 shooting guard, the Trail Blazers difficult schedule and the championship parade Dame and CJ are dreaming of.Dave asks Dia the tough questions, and in what’s becoming a whole theme of its own on this podcast the two talk a whole lot about snacks. All of this and more on this week’s episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/2/20211 hour, 12 minutes
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Episode 41: Dame's IG live, Norman Powell's excitement and the Salary Cap that killed the Blazers

August 26, 2021 Free Agency is taking over the NBA and the Trail Blazers are still almost the same Trail Blazers they were last season. Dave and Dia discuss Portland's Salary Cap situation and how that may be a factor in the current state of the team. They also talk about Robert Covington's importance to the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge rumors, and Norman Powell's excitement about being in Portland. While the episode is recording, Dame goes on IG live and it quickly breaks the internet--and the podcast. All of this and some talk of Mexican food on this episode of Dave & Dia. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/26/202150 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 40: Summer League, Coaching Strategies and whoops there's a distraction

August 18, 2021 Dave is back from vacation and he and Dia can't seem to stay on topic. After discussions about pop (soda?), dating profiles, McDonalds and coffee, the two finally get into the recent Trail Blazers events. Summer league is over and as always, the two have opinions. Kevin Calabro is back and Dia can't remember anyone's name. Greg Brown is the talk of the town and so is his contract. Speaking of contracts, do we want Siakam or Simmons? Dave and Dia discuss the team's options and rumors. All of this, Chauncey Billups' coaching strategies and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/19/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 39: Dame the gold medalist, Summer League, and addressing controversy

August 11, 2021 Dave is out of town, so Dia is joined by the podcast's producer, Josh Rodriguez. Dia and Josh discuss all things Trail Blazers off season. Summer League is in full swing, trade talks are--not. Thee are still rumors surrounding Damian Lillard and Dia has a source. Josh shares his perspective as an outsider, and Dia follows up on the previous Chauncey Billups conversation. There's no shortage of Trail Blazers talk even in the off season. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/11/202159 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 38: Free Agency Moves, the Draft and Summer League

August 4, 2021 The off season is underway and the Blazers are making moves and taking names--even if we don't recognize all the names, and even if the moves are, well, unexpected. Somehow with no draft picks the team still managed to sneak one in, and free agency has seen a few additions as well. Dave and Dia also discuss summer league and what they hope to see come out of it, and of course, Team USA. All of this and more on this week's show. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/4/20211 hour, 24 seconds
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Episode 37: Damian Lillard vs the Media, Team USA, and athletes and metal health

July 29, 2021 It seems to be Damian Lillard versus the media these days as more rumors fly about Dame's future in Portland. Sources are everywhere and Dave and Dia don't have their on but they discuss the current rumors. The duo also discuss Team USA's most recent loss in Men's basketball. Also, Simone Biles' decision to withdraw from the Olympics and the bigger topic of mental health. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/29/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 16 seconds
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Mail Bag: Beal, Simmons, Siakam... Is There a Move Left for the Blazers?

Latest episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - featuring all of you Mail Bag questions! In a surprising twist, not every question was about Damian Lillard's future... but the the rest were mostly about CJ McCollum's future... or the Trail Blazer's immediate and long term health. Suffice it to say, this is probably the biggest 2 weeks of offseason in the Lillard era and whether it goes out with a bang or a whimper could very much be decided in the next 14 days. Among the questions, Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons, or Pascal Siakam - could the Blazers acquire one of them or be a part of a trade that involves those players to reshape the roster to be more competitive? Should the Blazers consider moving Damian Lillard now, the trade deadline or until next offseason? That and a whole lot more - tap in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/26/202129 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 36: The Dame Debacle, Space Jam 2, and Hanging with Clyde

July 22, 2021 It's been another eventful week in the Blazers off season. Rumors fly about Damian Lillard and his future with the Trail Blazers. Dave and Dia break down everything we currently know. The duo also discuss current headlines surrounding the team like Norman Powell turning down his option, and the team not bringing back Zach Collins. The podcast ends with Dia's story of meeting Clyde Drexler last week. It may be the off season, but there's still plenty to talk about! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/22/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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Has the Clock Started On Dame’s Time in Portland?

On this episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, host Danny Marang takes an in-depth look at Damian Lillard’s press conference in Las Vegas with Team USA Basketball after a report by Henry Abbott of TrueHoop declared that Lillard had an impending trade request coming. What followed was an article by Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes that appears to have been scheduled to debut later that day but was amended with an update from Lillard that he would speak later that day - again in Las Vegas at media availability. This set the table for the most declarative that Lillard has been about his future with the Blazers and what it would likely take to keep him in the fold going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/19/202134 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 35: Zach Collins' future, Team USA struggles, and the coaching debacles continue

July 15, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers are now 6 weeks into their offseason (the finals aren't even over yet) but it feels like. we have lived a year's worth of off season events. Dave and Dia break down some of the big headlines in rip City this week. Zach Collins is re-injured-- will his career with the Blazers be over? What's next for him? Damian Lillard is with Team USA in Vegas preparing for the Olympics and the internet is freaking out over their first two losses. The duo chats about why we shouldn't worry--yet. Two new coaches are added to the Trail Blazers staff. Do Dave and Dia like them for the team? Difficult subject matter warning: More news has broken concerning new head coach, Chauncey Billups. Dave and Dia take a few minutes to work through the new developments and why this continues to be a conversation. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/15/202159 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 34: NBA Finals, Ben Simmons and trade talks, USA Basketball

July 7, 2021 It's the Suns versus the Bucks in the NBA finals and Dia can't decide who to cheer for. Dave gives his suggestion, and the two break down game one of the finals. Trade season is upon us and the rumors are flying. Dave and Dia have a lot to say about who should stay and who should go. They also discuss Damian Lillard and the USA Olympic team and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/8/202151 minutes, 40 seconds
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Will Damian Lillard be a Blazer Next Year?

On this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is answering your mail bag questions! The discussion for the darkest timeline is upon us, should the Blazers explore Damian Lillard centered trades? Will he finish his career in Portland? Are the Blazers getting value out of Jusuf Nurkic? Are there red flags for players who might look to come to Portland with how the front office has appeared to mishandle things the last few months? Would the Blazers still be a playoff team if they moved on from Dame and soft reset? That and more on this week's episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/5/202132 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 33: The New Coach Controversy

June 30, 2021 It's not your typical Dave & Dia podcast today. In fact, we need to warn you that this episode contains difficult subject matter. With the hiring of Chauncey Billups as the Portland Trail Blazers' new coach, comes some controversy surrounding his 1997 sexual assault accusation and settlement. It's a topic that is currently gaining attention both locally and nationally. Dave and Dia sit down to talk about this difficult subject matter and how the Trail Blazers did (or didn't) handle the press conference yesterday. Dia speaks candidly from her own personal experience and Dave has a lot to say as well. The rainbows and unicorns aren't making an appearance in this one, but we feel that it's important conversation and we hope that it brings new perspective and understanding. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/30/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 26 seconds
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Billups Hired, Lillard’s Warning & Olympic Tampering

On this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report to break down the announced hiring of Chauncey Billups as the Trail Blazer's new Head Coach, the optics of the hire, the impact felt and voiced by the fanbase, what this means going forward with a lot of questions remaining to be asked at the press conference on Tuesday. Then it's Chris Haynes' tweet and proceeding article on Damian Lillard's unhappiness - and whether or not the clock has started on Lillard's remaining time in Portland, what the Blazers can do to head off a potential exit and then it's a look at Lillard in the Olympics with: Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo and others and if we could see some offseason maneuvering ahead of free agency - and if it came down to it, what could a potential offer for Damian Lillard look like? That and more on this episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/28/202158 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 32: Dame the Olympian, the Search for Head Coach, and do we want Ben Simmons?

June 24, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers season may be over, but Dave and Dia still have plenty to say about what's going on in the off season! Dia returns from her trip and re-joins Dave to discuss the search for a new head coach. The duo also talk about Ben Simmons and what that trade could mean. Also, our own Damian Lillard is going to the Olympics and we feel like proud parents. All of that and more on this episode of the Dave & Dia Podcast! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/24/202157 minutes, 10 seconds
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Trading for Ben Simmons - Is It Possible?

On this week's edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast Mail Bag, host Danny Marang takes a look at a host of different questions; what does the Blazer's coaching time line look like, did Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks resigning change anything up, thoughts on a bench group next year based on internal growth from Anfernee Simons, Nas Little, Zach Collins, Derrick Jones Jr and a veteran point guard, did complacency settle in for this version of the Blazers, likelihood that the Blazers run it back with the same core group and of course whether or not Ben Simmons is available - should the Blazers go after him - and what would a trade possibly look like for both parties? If the Blazers were able to swing a CJ plus trade for Simmons. 1. Would the Blazers have the pieces for a trade for Myles Turner from the Pacers? 2. What would that look like? 3. Would that be a good follow up move to provide shooting and spacing? Flatcap Goalkeeper @FlatcapGK Has the Dallas and other coaching news affected the timeline for the Blazers coaching hire process? What is the latest they can reasonably wait until they need this sorted? #ripcity @Ballas_Info and @blazersedge Any thoughts on the bench for next year? Could a group of Ant, Nas, DJJ, Collins and a new, pass-happy, up-tempo point be sneaky good? Jeremy Krecklow @StryfeE If you could have your choice of the lot what is the order you put these guys in, in terms of want, fit and probability. Simmons seems the most portable now after this last series. Which is crazy to think about going to the playoffs. Simmons Middleton George Harris Butler Sabonis Colin Petitt So if Portland truly is able to pick up Simmons do you think they’d have to move Nurkic to better maximize him? Feels like a floor spacing big would be needed (I like Portis with the TPME). In this case what would Nurkic’s value be? Bark City BBQ @barkcitybbq Not sure on the coach! Free agency- get better! I don’t care who’s on the team! - just win! Pork ribs and brisket! Simmons is way better on defense! We can’t have two bad defenders in our backcourt! n8  @n8frogdog Ben Simmons. Is his defense and distribution/facilitation enough to offset a player of that caliber not being able to be counted on in crunch time to make shots? Love the defense and length, but do we have or need to add more complimentary pieces to have everything fit? Joel, just Joel @mryoelius CJ spoke about successfully reaching playoffs since being in Portland... Is there a complacency in this team? Burnsy (he/him) @JustinTheBurns I don’t get Simmons as a buy-low. He may not be playing great but all the reasons you say he’s a tremendous pickup for POR is exactly why PHI keeps him AND they’re on the cusp of the eastern conference finals. What’s their motivation other that drastic overpay by POR? wayne hughes @readingthewater Is there really a chance of no changes on this current roster? I hope Neil can pull of some big moves. His working around the fringes has not worked!! Sam @pamsierce If we pick up Ben Simmons do we need to hunt after a Myles turner esque player to help space the floor? I feel like the Dame+Simmons pnr would be unstoppable with the floor spaced properly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/21/202131 minutes, 55 seconds
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Dave and Dia Episode 31: Caitlin Cooper Talks Blazers-Pacers Similarities

NBA expert Caitlin Cooper joins the podcast to talk about the Pacers and Blazers, former Head Coach Terry Stotts, Kevin Pritchard and Nate McMillan, possible trades, and the national perception of Portland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/17/202158 minutes, 40 seconds
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Who Best Fits Around Damian Lillard?

On this episode of the Blazer's Edge Podcast, Danny Marang tackles your Mail Bag questions; theory-crafting about building around Damian Lillard, David Vanterpool not being in the coaching mix, will Derrick Jones Jr opt into his deal or be traded, what would it take to get Myles Turner & TJ Warren in Portland, most likely at this point to be named the next Blazer's head coach, if you had to keep one Carmelo Anthony or Enes Kanter who do you keep, some realistic free agents, and Jusuf Nurkic's trade value. That and more on this week's show! ashley @baguels a basic but also fundamental question: when thinking about trades, what player skills would be an asset to dame/the team?  as i sadly watch the rest of the playoffs im tryina learn more from other players and envision how they'd complement dame. David West @dwest_70 Why aren’t we hearing David Vanterpool’s name more often in the who’s the next coach convo?  Close with Dame, from what I read league execs think he’s ready,  and if we’d really choose Billups then previous head coaching experience isn’t actually necessary. Bruce Ceaser-Bennett @cease25 Will we trade DJJ or let the new coach figure out his role? Joel, just Joel @mryoelius May have missed the boat here.  Would you say height on the front court is important to address this off season? CDM81 @CDM811 How much would it take to pull TJ warren and Miles Turner to Portland? Nason @TheNason Did you have any idea before hand that the last Blazers Outsiders  was going to be the last one, and any chance of the show,  or one remarkably similar, migrates to that lesser network? Triple Dog @EricJAlso Of those on the coach lists: do you have a ranking  of most likely to happen and who you would like to be hired Jesus Gomez @pianomaster00 If you had to keep one, who would you keep: Melo or Enes?  And, who would you pair them with (either an existing player on the roster, a trade, or a signing). harry @whiteguilt48 Best possible, and, most importantly, realistic, free agent signings? creedence @creedence26 What is nurk's trade value? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/14/202121 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 30: Blazers' Playoff Exit, Terry Stotts fired, and Problematic Coach Rumors

June 9, 2021 It's been a busy week for the Portland Trail Blazers, although busy doesn't always equal good. The team made an early exit in game 6 of the first round against the Denver Nuggets, and it's felt a little bit like chaos since. Coach Stotts has been fired, players are upset, and then there was that Neil Olshey press conference. Dave and Dia talk about all of that, plus the rumors surrounding the Head Coach position. Then Dia gets very personal and candid about how her own life experience affects the way she looks at the rumored potential coaches and Dave adds his perspective as well. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/9/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 22 seconds
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Terry Stotts Fired, Chauncey Billups or Jason Kidd Up Next?

On a rapid reaction version of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang takes a look at the late breaking news that Terry Stotts has been fired as Head Coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Soon thereafter a chain of leaked reports to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes laid the groundwork for a public discussion as to who would step into Stotts' vacated place heading into the 2021-22 NBA season. The original list supplied by Woj, Chauncey Billups, Mike D'Antoni, Jeff Van Gundy and Juwan Howard conflicted slightly with the a statement tied directly to Damian Lillard from Haynes indicating that Jason Kidd was his first choice only to be followed by another report, this time from Jason Quick and Shams Charania that Lillard would prefer either Kidd or Billups and well that was only a few hours into the evening... with what is shaping up to be a very different offseason than any other in the Lillard era, we dive into the initial reports - the who, what, when, where and why - and why not's associated with these breaking reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/5/202124 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 29: Playoff Games, Out of Control Fans and Blazers in 7

June 2, 2021 The Trail Blazers are 5 games into the first round of the playoffs and the Nuggets lead the series 3-2. The team has had ups and downs, and the Blazers just keep fighting. Dave and Dia talk about game 5 and Damian Lillard almost single-handedly taking the team into double overtime. They chat about Dame's newest broken records and the completely out of control fans that have seemingly taken over. All of this and more in episode 29. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/3/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 23 seconds
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Blazer's Edge Pod: Mailbag Edition!

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge pod, host Danny Marang answers your questions as Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers get ready to take on Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in an all important Game 5 match up. Should the Blazers fear Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers more than Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns? How important is Jusuf Nurkic? Will the bench rotation look different? Will Michael Porter Jr be able to “impose his will”? Did the Blazers make the right adjustments or was it just on game? That and more on this week’s episode! Tye Forshee @tyefor It seems like every outcome has been based on how Nurk plays defensively and how long he can stay on the floor. Also seems like the Blazers need to find more stability off the bench vs Nuggets bench in order to win the series. With RHJ and Cov, the offense dropped significantly. Grant @grantmoen0 If Nurkic fouls out or in any other small ball situation, do you think there is/should be any debate between Rondae and DJ? Ryan Behnke @wakethomas13 Why don’t DJJ and Nassir get at least a little bit of run? Running the starters this many minutes cannot equate to a long playoff run. They’ll be gassed in round 2 if they advance mylogos @loganakio How was it that our guards seemed completely competent on D in game 4?  Was it effort or a scheme change? Portland Hoops @pnwsports503 What do you make of Dame’s having a playoff best overall RAPTOR and RAPTOR WAR? How are his defensive numbers so high? Don’t say small sample size! TheRealDanMan @Real_DanMan Is Nurk the only Blazer who can efficiently guard Jokic? Also, without Jamal Murray do you think Jokic will tire out too quickly to win the series? D  @paint_sign_play Were the game 4 adjustments THE answer or just enough of a boost to get one game? Slater Smith @slaterjsmith Getting a bit ahead of myself... but if we make it out of this round, do we prefer a matchup against the Suns or the Lakers? Jason -AP & GbyePlanetPat @NoochIsBest I guess reference how MPJ said he’ll “Impose his will” on next game. Kjironman1 @kjironman1 Dan get an update on Zach if you can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/1/202116 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 28: Two Playoff Games, Unruly Fans, and Damian Lillard--always Damian Lillard

May 26, 2021 The Trail Blazers are two games into round one of the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets. Currently each team has won one game, and the series continues in Portland at the Moda Center. Dave and Dia talk about the first two games-- one win and one loss. They break down what worked and what didn't, and looked forward to game three. They also discussed Moda Center welcoming more fans, Terry Stott's facial expressions, out of control Nuggets fans and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/27/202148 minutes, 59 seconds
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Game 1 Reactions & Game 2 Adjustments

On this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang goes rapid fire with a lookback at Portland's win in Game 1 vs the Denver Nuggets - what went right, what went wrong, shout outs to top performers, Damian Lillard's continued excellence, Jusuf Nurkic's contribution, whether or not to be worried about Norman Powell's performance, potential adjustments heading into Game 2, and a handful of listener questions to get you ready for Monday's match up and Game 2 of the series! Intro Opening comments Game 1 takeaways 2:00 Good, bad and the ugly Portland shines in Game 1 - no ball stopping! 4:00 Carmelo Anthony, have a game Damian Lillard is THAT guy, shocking 6:00 Jusuf Nurkic delivers 7:00 Game plan was incredibly solid 9:00 Playing Nikola Jokic heads up 10:00 Anfernee Simons and Melo leading the bench charge 11:30 Quick thoughts on rotations 14:30 Game 2 adjustments for Denver 15:00 Getting Jokic in the middle of the floor 17:30 Bad shooting luck 18:00 Does Denver play less aggressively 20:00 Listener questions! Adrian Bernecich @abernecich What happens when MPJ starts hitting shots? Twhite27 @Twhite273 Is kanter playable in this series against jokic? If so (or not) who should replace or take his minutes Christopher Mazzeo @Maznorthwest Thoughts on if the Nugs go with a big line up and if so, how do Blazers handle that? henny @wtfPNW What do you think our chances of getting to the 2nd round are after game one? What was most encouraging about last night? AtomAntium @Atom__Antium Did Powell just have a rough night? Or is the match-up vs him gonna be a struggle this series? Closing thoughts Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/24/202128 minutes, 51 seconds
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Can the Blazers Upset the Nuggets?

On this edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is joined by Matt Moore AKA HPBasketball on Twitter of the Actions Sports Network to preview Blazers-Nuggets in their 1st Round match up. Together, they look at why Matt is picking the Blazers (spoiler),Damian Lillard's changing play style, Blazers backcourt vs Nuggets frountcourt, x-factors or lack of them, the opportunity Jusuf Nurkic has in front of him, does it matter how you're playing coming into the playoffs, will we see kerfuffles and more! Intro  Opening comments Matt Moore picking Portland 2:00 Countering the trap Nuggets missing guys who can score off the bounce 4:00 Blazers playing small vs Nuggets playing bigger? 6:30 Aaron Gordon as a pressure point 8:30 How to play Jokic defensively 9:45 Who's the x-factor? 15:00 Blazers bench vs Nuggets 17:30 What does Nurkic do with this opportunity? 20:30 Being physical with the Nuggets 22:30 Jokic and Lillard not getting calls 23:20 Denver as a defensive team 24:30 Foul trouble for either team as an issue 26:00 The idea of getting hot at the right time 27:00 Who are the Portland Trail Blazers 28:00 Can Stotts win a coaching match up? 29:00 Blazers as betting favorites? 30:30 Will these teams call it a rivalry? 31:30 Over/under on kerfuffles! 32:30 Closing comments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/20/202135 minutes, 35 seconds
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Is Blazers v. Nuggets a Rivalry?

On a playoff preview edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is joined by Adam Mares of DNVR Sports to take a look at the first round match up between the Trail Blazers and Nuggets. There's no shortage of storylines, Jusuf Nurkic vs Nikola Jokic, rematch of the 2019 series, Denver coming in short handed, pressure on the Blazers and Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard and the Blazers backcourt vs Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets frontcourt... and will anyone admit that this has/is turned into a rivalry? That and more on this episode. Intro  Opening comments Should Denver be favored without Jamal Murray? 2:00 Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum & Blazers backcourt vs what's left of Nuggets backcourt 3:30 The difference between Norman Powell & Moe Harkless in this rematch 7:00 The Michael Porter Jr effect 9:00 MPJ most likely to breakout in the NBA Playoffs 11:00 Christopher Mazzeo @Maznorthwest - Who guards Porter and why is it Norm? 12:00 Jusuf Nurkic v Nikola Jokic 16:00 Should the Blazers double Jokic? 17:20 Nuggets missing Will Barton 21:00 Anfernee Simons, Carmelo Anthony & Enes Kanter vs who off the Nuggets bench? 22:30 Nuggets bench bigs Paul Millsap and Jamychal Green Adam as the earliest Jokic adopter 26:00 If Jokic has his best series ever, the Nuggets should win 27:30 Early predictions 27:00 Coaching implications 31:00 Nuggets losing the pick & roll 32:00 Is it a rivalry? 33:30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/20/202135 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 27: The Play-offs, Play-ins, and Play---ers?

May 19, 2021 It's the end of the regular season, and the Trail Blazers have officially secured the 6th seed in the Western Conference, avoiding the play-in, and beating the Lakers in the process. Dave and Dia talk about the upcoming series against the Denver Nuggets, Coach Stotts, Damian Lillard, awards, broken records, and who will win the play in and close out the top seeds. Dia is already planning the championship parade, and Dave is trying to bring her back down to Earth. All of this and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/20/202156 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 26: The Mystery of Derrick Jones Jr, Jusuf Nurkic's Return to Fans, and the Play Off Bound Blazers

May 12, 2021 It's been great week to be a Portland Trail Blazers fan! The team won 4 out of 4 of their games this week and Dia is on cloud 9. The fans are back in the Moda center, Terry Stotts has his 400th win with the Blazers, records are broken and they move into the 6th seed. Dave and Dia discuss Derrick Jones Jr and why he hasn't been playing, and more Trail Blazer related topics. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/12/202151 minutes, 33 seconds
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Who is the 2nd Most Important Trail Blazer?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - host Danny Marang is joined by Blazer's Edge Associate Editor, Steve Dewald to talk about the upside-down world the Blazer's have been living in this season, their current run of play, looking a bit ahead at 1st round match ups, Damian Lillard looking like himself again, the integration of Norman Powell, closing out the season and discuss who the 2nd most important player is for the Blazers right now & much more! Intro Opening comments Steve Dewald & dad time home improvement! Getting ahead ourselves with playoff match ups 4:00 Clippers or Nuggets - Nikola Jokic or Paul George, Kawhi Leonard & Patrick Beverly Looking at the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns - beleive in them at all? 8:00 Resetting and looking at the Blazers from the past 3-ish weeks 12:00 Damian Lillard getting healthy Return of the Bosnian Beast? 15:00 What was happening 17:00 Brand building has to happen 20:00 Two - way play out of Lillard and Norman Powell fitting in 23:00 Finding another gear offensively 27:00 Listener Questions Miguel @Migueleezie Do you think dj could get some playoff minutes if we play a team like the clippers for defense? Trail Blazer Stan One word: DJJ????? hairy @d33znust How long can we sustain this 8-man rotation in the playoffs? What matchup would be best in the first round? Twhite27 @Twhite273 Do you think simons will get playoff minutes? If so how much ALL ANT SIMONS ALL THE TIME! 35:00 Johnny Mac @johnnypmcgee Norm and solving the high trap problem. How important it is for us to take advantage of what the defense gives us in those situations. Do you trust this team? 46:00 Blazers In Six @NervousOrca Do you genuinely see the Blazers making any noise in the playoffs?  This runs has all the Blazery vibes of lightning the world on fire  at the end of the season and then getting swept because they can’t get Dame out of traps. Giving Jusuf Nurkic his flowers 50:00 Four games remaining - Rockets up first! How do the Blazers close it out? 56:00 Closing Comments  Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/10/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 24: Breaking Records (and the Losing Streak!), Current Standings, and What the Heck do we do Now?

April 29, 2021 The Trail Blazers have finally broken their losing streak! After three more difficult losses-- including two against Memphis, a defining moment for the team-- Portland finally got a win against the Indiana Pacers. Damian Lillard is once again breaking records, and so is Anfernee Simons! Dave and Dia discuss all of this, plus their thoughts on where the Blazers currently stand and where we go from here. Dia gives a much needed pep talk, and the two look forward to more wins this week. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/29/202152 minutes, 3 seconds
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Should Lillard be Shut Down for the Season?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang takes listener questions after the Blazers go 0-4 on a 4 game homestand, fall out of 6th place, lose the tie-breaker to Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, and are about to embark on a 6 game road trip that will likely define their season. Should the Blazers shut down Damian Lillard? Can they keep Norman Powell? Who's responsible for what's ailing the team? Come on in and commiserate, this is a safe place. Intro Opening comments Fire & brimstone! Blazers drop all 4 games at home, lose tie breaker with Grizzlies Can this team do anything to redeem themselves this season? 2:30 Is there any fight left in this team? 4:00 The little bit of good - Jusuf Nurkic & Norman Powell 6:00 Damian Lillard doesn't look right This is the most selfish brand of basketball I've seen from this team 7:30 This iteration of the Blazers have run it's course 10:30 Listener Questions! Brandon Goldner @GoldnerPDX Why is Olshey not accountable for having LMA be the best player Dame has ever played with? Colin Petitt @ColinPetitt Danny this season is giving me major flash backs of the lockout season. Looking ahead I don’t see how we end as the 9 or 10 seed and end up in the lottery. Beyond Dame who’s untouchable this off season? Sam Pierce @pamsierce Dame is so bad on defense you have to surround him with as many plus defenders for as many of his minutes as you can, seems fairly obvious but our front office hasn’t made it happen. mindee⁷⟭⟬ @minmom424 Always be in the playoffs if you can. I see why people say otherwise but play hardest and see what happens. We are a small market, a lot of fans engage in wishful thinking about trades and free market. We can only do so much. Keep it realistic and thank God everyday for Dame! Bryan Strang @Broncos_Squared What’s going on with Lillard? I get we can’t always expect Hercules every game, but he hasn’t been looking too hot. Lingering injuries? Defense? Josh Dolar (he/him) @JoshDolar Is there anything that the team could do in the regular season that would convince you they wouldn't be an easy out in the playoffs? Brian Cruz @iambriancruz Can we go back to our original lineup? Dame CJ DJJ ROCO NURK? JanelBoyer @janelboyer What are the Blazers chances of resigning Norm, with how the team is currently playing? I really love his game style. Jason Taylor @jtmoney541 Do you think Covington will hit the rim on his next 3-pointer? hairy @charcoaleater The regression is worrisome. It feels as though Stotts has lost all direction for this team, and I doubt we make it out of the play-in tournament. Everyone is playing hero-ball, and we no longer look like a cohesive team. Roco and DJJ seem to be getting less touches/minutes, too. David Herrera @Crooner4343 Blazers guard play of Dame and CJ has been their biggest strength but it’s also their biggest weakness. Neither one is a good defender, they think score 1st, they aren’t effective without the ball, and they both take Ill advised shots too often and aren’t efficient. Trail Blazer Stan @RipCityStan At this point it’s weird to say but shouldn’t we hope the blazers either miss the playoffs or have a dud in the first round? It’s obvious change is needed and I think to continue to lose this badly needs to happen to make the changes Dave Myers @DEM1976 Just discuss the validity of this take: @KendrickPerkins You know they saying? Less is sometimes more. Since getting Norman Powell, there seems to be chemistry issues in Portland.. and to make matters worse, Gary Trent Jr has been cooking like fish grease in Toronto! Carry on.... Asher Sosh @ashdport Is this the most disappointing team so far in the Lillard era? BustABucket @BustaBuckt Why do you think so many fans think Stotts is the #1 issue? Do you think another coach could take this roster further than the WCF? Seems like the GM is the bigger problem. Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/26/202138 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 23: Injured Dame, Stotts on the Hot Seat, and a Lamarcus Farewell

April 21, 2021 The Trail Blazers started the week off strong with a good win against San Antonio, but it was all downhill from there with two more losses. Dave has a lot to say about one of those losses, while Dia, true to form, thinks it's not so bad. She also tells a personal story about her young son and CJ McCollum. The duo discuss Damian Lillard's injury, Derrick Jones Jr inadvertently sitting out, Coach Terry Stotts in the hot seat, Lamarcus Aldridge suddenly announcing his retirement, and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/22/202155 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ben Golliver on His New Book, “Bubbleball: Inside the NBA’s Fight to Save the Season”

On a special episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - Managing Editor, Dave Deckard is joined by the OG himself...Ben Golliver of the Washington Post to discuss Ben's new book, "Bubbleball: Inside the NBA's Fight to Save the Season" detailing his time spent in the NBA Bubble in Orlando last season. Intro 3:30 Framing the Bubble 6:30 Explaining how/why and the day-to-day 8:00 The success of the bubble 11:30 The experiment itself and how it's not repeatable 15:00 Looking at players as people and the spark points in the bubble 19:00 The idea of community and spaces 22:00 Live testing theory and viewing personal relationships 27:00 Being in the middle of more than just a practice but among the players/coaches 30:00 Living in a bubble with people on top of you but not being able to interact 33:00 What was at stake for various franchises 35:00 The storylines worked out and couldn't have been better 40:00 Is Damian Lillard the greatest Trail Blazer ever? 42:00 The most trustworthy players in the NBA 49:00 Why are the Blazers still in the same place as they were 5 years ago? 51:00 Get your copy of the book at: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bubbleball-ben-golliver/1138671913;jsessionid=6767A6F68690019B5EF036E3459D1538.prodny_store02-atgap17?ean=9781419755538 https://www.amazon.com/Bubbleball-Inside-NBAs-Fight-Season/dp/1419755536 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/20/202157 minutes, 32 seconds
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What is Coach Terry Stotts’ Future with the Trail Blazers?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - host Danny Marang takes a host of listener questions following the the Trail Blazer's loss to the short handed Charlotte Hornets (while Damian Lillard received much needed rest) - hitting on the overall "vibe" of the team right now, internal struggle, how hot is Coach Terry Stotts' seat, retaining Norman Powell in the offseason, trading CJ McCollum, the short term benching of Derrick Jones Jr and a whole lot more! Intro Opening Comments MAIL BAG QUESTIONS! Bradstreet Racing @BobBradstreet I understand your not a fire TS guy but my issue is with FA’s usually not wanting to come to PDX unless traded here or being a Melo type situation we need to develop our younger players and he just refuses to give them consistent run and keep them involved even when they struggle Joseph Steckmann @SteckmannJR Can you talk us off the ledge, or are the Blazers doomed to either miss the playoffs or get crushed in the first round? aaronlopresti @aaronlopresti ·This team cannot lose a game like this in this way and be considered serious playoff contenders. I have no explanation why but they are seriously underachieving right now. AtomAntium @Atom__Antium If POR were to trade CJ in the off-season, what kind of team would benefit from getting him (even if they sent back less value)? It seems most teams in the NBA with Cap Space are in full rebuild mode and CJ probably doesn't help them in the ways they want right now. Trail Blazer Stan @RipCityStan Serious question. Would missing the playoffs be what the blazers organization needs to do to make either a office move or coaching move or some major shift in how they play? Cameron @jcameronh89 Why did Derrick Jones get benched? Did Portland hurt their flexibility by promising Melo to not be benched even when he’s hurting us on defense? All Good @juliocan2 The Playoffs start tomorrow, name your preferred 8 man rotation. Who would you put on the floor? At this point I’m very unsure who I’d put out there myself, and I get the sense that the team/Stotts isn’t sure either. Seems like they’ve been trying a lot of rotations. Zachary Jeans @ZacharyJeans Chances this week they put Tibbetts in charge for the rest of the season and send Stotts on an early Summer vacation? Clay Hardy @_ClayHardy I got no questions left. Just anger! chargrrs @chargrrs Is this team partying before some of these games or what? Jeremy Krecklow @StryfeE In your opinion whats the best possible move Blazers can make this off-season. We have talked about CJ for Ingram being possible. What other player do you think/want them to go for that feels plausible. Obviously Beal or KAT can become availble, but not poss without major help. JanelBoyer @janelboyer I am wondering which player would be a better fit along the side of Dame, going into the next season... CJ or Norm? Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/19/202137 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 22: Franchise Records, a Possible "Funk", and Listener Questions

April 14, 2021 The Trail Blazers go 2-2 this week and it's not pretty. Are the Trail Blazers in a funk? Where do we go from here? Dave and Dia are here to break it all down for you. They also discuss the media versus Coach Stotts, Offense versus Defense, and Gary Trent Jr--who is still making waves even though he's no longer a Trail Blazer. For the first time, the duo answers questions from listeners and a few more Trail Blazers topics. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/15/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 33 seconds
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Can the Blazers Compete Without Jusuf Nurkic?

On this week's edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast- host Danny Marang returns to talk about the Blazer's struggles against top end teams, Norman Powell's integration into the game plan on both sides of the floor, and focuses on whether or not the Blazers can trust Jusuf Nurkic... and/or trust his health. It's not all doom and gloom, as Dallas the adorabe Chi-weenie-poo makes her podcast debut! Intro Welcome in, Dallas Marang! Norman Powell through 6 games 2:30 Powell filling a role that's been mising for 7 years 4:30 Looking at Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and TJ Leaf acquisitions 6:30 Why couldn't Portland land someone like LaMarcus Aldridge?  Looking at the context clues for the defensive woes 9:30 If you're looking for some semblance of silver lining... 12:00 Portland can cover up when CJ McCollum is out... 13:30 Can the Blazers trust Jusuf nurkic? 15:00 Portland still has playmaking issues without Nurkic on the floor 18:00 Can the Blazer's compete with/without Jusuf Nurkic? 19:30 There can no longer be discussion about the defense, action only 22:30 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/8/202126 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 21 : A Great Win, a Terrible Loss, Everything in Between--and Space Jam

April 7 , 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers have two wins and two losses this week. Nurk gets hurt--again. Two new players join Portland's roster. Dave and Dia have a whole lot to say about all of this as well Norman Powell's role with the Blazers and how Gary Trent Jr is doing in Toronto--and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/8/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 20: A Winning Streak, a Big Return, and Shaking up the Roster

March 3, 2021 It's been an emotional week for Trail Blazers fans as Gary Trent Jr and Rodney Hood left the team to join their new team. Portland welcomes Norman Powell to the roster, and Jusuf Nurkic finally makes his return. The Trail Blazers manage to win all 3 games this week and that's cause for celebration--at least Dia thinks so, Dave is a little more hesitant. The two also talk other trades around the league, the buy out market and how the second half of the season will play out. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/1/202155 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode19: The Return of CJ, Lebron's Injury and Dame's MVP Run, and More Trade Talk

March 24, 2021 The trade deadline is quickly approaching, and the Trail Blazers still haven't made a move. Dave and Dia don't agree on how to proceed, and as always, both are pretty stubborn. CJ McCollum is back, Gary Trent Jr is struggling, and Damian Lillard is getting banged up. We talk about 3 wins and two losses, a 17 point come back with only 6 minutes remaining, and Coach Stotts' 500th win. Lebron is injured and Dame is moving up in the MVP talks. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/25/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episods 18: A trade deadline, a former Blazer possibly returning and Aaron Gordon

March 18, 2021 The NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching and there are plenty of rumors as to what the Blazers might do. Dave and Dia discuss some of the noise rumors-- could Lamarcus Aldridge be coming home? Is Aaron Gordon an attainable option? Dave puts Dia on the spot and asks what moves she wants to see, and she can't escape answering this time. All of that plus CJ McCollum's impending return, a couple of tough losses and a win, and more trade talk on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/18/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 17: Ant dunks, CJ and Nurk's return and a special guest

March 11, 2021 The All Star break has come and gone, and the Trail Blazers made quite a show out of the events, with Robert Covington in the skills event, Anfernee Simons in the dunk contest and Damian Lillard playing in the All Star game. Dave and Dia discuss the events of the day. With the All Star break over, it's time to talk about the second half of the season and with that, the hopeful return of CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic. Dave and Dia also discuss the upcoming trade deadline and there's an extra special guest who makes her first ever podcast appearance, but it probably won't be her last. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/11/202152 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 16: The great Melo debate, All Star Blazers, and Record Breaking performances

March 4, 2021 This week the Blazers played the Lakers and the Hornets-- and Dave & Dia have a lot to say about it. In the process, the team breaks more than one record within a week. All Star weekend is coming up and Portland has a big presence in the competitions. Dia gets a new mic and Dave calls her old. But don't worry, they still find common ground. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/4/202150 minutes, 45 seconds
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What Are the Blazers Actually Capable of?

On this week's episode, host Danny Marang returns after a health related hiatus - but with the help of Steve Dewald they're able to jump back in and take a look at where the Blazers are now, where they were and what we know - or don't know about this team as they get ready to head into the All-Star Break. Hot shooting, poor defense, trade deadlines, rotations, breakout play of Gary Trent Jr, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little, looking at the 2nd half schedule and the contractually obligated pick 'em team-by-team that is sure to have everyone in agreement and a whole lot more! Intro Opening comments - we're back! Health & homes, the officially washed life Where are the Blazers now, good-bad or otherwise? Is it time to panic? 2:00 Bailing water is what needs to happen 4:00 Damian Lillard as the best clutch player in the league 5:00 Do we know what this team really is yet, two years later? 6:00 Looking at how Portland deals around the margins 8:00 Anfernee Simons, Damian Lillard and Robert Covington at All Star weekend 11:00 Gary Trent Jr showing he's one of the best 3pt shooters in the league 13:00 Simons developing as a playmaker 14:00 What are we seeing from Nassir Little 17:00 Why can't the Blazers do more when Lillard is trapped? 20:00 Putting Covington back into the playmaking role 26:00 2nd Half Schedule pick 'em - how many games does Steve think Portland wins? 30:00 Midseason award picks 35:00 Utah Jazz are a title contender 37:00 Playing the young guys over the vets 38:00 Does coaching change the ceiling on this team? 44:00 Twitter questions! 45:00 Spencer Poole @spencp99 Do you think it's still in the Blazers best interests to look at another rotation big? I'm thinking someone with some defensive acumen like John Henson Colin Petitt @ColinPetitt Have you heard anything on the trade front for us? Feels like this team could use a consolidation type trade, altough our best trade asset may be Trent and losing him would be tough Kristian @IllKrill Could Trevor Ariza be the saviour once again? He could get the Hood minutes and he was pretty good with the Blazers last season conrad @cxnrvd Cj for Middleton. Who says no? Rick S @r_sparber A calf strain didn't sound serious but it's been a long recovery for Giles. Anyone know at eta? Return of Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum 58:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/1/20211 hour, 1 minute, 45 seconds
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Episode 15: An All Star Snub, the 3 point NBA and Subway Sandwiches

February 24, 2021 The Trail Blazers are coming off tough losses 3 games in a row, Dame got snubbed as an All Star Starter, and Dave expects Dia to be positive. The duo discuss Portland's recent struggles along with the 3 point heavy NBA and what that could mean for the future, Carmelo Anthony's hot streak, Derrick Jones Jr and Robert Covington and their place on the team, subway sandwich orders (yes, seriously), how much Dia hates change, and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/25/202144 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 14: Brooke and Amara, A Winning Streak, and an All Star MVP

February 17, 2021 In this week's podcast, Dave and Dia are ecstatic about the fact that the Trail Blazers have won every game since we last recorded! They talk about the Blazers' defense, Damian Lillard for MVP, the All Star game and their thoughts on wether or not it should even happen, Robert Covington, Clutch Damian Lillard, Stephen A Smith's apology and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/18/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 13: A Star Rookie, A Knicks trade for Dia and a surprise ending

February 10, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers six game road trip is over, and Dave and Dia have a lot to say about it! They discuss the huge win against the 76ers, and CJ Elleby's breakout performance as well as other young players who reveled in the spotlight while most of Portland's starting line up was injured. Dia has a Knicks trade up her sleeve and Dave avoids talking about the Knicks game as much as possible. Then, due to technical difficulties with the podcast, there's a surprise ending even Dia doesn't see coming! All of this and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/11/202138 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 12: Defense and Coaching, Buzzer beaters, and Nassir 30 Points Little

February 4, 2021 The Trail Blazers are on a road trip and still struggling through injuries, and defense problems. The internet is abuzz with who to blame, and this week Dave and Dia don't agree--not even a little. Words are exchanged, voices get louder, and nothing is solved, but lots is talked about. They also talk abour Charles Barkley, Nassir Little and his record 30 point game, Melo's joy and pain, and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/4/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 38 seconds
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Do the Blazers Have Enough Talent to be Good Defensively?

On this week’s Blazer’s Edge podcast, Danny Marang sits down to talk with The Athletic’s NBA Anlayst (and former Milwaukee Buck’s Director of Basketball Research) Seth Partnow about; how to look at shot quality (and quantify it) why it matters, what to do with it, the ideas behind how Portland defends opponents and where breakdowns occur, the idea of Carmelo Anthony as a “sineater” for the offense, whether or not you should be worried about Robert Covington’s shooting struggles and should the Blazers be taking a look at the young guys on the roster while there are so many injuries and a whole lot more! NOTE: This was a really great/fun discussion I got to have with Seth about a lot of top level ideas and how teams fundamentally look at things. If you want to get a better understanding on how things are looked at from inside an organization, listen to this pod and definitely seek out Seth’s work. Intro Seth Partnow! What is Second Spectrum tracking data? 2:00 Using tracking data and algorithms for shot quality 4:00 Limitations of what’s currently available by manual tracking 6:00 Seth’s introduction to Shot Quality on The Athletic 8:00 Why Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and other stars have “higher shot difficulties” and “lower shot quality” 9:30 Limitations of tracking and how to categorize things for an individual player 11:30 Understanding scoring area of the floor and how to capitalize on those things 14:00 Are book keepers fudging long 3’s in the books? 16:30 The Price is Right with midrange shots 18:00 The set up for a midrange shot has gone away with the 3-point revolution 19:00 The idea of moving through space vs occupying space 20:00 Looking through the lens of Carmelo Anthony post ups in shot quality theory? 21:00 “Anthony works as the Sineater for the offense” - Partnow 22:00 Understanding shooting luck/variance 24:00 Why do corner 3’s come open so often? 26:00 “Giving up the corner 3 is much more about a breakdown somewhere else” - Partnow 28:00 How Portland tries to walk the line of “Four Factors” but falls short 29:00 Why does Portland’s defense breakdown so easily? 31:00 “Failure to guard an initial action (point of attack)” 32:30 “Portland doesn’t have sufficient defensive acumen to be much more than an average defense” 34:00 Looking at Robert Covington and where he fits Dame and CJ as point of attack defenders Playing good offense is hard work Derrick Jones Jr & Covington - disappointment in production 36:00 Are you “worried” about Covington’s shooting? 40:00 “He (Zach Collins) is more - projects to be more of a rim anchor than Nurkic could be” - Partnow 46:00 “If you’re operating at a talent deficit, you don’t win.” 47:00 Why Portland should look to experiment with so many injuries 48:00 Looking at the idea of sunk cost 52:00 Coaches as control freaks and leaning on veterans 55:00 The relationship between coaching, personnel, time on floor and organizational demands 58:00 “lineup card is yours - but you can’t play Pena at 1st base... I traded him” - Moneyball  Closing Comments Outro https://theathletic.com/2351786/2021/01/29/nba-introduction-to-shot-quality-and-expected-results-seth-partnow/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/1/20211 hour, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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Episode 11: Twins, broken records, and adjusting expectations

January 28, 2021 The Trail Blazers are once again, beaten and bruised and broken down. Now down six players from a 14 man roster, is it time to dust our expectations as Blazer fans? Dave and Dia discuss this, Damian Lillard's new twin babies and his record breaking game, The Blazers' young players stepping up and what that could mean for trades, the Oklahoma City shoe controversy and more Trail Blazers related topics. As the podcast was recorded on the one year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death, Dia tells a story about that and talks about how human decency and kindness in the face of tragedy makes all the difference. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/28/202157 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bench Fills in for Missing McCollum & Nurkic

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Danny Marang takes a look at the Portland Trail Blazers after 5 days off due to the NBA postponing two games against the Memphis Grizzlies and how that impacted their first game back to action against the New York Knicks and going forward. What can we take from the new defensive looks? Can the bench be counted in to score like it did in the first half vs New York? Is this a building block for Anfernee Simons? Will they continue to use Derrick Jones Jr more in the pick & roll? Which changes will stick and which will they throw away? There’s a lot to get into in this shortened, quick hit, podcast so buckle in and get your week started right! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/25/202126 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 10: Nurk, CJ, and what the heck do we do now?

January 20, 2021 The Trail Blazers injury curse is running rampant with both Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum suffering injuries within a week of each other. So what do the Trail Blazers do now? Do we still have a chance at the playoffs? The Western conference Finals? The Championship? The situation seems dire, but is it bad enough to finally crush Dia's sense of optimism? Dave and Dia get into the nitty gritty of what the season looks like now, plus the Blazer's defense, Damian Lillard's role in all of this, Gary Trent Jr, Harry Giles, and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/21/202159 minutes, 15 seconds
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Staying Afloat with CJ & Nurkic Out

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang takes a look at what Portland could/should do with Jusuf Nurkic out for 8+ weeks, the re-emergence of Rodney Hood, the value of Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr, Enes Kanter's ability to fill in as a starter, how to get more our Gary Trent Jr and optimize Carmelo Anthony, as well as adjustments with the late breaking news about CJ McCollum being out for 4+ weeks when further tests reveal more extensive damage. Intro Opening comments Rodney Hood starts & looks... great? 2:00 What does Hood's play mean - if anything? 4:00 CJ McCollum status update 7:00 Will Portland add another body? 8:30 Can the Blazers Stay Afloat While Nurkic's out? 10:00 Enes Kanter is fine as the fill in guy 12:00 How has Robert Covington looked so far? 14:00 Derrick Jones Jr/Covington leading to good things on both ends 16:00 What changes are actually showing up in the adjustments? 18:00 Balancing Carmelo Anthony's role & possessions 20:00 The inconsistency of Gary Trent Jr's place on the team 22:00 How can Portland get more out of the bench? 24:00 Establishing the pecking order 27:00 Listener Questions! mathew @MathewPurcell Will Little see the court Monday? Who starts at the 2 Monday and beyond with cj out? When will our D finally click?  Loving the steals and finger tips on balls but our 3pt d seems to be let them shoot their average and deal with it on the offensive end. Slater Smith @slaterjsmith Will Giles off the bench fit better with Melo off the bench? (Vs. the Kanter pairing) Dion and the Belmont Goats @Culcordia How much time you think Giles is going to get while Nurk is out? Is it time to develop his talent, or do we play it safe? Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/19/202139 minutes, 26 seconds
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Rapid Reaction: Jusuf Nurkic Suffers Broken Wrist

No catchy headlines, no breakdown, just some unfiltered thoughts about Jusuf Nurkic suffering another injury and what it means for the Trail Blazers right now and in the future. Do they roll out Enes Kanter as the starter? How about going the way of Noah Vonleh and giving Harry Giles token starts before the veteran Kanter comes in to play 30 minutes a night? Could they pursue a low level trade with a smaller piece of the roster to get an extra body with both Nurkic and Zach Collins down and who could they look at? Could Terry Stotts get really weird and opt to play small ball and begrudgingly move Robert Covington to the center spot defensively while utilizing Derrick Jones Jr as the 5-man offensively? There’s so many different questions with so many answers and ways things could end up going that I couldn’t touch on all of them, but with so many questions sent my way tonight - I wanted to address as many as I could right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/15/202119 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 09: Winning Streaks, CJ MVP McCollum, and high hopes for the Blazers

January 14, 2021 On this week's episode, Dave and Dia break down the Trail Blazers 3 game winning streak--what Portland is doing well and what we hope to see going forward. Dave can't wait to talk about the Toronto win, and Dia is feeling pretty justified in her don't-trade-CJ-McCollum take. Can CJ continue this level of play while Damian Lillard plays like Damian Lillard? Will Jusuf Nurkic tie everything together? Can the Blazers make a run for the Western Conference Finals? Dave and Dia discuss all of this and more. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/14/202155 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 08: Tough Losses, Stotts' Future, and Putting on Pants

January 6, 2021 The Trail Blazers are 7 games into the regular season and Dave and Dia have feelings about it--and they don't necessarily agree. Dia tries to come to terms with the current state of the team, and feeling like something is off, while Dave tries to get to the bottom of it. There are some references to putting on pants, unicorns coming out of a cup, and a whole lot of back and forth. This season has been weird and it's still anybody's season. At least one of us thinks so. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/7/20211 hour, 4 minutes
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Episode 07: Week One Reactions, Melo's Role, and Gary Trent Jr.

December 30, 2020 Regular season games are here and Dave and Dia react to the Trail Blazer's first week of games: Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. We discuss Carmelo Anthony and his role with the team going forward. Gary Trent Jr. came out and put on a show and we have feelings about it. We talk about the rest of the players as well as giving them grace and remembering they're humans before they're basketball players. Dave also brings up an issue with media, and just like most things, we have opinions. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/31/202058 minutes, 42 seconds
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Trading for James Harden

On this week's Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is joined by Blazersedge.com Associate Editor, Steve Dewald to take a look at: James Harden adding the Trail Blazers to his list of potential destinations and why Portland needs to act now, Portland's first two games vs the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony's rough start with the second unit, Enes Kanter doing Enes Kanter things, Jusuf Nurkic getting back in the groove, Damian Lillard is still REALLY good and the upcoming road trip that will see Portland take on Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Steph Curry. That and more on this week's episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/28/202053 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 06: Season Expectations, Zach Collins future, and Dave for MVP

December 23, 2020 The NBA is back, and Dave and Dia are ready to talk about it. They glaze right over the Denver pre-season games (because lets be honest, that was tough), chat about brainwashing their children into Blazer fandom (that's how it works, right?), discuss Zach Collins' future with the team (Dia gets really honest about this one), touch on Damian Lillard's MVP talk (he's always been our MVP), and propose a challenge to the listeners (with a reward--kind of). Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/23/202058 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 05: Preseason excitement, 6th man Melo and Coach Dame

December 16, 2020 The Preseason is underway! Dave and Dia talk about the first two preseason games against Sacramento. How is Carmelo Anthony looking as the 6th man? Is Rodney Hood back to his pre-injury self? Do the Blazers stand an actual chance at a Championship this year? Does Dave still have a job at Blazers Edge? these questions and more are answered as Dave and Dia discuss all things Trail Blazers basketball. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/17/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 04: Retiring Numbers and Acquiring Villains

December 9, 2020 Melo vs BRoy? Harden to Portland? Ant as backup Point Guard? Dave and Dia discuss some of the hot topics amongst Trail Blazers fans going into the Pre-Season. Should Melo wear number 7? Should Portland make a move to get James Harden? How will Anfernee Simons be as back up Point Guard? Can Dia keep her cool while discussing these topics (spoiler alert: Nope). Join us this week for all the chit chat leading up to the Pre-Season start up! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/202056 minutes, 48 seconds
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Derrick Jones Jr: "I Can't Wait!"

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by new Portland Trail Blazer's wing - Derrick Jones Jr! Together they hit on; the rapid cross country move from Miami to Portland, how he's getting acclimated to the region, if he's talked with Carmelo Anthony about their back and forth during the season last year (Jan 5th, 2020) , playing basketball "without chains," putting the ball anywhere near the rim and he'll go get, what his role will be, breaking down his defensive versatility, building up a 3-point shot and a whole lot more! Intro Opening Comments Getting acclimated with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony immediately 2:00 Going back and forth with Melo - have you talked to him about that at all? 4:00 With you and Robert Covington on the team together - you're two of the most successful G-League pairings yet, what would you tell those guys that are still grinding down there? 7:30 Who is/are the guys you want to cover- that you want to take on the challenge of guarding? 9:30 Breaking down film with Derrick and his defensive versatility and how it impacts a night to night basis? 11:00 Guarding the pick and roll and knowing my job 14:00 Learning from veterans like PJ Tucker and Jared Dudley on how to have active hands 16:00 What part of your offensive game are you most looking forward to developing? 17:30 Where do see your confidence at now? 19:00 When you're playing off of guys in the starting lineup- where do you find you role? 21:00 Have you had the discussion with Dame about lob passing/timing? 22:00 What have you done/are you doing to develop that 3-point shot? 24:00 Taking a look at defensive versatility and how Jones Jr can be effective up and down the lineup? 26:00 Coming to Portland and getting the chance at a "green light" 28:00 "I can't wait!" 29:30 Have you and Anfernee Simons had a little dunk off yet? 30:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/9/202033 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 03; Line ups, Projections and Social Media

December 2, 2020 Starting lineups, win projections, and the ways in which social media shapes our modern sports experience. Listen to hear Dave and Dia discuss these topics and more. Or, just come to hear the explosion of Mount St. Dia. Nope, we are SO not kidding. Music: Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/3/202059 minutes, 55 seconds
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Where Does Harry Giles Fit in with the Blazers?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Greg Wissinger of The King's Herald hops on to take a look at former Sacramento King, and newly signed Trail Blazer big, Harry Giles III. How healthy is he? What kind of player is he now and could he be later? How does he get on the floor - and should he play Enes Kanter? Why doesn't he shoot 3's and how on Earth did he end up a free agent already!? That and more on this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast. Intro Opening Comments How on Earth did Harry Giles end up a free agent already? 2:00 The handling of Giles by the Kings early on 5:00 Where is Giles at physically now, are his knees still a worry? 8:00 What are the things you want to drive home about Harry Giles the player? 9:30 "He's a poor man's (Nikola) Jokic as a passer" 10:00 Athletic profile of Giles, "he moves more like Nic Batum than some center" 12:00 Why hasn't Giles been able to get more playing time? 14:00 "He could be a passable defender..." 17:00 Could coming to Portland (where there might be a defender or two) help him out? 19:00 Why doesn't Giles shoot 3's?! EXPLAIN IT TO ME! 21:00 An elite finisher, solid midrange but a black hole in between 23:00 Will/Should Giles get minutes over Enes Kanter? 26:00 Why it makes sense to get Giles on the floor 31:00 What do you see Giles' ceiling as? 34:00 Giles as a screener looking like Zach Collins 36:00 One non-basketball thing you love about Giles 40:00 Does Giles have a nasty streak? 42:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/30/202045 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 02: Making Moves and Taking Names

November 26, 2020 Dave and Dia discuss the Blazer's off season as it currently stands. Our thoughts on the draft, trades, big moves and did Portland finally win? How are we feeling about the team with just a few weeks before the season begins? Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/26/202053 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 01: Meet Dave and Dia

November 26, 2020 Meet Dave and Dia. Who are they? What are their formative Blazers memories? How in the world does a Portland fan survive living in LA amongst Lakers family members? Find out the answers to these questions and more at the start of a brand new podcast series. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/26/202046 minutes, 13 seconds
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Who Starts for the New Look Blazers?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is joined by Nekias Duncan of basketballnews.com (and follower of all things Miami Heat) to talk about: the Trail Blazer's offseason acquisitions; specifically former Miami Heat wing Derrick Jones Jr, the impact that Robert Covington could have on the Blazers, a changing and possibly more aggressive Portland defense, how the rotation could shake out, where Portland sits in a loaded Western Conference and more! Intro  Nekias Duncan on the show! Opening Comments Thoughts on Derrick Jones Jr getting the MLE 1:30 Who Does DJJ remind you of? 3:30 What will DJJ's primary role be in Portland? 5:45 DJJ is the best athlete Portland has had in two decades 7:30 What are the drawbacks of DJJ - what will keep him off the floor? 9:00 Do you believe he can continue to add to his game? 10:30 Do you think DJJ is going to have the work rate to maximize his potential? 13:30 Does coming to Portland unlock anything for DJJ? 14:30 How good are DJJ's hands - can he go catch it anywhere? 17:00 Thoughts on the addition of Robert Covington? 18:00 Will Portland get more aggressive defensively this year? 19:00 Is Covington a floor raiser or a ceiling raiser? 22:00 Portland has added a lot of bigs, is this the way to go? 24:00 Portland has real versatility now - can they mix & match? 26:00 Is Covington more of a 3 or a 4? 27:00 What's the best starting lineup Portland could roll out with everyone healthy? 28:00  Does Portland need to add another ball handler? 31:00 The Blazers have a 2nd generation behind the starters 33:00 What do you like about Harry Giles and his fit in Portland? 34:00 How much should Giles play? 38:00 The return of Carmelo Anthony 41:00 What will Melo's role be this season? 42:00 Who is left out of the rotation in the frontcourt? 46:00 After the early free agency period, where do the BLazers fall in the Western Conference? 48:00 Have the Blazers done enough to make a Western COnference Finals run? 50:30 How the Western Conference is shaping up; Luka Doncic, Chris Paul to the Suns 53:30 What would Portland have to do to be a no doubt contender? 54:30 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/23/20201 hour, 54 seconds
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Who Will the Blazer's Sign with the MLE?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Steve Dewald to take a look at the next 24-72 hours, the opening of Free Agency, the potential big moves of Chris Paul, James Harden of Russell Westbrook, will the Blazers take Jay Scrubb and SHOULD they, Damian Lillard endorsing Giannis Antetokounmpo in Portland, who Portland will sign with the MLE and more! Intro Opening Comments 3:30 Jay Scrubb - Could the Blazers draft him? 5:30 Could the Blazers trade back? 7:00 Who does Scrubb remind you of?  9:30 Do you trust the Blazers to pick Scrubb at 16? 12:30 The Blazers don't really give off false signals 14:00 A wild Monday to start the new NBA season - who gets moved? 15:00 Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar Derozan and everyone else on the move 17:00 Could the Blazers go after Lauri Markkanen? 18:00 Do the Blazers have someone lined up to sign at the MLE as soon as the window opens? 20:00 Josh Jackson, Danilo Gallinari and Jae Crowder - any of them make sense?  24:00 Expectations over the next 24-48 hours as the season opens up? - Philadelphia 76ers getting spicy? 26:00 Will Trevor Ariza still be with the team next season? 30:00 Does continuity REALLY matter? 32:00 Portland needs to get longer, stronger and more athletic 34:00 How close is Gary Trent Jr to being a starting level player in the NBA? 36:00 Damian Lillard endorsing Giannis Antetokounmp to Portland? Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/16/202039 minutes, 57 seconds
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Has Jusuf Nurkic Reached His Ceiling?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Steve Dewald to take a look at: Open Comments Season restart Draft Christopher Mazzeo @Maznorthwest Assuming all the top tier wings are gone at 16 who do you suggest the Blazers pick? trades Brandon Niles @2guysbrandon Ariza, Collins, and a first seems like the best way to combine assets with contract value to get a trade going. What are the odds we use something like that to go after a big upgrade somewhere, and who might it be? Oladipo? Hield? Covington? 40:50 Hayden Tompkins @ImRipCity07 What would be your ideal trade package in return for CJ? --- 36:00 Combining McCollum with Nurkic for Joel Embiid + more? Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel Give us your best Jrue Holiday trade idea involving the Blazers and Pelicans. Free agency Matthew @ReverendRomulus Danilo Gallinari, Jerami Grant, and Jae Crowder have all been spoken of as possible Blazer free agent targets. Are any of these reasonable gets for Portland or should we expect a free agent from the next tier down? wayne hughes @SuzFellow More then likely Neil will just work around the fringes of free agency. Lets say no large trades are made. Please cover those low cost FA vet players that makes sense. drew elizarde-miller @DrewElizMiller Nurkic trajectory -- have we seen his ceiling? how good could he get from here? drew elizarde-miller @DrewElizMiller what were the roots of the blazer 3rd quarter issues this year? how can this be resolved and how much is this related to roster construction vs. effort? Thomas Cogswell @ThomasCogswell Who is the starting 4 at the beginning of the season? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 9 seconds
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Blazer's Edge Pod: Mailbag Edition!

The Blazer's Edge podcast returns after a long hiatus to take on some Mailbag questions with host Danny Marang. On the pod Danny hits on where he's been - some announcements, addresses the "trade CJ McCollum" article, then dives into some offseason questions as the Portland Trail Blazers look to gear up for what might be a quick turnaround from the 2020 NBA season. Intro Opening comments We’re back! Mailbag Questions! Nason @TheNason  How bad would CJ have to get before Blazer fans would stop overvaluing him and be ok with trading him? 3:00 Rolling it back to 2015 and thoughts on CJ’s break out series vs the Memphis Grizzlies At the point where you can’t get better value for McCollum? 6:00 Thought process behind making a trade 9:00 Assembling enough star power or building through depth? 12:00 Neil Olshey hasn’t traded a rotation player w/more than a year left in his tenure 16:00 Lando @lando_commandoh Which former blazer would you bring back on the cheap: Plumlee, ET, Pat, Mo, or Meyers. 18:00 king donut@jellydonut52  Do you think Nassir Little will develop into a player who can contribute at a high level? What is his ceiling/potential? 19:00 Lando @lando_commandoh  Which SF/wing in the draft do you like best: Vassell, Williams, or Bey? 22:00 Josh Sargent @itinerantusa Expectations for Ant for this year? Who’s your favorite backup PG target if the Blazers decide to get a vet? 24:00 But still my main question remains what is going on with Collins and will he be ready if the season starts in January? 26:00 Kyle Nishida @Kyle_Nishida Portland has pick No. 16. Theoretically (b/c Neil is married to draft picks), what trade value does that pick have? 28:00 Cement Halo @DitchCathedral Which players do you think are most likely to be traded or released before the season starts? - What do you see as the most likely starting lineup? - If they can stay healthy this year, where do you see the Blazers at in terms of playoff seeding/success? Thanks! 29:00 How ridiculous does the West look next season? Arrival of Jamal Murray, Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell – and the return of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors 31:00 @EvenOddsPodcast @EvenOddsPodcast  Make it a Gordon Hayward pod you coward. 34:30 Closing comments Outro     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/3/202037 minutes, 29 seconds
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Blazer's Edge: Picking Your Poison- LeBron James or Anthony Davis - Who Do the Blazers Need to Stop?

Blazer's Edge: Picking Your Poison- LeBron James or Anthony Davis - Who Do the Blazers Need to Stop? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/24/202052 minutes, 34 seconds
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WHAT About the Bubble?

Tara and Cassidy are taking a break from their break to indulge in some blazing hot and bountiful Blazer Bubble talk. But first, an announcement! We are changing our name--W.H.A.T. now stands for We Have A Take because we have takes and we’re looking forward to bringing in even more different voices to talk basketball and Blazers and whatever else comes up.   On this episode, they chat about our playoff-bound Trail Blazers and their incredible and incredibly stressful Bubble Season (sorry, “Seeding games”). Next they talk about NBA Summer Camp/Varsity Summer League highlights. Tara’s got some off the wall theories (of course) and (of course) Cassidy has a Round 1 Playoffs Disney Bubble Playlist!  They also ask what can’t Gary do (yet), pause for some Carmelo Anthony appreciation, and come up with a new idea for post-basketball careers for Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Finally, W.H.A.T. celebrates some friends of the pod and their amazing recent accomplishments! (Check out new podcasts by @Jannelle12 and @SharonShyBrown and lots of great work from @britrobotista) It is the NBA like we've never seen it before! 4:30 Bubble/Wubble highlights 5:30 The dire coffee situation in the Bubble 7:40 Are the Bubble Blazers everything we expected? 16:45 What is something going on in the bubble you'd like to see implemented as part of the regular season? 24:45 Efficacy of jersey messages. 29:00 The Blazers rocking Ant gear 29:30 Dear Jeff Curtain, We love Jordan Kent. 32:00 Blazers v Lakers 39:30 2020 Disney Bubble ROund 1 Playoff Playlist 53:00 Shout out to our friends and wrap up Bubble Playlist: EASTERN CONFERENCE ROUND 1: When You Wish Upon A Star: Bucks-Magic Series Try Everything: Raptors-Nets Series  Almost There: Celtics-76ers Series  I'll Make A Man Out Of You: Heat-Pacers Series  WESTERN CONFERENCE ROUND 1: Stand Out: Blazers-Lakers Series I Just Can't Wait To Be King: Clippers-Mavericks Series Let It Go: Thunder-Rockets Series  Dig A Little Deeper: Nuggets-Jazz Series Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @wehaveatake, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/18/202058 minutes, 57 seconds
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Lillard vs LeBron - Blazers v. Lakers Preview

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by editor-in-chief from Silver Screen & Roll, Harrison Faigen. Together they preview the first Blazers-Lakers playoff series since 2002 including; how will the Lakers guard Damian Lillard and how will the Blazers deal with Anthony Davis? Lebron James matching up with longtime friend Carmelo Anthony, X-factors for each team, whether rest or rust will make a difference and more! Intro Opening comments Meme acceptance Harrison's ability to inspire Damian Lillard all by himself 2:00 Overall thoughts on Lakers-Blazers 4:00 Rest vs Rust 8:00 Playoff Lebron James activated 10:00 How do the Lakers look to slow down Lillard? 15:00 What are the positives for the Lakers heading into the playoffs? 17:00 Kyle Kuzma being the 3rd best player for the Lakers Who guards LeBron James for the Blazers? 19:00 How will the Blazers guard the 1-2 punch of Lebron and Anthony Davis? 21:30 Carmelo Anthony vs LeBron defensively 24:00 Javale McGee and Blazer's Kryptonite 27:00 Lillard having a chance to right some wrong perceptions 32:00 The Blazers missing Trevor Ariza mightily in this match-up 38:00 Overall thoughts on the level of basketball in the bubble and future playoff seeding/match-ups 41:00 Official prediction time 42:30 "The Blazers are a shooting laxative" - Harrison Faigen 44:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/17/202050 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is Jusuf Nurkic a Top 5 Center?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Steve Dewald to take a look at your questions about: the first 6 games in the bubble, red hot play of Gary Trent Jr, the disappointment of Zach Collins' inconsistency, Jusuf Nurkic - is he a Top 5 center, Intro Opening comments What is the best excuse to miss a COVID test? - DeAndre Ayton 2:00 First week of Blazer's basketball in the bubble 4:00 Mailbag Questions Why has Gary Trent Jr been the most impressive? 5:00 Damian Lillard and a 50 piece 7:00 Grading on a curve in the bubble? 7:30 Gary Trent Jr and a superstar level growth 9:30 The difference between a building block & a core piece? 12:30 Value on the defensive end 15:30 How does GTJ's emergence impact Rodney Hood, Trevor Ariza & Carmelo Anthony? 18:30 Does Carmelo Anthony return next year? 20:00 What kind of contract could GTJ get? 24:30 Who's been the bigger disappointment in the bubble- Zach Collins or Hassan Whiteside? 25:30 The Blazer's have to see Collins play and know what they are going to do going forward 28:00 Measuring Collins' development on a different curve and what could hold him back 29:00 Could you see the Blazer's losing to the Mavs and/or Nets? 36:00 Impressions of Jusuf Nurkic's first 6 games 37:00 Nurkic and better conditioning 40:00 Is Jusuf Nurkic a Top 5 center? 42:00 Will the Blazers make the playoffs? 46:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/11/202052 minutes, 39 seconds
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Should the Blazers Make a Lineup Change?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast Danny Marang is joined by Trail Blazers Stage Manager, Kristen Kerbaugh to take a look at: The first impressions of the return to play Having front row seat to Dame-Time The ridiculousness that is NBA officiating NBA denying us trash talk with piped in music Jusuf Nurkic returns! Gary Trent Jr shines! Portland vs Memphis Zach Collins' struggles Portland vs Boston A miraculous near-comeback Looking ahead to Houston ......and more! Intro Opening Comments Kristen Kerbaugh - Trail Blazers Stage Manager Best Seats in the House! - 2:00 Two games in, what are your initial thoughts on the return of the Blazers? 4:00 Being front row for Damian Lillard replay reviews 5:30 The magic of Terry Stotts at the replay booth 7:30 The never ending foul parade... Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Hassan Whiteside 9:00 The NBA has cranked up the volume in the arena to deny us the trash talk on the floor! 11:00 First impressions on the return of Jusuf Nurkic? 14:00 The difference in the Blazer's with Nurk on the floor 16:30 Nurkic and the necessary risks he takes 18:00 How has he looked defensively? 18:30 Levels of activity 21:00 Gary Trent Jr is alive! 23:00 The build up of Trent this year 25:00 Zach Collins and fouls are a problem 29:00 Putting a bow on the Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies 32:00 How do you keep Hassan Whiteside happy? 33:30 Whiteside WILL have a game where he'll matter 37:30 The half that shall not be named 39:00 Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker present problems 40:00 A different Blazers team in the 2nd half vs the Boston Celtics Damian Lillard and an injury that he needs to work through every year 41:00 Focusing on everything but the final minutes 43:00 Looking at the final play where Lillard passed to Nurkic for 2 45:00 Should the Blazers look to make a lineup change? 48:00 Where do you see Collins more comfortable at? 53:00 Looking at the Houston Rockets 55:00 Should the Blazers go to Nurkic and pound inside? Does Portland opt to go Box and one vs James Harden again? 57:00 How many games does Portland need to win to force the play in game? 1:00:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/4/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ben Golliver: Bubble Report

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by the Washington Post's (and Blazer's Edge alum) Ben Golliver- who is is one a select few who will be reporting live from the bubble in Florida for the entire duration. Together they discuss the process for quarantining on arrival, the atmosphere and precautions taken, how different covering this event really is. Intro Ben Golliver! How much are you willing to risk to cover the bubble? 2:00 The process to get into the bubble 4:00 Being locked in a hotel room for a week...8:00 NBA Summer Camp 10:00 What is it like having this kind of environment between players & media 12:00 Picking and choosing what you're going to cover 14:00 94 night reservation at the Disney Resort 16:30 Being able to experience the entire length of the bubble 17:30 Ben's inability to name 3 Disney movies 19:00 How has the Lou Williams & Richaun Holmes situations impacted the campus? 22:00 Being in the ball rooms for games - having Giannis Antetokounmpo & Lebron James playing right after each other 24:00 Is there an asterisk on this season? 27:00 Which all-time team would you "invite" to cover in the bubble? 30:00 The outside world recounting Ben's misery in quarantine 33:00 Lego Lambo 36:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/28/202048 minutes, 35 seconds
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How Many Wins do the Blazer's Need to Make the Playoffs?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Steve Dewald joing Danny Marang to take a look at how the 1st week in the bubble has gone, Skinny Melo(!), Portland gearing up offensively, what birthday meal you would have in the bubble, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings dealing with missing players, how many wins will it take to make the playoffs, end of season awards and more! Intro Opening comments Losing weight in quarantine Are you buying Skinny Melo? 1:50 Do you think it's going to matter? 4:30 Could Portland reap the benefits of having an offensive ready starting 5 going into the Bubble? 6:00 Damian Lillard's 30th birthday catered by CJ McCollum What are you getting delivered for your birthday in the bubble? 8:00 How do you eat a lobster with hotel silverware? 9:00 Shocking reveal, star player has presidential suite! 14:00 Ben Golliver and the media bubble 16:00 Favorite moments of the "campus life" so far 17:30 Lillard: "don't waste our time here" Zion Williamson, DeAaron Fox (and now Marvin Bagley) out for a period leading up to the restart 20:00 How many games do the Blazer's need to win to get into the playoffs? 21:50 Are you more confident that the bubble will work now? 23:00 What are you looking for during the restart? Anfernee Simons needed a reset 26:00 Expectations for Nassir Little 30:00 Regular season awards! Where does Dame fall as an ALL NBA player? 31:00 Who's your DPOY? 32:00 Is it Ja Morant or Zion as your Rookie of the Year? 33:30 Closing comments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/21/202038 minutes, 27 seconds
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Special Guest Trail Blazer's wing Nassir Little, Most Improved in Lead Up to Restart

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Trail Blazer's wing Nassir Little to talk about his growth during his rookie season, developing his three point shot, confidence feeding into a young player, staying in shape through the shutdown, making an impact with social justice and protests, looking ahead to the bubble, carrying Carmelo Anthony's wine case on road trips and listener questions throughout the show! Opening comments If you could go pro in anything else, what would it be? 1:00 Listener Questions Have you been able to workout? 3:00 Welcome to NL Fitness! 5:00 Have you been working on your 3 point shot? 7:00 Nassir breaking down his 3 point shot on video 8:00 Building confidence through the year 15:00 Working on his shot in the gym with the Arc System 18:00 Nassir on his development: "If we had a rank during quarantine, you (Nassir) are easily the most improved player. I think I've made huge strides." 20:00 Nassir on playing in the bubble in Orlando, and why it makes sense for him (and his teammates) to play 24:00 The financial ramifications of not playing 26:00 Working out at the practice facility during the lead up to the restart 27:30 Nassir on social justice, Black Lives Matter, marching in the protests here in Portland 29:00 Nassir "I have Black Lives Matter on my jersey. I put that in today." 31:00 Looking ahead to the 8 games during the restart and getting out to a hot start 35:00 Having "home court" in Florida at Disney 38:00 How different will it be to be away from family/loved ones 41:00 What is a piece of advice that sticks with you? 45:30 Giving back to his parents 47:30 What's one thing you love and one thing you don't about the NBA life? 52:00 Having to carry Carmelo Anthony's wine bag 55:30 What was it like coming out of the Draft with Zion Williamson 57:30 How did you adjust to falling on Draft night? 59:00 How much truth is there to Jusuf Nurkic's new jumpshot? 1:03:00 How much are you looking forward to playing with Nurkic? Do you see yourself as more of a 3 or a 4? 1:06:00 What has it been like playing with and being around Carmelo Anthony? 1:08:00 Why did you cut your hair? 1:10:00 Closing Comments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/6/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 20 seconds
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Who Can Fill in for Trevor Ariza?

On this week's Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report to discuss: NBA schedule release for the restart, the path to the playoffs for the Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings & New Orleans Pelicans, do the Pelicans and Zion Williamson have and easier path, Trevor Ariza opting out of the restart, the lineup changes with Ariza absent, Blazer's roster moves (if any), and a whole lot more! Intro Opening comments Tom Thibadeau, Daryl Morey and the Rockets situation SCHEDULE RELEASE! 2:15 "Starting the season with the Jazz is a choice" -Highkin First game for the Blazers return is against the Memphis Grizzlies 3:00 Did the New Orleans Pelicans get a softer path to a playoff opportunity? 4:30 Taking a look at the Blazer's 8 games and a shot at a play in game How many games do the Blazer's need to win to make the play in game? 7:00 Could the Blazers get lucky on the back end of their schedule? Can you judge the schedule based on performance earlier in the season? 10:00 Player privacy and positive tests being disclosed 16:30 Trevor Ariza opting out of the restart due to family situation 19:00 What do the Blazer's do now? 20:00 Do you move Carmelo Anthony down to the 3? 21:00 Who starts....again? 22:30 Could Gary Trent Jr be the answer to start at the 3? 26:00 Who are the free agents the Blazer's could sign? Michael Beasley, Iman Shumpert, Allen Crabbe, Allonzo Trier? 29:00 The NBPA and Nike working together to customize jerseys to highlight protests 32:00 Can the Blazers/Will the Blazers have the shot at the play in games? 35:30 Overarching thoughts on the restart of the season, the bubble, protests, media access and a lot more 40:00 8 year anniversary of Damian Lillard's draft night and fake earrings Sean Highkin's story on the 10 year anniversary of the FIBA team that shaped the current NBA 46:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/29/202055 minutes, 26 seconds
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Should the NBA Come Back?

On this week's podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Marcus Greaves of KOIN-6 to discuss the recent leaks from NBPA meetings about regarding the possible retur to play, the thought that players want opt out of playing to try to keep focus on a civil rights movement, how some players believe that continuing the season is more beneficial, the Blazer's chances of making it to the playoffs and more! Opening comments Could a healthy Blazers team catch a team (Lebron James & the Lakers) off guard? 2:00 Breaking down the idea of sacrifice during COVID-19 and projecting problems 4:30 Taking a look at the outline to return to play - "No One is Being Forced to Play." 11:30 Looking at the reporting coming out of the phone calls and player's meetings 14:30 Understanding what is currently going on in the US/World with civil rights right now 17:00 Platforming the movement with the league vs. opting not to play 19:30 What is the value that you have to figure out to say one option is better than the other? 24:00 How do you measure the net gain of not playing? 26:30 Would a sports blackout across the board be possible? 31:00 Carmelo Anthony wanting to pool resources and platforming a message 33:30 Listener Questions Wearing sweats with the suit top? 41:00 Will any players have any kind of advantage in the bubble? 44:00 Veteran players vs younger players, and single players vs married players 46:30 CJ McCollum wanting contact practice early and the Blazers having to ready Day 1 of the season resuming 52:30 Rodney Hood looking great on Instagram returning to basketball activities 54:00 Something is off with the Nets - Marcus 55:30 Damian Lillard's leadership mindset/mentality reminds Marcus of Kobe Bryant and Lebron James 59:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/15/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 34 seconds
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It's Official, the Trail Blazers Return July 31st - Now What?

On this week's edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast., Danny Marang is joined by guest host Kendyl Bennett to take a look at the Portland Trail Blazers as they return to competitive basketball July 31st. The lead up to the resumption of the season, how Jusuf Nurkic and Hassan Whiteside do (or don't) fit together, how Zach Collins will be able to integrate, whether or not the Blazer's have a real chance at the playoffs and more! Intro Opening comments Kendyl Bennett! First thoughts on the return of the season? 2:00 Safety, quality competition... competitive? Will there be a Ray Felton candidate? 4:00 Worried about players being in shape and ready to play without getting injured? 4:30 Is there a point where you would be "comfortable" if you're not already,. about the return to play and at what point would you have to shut things down? 6:00 Open roster situation and how rigid will it be? 7:30 Looking at the early financial implications of the restart to the season and how that impacts a soon-to-be free agent such as Hassan Whiteside 11:00 Looking at how Hassan Whiteside, Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins all get minutes and how to maximize the contribution of each 13:00 Who gets the starting nod at center for Portland when the season resumes? 17:30 Kendyl's love/hate relationship with Hassan Whiteside 18:30 Which version of Whiteside will Portland get int he restart- heading to free agency in a shortened year, how will that impact (or will it at all) how he plays? 25:00 How the schedule will likely play out - and who has a head start with seeding? 30:00 Who gets the starting nod at power forward for Portland when the season resumes? 34:00 How much do you care/how invested are you in a restart to the season? 37:00 How the return of Nurkic and Collins impacts the guys further down the roster 44:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/8/202048 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why Damian Lillard is the Most Valuable Player the Blazer's Have Ever Had

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by fellow NBC Sports Northwest Blazers Outsiders co-host, Joe Simons to discuss the current events surrounding the death of George Floyd and the protests around it, the return of the NBA and how the Blazers may benefit, the value that Damian Lillard brings to the franchise OFF the floor, Dan Orlovsky not sticking to football, best and worst case options for the league's return, why the NBA should get weird with the tournament and a whole lot more! Intro - Joe Simons on the show! Thoughts on current events- protests and solidarity 1:30 The NBA is coming back, probably? 4:30 Thoughts on what the league is doing/not doing and are they getting it right? 5:30 Why can’t they just make a decision and get rolling 7:00 How does the NBA calendar set up going forward? 8:30 What is the reason for the NBA dragging their feet on the restart? 10:30 Can there be a consensus restart for the league? 13:30 Is there any chance the league caps out at 16 teams for the restart and leaves Portland on the outside? 16:30 Yes, small markets are getting a leg up here because they have Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson  Dame’s leverage play with Chris Haynes 17:00 The value of Damian Lillard and his understanding of his power, pull and reach 18:30 Dame vs Dan Orlovsky 19:30 This is the opportunity to experiment for the league 24:30 Do you like the NBA looking at a NCAA or World Cup inspired tournament play in? 27:00 The return of Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic 29:00 Who starts between Jusuf Nurkic/Hassan Whiteside and Zach Collins/Carmelo Anthony? 33:00 Why starting Jusuf Nurkic makes sense 36:00 Why isn’t Shain Brenden on Blazers Outsiders anymore? 39:00 On-air vs off-air relationships 41:00 Overall takeaway for what the NBA will do, what they should do and how the Trail Blazers will come out? 44:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/1/202048 minutes, 25 seconds
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Best Fits for the Trail Blazers Come Draft Night & the Return Of Basketball

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast Danny Marang is joined by Steve Dewald, Editor at Blazer's Edge and draft driven vagabond to take a look at what the return to the season could look like for the Portland Trail Blazers. What might the entail? Will the Blazers actually get to play more games- if so how many? Do they have a real chance of surpassing the Memphis Grizzlies and rookie star Ja Morant? Then it's a first look at Steve's 2020 Draft Big Board - who will be available? Who is the best fit? Will there be a surprise Portland pick? What's the value of a draft pick this year and a whole lot more! Intro Opening Comments Does lettuce belong on tacos? The return of basketball 4:00 Money talks 5:30 This isn’t about the best way to do it - it’s about what’s best for them collectively, that’s what the NBPA is there for 8:00 GM Survey 10:00 How many games will be played? 10:30 Will every team be returning? 12:00 Gearing up for the return 13:00 Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins & Rodney Hood have been working out thru all of this 13:30 Will there be a “Ray Felton” spotting around the league? 14:30 When will the season conclude? 15:00 Will it matter how “old” a team is when it comes to coming back into the season 17:30 Do you like the idea of a play-in tournament? 19:00 Could the Blazers get hot enough to make noise in a play in tournament? 20:30 Portland isn’t going down without a fight- on or off the court 23:30 Will Nurkic and Collins be ready when things come back? 25:00 How will the cap situation effect the Blazers going forward 26:30 Looking at the Draft 29:30 There will be guys selected in the Top 5 that will get executives fired 30:30 The Blazers have done well with value in their draft picks 31:30 Who are the guys that will be available between picks 10-16? 34:30 Aaron Nesmith & Saddiq Bey - “a guy who could play for Terry Stotts as a rookie” -Steve Dewald Where could Portland draft? 37:00 Who is the absolute best fit for this Portland team in the draft? 38:30 Sneaky picks? R.J. Hampton 39:30 Guys to stay away from 42:30 Just Nurkic the Spirit Animal 47:00 Who could change the narrative on their season? 49:00 They have got to find a way to mic the floor 51:00 Watching “The Match” and the return of trash talk 54:00 Ridiculous trash talk from Summer League 54:30 Closing Comments  Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/25/202059 minutes, 19 seconds
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WHAT About the Championship: Part 3

Finally! Tara and Cassidy are joined one last time by Sasha Ashall and Jannelle Moore to declare a winner of the 2020 NBA Championship bracket. After a round for mascots and a round for uniforms, we focus on which teams have the coolest players and finally, we try to determine who would win in actual basketball games. Along the way we discuss who might be the coach of the Rockets next season, a surprising candidate for the coolest Laker on the team, and what is James Harden like off the court? On our way to picking a winner we talk about how much we would love to watch a Damian Lillard vs LeBron James playoff series, who might be the most exciting matchup in the Eastern conference finals and how might the season actually play out? After this episode we’ll be going on hiatus for a few months. Take care of each other and stay in touch by following us on Twitter @tcbbiggs and @cassidygemmet and @hoopsandtalks Highlights :30 Whats next for WHAT 2:45 Championship bracket round 3, coolest players 5:00 Who will be the next coach of the Houston Rockets? 10:00 A surprising nominee for coolest Los Angeles Laker 19:30 What is James Harden like off the court? 21:00 Down to the final Four. Who wins Milwaukee Bucks vs Washington Wizards? Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers. 31:00 Damian Lillard vs LeBron James in a playoff series would be the best show in town.  38:00 Possible endings for the regular season. 42:00 Chris Paul might be crabby on the court but he seems like a good person to be leading the players union right now.  48:00 Announcing the winner of the 2020 NBA Championship Bracket Download Part 2 Download Part 1 Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @jannelle12 Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/20/20201 hour, 15 seconds
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Lamar Hurd Talks; Giving Back, Favorite Moments and Growing Up in Basketball

On this week's episode, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Trail Blazer's TV Analyst and all around good-guy, Lamar Hurd! Together they hit on; life since the season was postponed, his new show "Hurd Mentality" highlighting those that are helping those in need, the impact of basketball on Lamar's life early on, remembering this season, what we learned about this current group of players and more! Editor's Note: This is Tara (Team Mom's) Bowen-Biggs' last podcast here at Blazer's Edge. Attached here is a video message from Tara, wishing goodbye to all of the readers after 5 fantastic years. We wish her the best and if you feel so inclined - leave her a goodbye message in the post below or you can tweet to her @tcbbiggs - Thanks Tara! Intro Opening Comments Checking in - 2:00 Lamar's new show, Hurd Mentality and giving back 4:00 What did youth basketball mean to you? 9:30 Lamar's "origin story" and how basketball has impacted his life 10:30 How are you looking to impact basketball/programs when things return to normal? 20:30 What are you going to remember most about this season? 27:00 What (non-Damian Lillard plays) have been the most memorable/enjoyable sequences in your time as an analyst? 35:45 Nurk Fever 37:00 Maurice Harkless and Jusuf Nurkic trolling Lamar pregame 39:30 What are some of the things we learned this year? 42:00 Damian Lillard having a Steph Curry like impact 45:00 Culture, Bright Spots and missing out on Rodney Hood 51:30 What are the things that could be a challenge as a broadcaster if the season does resume? 55:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/18/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 31 seconds
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Special Guest Gary Trent Jr on: Development, Defense and Drip

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by "Apple Valley's Finest" and Portland Trail Blazer's guard, Gary Trent Jr! Intro Opening Comments Trent Jr on "The Last Dance" 1:00 The genesis of Gary Trent Jr 4:00 Trash talk and Tyus Jones 5:00 The impact of growing up the son of an NBA player, and having "uncles" like Sam Cassell and Kevin Garnett 7:00 When did you jumper surpass your Dad's? 9:00 Hard work pays off, eventually 10:00 How have you been the last couple of months? 12:00 What was it that clicked for you- what specific what did you put in to slow the game down? 15:00 Breaking down tape with Trent Jr 16:00 Coming together and building on success 24:30 If you’re always ready, you’ll never have to get ready 26:00 The transition game developing was just a part of growth and experience 27:00 Guarding a CJ McCollum or a Damian Lillard, that can’t do anything but help you 27:30 Who are the guys in the league who you watch to pull from? 28:30 The origin of “Gary will be in the league for at least a decade” 31:00 What were your thoughts when you found out you were drafted by Portland 32:00 Evan Turner taking GTJ under his wing 33:00 Trent Jr on his fashion 35:00 As the years progress, it (my fashion) will only get better 36:00 2K Battle between Trent Jr and Hassan Whiteside 38:00 Did they get your jumper right on 2K? 39:00 Do you have any Gary Trent Jr approved nicknames? 41:00 Call to action: We need an official Gary Trent Jr nickname 43:00 Listener questions Were you at Tyus Jones’ draft party? 46:00 Start, bench, cut - Kobe, MJ, LeBron 47:00 What is the most valuable lesson you’ve gained from playing alongside Carmelo Anthony? 49:00 Who’s the better storyteller- Kevin Garnett or Carmelo Anthony? 51:00 What does the development path look like for you between now and whenever NEXT season starts? 53:30 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/16/202057 minutes, 56 seconds
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WHAT About the Championship Part 2

We’re back to continue the 2020 NBA Championship bracket to determine a champion in case the NBA doesn’t resume. In this episode we use team uniforms to narrow down the sweet 16 to the elite eight (sorry, NCAA, we’re borrowing your terminology). We also talk games we’ll remember this season, Carmelo Anthony and falling for narratives, questionable logo choices, and what does Cream City mean?  Guests: Jannelle Moore (@Jannelle12) and Sasha Ashall, producer of From the Rose Garden 3:00 Ice Breaker: what is one game that will stand out for you? Houston vs Golden State on Christmas Day, first Clippers vs Lakers Game, Memorial Coliseum pre-season, Anthony Tolliver's last game with Portland. 14:45 Bracket Challenge continues with uniforms Listen to Part 1 of the bracket challenge: uniforms Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/10/202042 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Bounce and The Echo: Dying to Love a Game Author Ian Johnson

Tara talks to Ian Johnson, author of The Bounce and the Echo: Dying to Love a Game. Johnson is a former Division 1 basketball player at Davidson College and a five year veteran of European Leagues. In the book he talks about his basketball journey, his mental health journey, his effort to move on from basketball to the next phase of his life and how he came to love the game again. All of this is intertwined with anecdotes about the history of basketball.  Tara talks to him about why he wrote the book and they share a mutual appreciation of how sports reflects history (and history is reflected in sports). Johnson discusses what it was like playing at Oak Hill Academy with Carmelo Anthony, playing against LeBron in high school, and balancing (or trying to balance) being a student and an athlete in college.   Finally, Johnson shares some radical ideas about how to change youth sports that he believes would lead to more well-rounded and healthier players.  Highlights 1:00 Intro and pandemic talk.  4:00 Early basketball memories, going from being a soccer player to a basketball player.  7:00 Inspiration behind The Bounce and The Echo. A lot of it was about figuring out how to create his own narrative about his basketball career.  10:30 Why did he weave the history of basketball and historical anecdotes into his own story?  14:30 History is reflected in sport and sport is a reflection of history.  17:30 What was it like to be in such a competitive situation when he was very young?   23:00 Trying to describe how good it feels to play the game of basketball. 27:00 What was it like playing on a team with Carmelo Anthony and all the attention he brought?  29:00 Shout out to school uniforms 30:45 Playing against LeBron’s team in high school. 34:00 What was it like at Davidson and balancing being a player and an athlete.  36:00 Exploring mental health and athletes. 40:00 Playing in the Czeh republic, frequenting a speakeasy 41:00 Suggestions for how the youth game could help lead to better mindset for athletes when they become adults.  52:00 A week on board the cruise ship in Rio with the 2016 Olympic basketball teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/4/202059 minutes, 36 seconds
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WHAT About The Championship? Part 1

Here at the WHAT Podcast we don’t like to leave things hanging (unless it's taking a few extra weeks off in the middle of a pandemic). So we decided it was time to resolve who would be the 2020 NBA Champion. We brought in two super guests to help us out. Writer Jannelle Moore and podcast producer Sasha Ashall joined us to work through the 2020 Championship bracket so we could figure out, once and for all, which team will walk away with the Larry O’Brian Trophy.  We seeded the teams into a 32 team bracket and dove into the first round by pitting the team’s mascots against each other. (The last two NBA Mascots of the Year earned their team a bye in the first round.) Which teams are moving on? We’ll be back next week with round two of the WHAT 2020 NBA Championship Bracket.  All this plus recommendations of ways to stay connected to basketball even as we stay apart.  Icebreakers: Quarantine impulse purchases--cast iron, meat, Stroopwafels, dirt. 7:00 Where Sasha’s basketball fandom came from watching the worst possible version of the Lakers.  10:30 Declaring a champion of our hearts using a playoff bracket. Today we tackle round one: basketball mascots.  Bango the Buck is a heavy favorite after a clean sweep over Moondog of the Cavaliers.  15:00 How do mascot cliques form?  18:30 Is Lucky the Leprechaun a mascot or a logo?  24:00 Why don’t the Knicks have a mascot and can they hire Spike Lee to be their ambassador? 26:30 Mascot Hall of Fame. Shout out to Boomer who is in his first year of eligibility for the Mascot Hall of Fame. 30:00 The mascots are a close community, it is a harrowing job being a mascot.  40:00 Neither Warriors or Lakers have mascots, what will we do?  42:50 Why is Chuck the Condor so creepy? 48:30 Slamson the Lion has too many back stories, we’re suspicious.  51:10 Pierre the Pelican’s glow-up.  54:00 Blaze, obviously, moves on. He has never been Mascot of the Year, now is his time.  58:00 Come back for the next episode when we complete the bracket with more fun and fabulous NBA Brackets. 1:00 How are we staying connected to basketball? Old games, The Last Dance, Home and Hallelujah with the Currys, The Wine Down with Dwyane Wade, players getting new puppies, Weird Sports Rules YouTube Channel, and All the Smoke Podcast. Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest:  Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/3/20201 hour, 16 minutes, 27 seconds
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Could the Blazers Catch the Grizzlies for the Final Playoff Spot?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang and Tara Bowen- Biggs are joined by Keith Parish of Fastbreak Breakfast (and Grits & Grind) to talk who would have actually taken the 8th seed, biggest regrets with the season on hold, how salsa is great but dangerous, try to name the 22 players who have played for both the Blazers and Grizzlies, which Gasol brother is better, what the Blazers might look to do at the draft, the greatness of Andre Miller and more! Intro Opening Comments "Point Break" and Serial Killers 3:00 Snacks of choice during Quarantine 5:00 The origins of "Fastbreak Breakfast" 10:00 Andre Miller the Gawd 14:00 What's your biggest regret of this season? 16:30 Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson 18:00 The return of Jusuf Nurkic 23:00 Carmelo Anthony and how he's viewed now 24:30 How would things have turned out for the 8th seed? 29:00 How good were the Grizzlies really? Would the Pelicans with Zion Williamson been enough? 31:00 Is there a world where the Blazers make the playoffs? 36:00 Game time! Name off NBA players who were both Grizzlies AND Blazers- winner gets the 8th seed! 39:00 Listener Questions! Will the Blazers use their pick or look to move it in a bigger deal? 54:00 Is it fair or unfair that some teams might open practice facilities ahead of others? 58:00 Which Gasol brother is better? 1:04:00 If you had to quarantine with two super team players and a podcaster, who would they be? 1:10:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/27/202052 minutes, 25 seconds
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Brian “Wheels” Wheeler on Blazers, Michael Jordan & Writing Apology Letters

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by former Trail Blazer's radio play-by-play voice, Brian "Wheels" Wheeler! Together they run down some great stories like, the time Stevie Wonder attended a Blazer's game and told Wheels how much he loved how he called the game, or when Chick Hearn said he'd give him pointers on his demo reel and vouched for him at job interviews, or the time the Golden State Warrior's PR team asked Wheels to apologize (in writing) to then coach Mark Jackson for saying saying on the broadcast that upset him (in a game the Warriors blew a huge lead in), and his thoughts on calling Michael Jordan's games in light of "The Last Dance" premiere. Fantastic stories, the genesis of how he got into play-by-play, potential nicknames for players (including Gary Trent Jr) and more on this week's episode!! Intro  Opening Comments Brian Wheeler joins the pod! 2:00 Syncing up the radio with live game-play 3:00 Painting a picture with words for Stevie Wonder 4:30 Calling play-by-play anywhere and everywhere 7:00 The birth of the alliteration 10:00 “So angry he could bite through a rope” 13:00 Walking the line of being a homer 15:00 Nicknames you’re proud of and coming up with one for Gary Trent Jr 18:00 The Last Dance and Michael Jordan 25:00 Wheels having Chick Hearn as a reference 28:00 Chick Hearn stories 31:00 Listener Questions! Joe Simons of Blazer’s Outsiders - devilishly handsome 33:00 Relationships with other broadcasters 34:00 The time Wheels upset Mark Jackson so much he asked for a letter of apology from 35:30 Why Doug Collins was actually fired by the Bulls 41:00 Would you take the offer Joe Buck received? 43:30 Of the young players, who are you most excited to watch next season 49:00 How would you feel to call a new I-5 rivalry if it came back? 51:00 Which player from a different generation would you have liked to call? 55:30 John Wooden and Bill Walton story! 58:30 What is Wheels doing in the future? A book in the works? 1:00:00 Closing Comments  Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/20/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 6 seconds
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Clyde Drexler vs. Michael Jordan: Throwing it Back with Adam Ryan

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Adam Ryan of "In All Airness" to talk throwbacks, Clyde Drexler vs Micahel Jordan, how things would be viewed if luck had been on the Blazer's side, life on the other side of the world, chasing the Holy Grail of throwback basketball footage, reflecting back with former players, Adam's trip to All Star weekend in Chicago, his love for Terry Porter, the Mt Rushmore of Goggle Wearers and more! Intro  Opening Comments Adam Ryan - In All Airness Life on the other side of the world right now 3:00 Is there a Holy Grail of throwback basketball footage/game? 6:00 Tracking down old game tapes 8:30 Sidetrack- Paul Allen’s obsession with the Blazers 10:00 How did “In All Airness” start? 12:00 Talking with different players from different eras; such as Fat Lever and Danny Schayes 16:30 What it’s like sitting down with players well passed their playing careers 19:30 The genesis of basketball in Australia 23:00 Talking about shooters, Mark Price, Rick Barry and the differences between position groups 25:00 Adam’s experiences at All Star Weekend in Chicago 28:30 Mark Price and the All Star Breakfast 30:00 Legend’s Brunch 31:00 The Mt Rushmore of Goggle Wearer’s 32:30 Sad Blazer’s stories as introductions to the team 34:00 The differences between teams now and then 36:00 Clyde Drexler and the first super team Comparing eras and how throwback players could compete in today’s game 38:30 Adam getting mailed NBA games of the 1992 season sparks a love for Terry Porter 42:30 Adam and his interview with Michael Holton 47:00 Bringing back more torrid memories courtesy of Adam 48:00 Looking back at the Drexler v. Jordan battles and comparisons 51:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/14/20201 hour, 1 minute, 52 seconds
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Social media tips from Trail Blazers Digital Content manager Amara Baptist

Amara Baptist, Digital Content Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, dropped by the WHAT podcast to talk about what is keeping her entertained, share memories of her time working at Kobe Bryant’s summer basketball camp and give us tips for social media success. Plus we’ve got four more songs to add to the 2020 Feel Good playlist. Highlights 1:30 Icebreaker: What would you put on the English muffin of your dreams (shout out to Brooke Olzendam)?  7:00 Social media stars during the outbreak: Check out Matisse Thybulle on Tik Tok, CJ McCollum’s Instagram captions. Mario Hezonja and Meyers Leonard on Twitch. 9:00 NBA Players who can’t figure out how to use digital collaboration tools are so relatable (Hi, Carmelo Anthony). 11:00 Amara’s memories of Kobe Bryant. Handling social media during the Lakers first game back after his death. 19:00 Social Media school: what are some of the keys for successful social media presences, both for individuals and for brands?  35:00 Logistics of how you have a social media team. 38:00 Thoughts about how fragile life is.  39:00 More picks for the uplifting playlist. That's the way that the world goes round by John Prine and The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay by Ottis Redding, Conversations in the Dark, John Legend.  42:00 The secret to a good Instagram photo is to have Bruce Ely take it for you.  Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @amarabaptist  Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/10/202048 minutes, 28 seconds
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Exclusive: Anfernee Simons Joins the Podcast!

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Trail Blazer's guard Anfernee Simons! Together they touch on, managing time with the season up in the air, how Simons works on skills development, what players he looks to take moves/skills from, whether or not he's afraid of ghosts, what coaches expect of him out on the floor, listener questions and a whole lot more! Intro Opening Comments Anfernee Simons! Do you still access to a basketball hoop? 1:30 How are you and the family doing? 3:00 How are you staying busy? 4:30 There are BEARS in Florida 7:00 Is Ant afraid of ghosts? 8:30 How much do you love social media? 9:00 When you’re working on a skill- what’s the process you go through? 10:30 When you want to add something to your game, who are the guys you watch? What have you take from Lillard and McCollum? 12:00 When you work on something new, how long do you work on it before you take it to live game action? 15:00 What have been your Top 3 favorite moments you’ve been a part of this season? 16:00 How have your parents helped/influenced you on your way to the NBA? 20:30 Has your fashion sense changed since you got in the league? 22:30 What was your one splurge buy that you just had to have? 23:30 What advice that you received really stuck with you coming off your rookie season? 25:00 Listener Questions! What is the coaches want you to work on when you get out on the floor? 27:30 What would you rather have- Pick & roll or DHO? 28:30 What is your day like during the season? How is it different now? 29:30 How are staying connected with people/teammates? 31:30 What is your biggest takeaway from the season? 32:30 Why haven’t you worn Dame’s? What’s the process of deciding on what shoes your’e going to wear? 36:30 How is your family doing during all of this? 38:00 What’s the best meal you can cook? 39:20 Do you know all of Gary Trent Jr’s brother’s names? 40:00 Watching old games/footage 43:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/6/202048 minutes, 47 seconds
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WHAT is keeping Brook Olzendam busy?

Trail Blazers sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam dropped by the Hoops and Talks podcast to talk to Cassidy and Tara about how she is passing the time while the league is suspended. Learn more about the English Muffin Challenge, “Olzengrams”, and what sports stories everyone is enjoying while we wait for NBA basketball to return.  Highlights 1:00 Brooke’s English Muffin challenge 2:51 What is a favorite random sports fact? Invention of basketball, the invention of the High Five, and did Rocky Marciano really invent the fax machine?  9:15 What is fun about her job? Telling player stories. For example, talking to CJ McCollum’s high school coach to find out if he imagined McCollum would have such a successful NBA career.  11:30 We enjoyed McCollum tweeting the replay of the Denver Nuggets playoff game.  12:00 How has Brooke been spending her time? With family, keeping track of her mom, doing puzzles with her son. 20:00 Olzengram Live with Damian Lillard and Damian Lillard Jr. It is fun to see the players at home.   21:00 What it was like for Brooke to get to know Carmelo Anthony.  23:00 Favorite sports movies? 28:00 Favorite TV shows?  32:00 We’re going to miss watching the Olympics. 36:00 We are loving the rise of Jamie Hudson in the local media. We want to hear Jamie and Brooke call a game! 38:00 Favorite sports books? 45:00 Upbeat songs that make us feel good.  Here are our picks, what are yours?  Favorite Sports movie Tara: Miracle  Cassidy: Cool Runnings  Brooke: Karate Kid, Varsity Blues, Hoosiers Favorite Sports Book Tara: Loose Balls, The Secret Game, Boomtown, The Bounce and The Echo Cassidy: Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot  Brooke: Basketball and Other Things Shea Serrano, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes   Favorite Sports TV show Tara: Friday Night Lights Cassidy: Sports Night (1998) Brooke: The Jump, The Olympics Favorite Sports Documentary Tara: Battered Bastards of Baseball  Cassidy: Women of Troy and Finding Big Country  Brooke: The Marinovich Project (30 for 30), The Dream Team (30 for 30) Feel good playlist Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @brookeolzendam Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/4/20201 hour, 45 seconds
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Crowning the Best NBA Nickname Ever

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bown-Biggs and Danny Marang and joined by two guests; John Sabine of NBC Sports Chicago and Bulls Outsiders, and Cassidy Gemmet of the WHAT podcast. Together, they tackle John's poorly seeded NBA nickname bracket to crown the best nickname in NBA history. What nicknames did John forget? Which ones did we get right and which did we get wrong? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/31/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 45 seconds
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Nurkic, the Trail Blazers and Unfinished Business

After a brief break, the Blazer's Edge podcast with Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang is back! Intro Opening comments Staying safe and sane during social isolation 2:00 Immediate reaction to the shut down of the season 4:00 Players coming together to help 8:00 NBA players not being able to play ball - what are they doing now? 10:00 What will happen if the season resumes? 12:00 Quick detour to talk about the uniqueness of Duncan Robinson 14:00 The delayed return of Jusuf Nurkic 18:00 The "what if" of the season resuming and the improved health of the Blazers 22:00 Missing out on how Nurkic-Hassan Whiteside would work together...or not. 25:00 Portland dealt a bad hand, could it end up okay that it was THIS season? 30:00 Looking to the 2020 NBA season and what the financial impact could be on the Trail Blazers 34:00 How to plan for team building with so many uncertainties 40:00 Things we missed out on- Who was better, the Lakers or the Clippers? 45:00 Doing things outside of basketball, Patty Mills and Jamal Murray 48:00 The reminder, do not Google "Fournier" 49:00 How are you passing the time now? 50:00 Streaming on Twitch with Anfernee Simons 52:00 Dealing and coping with everything that's going on 55:00 If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for help! 57:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/23/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 16 seconds
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Hoops and Talks with Jamie Hudson, NBC Sports Northwest

Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest joined us to talk about what she will remember about the season (so far), what she misses about basketball, how reporting on the NBA has changed since the suspension of the league and how she is spending her time at home. It was so great to talk to her and hear her cheerful voice.  Basketball marathons, games to re-watch, Gary Trent Jr coming into his own, Instagram baby dance parties, covering Carmelo Anthony, finding her voice as a reporter, Below Deck vs 90 Day fiance, we’ve got a smorgasbord of topics for anyone hungry for basketball (and basketball adjacent) talk.  1:00 Icebreaker: What makes the perfect basketball game marathon? 6:00 What stood out about the Trail Blazers’ season so far? 9:30 What is it about basketball that you miss the most right now? 13:15 What were some of the highlights for Jamie as a reporter this season? 18:00 What is Jamie doing with the league suspended? 21:30 Making a pitch for shows to binge: 90 Day Fiance vs Below Deck. 26:30 In what ways has Jamie’s job changed since the league was suspended and everyone is staying home? 28:00 Listener questions from @roselharding What’s Jamie’s picks for most re-watchable Blazers games this season? I have them all on DVR and I def need to start re-watching them soon... for sanity. 31:00 Reflections on being in LA for the Laker game after Kobe died. It was incredible how such a big crowd was also so silent.  35:30 From listener Rachael: I'd love to know how she has made the space for herself to develop as a reporter where she is, especially with really big personalities like Dwight Jaynes dominating the same space. 39:00 @Burlacious_M What is likely the most interesting Blazer subplot to cover for this coming off-season? 41:00 What will the basketball be like after the players have not been allowed to play in groups? 44:00 How are teams keeping up with each other and staying connected? 45:00 We hope Jusuf Nuckic heard us chanting his name at 12:30 on March 15 which would have been his return.  Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @JamieHudsonNBCS  Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/20/202049 minutes, 6 seconds
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What to Expect When Jusuf Nurkic Returns?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang look back at the past week with horrible losses to the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings, the upcoming return of Jusuf Nurkic and all the listener questions we can handle! Intro Opening comments What team were we watching? 2:00 Aron Baynes and the 3-point murder bus 4:00 Back and forth with Trevor Ariza and Hassan Whiteside 7:00 Why do this losses feel so bad? 10:00 Alex Len v CJ McCollum and the Tale of the Tape 12:00 LISTENER QUESTIONS Who has replaced Skal on Team Mom's photo? 14:00 Are the Blazers going into load management for the vets AKA selectively tank? 16:00 Do Moses or Jaylen. have a chance to make the roster next year? Wenyen? 19:00 The return of Jusuf Nurkic 22:00 Do you think POR targets a big move (sign & trade) or moving CJ, Simons or Collins this summer? 25:00 MORE NURKIC! 28:00 The Blazer's defensive issues aren't easily solvable 30:00 How will the season be effected if crowds aren't allowed in arenas? 37:00 What are the most important things we've learned this season? 39:00 Top 3 candidates for a MLE signing that could contribute right away 44:00 Have you seen Paddington and Paddington 2 - if not why do you hate joy? 46:00 MARIO! 48:00 If Blazers land a top 3 pick who should they take? 50:00 Could the Blazers make a run at Karl Anthony Towns? 53:00 If you had to choose one, Simons or Trent Jr who do you take? 57:00 Looking forward to the next 2 games, Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets 1:00:00 More NURKIC! 1:03:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/9/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 23 seconds
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WHAT Did We Learn While Lillard Was Out?

On this week’s Hoops and Talks podcast, Cassidy and Tara choose celebrity ambassadors, discuss the playoff race, comment on the outstanding play of CJ McCollum and Gary Trent Jr, and give Mario Hezonja some love for taking one for the team.   Then it is time to choose our players for the 2010s All Decade team. Listen in and tell us which team would win! Highlights 1:00 Who would be your choice for celebrity ambassador for the Trail Blazers?  5:30 Blazers are not that far out of the playoff race.  6:30 How much does it matter if the Blazers make the playoff?  8:30 What is the value of Playoff experience? 10:05 Mario Hezonja is having an impact, getting fined.  13:30 Despite the mounting losses, the games are still pretty fun to watch.  14:30 What have we learned about the team while Lillard was out? 18:00 Gary Trent Jr has been playing like a seasoned vet but he needs a nickname.  19:00 Listener mail asks us, what about moving CJ to the bench?  23:30 All 2010s decade draft. Cassidy’s team: Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Camby, Jusuf Nurkic, Evan Turner. Tara’s team: Brandon Roy, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, LaMarcus Aldridge, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu. Which team wins?  34:00 Knicks just cannot seem to Do the Right Thing  35:00 CARIS. COLEMAN. LEVERT. 37:00 Stephan Curry returns from the G-league 39:00 Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/5/202042 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is Terry Stotts Untouchable?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a look at where the Blazers are and how to rationalize the season, the unwritten rules of basketball, the growth of the deep bench, early looks at draft prospects, how safe is Coach Stotts, the return of Jusuf Nurkic and more! Intro Opening comments Trae Young, Trevor Ariza & the unwritten rules 3:00 How has Ariza looked in a Portland uniform? 8:00 Competence is not a bad word! 10:00 Taking a look at the young guys and their defensive issues/growth 13:00 Nassir Little and Wenyen Gabriel and what could they turn into? 18:00 Listener questions! 21:00 Who are some players the Blazers could look at between 9-12 in the Draft? Obi Toppin, Onyeka Okungwu, Deni Avdija 22:00 Why a pick matters more than just drafting a young player 23:40 Looking ahead to Zach Collins and his return- are we maybe building up too many expectations? 32:00 Deciding between Gabriel and Swanigan for a deep roster spot next year 36:00 Load management is happening whether we want it to or not. 39:00 Is Terry Stotts untouchable? 41:00 Do you think that the way the Blazers have handled the timeline for Nurkic’s return has anything to do with being aware of how things went with Kawhi and the Spurs? 44:30 Looking at the possible returns of Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza and Hassan Whiteside 49:00 Closing Comments 52:00 Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/2/202055 minutes, 49 seconds
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WHAT Were You Doing in the Year 2000?

On the latest episode of the WHAT podcast, Tara and Cassidy name their All 2000 Decade team and they are nothing like you would expect. Tune in to find out who they chose, catch up on the Blazers since the All Star Break and ask if we should let go of our anger about the Blazers’ loss on March 6, 2001? 1:00 Icebreaker: Red Vines or Twizzlers? Also black licorice stories.  2:30 Thoughts on the Blazers without Lillard? CJ McCollum has limited options. There is a big difference between the guys in suits and the guys suited up.  6:45 Nassir Little has changed his shoes. No more pink. When are the guys in street clothes going to form a suit rainbow? 9:00 2000s All Decade team. What were you doing in 2000? Did you have a favorite player? How about 2010? 17:30 Cassidy’s picks: she agrees with the fan vote for the Trail Blazers all decade team. Adds picks for her favorite players from the Portland Fire: Jackie Stiles, DeMya Walker, Kristin Folkl, Sophia Witherspoon and Sylvia Crawley. 20:40 For Tara’s all-decade team she refused to select anyone who was on the team on March 6, 2001, when the Blazers blew the lead against the Vancouver Grizzlies to lose the game on the night that Clyde Drexler’s jersey was retired. This made it very hard to choose an all decade team.  27:30 Cassidy was at that game, so she weighs in on if we should forgive the team for that loss.  28:30 Tara has a superstitious dislike of special nights.  30:30 Smooth Jazz no more, things are getting rocky in Utah 33:00 Will He or Won’t He? The return of Steph Curry. Steve Kerr doesn’t seem very flexible.  35:20 New podcast hosted by Sonya and Del Curry, Raising Fame, the latest episode features Gina Johnson, Damian Lillard’s mom.  36:30 Can You Fix a Broken Heart? The Story of Andre Iguodala 39:30 Zion meet Lebron, Lebron meet Zion. On the first meeting of the two stars.  43:30 Outro Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest:  Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/29/202047 minutes, 8 seconds
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Preview: Indiana Pacers with Caitlin Cooper, Indy Cornrows

Learn more about the Indiana Pacers with Caitlin Cooper from Indy Cornrows. Who to watch, what their style of play is like, and how they have adjusted to their own injury bad luck. 00:45 Main story lines, reintegrating Victor Oladipo into the lineup and trying to get some continuity with lots of injuries 1:45 More on Oladipo: He’s not as explosive as he was before the injuries. He’s not getting as many on-target shots as he used to, he seems like he’s still a little off balance.He’s still able to get back and cover on defense.  4:15 Who are the main playmakers? Malcolm Brogdon, one of the highest possession players in the league. He doesn’t have as much space as he did when he was playing alongside Giannis. Struggling with open threes as well.  7:00 More about the Pacer’s bench, they are solid. Sabonis is a starter but he’s important to making the bench successful. Lots of free flowing movement, lots of fluidity. They lack in size.  9:00 Other strengths of the team. PnR with Brogdon and Sabonis can be good. Their mid-range game is good, esp Brogdon. TJ Warren is fun to watch along the baseline.  10:15 All the TJs.  11:15 Sabonis is still solidly averaging a double double. He’s the through line between the starters and the bench. Screen assists! He’s good at it.   14:15 What does the basketball look like when everyone is clicking? Lots of movement, they don’t turn the ball over, their half court offense is strong. They are not as tough defensively as they have been, they are even dabbling in the zone. 16:30 Impressions about Damian Lillard, how has he been able to adjust to the blizting this season? It's an impressive improvement. 19:45 Who is the leader in the locker room? It could be anybody's guess. They have a “reset” button at their practice facility. It reflects their one-day-at-a-time approach.  21:00 Fan favorites: TJ McConnell, Doug McDermott, Justin Holiday. Holiday is a 3 and D pro, he’s basically playing out of position, takes a beating, guards the guys who post up (like Carmelo Anthony), finishes games, stays out when they are playing small. 25:00 No more injuries! Find Caitlin’s work on indycornrows.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/27/202026 minutes, 55 seconds
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What's Different About How CJ McCollum Runs the Offense?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by guest Brian Noe to take a look back at games since the All Star break, CJ McCollum running the show and how it differs from Damian Lillard, what limitations are impacting the game, listener questions, why Brian Noe still has a Christmas tree up and more! Intro Opening comments 2:00 Brian Noe on the show! 4:30 CJ McCollum running the show 6:00 Taking a look at..ugh… the Piston’s game 8:00 Gary Trent Jr and a decade long career 10:00 Looking at CJ McCollum through the year 12:00 The differences between how Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum run the show 14:30 Why isn’t there a lot of movement in the offense 19:00 What’s contributing to these horrendous quarters? 23:00 It’s all Wenyen Gabriel all the the time! 29:00 Listener Questions! Is there any hope for ‘Rio being a serviceable NBA player? 34:00 It seems less and less likely that the team will make the playoffs, what are you looking for if that happens? 42:00 Addressing Dan’s (my) thoughts on not trading Whiteside 48:00 Is CJ a top-15 all time Blazer? 54:30 Can you be the DPOY if your team has a bottom 5 defensive rating in the league? 57:30 Announcements Closing comments  Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/25/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 55 seconds
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WHAT was the best part of NBA All Star Weekend? With Jo Wulffenstein

Tara and Cassidy welcome friend of the podcast, the original FANalyst, Jo Wulffenstein (and her dog Seymoure) back onto the show. We talk about what she has been up to, how she stays connected to her beloved Blazers, and what is the most unique Blazers paraphernalia she has come across in her world travels.  We recap the best All Star Weekend in recent memory, debate the ending of the dunk contest, and have an idea how to improve the Elam Ending even more. Plus, we share what we think the Blazers will focus on down the stretch. All this and more on the latest WHAT podcast.  Icebreaker  2:01 Icebreaker: Inspired by the scarves in Toronto, what do you think is the most important accessory for the NBA walk up? 6:30 Catching up with Jo--where have you been the last few years? Living in Alaska, traveling around the world and chasing down every Trail Blazers fan she sees. 10:30 The tiniest Ed Davis doll and other Blazers paraphernalia.  17:00 All Star Talk from the biggest All Star fan, Cassidy who watched the Legends Brunch and the Jr NBA games.  20:00 Jo thought it was a really nice tribute not only to Kobe Bryant but to David Stern’s vision to bring people together. She liked the 24 seconds of loud cheering, after so many 24 seconds of silence tributes.  21:30 The NBA Celebrity game is for learning about new people, WNBA players should not be added as an afterthought.  24:00 Who are Jose Andres and Anthony “Spice” Adams (aka Creamebiggums)? Andres is a 50 year old humanitarian (same age as Tara) and Spice Adams is hilarious.  34:28 We give the final final word on the Dunk Contest. We liked Pat Connaughton, Dwight had one dunk that was nice.  39:00 Tara attempts to explain Tik Tok. 42:00 It seems like the Elam Ending worked, it made the end of the game more competitive and fun, as well as it had a playground style feel to it which also made it fun. Kyle Lowry spent a lot of the 4th quarter on the ground. 48:00 We suggest that with the Elam Ending, you should have to get the target score exactly, and if you go over it you get 5 points taken off.  52:50 Will Victor Oladipo be the next player to perform at the All Star Game? 53:00 Final thoughts about the rest of the Blazers’ season. Need the best from Hassan Whiteside and a great closing run from CJ McCollum. And how will Damian Lillard respond with their backs against the walls. Go for the playoffs and then let the younger players get a lot of playing time for experience. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/20/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 11 seconds
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Will the Blazers Make the Playoffs?

On this week’s edition of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a look at the final games leading up to the All Star Break (begrudgingly), discuss the future in the NBA with Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, the curious case of CJ McCollum, looking at the final 26 games of the season, discussing whether or not the Blazers will end up making the playoffs and more... on this week’s episode! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Intro Opening comments The ups and downs of the season 2:00 How absolutely ridiculous is Zion? 4:00 What happened in New Orleans? 7:00 How about in Memphis? 11:00 Ja Morant, Zion and the future of the league 11:30 How likely are the Blazers to make the playoffs? 13:30 There was some good out of the last 2 games- Anfernee Simons time! 16:00 How about we calm down with hating/blaming Caleb Swanigan 19:00 **UPDATE** Evaluating Tara’s “season of CJ” 22:00 Taking a look at where CJ ranks and what his expectations are the as the number two option 26:00 How should CJ be viewed and where does he fit in the pecking order of the top scorers/shooters 30:00 All Star weekend round up - Aaron Gordon was robbed! 43:40 Thoughts on the final 26 games 50:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/17/202054 minutes, 33 seconds
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WHAT did Gary Trent Jr Say?

Alex Haigh returns to the Hoops and Talks podcast to catch up with Tara and discuss what Gary Trent Jr said to Donovan Mitchell, how does she feel about the season so far, which Blazer has the most fashion sense, and what difference has Carmelo Anthony made to the team? Then we talk about the newest basketball, culture and art magazine, Flagrant, for which she is the designer. Issue #1 is about to debut. She talks about what it is like to make a print publication when so much has gone digital and gives us a teaser about what to expect in the first issue. Highlights 1:45 What did Gary Trent Jr say to Donovan Mitchell? 4:00 Are the Jazz the Trail Blazers’ newest rivals? 7:15 Overall impressions of the seasons so far. 8:00 Memories of Tolliver and Bazemore. They really seemed to embrace the city. 11:30 What are some of the ways that Carmelo Anthony has impacted the team? He gave a little hope and a little energy at a time when they really needed it.  14:20 Walk-in outfit analysis. Which Blazers are bringing high fashion to the pre-game walk up? We lost a lot in that department when Evan Turner was traded.  19:20 Flagrant Magazine is coming soon, its a new magazine about basketball, culture and art.  22:30 Teasers for what will be in the magazine. There will be something for astrology fans! 26:00 Differences between digital and traditional media, and putting together something traditional after we’ve changed our habits and the way we consume media. Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @owlhix Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/14/202034 minutes, 19 seconds
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Are the Blazers Writing Another Storybook Finish?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Trail Blazers Beat Reporter Casey Holdahl to talk about the insanity in Salt Lake City, how ridiculous Damian Lillard has been, how has it been covering Carmelo Anthony, the emergence of Gary Trent Jr. and more! Intro Opening comments Casey Holdahl! Reactions from at the game following the blown goaltending call 2:00 Guys were definitely irritated 3:00 Gary Trent Jr needs to speed up his post game dressing 4:20 When was the last time a Blazer was as mad as Damian Lillard was 5:30 Royce O’Neale getting under the skin, and feet, of the Blazers 9:00 Relationships between players and officials falling apart 11:30 How do you miss that call? 15:00 The NBA got one thing right- they didn’t fine anyone. 17:00 Will that game be a galvanizing point? 18:00 The Blazers finding that magic in January again 19:00 Why are we shocked that this happens every year? 23:00 What is happening on the floor that’s got the Blazers in a better place? 26:30 Trevor Ariza, and how he’s fit into Portland 30:00 Portland’s defense isn’t necessarily better 31:30 The bar for success at the forward position is low- Ariza is clearing it 32:30 What has it been like to get to know Ariza and Carmelo? 37:30 Give Gary Trent Jr. his love 43:00 Gary’s gonna be around the league for 10 years or more 43:30 Just draft kids that had NBA fathers 48:00 Worried about Trent Jr getting game planned out? 50:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/11/202054 minutes, 33 seconds
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WHAT Podcast On the Eve of the Trade Deadline

Cassidy and Tara talk on the eve of the NBA trade deadline. They discuss the huge four team trade that occurred on Wednesday, remark on how many former Blazers are scattered throughout teams in the Northwest Division and wonder how their friends in Memphis are dealing with Andre Iguodala leaving for Miami?  LeBron was chosen as Player of the Month over Damian Lillard, can we let this stand? Anfernee Simons was passed up for the dunk contest but Pat Connaughton got the nod. How do we feel?  Finally, to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Cassidy tells us about the first U.S. Women’s National Team and the 1976 Olympics.  Highlights 00:30 Facts about the new players! Swanigan graduated from Purdue this summer. Trevor Ariza’s brother died very young and he is his inspiration because he’s been trying to live out the dreams that his brother had.  3:00 Trevor Ariza looks really good in his uniform.  3:30 Imagine being Wenyen Gabriel and getting your first start against LeBron James and blocking Javale McGee.  4:45 Pretending that the game against Denver never happened.  6:00 Trade Deadline catch-up. Woj is just messing with us at this point. But we would do the same thing. 7:45 The Big Trade between Denver, Houston, Atlanta, and Minnesota. Significant for us because two of the four teams are in the Northwest Division.  8:45 What does “Houston is going to play small-ball” really mean?  10:30 This was the biggest trade in 20 years and featured a few former Blazers. There are former Blazers all up and down the Northwest Division.  12:45 Last time a trade this complicated happened was in 2000 when the Knicks traded Patrick Ewing to Seattle.  14:00 A brief interlude about Stacey Augman, Plastic Man (and why are the names in Basketball reference so weird). 15:15 How did Andre Iguodala do it?  17:45 Has anyone ever actually accurately predicted what the Blazers were going to do at the trade deadline? Just because you can plug someone into the trade machine doesn’t mean you should.  19:00 Pat Connaughton is going to the Dunk Contest. We lodge our complaint about Anfernee not making it but we are very excited for Pat Connaughton. Actually, the way things are going, we don’t want any Blazers jumping at all. Just wrap them in bubble wrap between games. Cassidy wants less props, more dunks. Anfernee Simons has 11 dunks this season, Pat Connaughton has 20.  23:00 LeBron over Damian Lillard for Western Conference player of the month. We’re sad about that but learned that the Blazers went 8-7 in January. A winning record in January! 26:10 Okay, we’ll talk about the ten point quarter in Denver.  27:15 The Knicks part ways with their president and no one is surprised.  29:15 Olympics update! In honor of Girls and Women in Sports day: 1976 Debut of Women’s Basketball at the Olympics. The team only had about 4-6 weeks to practice together. There was no national women’s league so they had not played together. Other countries like Russia had teams where the women had played together for 10 years. The team went in with an attitude that they were going to make history.  Oral History of the 1976 Women’s Olympic Team. The Russian team that they played in the semi finals had a woman on their team who was 7ft tall. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain attended their games.  Help send 2000 kids to a Blazer game, purchase tickets to donate to Blazers Edge Night Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/6/202045 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Evolution and Explosion of Damian Lillard

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang marvel and discuss Damian Lillard's absolutely epic week, running out of superlatives along the way. Then it's the emergence of the "pink show crew"; Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr and Nassir Little, ranking Dame as an MVP candidate, all the listener questions about the upcoming trade deadline and what Portland would/could/should do, even more Damian Lillard praise and so much more! Intro  Opening comments Damian Lillard having the best run ever for a Trail Blazer What’s your favorite part of what Dame is doing 3:00 He’s so good that the defense that defined him years ago is now obsolete 4:30 What’s one of the greatest things about having him on the team? 6:00 Appreciating Lillard for what he’s done 7:00 Where does Dame sit in the MVP ladder now? Is he up there with Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Luka Doncic? 10:00 What about the guys not named Lillard - Hassan Whiteside, Gary Trent Jr, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little 12:00 How has Trevor Ariza looked/fit? 17:30 It’s amazing what competent experience can accomplish 19:30 “Tara he has 100 points and 2 turnovers!” 21:30 “A week ago he couldn’t throw a lob pass and now he’s freaking Andre Miller!” 22:45 Not really worried about the defense right now when you’re dropping 120 26:00 Listener questions! If Whiteside isn’t traded, will a different trade happen? 29:00 Should this recent run cause Portland to change their direction? 33:00 Assuming Nurk comes back this year and is playing at a high level, do you see him playing as a starter and Whiteside coming off the bench? 36:30 What is the max you think the Blazers would offer for RoCo (Robert Covington)? Have the young guys become untouchable? 38:00 The rise of Gary Trent and Ariza’s fit appear to be better than Baze? 43:00 “Do you watch the Bachelor?(Tara) I do not. (Dan) Well, here’s my Bachelor reference anyways…” 44:00 Barring a collapse by OKC or an insane run by the Blazers, it looks like the 8th spot is the highest attainable seed- which team is the biggest threat to the Blazers? 48:00 Was ready for Whiteside trade before, but the way things are going is it wise to keep him? 51:00 Who do you see being valuable role players going forward? 57:00 Hassan Whiteside being more impactful 1:00:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/3/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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WHAT Podcast with Jasmine Brown

Jasmine D. Brown, production assistant for ESPN and former beat writer for Washington Mystics and Capital City Go-Go (the Wizard’s G-League affiliate) joined the Hoops And Talks Podcast to talk about her journey to working full-time in sports.She talked about Trevor Ariza’s time with the Wizards, Maryland alumni who have played for the Trail Blazers and the trajectory of the Washington Mystics leading to their 2019 WNBA Championship.  We had a great time learning that there was a Twitter account for Jake Layman’s hair (@jakelaymanshair), how a mechanical engineering major pivoted to sports, and what are some of the highlights of the new WNBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. All of this and more on the latest podcast.  Highlights 1:00 Icebreaker: Favorite kind of cookies these days?  3:00 How did you get into basketball? Never played but loves to shoot. Enjoys the “something to prove” aspect of college hoops.  6:15 As someone dialed in to the Washington DC sports scene, what can you tell us about the newest Trail Blazer Trevor Ariza? 10:45 What is it like working at ESPN? Do you get tired of watching sports? She is always going to watch Maryland and DC area sports.  13:00 Three popular Fan Favorites went to her alma mater, University of Maryland, Jake Layman, Steve Blake and Buck Williams. Thoughts or memories about these guys? She knew who Buck Williams was, remembered Steve Blake most from his time with the Lakers, and she was at Maryland when Jake Layman played there. His hair had its own twitter account! 18:30 What was it like covering the Washington Mystics in their championship run last season? It was great to see them progress because they went from losing in the Semi Finals, to losing in the Finals to finally winning the whole thing. Highlights were a Natasha Cloud buzzer-beater, Game 5 of the finals. 22:00 The WNBA has been in the news lately because of the new CBA. What do you think is most significant about the new agreement? The pay was very significant because people really don’t know how much the players were making. And so many have to play year round to support themselves. The Mystics couldn’t have a championship parade because too many of the players had to leave right away to go overseas.  24:15 What do you think will be the most significant impact this season? The players will probably have a good mindset coming in, feeling like they are being cared for.  28:30 Could this lead to possible expansion of the WNBA?  30:30 Any reflection on Alana Beard as she announces her retirement? You can be a defensive player and still get recognition.  33:30 What is it like working somewhere that famous athletes are either working or visiting all the time?  35:00 How did she get into production? She always wanted to be an anchor person, was an early fan of George Stephanopoulos, but studied engineering in college before deciding she wanted to get into sports. She did a lot of writing for years before she moved to ESPN.  Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @jasmined_brown Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/31/202048 minutes, 25 seconds
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We thought Kobe would live forever

On this week’s episode we remember Kobe Bryant, our own memories of him, stories that we’ll never forget and what a perfect villain he was for Portland fans. We talk about what he must have meant to players in the league, how his active retirement showed us a different side of him, and wonder who in the league plays with the same passion that Kobe did?  Then we talk about the amazing week Damian Lillard just had, how the ball seems to be moving around more, what we saw from Trevor Ariza and how Gary Trent Jr has made the most of extended minutes.  5:30 We thought Kobe Bryant would live forever.  16:00 He was such a good foil, such a good villain. 22:15 Post retirement Kobe and the muse cage.  26:45 How players are reacting to his death. There are two different generations who had different relationships with Kobe. There are the guys who came in the league shortly after he did, and then there are the players who watched him play when they were young.  32:15 Kobe stories: Kobe taking away his teammates’ Kobe shoes because they didn’t deserve to wear them and also Kobe walking out on practice after calling his teammates soft “like Charmin”.  35:00 Who are the players who hate their opponents as much as Bryant ever did?  37:00 Blazers go to Staples Center for the Lakers first game back.  38:45 Damian Lillard’s incredible week.  42:25 Why does it seem like there has been more ball movement when you look up the stats and they are not passing it more. Damian is driving and getting people to collapse on him and then making precision passes back out. Two behind the back passes! Two! 47:00 Hassan Whiteside has been contributing lately and is clicking with Damian. He was the most physical he has been all year in the Indiana game. He was dunking all over guys which we’ve really been waiting for.  54:30 How is Ariza fitting in? He’s a pros pro. Like Carmelo Anthony, he just knows what to do. He seems like he’s going to be able to make quick decisions because he’s been doing it for so long. Ariza doesn’t overthink. 57:00 Comparing Ariza to Aminu.  59:00 Are the Blazers going to play defense again?  62:00 Gary Trent Jr has been really useful and is taking advantage of the opportunity he’s been given to play. He’s been given tons of space to catch and shoot and he’s finishing. He’s also been making some plays.  1:06 :00 Anfernee Simons can slow down time when he’s gliding to the rim.  1:08:00 Listener Questions: @IllKrill What if Whiteside is not traded? How will the Blazers get better around Dame for the coming years? 1:11:00 @williamsstan14  How do you think Whiteside handles it if he doesn't get traded and Nurk starts taking over his spot little by little. Late game situations etc.. Clearly Nurk is a better all around player especially with this team. He is also beloved by his teammates and his influence is missed 1:17:30 @C_Blake05 If Dame were to hypothetically approach 81 points at staples in a few nights, would you expect him to stop short of 81, or would he try to pass Kobe? ( Of course assuming the game is out of hand) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/29/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 43 seconds
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WHAT is it like having a front row seat to every Blazers home game?

Kristen Kerbaugh has a front row seat to all the Trail Blazers’ home games as the Stage Manager for the broadcast team. We talked to her about how she got started in television and found out what she is doing up at the front table during the games. She’s got some fun memories and funny stories about what it is like to be so close to the action. Game 5 against the Thunder? We got chills just hearing her talk about it! We also discuss how we’re feeling about Trevor Ariza joining the Trail Blazers, wonder how Caleb Swanigan will fit back in and, of course, we can’t stop talking about Damian Lillard. We’ve got some great listener feedback to share, and speculation about what kind of suit Skal Labissiere might wear when he makes it back to the bench. All this and more on the latest Women’s Hoops And Talks Podcast. 3:30 Kristen comes from a family that works in television so she started by holding mics on the side of the field. Worked as a runner or production assistant until she got the job as stage manager. Has always been a Trail Blazer fan, RipCiy is in her veins.  7:45 How stressful it this job? It is pretty repetitive so once the routine is down its not too stressful.  8:15 Favorite part of he job is getting to sit up close and watch the sport and team that she loves.  12:00 What are people sitting up at the front table doing? Broadcast crews on either end, there are people supporting the broadcasts with stats, public relations folks.. Her job is safer than the sideline cameras. She did get showered with LeBron’s chalk. Nurkic likes to interact. 18:20 What is it like being so close to the bench? Do you pick up the Blazers vibes? During games the bench players are really engaged, with each other and the coaches. 19:30 Memories of Lillard’s game winner against Oklahoma City Thunder. The end of the game felt like it was in slow motion. When Nurkic entered the arena she was excited to see how the crowd would react.   24:30 Keeping it together during the four overtimes against Denver.  25:30 Feelings about the trade the Blazers just made? Interested to see what growth Swanigan may show. Will we be able to get past the Trevor Ariza/Rudy Fernandez incident.  32:00 Sitting up close you can really feel the players emotions.  33:45 What is it like getting to have a front row seat to Damian Lillard’s excellence? He is everything that we read or hear about. He makes a point of signing autographs and getting to know everyone that he can.  41:00 Listener feedback! Ideas for new tagline, thoughts on Whiteside’s rebounds, icebreaker suggestion, what is going on with Rodney Hood?  Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. @KristenKerbaugh Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/23/202053 minutes, 53 seconds
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Trade Talk! January 19

1:00 Initial reaction to trade: Does this trade make more clear the plan for the rest of year 2:15 Is it possible to make a move that makes everyone happy? Blazers usually work with a small group of teams.  9:00 Remembering the Anthony Tolliver game.  15:00 Kent Bazemore had a nice game against Houston. 17:00 Things basketball wise seem like they are starting to fall into place.  22:00 Carmelo Anthony has been having a good week, here’s why. Not taking too many shots, getting guys in the post and backing them down in the post. He’s not a black hole on offense because if he gets in trouble he can pass out.  25:30 @Burlacious_M Is Ariza going to surprise everyone with a Melo like revival in Portland where he’s playing major minutes and can really help us win? 30:00 @ReverendRomulus Is this the upgrade at SF, in the team's mind, that we've been looking for or is this just a way to save money and kick the can down the road a bit? And is there any chance Ariza doesn't stay past the deadline? 34:00 @emilyvkarr Would love to know more backstory on Gabriel. 37:20 Jaylen Hoard interlude and the Pink Shoe Shift. 38:40 @SteveDHoops Following the trade, do you feel like it is more or less likely that another move featuring Whiteside takes place before the deadline? 41:00 Get ready for some Caleb Swanigan at center between the trade deadline and All Star Break.  42:00 @CourtSideMike How do you grade this trade? 45:00 @Tom_krieg_ Will Swanigan see meaningful minutes right away? 47:50 @LaytonTPorter I can easily see how Ariza could be an upgrade over Baze but what about AT? AT makes very few mistakes and has been solid on D, as silly as it sounds who's going to fill his shoes adequately? 51:00 @chris_nordby Ask @DannyMarang, “what blazer will he jinx and cause to have an injury next?”. Followed by “what is the main color on the blazers tank that he prefers?”. 55:00 @PaulSwardstrom What kind of player is Gabriel? Portland probably has an idea what we’re getting with Ariza and Swanigan, but he’s more of an unknown here. 57:30 Shout out Gary Trent Jr for the “flu game” on his birthday. 1:01:00 @kevin_parks Is Caleb now a “Portland local” OG? Will we buy out Ariza? Who is Gabriel? #InquiringMinds 1:02:00 @Dirtysturdy15 Is this a sign of giving up on the season? Do they know more about CJ’s injury then they are letting on? Is it possible there are more moves on the horizon that they could still possibly pivot to depending on what is happening? Also has swanigan gotten in shape/lost weight? 1:07:00 @chrisst90094291 At what point do you think the organization considers sitting Dame and CJ this year? 1:08:00 @burban192 What happens if there's no deal for Whiteside? How does this team reload for next year? 1:09:00 @cj_anderson On an optimistic (or delusional) front, what is the minimum bar this team would need to reach for Terry Stotts to contend (or win) coach of the year? Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge @DMarang @tcbbiggs  Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/20/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 25 seconds
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WHAT Podcast with Jannelle Moore, Golden State of Mind

Expectations have changed dramatically for the Golden State Warriors this season, so we checked in with our friend Jannelle Moore of goldenstateofmind.com to compare notes about surviving a down season. We learn about how the Warriors are juggling 45-day contracts and how being hard capped lead to letting Marquese Chriss go. (Since we recorded, Chriss himself was signed to a 45-day contract.) Talking to her was illuminating because even though the Trail Blazers are having a tough year, at least they are not hard-capped, and they have some flexibility. We are also thankful that the coaching staff has always had a strong focus on development.  Listen to the latest episode of the WHAT podcast to hear all of this plus our favorite NBA family dynasties, NBA All Star votes, and more Olympic basketball history!  Highlights 3:00 Which NBA family dynasty is your favorite? Some of our favorites are the Millers, the McGees, the Currys and the Grants.  7:30 How has watching the Warriors changed for Jannelle? 13:00 Is there a particular position where they are thin? They have enough guards, at least, they are not looking to replace the guards because Stephan Curry and Klay Thompson will be back.They are really suffering at center. Jannelle is not a fan of Willie Cauley-Stein.  15:15 How are Golden State fans doing? Mostly they are treating this season as a gap year. A lot of people have embraced the tank. Jannelle is not there yet and is disappointed that they don’t seem like they are fighting at the end of games. Tanking doesn’t seem like a good strategy because they need a wing or a big but most of the upcoming draft seems to be guards.  18:00 How does she watch the teams knowing that it might be so different from next year?  20:50 We make a solid plea for Jannelle to be a Blazer fan for this season while she’s waiting for Curry to recover.  24:15 Players to watch? Omari Spellman. He’s fought a lot to become a good player. He is earning playing time after really hard work. Eric Paschal has been good but lately Kerr hasn’t been playing him much. Warriors don’t seem to be doing great with development this year. They haven’t needed to be so much recently. Development is not something they have had to focus on in the past several years, at least they didn’t seem to. 30:00 All Star votes. Who are we voting for this year? Cassidy goes in hard on “stupid fan voting”.  36:00 How about a 1v1 competition at All Star? Think of the rivalries that would ensue! 42:00 Olympic Basketball Moments: 1936 Olympics, the first year Basketball was officially a sport. It was a pretty big disaster. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @jannelle12 Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/16/202051 minutes, 41 seconds
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What to Expect from Jusuf Nurkic When He Returns

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a look the impending return of Jusuf Nurkic in the coming weeks and want to expect, what Jody Allen's motivations at the deadline could be, Tara's desire to have Ed Davis back, the development of Anfernee Simons, and more! Intro Opening Comments Tara really wants Ed Davis back 2:40 How much longer can the team go without making a move? 6:00 What are Jody Allen’s motivations? 7:00 Are the Blazers being prudent? 8:00 How messaging has changed from the beginning of the season until now? 9:00 Blazers dealing with an outbreak: 11:00 The return of Jusuf Nurkic 12:30 Expectations for his play 13:30 Will the basketball change when Nurk returns? 17:00 Why haven’t we seen Nassir Little or Gary Trent Jr. as much? 21:00 What do you hope and/or expect from Little, Trent and Jaylen Hoard? 22:00 What do you see as best case scenario for the young guys? 30:00 How do you think the Blazers are looking at developing Anfernee Simons and how is that going? 33:00 When things aren’t going well in a season (like this year) what do you watch? 44:30 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/13/202052 minutes, 9 seconds
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WHAT About Ed Davis?

We are fired up about a few things this week: why aren't the Utah Jazz playing Ed Davis? Can we see Anfernee Simons in the NBA All Star Dunk Contest already? And why shouldn't we just enjoy Carmelo Anthony while he is with the Blazers? Highlights 1:15 What past NBA players would have done better in today’s NBA rather than their own time?  7:00 Blazers highlights from the game in Toronto.  10:45 Skal Update: 4 more weeks before he is evaluated. Former Blazer Al-Farouq Aminu is out for the season (Orlando applied for a disabled player exception). 11:45 Could the Trail Blazers bring back Ed Davis? He’s not fitting in with the Jazz.  19:15 Anfernee Simons should be in the dunk contest. He has the hops, skills, and charm, plus he is the future of the NBA 22:30 The NBA should update the All Star voting so the players vote for each other (East players vote for the Western Conference and vice versa) and fans should vote for who gets to be in the contests.  24:55 The historical significance of Carmelo Anthony’s game-winning shot in Toronto 28:00 Get to know Olympic Melo. An overview of the teams he was on, a list of the records he holds, and how he was truly proud to be a part of Team USA.  38:15 Around the league: Jimmy Butler vs TJ Warren: Kisses Fly in Indiana, Draaaaaaaaaama! In Cleveland. Steph Curry Tampering: PUBG *Wink Wink*  44:45 Also, why does everyone have to weigh in on what Giannis Antetonkoumno is going to do? Why assume he’s gone? Why not think that he would stay?  46:25 Wrap up Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet.  Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/11/202050 minutes, 1 second
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Are the Blazers a good rebounding team?

The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t found a rhythm and it seems like their roster is getting thinner all the time. Erik Garcia Gundersen of Associated Press and LeBron Wire joined Tara Bowen-Biggs on the podcast to try and make sense of how to watch this team. They are 11th in the league at rebound per game but are they a good rebounding team? How long can they play undermanned? What kind of improvement should we be looking for with the young players? Gundersen watched the Cavaliers for a full season while working for the LeBron Wire and he thinks that Kevin Love would be a good addition to the Trail Blazers. He is a willing and respected shooter and a smarter defender than people think. Gundersen is confident the Blazers can make the playoffs but time is of the essence. They can’t wait until the buyout market and Love is available (as he is letting it be well known) now. With Dan out sick it is up to Tara to push back.  All of this and more on the latest podcast.  1:00 If it makes anyone feel better, the Knicks have been playing pretty well under Mike Miller.  4:00 Covering the team is odd because Hassan Whiteside dominates the stat line so frequently but that doesn’t necessarily tell the story. We know that this team as currently constructed isn’t actually the team.  6:00 They are a better rebounding team when Whiteside is on the floor but is that what they need to win?  7:00 Can we retire the idea of the rebound as a top-line stat (via @Elgee35)? 10:00 A deeper dive into Whiteside’s rebounding. Whiteside is a good rebounder, but the team is not a good rebounding team. The team doesn’t really know where the best place is to position themselves when Whiteside gets blocks.  15:00 There are some rebounds that are better quality than other rebounds. And sometimes boxing out is more important because it allows your teammate to get an easier rebound.  18:00 Whiteside can’t be expected to cover all of the defensive deficiencies that have been caused by injuries.  20:30 How long do they hang on? When do they get more people in to help? Erik says he would have thought they would have found someone to fill in by now. Doesn’t seem they can wait until the buyout market.  25:00 There is always something new to talk about with this team. Some role player seems like he’s always having a career high. Carmelo Anthony seems like the only player who is not weighed down by expectations. 28:00 How did Erik think the Carmelo Anthony experiment was going to work? He knew the team needed someone on the floor who other teams had to respect.  32:00 The Blazers have been incredibly fortunate for years and the fans have been incredibly lucky. They are holding the locker room together. Nurkic is coming back soon.  36:00 Melo has taken some of the pressure off of Damian Lillard without trying to take over.  37:30 Development. How do we know that Anfernee Simons is getting better and helping the team? 40:00 Right now the Blazers need Anfernee to score. Assists will get easier.  46:25 Erik’s take on Kevin Love to Portland. You get a guy who is known to be productive in his role. Counterpoint: how do the Blazer’s afford it? Love gives them a chance to be a contender next year. Counterpoint: Do the Blazers ask Collins to come off the bench again when they are trying to build a team with him as a key piece? 56:05 LaMarcus and Nurkic would be trying to play in the same spots. Drummond won’t want to be a backup.  1:02 Erik loves Cedi Osman from the Cavaliers, thinks he would be a great addition. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Blazer’s Edge Night is coming in March. Buy tickets now to help kids see a Blazer game! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/7/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds
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Preview: Miami Heat with Nekias Duncan

Tara talked to Nekias Duncan (@nekaisNBA) about the upcoming matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Miami Heat. Who are the main characters? How is Meyers Leonard doing? What does he expect Hassan Whiteside’s return will be like? All this and more. Highlights: 1:00 Main characters in Miami are Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Butler has been great even though he is having a shooting slump. This has really been a coming-out year for Adebayo.  2:30 The rest of the starting lineup is Kendrick Nunn, Meyers Leonard and Duncan Robinson. 3:00 Meyers Leonard is a fan favorite. At the beginning of the season he was hesitating on his shots but now he is playing with more confidence. He is still a pretty low-volume shooter but more in rhythm and quite effective. 6:00 Going into the season, shooting was a big question for this team. They really didn’t know how effective anyone was going to be at shooting although they knew that Jimmy Butler would be an important playmaker. 7:00 When Portland comes to Miami, they are likely going to try lots of defensive strategies on Damian Lillard, Nunn and Butler will take turns on him, they will likely trap him, and might even try zone defense (they are one of the most frequent zone defense users this season). 8:15 The biggest weakness of the Heat is that they give up a lot of 3 pointers. If Blazers are making their 3-pointers they have a good chance to win.  10:45 What will Whiteside’s first game back in Miami be like? Nekias thinks it will either be a big game or he will really struggle. Likely there won’t be any in between. 14:00 Both rookies, Tyler Hero and Kendrick Nunn, are playing better than expected. This has been a fun year in Miami because they have been outperforming expectations. Even with Jimmy Butler shooting poorly and Justise Winslow not playing  15:30 Jimmy Butler came in and took on the leadership role. His chemistry and friendship with Bam Adebayo is really apparent. Butler is also friends with Dwyane Wade and that is probably how he was able to transition right in as the leader.  Follow Nekias on twitter @NekaisNBA Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/4/202018 minutes, 3 seconds
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WHAT are we going to remember of 2019?

Happy New Year from the WHAT podcast. Tara and Cassidy are back to catch up (very quickly) on how the Trail Blazers are doing before rating some of the more memorable events of 2019 and of the 2010s. How important were Evan Turner’s back-to-back triple doubles? Did the elevator escapade leave any lasting impressions? How important was the drafting of CJ McCollum compared to drafting Lillard or signing Jusuf Nurkic? All this plus talk about taglines, ninja headbands (of course) and the 2020 Olympics and more  Highlights 2:00 We need your ideas for a new tagline for Women’s Hoops And Talks. Send us your ideas to [email protected], or tweet at us @hoopsandtalks or @tcbbiggs or @cassidygemmet. 5:00 Catching up on the Blazers, no Skal Labissiere, they are on a tough road trip. They are bringing in Jalen Hoard from Texas Legend. 8:00 We’re watching more of the rest of the NBA. The Golden State vs Rockets on Christmas was exciting, Houston under-estimated Golden State.  12:00 Rating interesting things that happened this season: Western Conference Finals run.  14:30 Elevator escapade 16:30 Addition of Rodney Hood 17:30 Addition of Enes Kanter 18:45 Evan Turner gets two triple doubles in a row 20:00 NBA Players snub Team USA and come in 7th 22:00 Ninja-style headband band 22:30 Events of the decade, in-arena blimp crash, drafting Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, acquiring Jusuf Nurkic, LaMarcus Aldridge leaving,  35:00 Losing Jerome Kersey and Paul Allen 38:00 The day Greg Oden had a set back, Brandon Roy retired, and LaMarcus Aldridge had to have heart surgery 41:00 2020 is an Olympic Year! We’re learning fun Olympic basketball facts leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympics. Cassidy starts off by telling us about 1904 Olympics where basketball first appeared as a demonstration sport. Hiram College were the first winners in the exhibition year.  Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet.  Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/3/202051 minutes, 16 seconds
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Knicks Preview with China of Posting and Toasting

Tara talks to China (@chiniqua) from Posting and Toasting about the Trail Blazers' upcoming game vs the New York Knicks. The two teams who commit the most fouls, have the lowest number of assists, in New York City on New Years day. Oh boy! As China says, “Someone has to win this game”. 00:15 Remembering the Enes Kanter experience. And sharing notes on the Melo experience. 4:30 What happened when David Fizdale left. It seems like he wasn’t able to make it work with the roster that he had and Mike Miller seems to be making it work. Miller came from the G-League and was used to having to deal with a constantly changing roster and he’s very adaptable. 7:30 Miller takes good timeouts. Things seem to be trending upwards.  8:00 Guess is that he will finish out the season as the coach. 10:00 Who are the key players? Julius Randall has been very divisive this season, under Miller he is doing really well and scoring lots of points.  12:00 Elfrid Payton is back from injury, coming off the bench playing well. Frank Ntilikina is another person who Knicks fans argue about a lot. He’s great at defense but on offense “is not as bold as he could be”. Marcus Morris Sr. and Mitchell Robinson are also important. Morris has been solid and Mitchell is good for highlights, he just gets into foul trouble. 15:00 And speaking of foul trouble, the Blazers and the Knicks are the top (or bottom, depending on how you look at it) in fouling. They commit the most fouls. Both teams also have the fewest assists.  16:00 When they are playing well, they have Robinson and Ntilikina playing good defense and Randall and Morris and anyone else scoring. 17:30 Rookie RJ Barrett is not great, but the biggest struggle is that they give up on rookies too soon. People are already out on Kevin Knocks even though he’s only in his second year. 19:15 Taj Gibson and Wayne Ellington are the elder statesmen. Gibson has been playing regularly but Ellington has been hurt for much of the season.  20:00 New York really struggles from the free throw line and good point guards feast on them.   21:00 This game is really going to be all about Melo’s return to the Garden.  22:30 Hire JR Smith! (I promised China I’d put this in the show notes.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/31/201923 minutes, 53 seconds
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Coaching, Ball Movement and Moments of the Decade

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale to take a look at the defining moments of the decade for the Blazers, the impact of Damian Lillard, the spark points for NBA growth, Dan’s thoughts on Coach Stotts and expectations, looks at Anfernee Simons and Hassan Whiteside, listener questions and more! Intro Opening Comments Putting a piece together with so many contributors and so many points of view 4:00 The defining moment of the decade for the Blazers 7:00 Non-Damian Lillard defining moments of the decade 9:00 Brandon Roy, Rodney Hood and LaMarcus Aldridge 12:00 Deciding between "0.9" and "The Bad Shot" 14:00 Picking the NBA moment of the decade and what sparked so much growth and change 19:00 The shift of covering games vs covering memes 21:00 Asking Dan Favale how he views Coach Stotts 24:00 The correlation between ball movement and offensive success 27:00 Understanding the position the Blazers are in right now 33:00 What will the Blazers do at the deadline? 36:00 Evaluating Hassan Whiteside 38:00 Looking at how Carmelo Anthony has fit with Portland this year 41:00 Getting the national view on how Anfernee Simons looks so far 44:00 Listener Questions! What to Expect from Moses Brown 50:00 Worst case for Skal Labissiere 55:00 Why trading Hassan Whiteside needs to happen 1:02:00 Danny isn't actually negative... seriously 1:06:00 Injury luck, or lack thereof 1:09:00 Looking at different trade scenarios for Whiteside 1:14:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/30/20191 hour, 24 minutes, 36 seconds
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Pelicans Preview with Dillon Sage of Holy Backboard Podcast

Dillon Sage, co-host of Holy Backboard podcast, joined Tara to talk about the New Orleans Pelicans.  00:30 How have expectations changed for the Pelicans? High expectations were quickly adjusted when Zion Williamson went down, but he’s not the only one who has been injured. Basically Pelicans fans have already had their hearts broke a number of ways this season. 2:45 What is the plan moving forward for this season? Will Zion play at all? The front office is adamant that he will play, although they are asking for patience.  4:00 Brandon Ingram has been fantastic. He has really blossomed since he got out from under LeBron James and shown that he can be the featured player. Its been a very long time since the Pelicans (or Hornets) have had a good small forward. Ingram has great chemistry with all the players on the team.  5:45 Lonzo Ball has been tough to watch. He’s not flourishing in a system that you would think would be good for point guards. He just keeps taking 3s, he is not penetrating. As a result he is coming off of the bench and Jrue Holiday continues to handle playmaking responsibilities.  7:00 What do the Pelicans look like when they are playing their best? When Derrick Favors plays they are a really good defense. They look good when they play the fast paced offense.  8:30 Is coach Alvin Gentry on the hot seat for losing 13 games in a row? Fans seem to be mad at him but it also seems like the front office likes him.  9:15 Six months ago, David Griffin was a genius. Do people still feel that way? No matter how things are going this season, they are set up well for the future.  10:30 Who is the leader in the locker room? Probably the three vets, Jrue Holiday, JJ Reddick, and Derrick Favors. They need to have veterans to help these very young players become professionals.  12:00 There are rumors that the Pelicans may trade Jrue Holiday. Why would they want to do that? Sage thinks they are most likely listening to offers and would be willing to agree to a deal that will make them better, but they are most likely not actively looking for someone to trade with.  14:00 JJ Reddick is playing well, continues to make difficult shots and he is one of their only shooters on the team, he provides spacing.  15:30 What do the Blazers need to do to lock in this win? They need to stop the pick-and-roll. It has always been effective, especially against the Blazers. Last time they met, Hassan Whiteside figured out in the second half how to stop them. In the first game, the Blazers didn’t have Damian Lillard, it was Carmelo Anthony’s first game. The Pelicans played CJ McCollum very tight.  17:45 How does Carmelo Anthony contribute to a Blazers win against the Pelicans? Anthony makes it a lot harder to double Lillard and McCollum, which has been the Pelicans plan against the Blazers for a long time.  18:45 Are there any other storylines or players Blazer fans should watch for? Jackson Hayes has gotten a lot better. He has stopped jumping and been much more effective contesting shots.  Find Sage at @dasage, follow the Holy Backboard podcast @holybackboard. Find Blazers' Edge @Blazersedge and Tara @tcbbiggs Subscribe: Apple: apple.co/2Mu8YX9 Google: http://bit.ly/2KMRa7l Stitcher: http://bit.ly/33OEBA3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/22/201921 minutes, 36 seconds
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When Should Portland Make a Trade?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Blazer's Edge editor Steve Dewald to take a look at fringe moves, making the first trade, the never ending links to Kevin Love, understanding GM speak, the improvement of Hassan Whiteside, buyers vs. sellers market, the next 5 games and how it could set the tone - and a lot more! Intro  Opening Comments 2:00 Changing Expectations Using the DPE 4:00 Making fringe moves 5:00 Steve Dewald talks smaller moves 6:00 Torrey Craig, Justin Jackson & DJ Wilson Risks of waiting to address the bench 11:30 Has the outside view of POR possibly changed with Free Agents? 12:30 Could POR moving expiring deals hurt how they’re viewed? 18:00 Were things as busy Dec 15th last year? 21:00 How often do the Blazers do the thing that they telegraph? 22:00 Likelihood of getting Kevin Love Reading between the lines and GM speak 24:00 The appearance of desperation 26:00 Taking a look at Kevin Love 28:00 When could POR look to make a move? 30:30 Seller vs Buyer market 33:00 The improvement of Hassan Whiteside 38:00 Whiteside-Labissiere lineup thoughts 46:30 Looking at Bazemore’s integration into the starting lineup 50:30 Looking at the next 5 games and setting the tone? 54:00 Signaling intent for the rest of the season 1:00:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/16/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 58 seconds
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How do we make sure we don't take Damian Lillard for Granted?

Just in time for the holidays Tara and Cassidy have ideas for gifts to give the Trail Blazers this season. What gift might help channel Hezonja’s intensity or help Whiteside focus? What could we possibly give to Damian Lillard, the man who has it all, that would adequately express our appreciation for everything he does? What experience would Anfernee Simons remember forever?  Highlights 2:45 Rodney Hood goes down.  5:30 What do the Blazers do next? They will still fight. 10:15 Holiday gifts: For Lillard we picked out a gift for his son that we think someone should actually sell in the store, a game of Trail Blazers Guess Who! 14:00 How do we make sure we don’t take Damian Lillard for granted? 16:00 It has taken a while for Kent Bazemore to find his groove. Hope he can score more and get a couple more shots per game. We would give him a mountain bike because we think he’d like shredding downhill. But only in the off season. We think he needs more time in the starting lineup to have any opinion on how that is going.  18:15 Carmelo and Portland were both looking for missing pieces. Carmelo found a team and Portland found some much needed offense and excitement. We give him a City of Portland Skyline Puzzle. It feels like he just got here but he’s played almost a dozen games. 24:30 Cassidy would give Whiteside some LEGO to play with. The attention to detail and focus it takes to build a massive LEGO set could just be what he needs. Also, she thinks she set unrealistic expectations for him so as a bonus gift she’s just going to enjoy the double doubles. Hassan, your team needs you, not just with stats but with stops.  28:15 For Jusuf Nurkic as he continues his recovery we think he could use a companion so we would give him a tiny dog with outfits that match his. What are our expectations when he comes back? We have none, we just want him back on the court. Just his presence will boost the team.  32:00 Tolliver might just need a better night sleep. So far this season he has the lowest effective field goal percentage on the team. He’s getting some good looks but things just don’t seem to be dropping. So this holiday season we would get Anthony a weighted blanket, like a giant hug while you sleep.  34:45 For Mario Hezonja we suggest a weekend at Brightenbush Hotsprings so he can get some fresh air and relax and let the game come to him instead of forcing things.  38:45 Nassir Little gets a warm hat because after cutting off all his hair he’s going to need it in Minnesota and Toronto in January. 40:15 Skal can have whatever he wants. Has the best +/- of the bench players, still negative but better than anyone else. 42:00 Gary Trent Jr: we want more pictures of him. A gift for him would be a 80’S sweatsuit collection.  43:00 CJ McCollum world's best teammate t-shirt. While Lillard leads the team so well, McCollum is the teammate that will do the dirty work like trash talk, foul hard, and get mad.  44:45 Collins disco ball and dance floor at his house. 46:00 Anfernee needs to hear his name chanted at the Moda center, so we need to come up with an “Ant chant” for him.  49:00 The next WHAT meetup is January 5, come watch the Blazers take on Meyers Leonard and the Miami Heat with other women and supporters who love basketball.  Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet.  Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. The WHAT podcast is taking a break until the New Year, in the meantime, subscribe to the Blazer’s Edge podcast so you don’t miss an episode and mark your calendar for the next WHAT Meetup on January 5.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/13/201952 minutes, 35 seconds
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Hood Down, Blazers Scrambling. Now What?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Dave DuFour of The Athletic podcast network to discuss all things Portland; the Carmelo Anthony Experiment results are in, Rodney Hood's season ending injury, what the Blazers should/would/could do going forward, tank vs chase, asset management, expectations and goals for the season, the problem with Portland's defense, developing young players, tribute videos and more! Intro Dave DuFour! The most surprising thing about being closer to the Blazers 2:00 Why do the Blazers foul so much? 4:00 Defensive schemes and personnel 7:20 Who has been the best defender for Portland recently? 12:30 The loss of Rodney Hood for the season 15:00 Next man up 18:30 Rodney Hood and Jusuf Nurkic parallels 20:30 Identities and injuries 22:30 LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers 24:00 Signaling a change for the season 25:00 What kind of help is out there right now? 32:00 Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford! 33:00 Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder 35:00 Portland can’t afford to hold onto the expiring deals? 37:00 Using assets on Gallinari vs Giannis 38:30 Tara forces a trade storm 40:00 Taking the “chance” to tank 41:00 Tank vs Chase 44:30 What is Neil Olshey likely to do? 50:00 How has Carmelo Anthony looked after a few weeks now? 55:00 Mentality of the team and Damian Lillard? 59:00 Portland and Tribute videos 1:04:00 Closing comments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/9/20191 hour, 9 minutes, 53 seconds
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BONUS: 2010s All Decade Team, with a twist

Blazers Edge editor Steve DeWald and special guest Scott Hatley of Incight join Tara to discuss our choices for the all-decade team for 2010’s. But there was a twist: we couldn’t select a current Blazer.  Who did we chose for point guard? Which other players from the 2010s made the list? Listen or read the highlights below and let us know who would be on your All-Decade team for the 2010s? Whose team would win?  Incight, an organization dedicated to unlocking the potential of people with disabilities and other barriers, is raffling off a basketball signed by all of the Portland Trail Blazers. Enter for a chance to win for $15 per ticket. Drawing to be held on December 16 at 4pm. All proceeds from the raffle go to Incight.  Highlights 1:00 Introducing Scott Hatley of Incight.org. 2:00 Born in 1979 and started attending games with his family very young. Remembers crying when the team lost and loving the players. Remembers sneaking peanuts and soda into games with his dad.  3:00 Incight is an organization that focuses on education, employment and independence for people with disabilities and other barriers. Scott uses an electric wheelchair. 7:45 In his experience the Trail Blazers and the Moda center are doing a good job of making the venue accessible. 11:30 Pick out your all-decade team from the 2010s, but it can’t include anyone from the current roster. That made it really hard to pick out a point guard! 13:30 Point Guards. Steve picks Andre Miller, he’s tied for number 10 in the number of total assists in Portland. Tara also chose Andre Miller. His 52 points game was on January 30, 2010, so even if it was barely in the decade, Tara counts it. She wants to know how many of his assists were alley-oops? Scott chose Steve Blake because Blake was consistent. Tara would have also said Mo Williams because of how he stood up to Andrew Bogut in a fight.  16:55 Shooting guard. For Steve it was Wesley Matthews. A good three-point shooter, a leader in the locker room until Damian was ready to take it up. Who knows what would have happened with that team if he had stayed healthy? Scott also chose the Iron Man, that was one of the hardest departures, when Matthews left the team. Tara chose Brandon Roy because even though he played more in the previous decade he technically did play in the 2010s. We remember the Brandon Roy come back game 4 vs Dallas. 19:50 Small forward choices: Steve chose Nic Batum. Even though he didn’t put up huge numbers he did a little bit of everything and we got to watch him grow up. Scott thought about putting Brandon Roy in at the 3, but ultimately decided to go with Batum as well. Tara chooses Gerald Wallace who wasn’t here for a long time but it was fun to watch him. He also had a great voice and it was fun to remember the Ger-ald Wal-lace chants.  23:50 Power Forward. Steve and Scott both choose LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge has the numbers to back up the case. Tara had a hard time choosing but ultimately went with Aldridge as well. 25:45 Did you all boo LaMarcus Aldridge when he came back? Steve wasn’t at the game but he says he probably would have boo’d him. Scott doesn’t think that he did. Tara did that first game but not after that.  28:30 Centers: Steve chose Robin Lopez, not only because of his play and how good the team was in 2013-14, but because the defense that the team uses to this day was built around Robin Lopez. Scott choses Joel Pryzbilla, he still has the Tom Petty song “Won’t Back Down” in his head. Tara chose Ed Davis.  33:00 Sixth man, Steve chose Ed Davis, Chris Kaman or Allen Crabbe. Scott’s choice for sixth man was Patty Mills, and Tara chose Al-Farouq Aminu.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/8/201940 minutes, 25 seconds
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Brooke Olzendam and her mom, Alison, join the WHAT podcast

Queen of Rip City Brooke Olzendam and her mom, Alison, took a break from holiday festivities to chat with us. We learned that Crab Louie was invented in Spokane, that Alison was Brooke’s first AAU Coach and how close Brooke came to becoming a pharmaceutical rep (a boon for us, a bummer for the pharmaceutical industry). We also hear the story of Brooke’s 7th grade citizenship award and get a picture of her dancing around with a hairbrush.Then we turn to Blazers talk. What was it like for Alison to meet the Blazers? What is Carmelo Anthony like? Brooke explains how Melo has helped on the floor as well as bringing a breath of fresh air to the team. 1:00 Signature Holiday Dish: Crab Louie which was invented in Spokane. Also, do pretzels belong in Jello? 5:00 Introducing Alison Olzendam, Brooke’s mom, teacher and coach. She was Brooke’s AAU coach. Her coaching mantra: “You just gotta shoot”. Sports are a great place for kids to test themselves. 8:00 Brooke’s mom supported her by always being there for her. She played all the sports and did tons of activities and her mom was always in the stands. From her mom she learned that it is important to take care of yourself, and be yourself.  11:00 Her mom also helped her when she was at a crossroads in her career. Helping her keep focused on her dream.  13:00 Alison is most proud of who Brooke is as a person, how she treats people. Was she always outgoing and comfortable around people? Yes, she was always kind to everyone. 14:00 One of her proudest moments was when Brooke won a 7th grade Citizenship Award. 16:15 NBA players Alison has met. She recently finally met Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum although she feels like she knows them through Brooke. Never got to meet Evan Turner.  19:15 Thoughts on Carmelo Anthony. If is good to see him get a second chance. He has been a pleasure to work with and fun to watch the reception with the other players and other fan bases.  24:15 Melo is just a star on a whole different level.  27:00 Follow Alison on twitter because she might start tweeting #BrookesMomsHotTakes @aolzendam. And of course, follow @bolzendam for all kinds of Trail Blazers fun.  Our friends at Incight.org are unlocking the potential of people and you can help by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a signed Trail Blazers basketball from the 2019-20 season. Use this link to purchase a ticket before the drawing on December 16 at 4pm https://incight.ejoinme.org/BlazerRaffleTickets Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, Dan @dannymarang, this week’s guest is @bolzendam and @aolzendam Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/5/201928 minutes, 29 seconds
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Melo is Western Conference Player of the Week!

1:30 A week ago the Blazers were coming off of four losses and now they are coming off of three wins and Carmelo Anthony is Western Conference Player of the Week. Is there anything less worth getting mad about than Anthony returning to the league and getting this award? We can’t think of anything.   4:45 Will there be tribute videos this season? Or will Anthony refuse because he’s not retiring yet? 6:30 Is Melo the most famous player who ever played on the Trail Blazers?  9:15 Anthony in Portland makes them much more interesting from a national level.  14:45 Carmelo is legitimately an upgrade at power forward compared to what the other options were when Zach Collins went down.  16:00 Why do you think he was out of the league so long? He was not good in Houston but he wasn’t the reason Houston struggled so much at the beginning of the season. 20:00 What has the locker room been like since Melo joined the team? Things seem good of course winning helps, so it is hard to tell if any of that positive energy (or how much of it) comes from having Anthony on the team.  23:00 Negative perception probably comes from the times he forced a trade from Denver and a trade from New York so he could make more money. And the second thing is that people believed in Olympic Melo but couldn’t understand why he didn’t play like that on NBA teams.  26:00 As far as basketball goes, he has been about as good as we could realistically expect him to be. 27:00 Who is losing out on possessions because of Anthony’s 16 shots per game.  30:00 The Blazers always exceed expectations because they lay good foundations and do things right which allows them to take advantage of every break that they get even if they do not have the same raw talent as their opponents.  34:15 With Damian Lillard and Terry Stotts, the floor is very high.  36:15 Western Conference Player of the week is both not the worst thing to happen 37:45 The lesson that Tara is taking away is to pay more attention to the players.  38:45 Will a good run by Melo change the Blazers trade deadline plans? Sean thinks they will probably continue with whatever plans they had all along, but the interesting thing will be how will Melo react? Especially if the bring in someone like LaMarcus Aldridge or Kevin Love who play the same position. 43:00 How are Blazers going to manage to beat better teams who they will be facing this week? 46:00 Teams have to guard Anthony. That could be enough of a difference maker to give the Blazers a chance against tough teams.  48:15 What are Sean’s thoughts on Hassan Whiteside? What does good Hassan Whiteside looks like and how can the Blazers best unlock him?  Our friends at Incight.org are unlocking the potential of people and you can help by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a signed Trail Blazers basketball from the 2019-20 season. Use this link to purchase a ticket before the drawing on December 16 at 4pm https://incight.ejoinme.org/BlazerRaffleTickets Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, Dan @dannymarang, this week’s guest is Sean Highkin @highkin Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/3/201956 minutes
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Preview: LA Teams with Sabreena Merchant

Preview LA Clipper and Los Angeles Lakers with Sabreena Merchant (@sabreenajm) 1:00 How are the dynamic duos doing in Los Angeles? Clippers: Kawhi Leonard isn’t exactly the player he was in the playoffs. He is being load managed and getting up to speed, and fans are getting used to that. Kawhi and Paul George haven’t had much time together. They are extremely imposing defensively.  4:15 LeBron James has exceeded expectations because he’s playing defense all year and that is contagious. Anthony Davis is playing at DOPY level. 6:00 How are other teams trying to beat them? You have to hope that the Clippers have an off shooting night. Moe Harkless has been great on defense for them, willing to guard point guards. Lakers can be beat from the three point line, make LeBron be a jump shooter.  8:30 Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have been so important to the clippers because there were here last season, Harkless has made a difference and has been promoted to the a starting spot. 11:00 On the Lakers its been Alex Caruso and Danny Green who are probably the 3rd and 4th most important players. 12:00 LeBron really leads the Lakers locker room, while it is more by committee on the Clippers side. Harrell and Williams are the heart of that locker room.  12:30 How has the coaching situation developed on the Lakers side? There was a lot of talk in the pre season that Jason Kidd was after Frank Vogel's job. Vogel seems to be in a good place. He’s been flexible, willing to admit when things are not working, can get Davis to play the five even if he doesn’t really want to because he has a lot of buy-in from the players.  16:15 Lou Williams has been really good. He seems like he keeps getting better. Even though they have Kawhi and Paul George, so much of the offense is created by Williams. He’s the sixth man but at times he might be the most important person on offense.  18:00 It is really hard to identify an under-the-radar story for the Lakers. The difference between the media surrounding the teams is huge, you wouldn’t think they have the same championship aspirations. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/3/201920 minutes, 16 seconds
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WHAT Does Carmelo Bring to the Blazers

Former co-host Kendyl Bennett joins the podcast to talk all things Carmelo Anthony--how do we think he is settling in? Will he continue to average 16 shots a night? How will that impact Rodney Hood’s shot opportunities? We wonder why Hassan Whiteside is so up and down and what will it take for him to reach his potential. We talk about being thankful for balance in the league and we share our thoughts about the Golden State Warriors new reality and if the San Antonio Spurs are really, truly, having a bad year.  00:45 Icebreaker from @paulnavarre “In the spirit of Melo, who against all odds has made me cheer for him and really start to like him: the player who made you change your opinion about him the most.” We talk Patrick Beverly, Carmelo Anthony, Jamal Crawford and Jusuf Nurkic.  6:15 What does everyone think of the Carmelo Anthony Experience? Kendyl: When he first came, we thought “why not?” the team needed some new life. He’s improving, he seems to have put the work in. Lillard and McCollum are going to hold him to high standards.  8:45 Cassidy has come around after initially being pretty upset about it. At first didn’t buy that he would take a step back from demanding attention. It looks like he just really loves playing the game.  10:45 How do people feel about the fact that he is averaging 16 shots per game? Hard to know, was he taking shots away from Lillard and McCollum or were they going with the flow because he was open and he had open shots? Possibly he had lots of shots to help him acclimate.  14:30 What if Carmelo can’t adjust to taking fewer shots? In any case, the arrival of Anthony has given the whole team something bigger than themselves. 17:00 Tara compares the Carmelo Experience to the Kanter Experience 21:30 Anthony is out there learning the Portland system, but he’s not learning the NBA at the same time like many of the younger players, so that is one thing you don’t have to worry about when he is in.  22:30 How does the addition of Carmelo Anthony affect Rodney Hood? Is he taking away too many shots?  23:55 Portland has options, not just Melo, but Hood, Simons, even Skal are finding their scoring rhythm giving Lillard more options.  25:10 Could carrying a lesser scoring load help save Lillard’s energy at all? Does anyone know? Anyone? 28:15 What are we thankful for? 28:35 Cassidy is thankful for Lillard’s leadership and also articles about Hassan Whiteside’s fish because she is struggling to enjoy his role on the Blazers. She really wants him to live up to his potential. Kendyl is puzzled why he is not having a bigger impact on the team when he is in a contract year. It is frustrating to watch. 35:00 Tara is thankful for Jusuf Nurkic because he is recovering and because he taught her patience. Kendyl compares Whiteside to Mason Plumlee when he was a Blazer in that he avoided contact. The flow offense might be taking longer to learn for Whiteside. 41:00 Kendyl is very happy for more balance in the league (and the downfall of the Warriors).  45:00 Are the San Antonio Spurs truly down and out? Or will they rise again (like they always do)?  47:00 Headlines from around the league. “He said, they said” -Richard Jefferson and the New York Knicks. Why do the Knicks always come out and say the wrong thing? Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @kendylbennett16 Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/28/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 12 seconds
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Can the Season be Saved?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a look at where the Blazers are and where they need to be in the coming weeks. Along the way, they discuss the development of the young guys, whether or not Coach Stotts should be on the hot seat, expectations for the team until the New Year, salvaging the season, and more! Intro Opening comments Changing Expectations 2:00 How long can you hold on? 4:00 Can they save this season? 7:30 How has Carmelo Anthony looked? 9:30 Melo and the “Little” things 11:30 Frustrations with lineups young vs old 14:00 Front office dynamics in the NBA 19:00 Is Coach Stotts on the hot seat? 22:00 Chasing wins vs Development 25:00 Can we call Skal a young player? 31:00 What is Skal’s ceiling and/or likely scenario? 34:00 Do Skal or Anfernee Simons need to play w/more attitude? 35:30 How Collins and Skal unlock things on both sides of the floor 37:30 Why are we seeing Tolliver on the floor over Skal? 40:00 Playing Simons and Skal together 42:00 Tolliver and consistency 44:00 Nassir Little ripping the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo 46:00 Little reminds us of Gerald Wallace 47:00 What can Little do to get on the floor now and going forward? 52:00 Gary Trent Jr getting minutes 56:00 Changing perception on where this team is right now 1:00:00 Did saying the word “championship” alter expectations too much? 1:05:00 At what point are you looking at the Blazers to make a pivot? 1:14:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/25/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 12 seconds
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Chicago Bulls Preview with Maggie Hendricks of 670 The Score

Maggie Hendricks of 670 The Score in Chicago joins Tara Bowen-Biggs to preview two Portland vs Chicago matchups coming this week. Highlights: 00:50 Expectations going into the season were set by the front office who said that the Bulls would be aiming for the playoffs. They don’t look like a playoff team and now they are talking about developing players.  2:00 Infighting and strange choices had been plaguing the team lately. Coach Jim Boylen said that Zach Levine made three egregious errors and pulled him.  3:00 What happened to the Player’s Committee? Isn’t Zach Levine the head of the player’s committee? It doesn’t seem to exist anymore and there is no clear plan for how they are going to fix communication. 4:20 Who is the leader of the locker room? Otto Porter Jr is the most likely candidate, even though he is pretty new. He is a respected veteran. They are such a young team and they don’t have many veterans to show them the way.  5:20 Strengths: Coby White and other players are fun to watch when they are on. Most of the players have moments or stretches where they play really well.  7:10 What is the starting lineup? Lauri Markkanen, Zach Levine, Wendell Carter Jr, Tomáš Satoranský have been the most consistent in the starting lineup. 7:50 What are fans talking about? Everything is about is Jim Boylen over his head? There is a lot of excitement over the rookies. However, the front office have not modernized their approach to try to keep up with the rest of the league.  9:00 Is Boylen in the hot seat? The ownership is really reluctant to make changes, coaches get a lot of leeway.  10:05 Does having a big fan base make it easier or harder to hold a front office accountable? Right now everyone is really mad about the Bears. Once their season is over, fans may turn their ire on the Bulls.  12:00 What to watch for: how much do rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford play? They are trying to figure out who they are on defense. They probably won’t change a lot between the first game on Monday and the second game on Friday.  Follow Maggie on Twitter @maggiehendricks Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge @DMarang @tcbbiggs  Subscribe to the podcast: Apple Podcasts  Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/24/201913 minutes, 43 seconds
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WHAT if we were GMs? With Nitz of The Daily Ding

Tara and Cassidy are joined by Nitz from The Daily Ding podcast to discuss the Portland Trail Blazers’ rocky start, how adding Carmelo Anthony to the team can help them out, and what other moves we would try if we were the GMs.  Highlights 00:30 Icebreaker: “What’s your ideal time to stay at an event before you leave early without telling anyone” Thanks for the question EvanSowards! 4:00 Busy week! Who is having a worse year, Golden State or the Trail Blazers?  5:45 How Carmelo chose 00.  8:30 On Carmelo Anthony not wearing number 7 and should anyone wear number 7 again? 11:30 How much should we let nostalgia keep us from moving forward?  13:45 Should the Thunder retire Kevin Durant’s number?  16:15 When Cassidy heard the Blazers had traded for Anthony she was initially mad, she has never been a fan of his, but she’s warming to the idea. Generally we’re glad he’s back in the league but mixed on how we feel about Portland being the team that he came to. He’s not going to fix the defensive issues.  20:15 Now that we have seen him, how did it work? He doesn’t fit in that well but it was good to see him playing again because he obviously loves the game.  23:00 Carmelo Anthony may inspire his teammates to up their fashion game which may be contagious and lead to more inspired play on the court.  26:05 It is hard to get back on the court when you are returning from injury or being away for a long time. It was nice to see that even if he couldn’t execute, he had an idea what to do. As he gets back into game shape, maybe he can make more of those plays.  27:00 He had a lot of responsibilities in his first game back due to Lillard not being there. 29:15 We play GM. How would we fix the Trail Blazers?  29:30 Option 1: throw in the towel. Rest Lillard and McCollum. Work with what you’ve got. It might look like tanking but it’s more like enduring.  34:30 Option 2: Sign a center that can set a pick. Possibly Jokim Noah or Greg Monroe. 37:25 Option 3: If we could undo any trades from the past, would we? Nitz would resign LaMarcus, Tara would resign Ed Davis (who Cassidy reminded her is out with a broken leg, get well soon Ed!) Cassidy would undo the Whiteside trade.  42:00 Option 4: Out of the box ideas? Have an all-retirement tour team with Carmelo Anthony, Coach Pau Gasol, and add Vince Carter and Jamal Crawford.  43:00 Trade for Draymond Green (who can’t be traded until February 2).  Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @nitzbluv Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/21/201948 minutes, 35 seconds
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Are Things as Bad as they Seem?

On this week's Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Steve Dewald to take a look back over the last week and discuss: Carmelo Anthony signing, the ups and downs of momentum, what will the rotations look like, trends in wins and losses, the bright spot that is Nassir Little, how bad are things really, and much more! Intro Opening comments Steve Dewald - first reactions to Carmelo Anthony signing Melo and “ring rust” 3:00 Could/Should Melo start? 7:00 How will Nassir Little’s role/rotation shift? 10:00 Can the Blazers take advantage of Melo’s knowledge? 13:00 Why does Melo deserve anything? 17:00 The difference between between chaos and dysfunction 22:00 The Pau Gasol question 26:00 What is the best case scenario for Little right now? 28:30 Nassir Little reminiscent of Gerald Wallace 31:30 What is Little’s ceiling by the end of the year? 33:00 Could we see more lineups with Kent Bazemore and Nassir Little? 35:00 Where is CJ McCollum at right now? 38:30 Was CJ hindered by the points of emphasis fouls? 41:30 What have we seen in Blazers wins and losses? 43:00 Blazers have not been able to control momentum at all this season 47:00 Maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem? 52:00 Were you surprised that Damian Lillard took the 3 for 60? 56:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/18/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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Preview: Houston Rockets with Coty Davis of The Dream Shake

Coty Davis of thedreamshake.com joined Tara to preview the Portland Trail Blazers vs Houston Rockets matchup. How has Russell Westbrook’s arrival changed the team? What are the Rockets weaknesses? Who is the leader of the team? Coty is a long-time fan of Carmelo Anthony so he also weighs in on how his arrival might impact the Trail Blazers.  1:00 How the arrival of Westbrook has changed things. The pace has really increased. The offense is now “six seconds or less”. There seems to be a new attitude. 2:00 How do they play together? They start each half together, but then they are staggered. Westbrook is getting longer rests than he ever did in OKC. James Harden is still playing a lot of minutes. He seems to run out of gas every season.  5:00 Has the duo evolved in any way? They both are really sticking to their game, they don’t seem to have evolved together yet.  6:30 What are the biggest weaknesses of the team? They struggle on defense and they are small so they are frequently out-rebounded. Their defense is really up and down this season.  10:30 Who is the leader of the Rockets? Harden on the floor, PJ Tucker in the locker room. He hustles on the court and in practice, he’s a vocal leader, takes the younger players under his wings. Not to say that Harden and Westbrook don’t, but Tucker seems to make an extra effort and when he talks, people listen.  12:30 Players who might be off the radar but Houston fans are enjoying this season. Austin Rivers has stepped up off the bench.  14:30 On Carmelo Anthony. He can still play, he will be extra fire power. It might be that he didn’t fit in with Houston because he liked the midrange. Portland will be able to make the most of Anthony.  18:00 Coty is a big fan of Damian Lillard and believes that the Trail Blazers will be fine.  Find Coty @cotydavis_24 Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge @DMarang @tcbbiggs  Subscribe to the podcast: Apple Podcasts  Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/17/201920 minutes, 33 seconds
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Desperation and Signing Carmelo Anthony

On this emergency episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang react to the news of the Trail Blazers agreeing to sign Carmelo Anthony to a non-guaranteed contract. Why would they do it? Can he actually help them? How good and/or bad can things actually get? What happens between now and the trade deadline? It's a near real time reaction to the agreed upon deal and well, just listen for yourself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/15/201934 minutes, 31 seconds
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WHAT is with all the injuries?

On this week’s podcast, Tara and Cassidy talk about injuries that have plagued the Trail Blazers and the league. We discuss our own personal sports injuries and what we learned from them and the look at how injuries have increased over the past several years. We ask why they might be occurring and what could possibly be done to curtail the rising rates.  Then we take a trip around the league and make up headlines to capture all the weirdness and excitement of the first three weeks of the season.  Highlights 1:00 Icebreaker: The Blazers are headed on 6 game road trip do you have any flight routines? Must have snacks or entertainment?  4:00 Favorite moments from the Blazers in the last week or so are watching Damian Lillard score 60, Nas Little being in the floor, Anfernee Simons making things look easy, and being included in important end-of-game plays.  7:00 The injury bug has hit the Trail Blazers.  8:00 What we learned from our own sports injury stories, about love of the game and how the sports we played were part of our identities. 18:00 Cumulative NBA Injury Report tracker you can find historical information about the last 5 years worth of injuries.  19:30 Blazers have lost 29 player games to injury so far this season (in 10 games). Biggest year in recent memory was 2016 when they lost 172 games due to injury, which included 82 games for Festus Ezeli. 24:30 Are the number of injuries in the league increasing? According to 'These kids are ticking time bombs': The threat of youth basketball by Baxter Holmes, yes. (Note in the podcast Tara originally attributed this to Tom Haberstroh’s article NBA Injuries Are Mounting, Leaving League Wrestling with Who's to Blame which we discussed later.  26:30 How much of an increase is there really and how can we get the real story? 27:45 To change this, it will probably take a systemic approach rather than band aids. 29:45 Why do more injuries happen? Shorter preseason, faster pace, specialization. 33:00 What are some solutions. Current players who have children playing in the AAU system have a chance to change that system. 34:30 There are a lot of things contributing to injuries, sometimes it’s just bad luck, like when Aron Baynes landed on Step Curry’s hand. 38:00 Everyone get well soon! 38:30 Around the league: The Price of Gold Drops in San Francisco 40:00 New Orleans: Trust the process round 2?  41:30 Miami: Miami flying high on multiple levels 45:30 New York: Are Knicks about to Knicks it up?  47:30 Washington: The Wizarding World of Injuries.  48:30 Milwaukee: Blazers East looking good.  50:15 Why do people always assume starts in small markets are going to leave?  52:45 Outro Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/14/201955 minutes, 12 seconds
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Where do you Hope the Blazers will be in 2020?

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs makes a call to the bench for the super sub and is joined by Managing Editor of Blazer’s Edge- Dave Deckard. Together they look at the first 10 games of the season, Lillard's 60-point game, evaluating role players, McCollum's shooting slump, expectations by the new calendar year and more! Intro  Opening Comments Initial Thoughts 2:00 Compared to your expectations, where is Hassan Whiteside at? 4:30 What do you think of the idea of Rodney Hood playing at the 4? 8:30 Could we see Nassir Little getting some time at 4? 10:00 How are we feeling about Kent Bazemore in the starting lineup? 13:30 Are Hezonja and Tolliver playing different roles than you thought? 17:30 Anthony Tolliver and decision making 21:00 The 3-guard lineup with Lillard, McCollum & Simons 25:50 How worried are you about McCollum’s shooting slump? 27:00 Taking a look at where McCollum fits with this group 30:00 At what point will you make a decision about this version of the team? 31:50 Watching Lillard alongside his teammates in his 60 point game 34:00 Is the low number of assists worrisome? 36:00 Trading CJ McCollum….again 38:00 Dave’s impressions of Anfernee Simons 41:00 What other elements are you looking at for this team? 46:30 Where would you like to see the Blazers around the new year? 50:00 Closing Comments  Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/201956 minutes, 40 seconds
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Blazers vs Atlanta Hawks Preview Special Episode

Tara talks to Jeff Siegel of peachtreehoops.com and earlybirdrights.com (and formerly on blazersedge.com) to preview the Portland Trail Blazers upcoming game against the Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on twitter @jgsiegel, @earlybirdrights. 00:30 The Atlanta Hawks have had an up-and-down season so far. For most of the season they have had pretty good luck in opponents three point shooting but opponents are starting to shoot well from beyond the arc now. Trae Young has looked good and John Collins did too before he got suspended for 25 games. 3:00 Biggest strength of the team is Trae Young. He is one of the top passers in the league and also has good shooting streaks. They have depth and play a deep rotation but the players are not high caliber yet.  4:30 People who have length and can blitz have the most success against Trae Young. Once you get the ball out of his hands there are not too many other options.  6:30 The team did not fight the NBA about John Collins’ suspension. He will be back in December.  9:00 Kevin Hurter may be the starting shooting guard, Siegel wishes that he was. Jabari Parker has been the second best player on the team, he’s rolling and dunking and shooting some threes. Their defense is shakey. He has no idea who Trae Young is going to guard.  12:00 Both teams are relying on their guards because they are thin or underwhelming in the front court. The Hawks have three centers but they are not very strong. 14:00 Trae does not seem to be the same kind of leader as Lillard, although he is very good leading on the court. Vince Carter and Evan Turner have been solid locker room vets. 16:00 Checking in on Allen Crabbe. People were looking forward to him coming in to provide shooting off the bench, but he’s been out all season with a knee injury. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the rotation when he comes back because the rotation is already really deep. Evan Turner has been backup point guard but he has only played three games due to achilles soreness.  18:45 Blazers should be favorites, Portland’s defensive style should be effective against Trae Young. Find Jeff’s work at earlybirdrights.com and peachtreehoops.com (and formerly on blazersedge.com). Follow him on twitter @jgsiegel, @earlybirdrights. Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge, @DMarang, @tcbbiggs  Subscribe to the podcast: Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/9/201924 minutes, 46 seconds
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WHAT Podcast: Jamie Goldberg, Reporter for The Oregonian

Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian makes her first appearance on the Women’s Hoops And Talks Podcast. Fresh off of six years covering the Thorns and the Timbers, Goldberg is the newest NBA and Trail Blazers reporter for the Oregonian. We talk to her about what it has been like making the transition from soccer to basketball, her first impressions of the team and the players and what she is looking forward to covering on her new beat.   Highlights 00:30 Have she and Jamie Hudson worked out what we are supposed to call them?  1:00 Icebreaker: What is your self-care strategy after a tough game?  3:45 Introducing Jamie and how she became a sports writer? 5:30 What has the transition from soccer to basketball been like? What did she do to prepare?  7:00 What was the end of the soccer season like, and what was it like knowing you were going to move right into something new?  12:30 Early impressions of the team. Damian Lillard has lived up to his reputation. League mandated press time in the NBA is much more liberal than with MLS. Easier to tell stories when you have access to the players.  14:00 Follow up story on Coach Yim. 15:00 What are some of the ways that covering the leagues are different? Pace is different when there are so many games. In soccer each game carries so much weight. Even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, in the NBA the sheer volume of games means you have to move on quickly. 17:15 You’ve spent a lot of time covering teams with huge supporters groups, the Timbers Army and the Riveters? How is the world of Blazers fans different? 20:20 What was it like covering championship runs and when can we expect a Blazers championship?  22:30 She has done stories so far on Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and Skal Labissiere who have all been great to work with.  24:45 Basketball things that she has seen that she thinks the team can build on. They are probably going to be one of the best offensive teams in the league. They need a rim protector, it seems like Stotts isn’t ready to give Labissiere much of that role yet.  27:20 For fans who watch soccer, what would you tell them to watch in the NBA? The speed and the spectacle are very fun.  29:15 Does she have any additions to the 2020 Trail Blazers 50th Anniversary Playlist? Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @jamiebgoldberg Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/7/201934 minutes, 37 seconds
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Is Damian Lillard a Real MVP Candidate?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast- Varoon Bose of Bleacher Report and carrier of the Blazer's flag in New York city hops on with Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang to talk; Damian Lillard's MVP start to the season, the positive and the negatives of the Blazer's start to the season, will the Blazers sign a big man, should Skal Labissiere get more minutes, breaking down the last play vs the Philadelphia 76ers and more! Intro  Opening comments Varoon Bose of Bleacher Report 3:00 How to be a Blazer’s fan away from Portland 5:00 How are the Blazer’s viewed outside the market now 8:00 Through 6 games- how are you feeling about the Blazers? 11:00 Hezonja and Hood- the little things and expectations 17:30 How the new additions are impacting opponent’s game plan vs Dame 21:00 The need for Dame to bail out the Blazers in the 4th quarter 24:40 Something doesn't feel right with where McCollum is in the offense 28:00 What has Dame added to his game this season 36:00 Will Dame get enough buzz to be voted in as in All Star 43:30 Does Dame have the narrative to get MVP momentum 45:30 Twitter Questions! Breaking down the last play vs the 76ers 53:00 Will the Blazers fill the last roster spot with a big 57:30 Why isn’t Skal getting more minutes 1:04:00 Looking ahead on the schedule 1:07:00 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/4/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 11 seconds
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WHAT did we expect?

Tara and Cassidy discuss the Trail Blazers’ first four games--how much can we learn from this start? We discuss how high our expectations were going into the season and whether or not they have been met by this small sample size.  Then we talk to Jannelle Moore from Golden State of Mind about the surprising start for the Golden State Warriors. Why does she think they are struggling? How much is the coach to blame? How will they look when the Trail Blazers play them in San Francisco next week?  Highlights 1:00 Icebreaker courtesy of twitter friend @burlicious_M: what was your favorite Halloween costume?  6:00 Historical starts for the Blazers.  10:00 Did we have high expectations or low expectations and why? 14:00 Sometimes it is hard or weird to watch this team because we were so used to the last team. 15:15 Zach Collins’ injury, how did we react? What does it mean for the team? 19:00 Coaches challenges and last two minute reports: best things ever? Terrible ideas? Or somewhere in between? 27:00 Jannelle Moore, Golden State of Mind. What were her expectations for the Warriors going into the season and how have they been met (or not)? 29:15 Steve Kerr enjoyed the success of the last several years, now he’s going to have to deal with the pressure.  36:00 Draymond Green and Omari Spellman and The Warrior’s Way. 38:00 What is missing in the Warriors culture right now?  40:00 Warriors dynasty is not over. They were never a dynasty, they were just really good.  44:45 Is THIS the year of the Timberwolves? 45:30 Confidence in shooters is fun! 47:15 Bench celebrations are going well, especially considering they are just getting used to each other.  49:00 Skal Labissiere looking good early. 51:00 When will Tolliver heat up from the three point line? 54:00 First-to-50 update Get social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @Jannelle12 Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/31/20191 hour, 26 seconds
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The Good, the Bad and the Injury

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a look a the first 3 games of the Blazers season to find themes- both good and bad, points of emphasis, discuss the defensive woes from the 3-point line, how the new players are fitting in, Rodney Hood's possible emergence as that oft-discussed "3rd option," Zach Collins' shoulder injury and what Coach Stotts may do with the lineups, the next 3 upcoming games and more! Intro Opening Comments Early trends 2:00 What’s happening on defense? 3:00 Small sample size theater! 5:00 There’s good news, promise! 8:20 Do the Blazers finally have someone to count on beyond Dame & CJ? 13:00 Early impressions of Hassan Whiteside 16:30 Whiteside needing to step out of the paint defensively 21:00 How has Collins looked…before the injury 22:00 How will Stotts deal with Collins’ injury 28:00 First thoughts on Hezonja? 31:00 Could Hezonja start in Collins’ place? 34:00 The Kenergizer Bunny makes his appearance 37:00 CJ McCollum finds his shot and his finishing boots 41:00 The highs and lows of Anfernee Simons through 3 games 44:40 Heavy minutes for McCollum and Lillard early on 49:00 Looking at the next 3 games 56:00 Spurs keep Spursing - LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray OKC and conquering Chris Paul 1:00:00 Danny tried to Mel Gibson his shoulder back in once upon a time 1:07:00 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/28/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 49 seconds
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WHAT Podcast: First to 50

Join Tara, Cassidy and Blazers Edge editor Lindsay as they predict which Portland Trail Blazers will stand out amongst their teammates? Who will be the sixth man of the year for the Blazers? Will it be someone who brings energy off the bench, or someone whose technical proficiency means he’s reliable? Who will be most improved? A young player who finally gets the opportunity or an older vet whose improvement impacts winning the most?  We wonder who is going to contribute big time in the community the season, who will replace Evan Turner as class clown, and who will impress with his fashion sense? From Anfernee Simons to Zach Collins, we discuss how we think players will contribute this season. Then we play “First to 50” in which we predict who will be first to reach 50 in various box score stats.  Highlights 1:00 Made up headlines from opening night.  4:00 Award Predictions. 5:00 Who will be the 6th man for the Blazers? 11:00 Most improved player? 15:30 Defensive player of the year? 19:00 Community Assist award 22:30 Class Clown 24:30 Best Dressed (note on Zach Collins’ mustache) 27:30 Which recently departed Blazer will have the best year with his new team? 30:00 Favorite player who was never a Blazer to watch 34:00 First to 50 who will be first to 50 assists, personal fouls, points in a game, blocks, rebounds, steals, dunks? 40:00 2020 Trail Blazers Playlist addition: Can't Hold Us, Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy brookeolzendam@CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @corvallisonian Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Subscribe to the podcast Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/24/201942 minutes, 49 seconds
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Who Will be the Breakout Player for the Blazers this Year?

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast- Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Isaiah De Los Santos and Nate Mann to discuss who the breakout player could be for the Trail Blazers, injury worries in the frontcourt, previewing the first three games of the season and more! Intro 1:30 Getting regular season ready 3:50 How worried should people be about the ankles of Portland big men? 5:00 Skal? SKAL! 10:00 Jusuf Nurkic signs with Klutch Sports  13:00 Impact on CBA with issues in China 14:30 International growth of the game 16:30 Nurkic’s commercial opportunities 18:00 Fantasy Draft update! 18:50 Who’s going to have a breakout year? 19:10 Nate Mann takes Zach Collins 22:30 Blazers are the midrange maestros 27:45 Isaiah De Los Santos takes Rodney Hood 28:30 Hood and a full summer with the team 31:00 Hood should be the best scorer Portland has had at the 3 in a while 37:20 Hood has opportunities and a place in the pecking order 40:00 Danny Marang takes Anfernee Simons 43:00 Where will Simons fit as a playmaker? 47:00 Isaiah endorses the season of CJ 47:30 Overreacting to the preseason 48:00 Previewing the first 3 games of the season! 60:00 More season of CJ! Closing comments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/21/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bonus episode: Brooke Olzendam joins the WHAT podcast

As Rip City prepares for the start of the new season, we welcome Trail Blazers’ sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam to the WHAT podcast to get us all caught up on what is happening with the team. She’s been getting to know the new players over the past few weeks and gives us her impressions so far: Whiteside’s humor, Tolliver’s smarts, Hezonja’s intensity, and Bazemore’s joy. Along the way we get a story about the Goonies house in Astoria, and update on Jusuf Nurkic, and two new songs to add to the 2020 Trail Blazers Playlist.  Highlights 1:00 Icebreaker: Weekend getaway suggestions for new team members? 5:30 Impressions of the new players. Very cohesive, they were eager to get started. Kent Bazemore is shooting well. They like the coaching staff and the freedom to play to their strengths.  7:30 Getting to know brand new players, how does she figure out the best way to cover them, make them comfortable and open? 9:30 Did anyone surprise you now that you are getting to know them? Hassan Whiteside is really funny and entertaining, Anthony Tolliver is a real family guy and the person to go to if you have financial questions,  12:00 Kent Bazemore is jolly and fun and really loving life in Portland.  13:30 What is Mario Hezonja like? Very dry sense of humor, loves basketball, wants to win at every drill.  15:30 Update on Nurkic--how is he doing? You can tell he really wants to be out there, it is good to have him around the team. He seems to have a really positive episode. 20:00 Brooke’s addition to the 2020 Youtube Playlist. Bone Crusher Never Scared, All I Do is Win, by DJ Khalid.  Subscribe Apple Podcasts Google Play Spotify Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @brookeolzendam Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/20/201925 minutes, 37 seconds
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WHAT have we learned about the Blazers?

The pre-season is winding down, so we asked, what have we learned about the Portland Trail Blazers? Tara and Cassidy of Women’s Hoops and Talks discuss Marion Hezonja passing, Kent Bazemore bouncing, Skal Labissiere playing, and CJ McCollum missing free throws.  While we are starting to get more familiar with the new-look team, some questions still remain: when will Pau Gasol play? Is Zach Collins locked into the starting lineup? Who is setting screens for Damian Lillard and McCollum?  Along the way, we touch on the throw-back game in the Memorial Coliseum, Tara’s visit to the Staples Center, and whether Portland was holding Meyers Leonard back? All of this and more on the latest episode. Highlights 1:30 Icebreaker: If you could have one Blazer come visit you and keep you company while you are sick, who would it be?  4:00 Preseason opener in the Memorial Coliseum. Blazers have really developed a brand of wholesome fun.  8:30 A journey into the belly of the best, the Staples Center. 11:45 What have we learned from preseason? Nassir Little seems very determined 13:30 Whiteside needs time with the team  14:30 When Mario has the ball, be ready! 16:00 Kent Bazemore is bouncy and fun. Is it too soon to say that he has some Wesley Matthews type undrafted attitude.   19:00 Skal Labissiere might play 20:00 What is the deal with CJ McCollum missing so many free throws?  What we haven’t learned 21:50 Anything about Pau Gasol 22:40 Zach Collins is going to start? 25:10 Who is going to set screens for Lillard? 27:00 Meyers Leonard in Miami has been set free to be his most Meyers Leonard self.  28:30 Should the Blazers try the alley-oop anymore? Maybe they can replace alley-oops with nutmeg passes.  30:50 Giving some love to Moses Brown and Keljin Blevins. 36:15 Are the Utah Jazz better than the Denver Nuggets?  38:00 Adding a new song to the 2020 Blazer Playlist, 22 by Taylor Swift. Because 22 is going to be a good year for Zach Collins.  41:00 Collins is showing some good signs.  Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Get Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.) Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/17/201946 minutes, 19 seconds
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WHAT is the story with the Utah Jazz with Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith wears many hats. She is broadcast assistant for the Utah Jazz, radio analyst for Utah Utes Women’s Basketball team and host of How She Did It a web series and podcast highlighting women in sports media. We asked Amanda what it is like to keep stats during a game, how she got started doing analysis, and what is her favorite part of covering a game. Then we talk about the Utah Jazz and their upcoming season. Who is their team leader? Do they consider themselves rivals with the Portland Trail Blazers? What happened to the Jazz in the playoffs last season? Then we explain some of the things that we loved about Ed Davis and wonder, is Damian Lillard the coolest person ever? All this and more on the latest Women's Hoops and Talks podcast. Highlights: 1:00 If you could watch any two players of any era play 1 vs 1, who would it be? Donovan Mitchell vs Dwyane Wade in his prime, Arvydas Sabonis vs Shaquille O’Neal in their primes, Shaq vs Charles Barkley from last week (or Robin Lopez vs Brook Lopez, any day).4:30 Introducing Amanda Smith, broadcast assistant for the Utah Jazz, and radio analyst for Utah Women's basketball. She was a big fan of Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker and was greatly influenced by the WNBA. 7:00 What do you as a broadcast assistant for the Utah Jazz. Gets audio from game and keeps stats during the game to share with Broadcast team (David Locke). 12:00 About How She Did It, a Youtube series and podcast. 14:30 How did she get started as an analyst for the basketball team. What is her favorite part of it? 17:00 Preview of Utah Jazz--Big expectations this year! What are the main story lines for Utah this season? 18:30 Who is the leader in the Jazz locker room?19:30 Are Portland and Utah rivals? 22:30 What are some of the qualities of the Jazz players that we might not know?25:00 What happened to the Jazz in the playoffs?26:00 In which we try to get Amanda hyped for Ed Davis with questionable success.32:00 Thoughts on the Northwest division?34:00 Off season shockers and how we reacted.36:30 Damian Lillard is the coolest person on earth, probably. 40:00 We got email!! Which song is better, Bust-a-bucket or Rip City Rhapsody? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @_itsamandasmith Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/201945 minutes, 24 seconds
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Who will be the biggest trash talker on the Trail Blazers this season?

Trail Blazers' beat reporter Casey Holdahl joined the weekly podcast to talk about Kent Bazemore’s shorts, Anthony Tolliver’s opportunities and Mario Hezonja’s nasty streak. We react to the fast and furious pace of Fan Fest, wonder when we will learn how tall everyone is and speculate about what Skal Labissiere could do if he just gets a shot? Also, public radio pledge drives, hipster beanies, and who will be the biggest trash talker on the team this year? All this and more on the latest podcast.  5:45 Fan Fest recap. 7:30 An explanation (sort of) of Fan Fests MVP Kent Bazemore’s short situation.12:30 Might the new players feel like they have something to prove on the defensive end?15:00 When are we going to find out how tall everyone is?19:30 The case of charismatic Anthony Tolliver who has a lot to give, possibly more than people are realizing. He may play more than people are expecting. 21:45 How are the players starting to group, either in their workouts or off the court? Are there combos forming on the court? 26:15 How is the turnover of this year different from turnover in years past? This year they are more established and have expectations. But they seem ready for it. Quiet confidence. 28:30 Watching them at Fan Fest gave a real sense of togetherness. At the same time, they were playing each other hard, they were really competitive with each other. They seem like they could have a little bit more of a nasty streak in them this season. The good kind of nasty streak. 35:00 CJ McCollum has a mean streak, that toughness could be something to build on. 39:00 Who will be the biggest trash talker this year? 42:00 What is the potential for Skal Labissiere? How does he compare to Noah Voleh? 48:00 What does “who has looked the best” at training camp really mean?50:00 Will the Blazers play faster this season? Did the speed of the game at Fan Fest tell us anything about if they will play more in transition?53:00 Will they move the ball a lot more?55:45 What are some of the things that Casey will miss about the players who departed? Get social Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge, @DMarang, @tcbbiggs and @chold and @caseyholdahl on Instagram. Subscribe to the podcast:Apple: apple.co/2Mu8YX9Google: http://bit.ly/2KMRa7lStitcher: http://bit.ly/33OEBA3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/8/20191 hour, 6 minutes, 34 seconds
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WHAT Podcast with Tameka Simons, Mother of Anfernee Simons

Tameka Simons, mother of Portland Trail Blazer Anfernee Simons, joins the WHAT podcast to talk about what it was like supporting him in his journey to the NBA. She shares how their family got into basketball, what their hectic lifestyle was like, and when she knew Anfernee had a special talent. She talks about what it was like when he was deciding to enter the draft and how it felt on draft night when he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. Along the way we talk about why Portland fans are different from other fan-bases, what kind of leaders Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are, what Anfernee’s favorite food is and and how many dunks can we expect this season?  It was a dream come true to talk to an NBA mom, to get a sense of how much work it takes to get into the league and hear what her hopes and dreams are for her son. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed getting to know Tameka Simons. 1:00 Icebreaker: What is your favorite part of the preseason? 2:50 Getting to know Tameka, how she got into basketball. Grew up in Florida, followed the Orlando Magic, named Anfernee after Anfernee Hardaway. 6:30 How did Simons’ love of basketball develop? 7:00 What was he like as a kid and when did you realize he was really talented? 9:00  What were the logistics of training a young person to make it to the NBA? What did he eat?11:00 What was it like the night he got drafted? (They found out from Woj like everyone else.)15:30 What was the transition into the NBA like for the family?18:00 At media day Neil Olshey said that Anfernee is the most talented player he’s drafted during his 15 years in the league. As his mom, what is it like to hear that about him? 19:00 Do you talk to him about the game afterwards? 23:15 There are big expectations for Simons this season. Have you given him any special advice for how to approach this year? Will he dunk more this season? 25:20 What are some of the hard parts of being the mom of an NBA player? Watching the games is very stressful. 28:00 Damian Lillard’s leadership31:00 What are some of the things you are looking forward to the most with this season? Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Anfernee Simons website: www.theanferneesimons.com. Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Rate and subscribe to the podcast: Apple, Google, Stitcher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/3/201934 minutes, 9 seconds
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Who will make the most of the opportunity before them this season?

Media day is here and we’re certifying our heights with the league office and getting down to business. Blazers Outsider Joe Simons and Blazers Edge editor Steve Dewald joined the podcast to do a round table about what we are optimistic about and what we are worried about in the upcoming season.  A lot of new players means a lot of opportunities for guys to take a big leap, or struggle to find their place. Will Damian Lillard be an MVP  finalist? Will Hassan Whiteside fit right in? How much will Lillard miss Coach Vanterpool? How will Collins and Hood do what it took Aminu and Harkless years to figure out? Highlights 1:45 Highlights from other teams media days as we’re waiting for Portland’s to start? Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant did not disappoint and Moe Harkless will always be a Blazer.9:00 Looking forward to Trail Blazers Media day. What are going to be the hottest topics? How much weight did Zach Collins gain, how tall is everyone really? 10:00 Certifying our heights. 12:00 If you could ask a question at media day what would you ask?What is on the Snapchats that Hassan Whiteside doesn’t send? How does Anfernee Simons like golfing in Oregon? Does he need a fourth? How did Zach feel landing in Las Vegas during the earthquakes? Was he scared? Is Coach Stotts underrated?18:30 Will Jusuf Nurkic be at media day? 22:00 What are you feeling optimistic about? Lots of opportunities, more dunks with Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard gets into MVP discussion, Anfernee Simons, more space for Lillard, Hassan Whiteside will have a good year.32: What worries us? Holes in the roster, unproven players will be relied on for important minutes, 2019, the beginning of the season will be tough, the exit of David Vanterpool, how are Collins and Hood going to replace Aminu and Harkless? 43:00 The name of the new 3-4 combo will be CoHo--”Something fishy’s going on” 45:00 More songs for the 2020 Trail Blazer’s Playlist. Follow on Twitter: @blazersedge, @dmarang, @tcbbiggs, @joesimonsays, @stevedhoops  Rate and subscribe to the podcast: Apple, Google, Stitcher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/30/201951 minutes, 48 seconds
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WHAT Rockets Preview with Brit Robotista

Our friend Brit Robotista joined the WHAT Podcast to answer some CBA questions and give us a preview of the Houston Rockets. First we walk through the intrigue behind the Nene contract and find out why it is making Houston fans mad. Then we dive into what it will be like when Russell Westbrook reunites with his old friend James Harden (and Thabo Sefolosha too!) What does the basketball look like? Who is the leader? Do the Rockets have any fun? We have questions and she has answers. 1:00 Damian Lillard recently asked for Netflix suggestions which got us thinking, if you could recommend a show to a specific player what show would you choose and who is watching? 5:45 What was the deal with Nene’s contract? Rockets attempted to use the likely/unlikely bonus provision in the NBA CBA to attempt to create a $10M trade exception13:30 But NBA used an existing part of the CBA (Article 6) as well as additional powers temporarily granted to them by the NBPA to change the structure of the contract to have the majority of the contract not count towards the salary cap, except for ~$2.7M (and therefore prevent the contract from being used as a trade exception). Great resource to learn more: Mike Meltser Podcast from last Saturday17:30 About Houston, what are people saying right now about the big trade of Paul for Westbrook? 20:10 How are people going to remember the Chris Paul years?23:45 How is the basketball going to work? Harden or Westbrook will have to relent (aka stagger minutes), they will likely add some midrange game, and the addition of Thabo Sefolsha gets a bunch of the band back together. 28:15 Why don’t the Rockets seem like they are having any fun and what is it like to be a fan of a team centered around James Harden? Is he fun?34:00 What are some things that people outside the market might not know about him? 37:00 Who is the leader of the team? 40:00 Thoughts on Portland Trail Blazers this season? Whiteside and Pau Gasol? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest:@britrobotista Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/26/201951 minutes, 11 seconds
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Trail Blazers' 2020 Schedule, plus Tampering and Gathering

On the latest Blazers’ Edge Podcast we take a deeper look at the 2020 schedule. We ask if it is a good thing that they are on the road so much to start the season, discuss when Nurkic might be worked back into the lineup and give our projected win totals for the season.  Then we talk about what was a busy week for the league, voting on tougher punishment for tampering and clarifying the rules of “gathering”. Finally Dan says which song he would add to the 2020 Trail Blazers Playlist. 3:30 Jusuf Nurkic is back in town! 5:00 Trail Blazers 2020 Season Schedule. Check out Analyzing the Trail Blazers’ 2019-20 schedule by Eric Griffith for context. 8:30 Off to a tough start that will be good test and a chance to learn a lot about themselves. 11:15 Twelve of teams are traveling in the pre-season or during the season, do the Blazers gain any advantage from this? 17:00 Is there a part of the schedule that looks like a good time to start working Nurkic back into the lineup? 20:00 Penciling in projected wins. Dan: about 47, Tara: 51 or 52, and the Blazers beat the Jazz. 25:00 FiveThirtyEight has the Blazers going 41-41 this season with a 37% chance to make the playoffs. Last season they had them winning 39 games with a 37% chance of making it to the playoffs. Why are they so inaccurate?28:30 New rules: tampering will lead to tougher consequences. 35:15 Teams must submit their roster 30 minutes before the game starts. 37:00 Definition of “gathering” for clarity of traveling rules (which will be a point of emphasis this summer). Which Blazers will need to pay the most attention to this? 44:00 What song will Dan add to the 2020 Trail Blazers Season playlist?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/23/201952 minutes, 22 seconds
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WHAT Podcast: How will rebounds and assists be redistributed?

On their own this week for the WHAT Podcast, Tara and Cassidy discuss the Trail Blazers’ upcoming season. With lots of roster turnover there are plenty of questions about what the team will look like. How will rebounds be distributed among the team? How about assists? How will CJ McCollum’s game evolve? How much will he drive to the basket? Will he get to the line? They we introduce the 2020 Season Trail Blazers’ playlist. These are our picks for songs that capture our feelings about the upcoming season. Cassidy’s picks reflect the nostalgia of the 50th season, with one song representing each decade. Tara chose songs that reminded her of specific players. Highlights 1:00 Icebreaker: At what point in the Growing Up Rip City video did you start crying? 7:45 After a pretty long drought with no triple doubles, Blazer players picked up four last season. How many will they put up this year, and who will get them? 11:00 How many offensive rebounds will opponents get? 17:00 How many times will CJ drive to the hoop per game? How many times will he get to the line? 23:30 How will assist be distributed?2020 Playlist (find it on Youtube)70s night: It is almost too perfect the Queen’s We are the Champions was released in 1977(October). The year Portland beat Philadelphia to win the Championship80s night: Basketball by Kurtis Blow 90s night: Rip City Rhapsody2000s night: First half: Can I Get A Headband?, second half: Ball Don’t Lie -shakira parody, Oh Rudy, when you dunk like that . . . “ 2010s: Trail Blazers Theme Song by MarchFourth Marching Band  39:00 Tara went a different direction for her songs, choosing songs that she felt represented certain players and the year that they would have. Song for all of the new guys: Linda Ronstadt Its so Easy to Fall in Love because of course we’re going to fall in love with all the new players. CJ McCollum: Lionel Richie, All Night Long. Put on McCollum highlights, crank up Lionel Richie, they are a match made in heavan.    Rodney Hood, Katie Perry, FireworkDamian Lillard, Tom Petty, Won’t Back DownHassan Whiteside, The Cars, Just What I Needed Which stats will you be watching? Which songs would you like to see added to the 2020 playlist? Tweet at us or send us an email! Get Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Email us at [email protected] Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Subscribe to the podcast:AppleGoogle PlayStitcher Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/20/201944 minutes, 47 seconds
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Travis Demers, Trail Blazers' Play-By-Play Radio Announcer, plus Sports Illustrated Top 100 NBA Players

Travis Demers, the Portland Trail Blazers’ new radio play-by-play announcer, joined the podcast to talk about securing his dream job. How did he do it? Where did he learn his craft? He explains why he loves radio and how he plans to keep getting better. He shares highlights from some of the games he called last season and reveals if he his working on any catch phrases. Then Tara and Dan discuss which Blazers (and former Blazers) showed up on the Sports Illustrated Top 100 players. Where does Nurkic rank among all of the centers in the league? Is number 32 really reflective of CJ McCollum’s true skills and ability? And finally, Lillard cracks the top ten. Will being ranked one spot below Paul George add more fuel to the fire? Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge, @DMarang, @tcbbiggs, @travisdemers Subscribe to the podcast:Apple: apple.co/2Mu8YX9Google: http://bit.ly/2KMRa7lStitcher: http://bit.ly/33OEBA3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/16/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 30 seconds
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Would you rather redraft 1984 or 2007? With NBC Sports Northwest's Jamie Hudson

NBC Sports Northwest Trail Blazers’ reporter Jamie Hudson jumped on the Hoops and Talks podcast to play “Would You Rather”, the debating game that no one needs but everyone loves. We talk about taking away the three-point line, CJ McCollum’s assist numbers next season and Zach Collins in a headband (fingers crossed!). We try to decide if we would rather watch the best offense in the league or the best defense. Hudson tells a heartwarming story about Wesley Matthews and we tell her about Will Barton fist-bumping a baby. Finally, we don’t get emotional at all over the question, would you rather Damian Lillard win MVP or Coach Stotts win Coach of the Year? Play along and let us know how you would answer the questions. 00:45 Would you rather bring back “ninja-style” headbands or short shorts?3:30 Who is the most likely Trail Blazer to rock one of these headbands if and when the NBA allows them again?6:30 Report on the Bill Walton bike ride as experienced by Hudson. 9:30 Would you rather . . . be a starter for the worst team in the league or a be a benchwarmer for the Championship team? 11:30 . . . be an NBA scout or an analytics specialist?12:45 . . . the NBA add a 4 point line or remove the 3 point line all together?15:30 . . . your team have the highest offensive rating in the league or the highest defensive rating?17:30 . . . allow the fewest 3 point attempts at the highest field goal percentage or allow the most but with the lowest opponent field goal percentage?19:00 . . . CJ McCollum gets to the line more this season or gets more assists?20:30 An aside about getting to know Hassan Whiteside.24:00 Would you rather Zach Collins increase his scoring production by 10 points per game or get 5 more rebounds?26:30 . . . Damian Lillard wins MVP or Terry Stotts wins coach of the year?29:30 If you could undo one trade, would it be Will Barton for Arron Aflollo and Alonzo Gee or Nicolas Batum for Gerald Henderson, Noah Vonleh?33:00 If the Blazers could resign one free agent that got away, would you rather it was Wesley Matthews or Ed Davis?36:30 Would you rather have a redo of the Blazers draft in 1984 or 2007? Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @JamieHudsonNBCS Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/12/201946 minutes, 6 seconds
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Does Kevin Love fit with the Trail Blazers? And Thinking Basketball with Ben Taylor

On this week’s Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara and Dan answer listener questions about the upcoming season: will Kevin Love be a Trail Blazer before the season is over? How will he fit in and who would the Blazers trade to bring him in? How might the perimeter defense change with the new players on the team? What do we think the big man rotation will look like? Then Tara talks to Ben Taylor (@ElGee35) of Thinking Basketball about how our brains process the massive amount of data that a basketball game produces. Then they discuss moves the Trail Blazers made this off season and what we can learn from historical comparisons of players. All of this and more on the latest Blazers Edge podcast. Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge @DMarang @tcbbiggs Subscribe to the Blazer's Edge Podcast via iTunes and now Google Play. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/9/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 21 seconds
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WHAT Podcast LA Spectacular Spectacular with Sabreena Merchant

Sabreena Merchant  (@sabreenajm) joined the Women’s Hoops And Talks podcast to talk all things Los Angeles. Merchant covers both the Clippers and the Lakers for SB Nation sites clipsnation.com and silverscreenandroll.com and had plenty of insight into how fans are reacting to a variety of Hollywood-sided moves this off season. We talk coaching changes, surprise roster additions and potential opening and closing lineups. We check in on expectations for Maurice Harkless and what his role on the Clippers might be. From Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to Alex Caruso and JaVale McGee, its shaping up to be a fascinating season down south. The teams share a building and there are eerie similarities between them, but at the same time they are worlds apart. Tune in to the LA Spectacular! Spectacular! to get caught up on all the drama that unfolded this summer. 1:00 What is your favorite thing to do in LA (or would like to do)?4:00 What is the difference between the Laker fan base and the Clipper fan base? Is there a rivalry between the two teams and has it changed significantly? 9:30 What does Ty Lue bring to the Clippers? What did Lue bring that Rivers needed?12:00 What do you think their lineup is going to be? Patrick Beverly, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, JaMychal Green, and Ivica Zubac13:30 After Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who do you think will be the 3rd and 4th most important players? Do the Clippers have a critical mass of a fan base to have fan favorites? Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell15:00 What are the expectations around Moe Harkless? It is hard to say, since what he was known for, being a wing defender, is not something that the Clippers really need. 18:45 Is there anything else you are interested in to see how it develops? How hurt is Paul George? What will he be like coming back from multiple shoulder surgeries. 20:15 Are people concerned about Leonard’s health? The Clippers will probably be pretty conservative with him. 22:30 What are people saying about new head coach Frank Vogel? Why would he take that job?24:30 What is Jason Kidd supposed to bring to the coaching team? He’s supposed to be good at young player development. But they don’t really have any young players. 27:00 What was the reaction from the fans when they brought in Dwight Howard?It was shocking because of how devoted the organization is to Kobe Bryant and there was a lot of animosity between them. 30:00 Who plays more, JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard?33:00 Is LeBron Really going to be the point guard? Do they mean that literally? 34:00 After LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who will be the 3rd and 4th most important players? Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma will be important if he comes off the bench and runs that unit. 35:00 Anything else with this team that you are interested in watching how it develops? The back end of the rotation will be interesting to watch. And what will Avery Bradley and Rajo Rondo be like? 37:30 A shorter rotation could work well for this team. If they can make it through the regular season without wearing out James, he and Davis could have a really good playoff run. 40:00 What does she think of the Blazers’ off season moves? There are a lot of eggs in the Anfernee Simons basket and in the Rodney Hood basket too. It’s going to be weird to see Hassan in the lineup.46:00 Wrap up Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Get Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest:  @sabreenajm Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/6/201949 minutes, 37 seconds
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How Will The Blazers Look Different Next Season?

Blazers’ Edge Australian correspondent Adrian Bernecich joins the weekly podcast to report on the atmosphere in Melbourne during Team USA’s visit down under. Then we dive into stats from last season and try to determine which ones the Blazers will surpass, and where they may fall short. Which numbers might get higher, and which ones might be lower? Which ones are hardest to decide? Follow us on Twitter @blazersedge @DMarang @tcbbiggs @abernecich Subscribe to the podcast: Apple: apple.co/2Mu8YX9 Google: http://bit.ly/2KMRa7l Stitcher: http://bit.ly/33OEBA3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/2/20191 hour, 12 minutes, 22 seconds
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WHAT Podcast with Meredith Minkow of Bleacher Report

Meredith Minkow of Bleacher Report joined the Women’s Hoops and Talks podcast to talk about her time working with the Timberwolves and the Lynx, why she enjoys covering college games, and what it was like shadowing Liz Cambage during WNBA All Star weekend.  We loved hearing about working out next to LeBron James, finding out Karl Anthony Townes knows her name, and why photography is so important to her.  Along the way we discuss our favorite iconic photos (hello, Brandi Chastain), learn about what TikTok is (Tara’s note: still don’t get it), and talk about how we are getting mentally prepared for the upcoming NBA season.  All of this and more on the latest WHAT podcast. Subscribe to the WHAT podcast in the Blazer's Edge podcast feed. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @murrminks Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/29/201953 minutes, 4 seconds
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Blazers follow league-wide trend and value offense this off-season

Jeff Seigel, writer for Blazers Edge, editor at Peach Tree Hoops and founder of Early Bird Rights joined the weekly podcast to talk about trends in NBA front offices, how the Trail Blazers' off-season moves reflected those trends, and what kind of flexibility the Blazers will have (or not) next season. We examine two common refrains that emerge during the off season when talking about player contracts: players won’t live up to big contracts and you can’t let players walk away for nothing. Are these things true? Will Trail Blazers fans regret big contract extensions signed by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum this summer?  Will Kent Bazemore or Hassan Whiteside be traded at the deadline or will they play out the remainder of their expiring contracts in Portland? How do the Blazers make sure that they don’t let these players walk away and receive nothing in return? Join us for all of this plus talk about the new retro jerseys, Dwight Howard playing for the Lakers and what will happen to Team USA who just lost a game to Team Australia? Follow on Twitter: @blazersedge, @tcbbiggs, @dmarang, @jgsiegelSubscribe on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/26/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 54 seconds
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WHAT is Summer Vacation Watch All About with Katie Heindl

Katie Heindl dropped by the Hoops and Talks podcast to discuss all things summer vacation: what makes a good NBA Summer Vacation? How important are summer friendships to the regular season? How does the summer vacation rating system work? Which players excel at relaxing during the off season? Is a beach workout a vacation or a workout? We explore the best vacations, the guys who don’t know what they are doing, and all the areas in between. We find out that the Trail Blazers are one of the best teams at summer vacationing. Between talking to fish, sitting in infinity pools, hosting UNO tournaments and teasing Raptor fans with trips to Canada’s Wonderland amusement park, the Blazers are having a great off season. Does that mean anything for the rest of the year? Maybe it does! Tune in and find out. Icebreaker: Which NBA Stars would you choose to remake The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? Subscribe to Katie's newsletter, Basketball Feelings Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest:@wtevs Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/20/201950 minutes, 56 seconds
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What is more important, offense or defense? With Steve Jones Jr

We talked to Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20), former video coordinator for the Memphis Grizzlies and Assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets and for Blazer fans, he is the son of legendary Blazers broadcaster Steve “Snapper” Jones. We talked about how he thinks the game has changed, in particular the evolution of the big man and the rise and fall (and continuing relevance) of the mid range. How are teams borrowing from each other and having success in different ways?  Then we talk about the potential of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as a duo. What are their strengths and weaknesses? How could the Blazers’ off-season moves make Lillard and McCollum better?  Finally we wrap it up by talking about how the big men can support the guards. With Meyers Leonard and Al-Farouq Aminu gone and Jusuf Nurkic out for a good portion of the season, who will be the players who set screens and help the guards get space? Not just who will be the role guy, but how will they adapt to setting multiple screens knowing they may never get the ball back to take a shot? Jones has ideas for how Collins and Simons can grow into their bigger roles, but playing consistently and within themselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/12/201940 minutes
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WHAT Podcast with Meliza Hernandez, freelance media correspondent

On this week’s Women’s Hoops And Talks Podcast, Tara is joined by Meliza Hernadez, a Toronto-based freelance media correspondent to talk about what goes into trying to break through in the competitive media world. How scorekeeping at AAU games, planning tournaments, organizing volunteers and stepping in front of the camera are all part of her journey towards her dream of reporting on NBA events. Along the way we talk about NBA dads, investing in yourself, and what it was like in the arena when Kevin Durant went down with a ruptured achilles. (Note: on the podcast Tara referred to an episode of Road Trippin’ Podcast with LeBron James as the guest. She got the year wrong, it was actually 2017, the year the Cavalier’s lost, not 2016, the year that they won.) Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @melizahernandez. Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/9/201949 minutes, 28 seconds
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The $100 Million Dollar Man and Debating the NBA All Decade Team

CJ McCollum has just inked a $100 million extension with the Portland Trail Blazers and its lead to a lot of questions. Why now? Why commit so much money for so many years? Does this make him more likely to stay in Portland? Does it make him more likely to go? Then we tackle twitter questions about media perceptions, nicknames and favorite vacations before discussion the All Decade Team which was just released by nba.com. 00:00 Catching up on the corn hole tournament and Disturbed concert (Moda Center happenings)3:45 CJ McCollum has just inked a $100 million extension with the Portland Trail Blazers and its lead to a lot of questions. Why now? Why commit so much money for so many years? Does this make him more likely to stay in Portland? Does it make him more likely to go? What does it mean for Anfernee Simons? 7:00 It is consistent with what the Blazers have done in terms of locking in with their players asap.8:30 How does signing this extension help or hurt the Blazer’s flexibility in the future?12:00 How would things be different if the Blazers had waited a while to offer CJ the contract?17:30 Is $100 million for three years reflective of the  “Portland Premium” that the Blazers usually need to pay to keep or attract players?21:00 How can we measure what value a player like McCollum brings to the team. For guards its scoring. 28:00 What does McCollum have to do in order for him to be named an All Star?34:00 Twitter questions. From @HoopStoryteller Is it better or worse for the Blazers that national media, for the most part, expect them to lose more games this season?40:00 From @RoseLHarding: I need a rundown of nickname potential for the new guys. Existing names or new ideas, anything is fair game.43:30 @Hecubus01 All time favorite vacation?45:45 Debating the All Decade Team from NBA.com54:00 Wrap up Follow on Twitter: @blazersedge, @tcbbiggs, @dmarangSubscribe on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/6/201958 minutes, 56 seconds
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WHAT Would You Do with $100 million?

Ashtyn Butuso (@lil_buts), co-founder and editor-in-chief Flagrant Magazine joins the WHAT podcast. The new magazine will debut this fall and we got a peek at what will be inside and what goes in to launching a new venture. Then we have a wide ranging discussion in which we report what we uncovered about the newest Trail Blazers from our exhaustive Twitter and Instagram research. Who has a long-standing love of fish? Who was once involved in a trade for Steve Blake? Does Hassan Whiteside have any tattoos? How is Anthony Tolliver working to make the word a better place? Along the way, we talk about CJ McCollum’s $100 million extension, Karl Malone hitting Brian Grant in the face, a potential Carmelo Anthony farewell tour and, finally, we open an investigation into whether Hassan Whiteside has any tattoos (drop us your tips: [email protected]). Get Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: FlagrantMag on Instagram, @lil_buts Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/1/201959 minutes, 57 seconds
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New Rotations will Feature Shot Creators and Shot Makers

The Trail Blazers added 39 year-old center Pau Gasol to their roster this week, likely the final move before the team heads into training camp in September. What will Gasol’s role be on the team? Big man coach who can play if necessary? Regular rotation player? Then we look at what we think the starting lineup will be on opening night. Roster turnover necessitates that there will be three new starters and new rotations. What are the big picture questions that Coach Stotts will need to decide? All this and more on the latest podcast. Follow on Twitter: @blazersedge, @tcbbiggs, @dmarangSubscribe on Apple Podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/29/201952 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report joins the WHAT podcast

Mirin Fader, writer for Bleach Report, joins the Women’s Hoops and Talks podcast to talk about her experiences covering a variety of interesting people. From observing LaMelo Ball in cold and lonely Lithuania, to hanging out in a basement with the close-knit Antetokounmpo brothers, to comparing lip gloss with the Las Vegas Aces’ Liz Cambage, Fader has immersed herself in the lives of the people she profiles to bring us their unique and compelling stories. We learn what it takes to get to the heart of the stories she tells. What drives her to keep going even when things are going wrong? What is interesting about covering young players at the beginning of their careers? What is different about covering men and women? Why doesn't she like to put herself into the story? From Trail Blazer rookie Nassir Little to Trail Blazer arch nemesis Bill Laimbeer, we covered so much in this conversation. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @mirinfader or mirinfader.com Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/25/201943 minutes, 26 seconds
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Shifting lineups, shifting roles

One thing that we know about the upcoming Portland Trail Blazers’ season is that lineups will be different. They are looking to add another backup big man. They have new shooters. They need more facilitators. On this episode we look at who will make up for the assists that the departing players used to get each game. Can Hassan Whiteside learn to facilitate more? Will Zach Collins step into that role? Will Mario Hezonja the point-forward be released? Then we talk to Daniel Hardee from goldenstateofmind.com about the new-look Golden State Warriors. Which of the many changes will be most impactful? How will the basketball change? Why are they retiring Kevin Durant’s number? All this and more on the latest episode of the Blazers Edge podcast. Follow on Twitter: @blazersedge, @tcbbiggs, @dmarang, @DHardee_SBN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/22/20191 hour, 23 seconds
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WHAT Podcast Blazer Rumors and Alexis Musante

Tara and Cassidy are back on the WHAT podcast to go over the latest Blazers rumors including which back-up centers could be on their way and will LaMarcus Aldridge ever return to Portland? Then they wonder about all the new “Super Duos” in the league--how will we which ones are most effective and where do Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum fit in among the best? Finally, Tara interviews Alexis Musante of TEAM, Tech Exposure & Access through Mentoring, an Oakland-based non-profit that exposes high school students to tech related sports careers. Musante, a former college athlete, didn’t necessarily know what she wanted to do after her athletic career was over. But she found a calling in helping kids learn more about exciting careers in the industry all while honing their science, technology, engineering and math skills. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. Learn more about TEAM: @weareteaminc and https://www.weareteaminc.org/about Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/19/201949 minutes, 18 seconds
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Will the Blazers Sign a Back-up Point Guard or Another Big Man?

We wrap up the Trail Blazers’ 2019 Summer League run by reminiscing about Thomas Robinson, talking about the optimism that is fueling Pelicans fans, and discussing whether Anfernee Simons is ready to drive the Blazers second unit. We also get philosophical and talk about younger stars who teams are building around and older vets searching for a spot in the league. Between the boys of summer and the veterans still looking for teams are we witnessing a generational shift in the NBA?  Then they listen to Tara’s interview with Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) of Silver Screen and Roll to learn more about the Lakers’ summer and discuss how the Blazers will stack up against them. Finally, we wrap up with some odds and ends, asking how likely will it be to see the Blazers push more in transition, and a short report on what Hassan Whiteside’s assists look like (hint: no bounce passes).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/16/20191 hour, 1 minute, 21 seconds
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Learn more about Bazemore, Whiteside, Hezonja and Tolliver from writers who covered them

Get to know more about the newest Trail Blazers, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver by hearing from writers who covered them. Gain insight into their skills, preferred positions and what they will bring to the locker room. Tara talked to Jeff Siegel of Peachtree Hoops, Nekias from 5 Reasons Sports Network, Preston Ellis of Orlando Pinstriped Post, and Brady Klopfer of Golden State of Mind to hear more about what expectations were for these players and how they did (or did not) meet them. @jgsiegel, @NekiasNBA, @PrestonEllis, @BradyKlopferNBA, Subscribe to Blazer's Edge on Apple Podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/11/201944 minutes, 57 seconds
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Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr Summer League Report

Steve DeWald, Miles Custis and Tara Bowen-Biggs share observations about the first two Trail Blazers' games at Las Vegas Summer League. 1:00 Miles’ earthquake report and first impressions of Summer League.2:30 Overall impressions of Game 1 against the Detroit Pistons. Communication was rough and that made it difficult to get any rhythm. 4:00 Some of the younger guys like Little and Hoard are still learning the NBA vocabulary. 5:00 There was a night and day difference between the first and second games. It helped that the shots were falling (and the competition was pretty undersized).7:35 How much will the Blazers be looking to Anfernee Simons for playmaking? What can he work on to be more effective in regular season games?10:00 Simons’ defense is looking good, especially down low. 12:00 The Gary Trent Jr game. Trent went off shooting wise in the game against Houston, he was lights out from three and also able to get to the rim. He stayed in the zone without being a ball hog. He was willing to pass when he was trapped rather than take bad shots.16:00 Thoughts on Nassir Little. In his debut he looked good on defense. Few if anyone was able to get past him in both games. He excels at one-on-one defense but its pretty hard to tell from summer league how his help defense will be. He looks big enough to play or guard the three or four positions. 20:30 Jaylen Hoard is a fun player to watch, he has some European flair combined with the strength and conditioning he got from going to high school in the U.S. He has the potential to be a steal as someone who was undrafted. 22:30 Other players who have been fun to watch include Devlin Robinson and Mike Daum. Daum had a whole cheering section in the audience. 25:00 More Blazers in attendance include Terry Stotts and Zach Collins (along with his mom and dad) and Meyers Leonard who spent some quality time with the Blazer fans and media.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/9/201933 minutes, 32 seconds
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Trail Blazers Off Season Moves: How Will They All Work Together?

Danny returns with exciting personal news and then we step through all of the Blazers’ off season moves. The new-look team will have plenty of interesting new storylines. How much will the Blazers miss the departing players, how will the new players fit into the basketball schemes? And what impact will they make in the locker room? Say “goodbye” to old friends and solid screens, “hello” to more trash talk, more corner threes, and more dunks. Plus, bonus audio of Danny and Tara responding to the big news of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the Clippers. Follow us on Twitter: @dmarang, @tcbbiggs, @blazersedge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/6/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 37 seconds
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Free Agency Day Two Fireworks Special

It’s a special bonus edition of the Blazers Edge Podcast featuring Team Mom aka Tara Bowen-Biggs, Hoops and Talks co-host Cassidy Gemmet, and Blazer’s Edge writers Nate Mann and Isaiah De Los Santos. They talk about the Trail Blazers big trade for Hassan Whiteside, how he might fit in, what his game is like compared to Jusuf Nurkic, and wonder if locker room chemistry might be tested? Then they discuss what impact Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver might have on the team. What position does Hezonja play? Why hasn’t Tolliver stayed with any team more than a few seasons over the course of his career? We are excited for all the changes but still trying to figure out exactly what they mean. Join us as we explore the new roster. Follow us on twitter:@BlazersEdge @tcbbiggs,  @nate_mann13 @IsaiahDeLos, @cassidyGemmet Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/blazers-edge/id949238542 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/3/201950 minutes, 32 seconds
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How Did the Blazers Do on Day 1 of 2019 NBA Free Agency?

Blazer’s Edge editor Steve Dewald joins Tara hours after the start of NBA Free Agency to break down what has happened with the Portland Trail Blazers. . . so far. We talk about the newest additions, Kent Bazemore and Mario Hesonja, discuss hopes and dreams for a successful Rodney Hood season and speculate what gaps they will need to fill (rebounds anyone?) We also look at some of the big moves other teams have made, especially the ones that are (thankfully) taking place out east, like the Brooklyn Nets landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and the move that has Jimmy Butler heading to the Miami Heat. Follow us on twitter:@BlazersEdge @tcbbiggs @SteveDHoops Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/blazers-edge/id949238542 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/1/201957 minutes, 52 seconds
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WHAT Podcast Free Agency Glossary with Robotista

One of the smartest people we know, @britrobotista, joined us this week to walk us through the basics and the nitty gritty of free agency lingo.  1:00 Icebreaker: If you suddenly were living in a new city, like many NBA players will be over the next few months, what would be the first thing you’d try and find? 3:00 Awards Season. Highlights of the NBA Awards show. We think they should include playoff awards too if they are going to be so late. Bill Walton is just that uncle. 4:30 From the perspective of a Rockets fan, was it a snub that Harden didn’t win? 6:00 The Hustle Award, won by Marcus Smart, appears to actually have a rubric, as it is based off of the Hustle stats measured on stats.nba.com. 8:00 Tara thinks Masai Ujuri was snubbed! But Brit has a good point about John Horst because he made a lot of important small moves that caused a huge impact, like bringing in Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe. 10:00 Evan Turner and Kent Bazemore trade. Will Kent Bazemore be a better fit for the Portland system? He was so much more than just a basketball player here. Weird stuff always happened to him. Never a dull moment. 17:30 How we talk about players in transactions is important. 18:00 The story of Emily/MLE20:00 What is the salary cap?21:15  What does hard capped mean?25:00 Explaining how some of the different exceptions work.31:00 What is the luxury tax? Where does the money that is collected in Luxury tax go?36:00 Repeater tax, further consequence for habitual over-spenders.40:00 Everything we wanted to know about the super max but were afraid to ask. 45:00 A cautionary tale, why trading a super max deal is so hard. 53:00 Concerns about the super max59:00 Wrap up--find our guest @britrobotista Get Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @britrobotista Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Subscribe: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/blazers-edge/id949238542 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/29/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 1 second
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Setting Expectations for the Trail Blazers Off Season

Blazers Edge writer Eric Griffith joins the weekly podcast to talk about the newest Trail Blazer, Nassir Little, and prepare for the upcoming NBA free agency period. How will we know if this is a successful off season? What are reasonable expectations for the Blazers given their needs and their constraints? We break it all down before winding it up with a discussion about how would Kevin Love fit in on the Trail Blazers? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/24/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 55 seconds
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WHAT A Summer Play List

Tara and Cassidy are joined by Kim Waara (@KDubinThisClub) to talk through the latest off season news and rumors. Are the Celtics in trouble? Is Kyrie headed to the Brooklyn Nets? Is Kawhi headed for the limelight in LA? Then we tried to figure out what the Trail Blazer’s summer theme songs should be. Is Damian Lillard under pressure? Is everybody ready to go on the road again with Maurice Harkless, Al Farouq Aminu and Evan Turner? Will the Summer League team run it up or run it back to defend their championship? We dove into Youtube and created a playlist to kick off the summer madness. What would you add to the list? NBA Off Season Playlist Vol 1 on Youtube Get Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @kdubinthisclub Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/20/201949 minutes, 39 seconds
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SPECIAL: NBA Bloggers’ Mock Draft Recap

Mike Prada, Ben Epstein and Ricky O’Donnell host a recap of this year’s SB Nation NBA Bloggers’ Mock Draft. In addition to going through the picks that were made and discussing fits of certain prospects on certain teams, the guys also talked with Sabreena Merchant (18:20) about the Lakers’ trade for Anthony Davis and the Clippers’ free agent aspirations. Later, they welcome Joe Mullinax (29:00) to talk about the Grizzlies trading away Mike Conley and why Ja Morant is a perfect fit for Memphis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/19/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 30 seconds
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Who Are the Contenders In The Western Conference?

Blazers Edge writer and editor Isaiah De Los Santos joins the podcast to help us sort out the western conference as we head into the first big event of the NBA off season--the 2019 Draft. But wait! First we have to discuss the Anthony Davis trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. Did the Pelicans come out on top with all of their future draft picks? Will two super stars be enough for the Lakers? Will they sign Kemba Walker to complete their reset? And how are they going to fill out the rest of the roster? Then we try to read the tea leaves to predict what the Trail Blazers will do on draft night. Is this draft different than others? What characterizes the players in this draft? And how do teams evaluate talent when more positionless players are coming along each year? Finally we do our best to figure out which teams in the west are contenders. There is a lot going on and many moving parts but what is certain is that nothing will be the same. Listen to us try and figure it out and let us know what you think. Find Isaiah at @Isaiahdelos and @SLAMrewind. Tara:  @tcbbiggs, Dan: @dmarang, Blazers Edge: @BlazersEdge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/17/20191 hour, 4 minutes, 23 seconds
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WHAT Podcast with Sharon Brown on supporting women in sports media

Sharon Brown, freelance writer and founding editor of All Heart in Hoop City, joins Tara and Cassidy to talk about her article These Are the Women Creating Some of the NBA's Most Memorable Social Media Content. We talk about some of her favorite pieces she has written and how and why NBA fans should support black women in the media. Finally we touch on what it is like for a long time Grizzlies fan to watch Marc Gasol playing in the finals and what the outlook is for the Grizzlies is next season. Get Social Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @sharonshybrown Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/13/201934 minutes, 2 seconds
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Will there be any big surprises this off season?

The off season is underway and we’re waiting to see what the Trail Blazers will do. Will they make a trade to get off of one of their larger contracts? Will they slide under the tax line to unlock the full MLE? Will they go all in to trade for a disgruntled super star? Or will they make moves around the edges to shore up their roster leading into next season?  Tara and Dan are joined by Mike Richman (@mikegrich) of NBC Sports Northwest and the Locked On podcast to talk all about what is coming up next for the Trail Blazers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/10/201952 minutes, 22 seconds
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WHAT Podcast with AJ McCord

KOIN 6 Television sports reporter AJ McCord joined the WHAT podcast to talk about covering the Trail Blazers for the local media. We learn more about the supportive women who work covering the Blazers and other NBA teams, and why she thinks so many women excel as sideline reporters. What was it like coming back from the low of the New Orleans sweep to watch the players redouble their efforts and advance all the way to the Western Conference Finals? Then she talks about getting to know the players over the course of the year and how the young guys are learning the ropes. All this and more on the latest WHAT podcast. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @AJ_McCord Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/4/201932 minutes, 46 seconds
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WHAT A Season: Wrapping up the 2018-19 Trail Blazers' Season

Blazer’s Edge writer and editor Lindesay H (@corvallisonian) joins the WHAT podcast to wrap up the 2018-19 Portland Trail Blazers season. What was the best game? Who had the best individual performance? Who was most improved? Which player was the most reliable off the bench? From Nik Stauskas on opening night to Anfernee Simons in the last game of the season, from Moe Harkless finding his groove to Jusuf Nurkic’s New Years Day 5X5, we share all of our favorite moments and most memorable performances. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @corvallisonian Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/31/201946 minutes, 53 seconds
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WHAT to Watch for in the WNBA with Arielle Chambers

Just in time for the WNBA's opening night, Tara and Cassidy talked to Arielle Chambers of Bleacher Report/House of Highlights for a primer on the upcoming season. The WNBA attracts the best of the best and we found out which players to watch for and why. With so much talent spread throughout the league, more parity than they've seen in ages, and players with big personalities, this looks like it is going to be an exciting year.   Chambers walked us through the major story lines people are keeping an eye on including how injuries to big stars like Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will lead to opportunities for new players to break out. We also talked about teams to keep an eye on including the Las Angeles Sparks, the Atlanta Dream and the Las Vegas Aces whose new center Liz Cambage will be coached by Detroit Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer.   We also talked about challenges that the league faces, why popularity is growing, and what fans can do to help the league grow even more. If you're anything like us, you'll be excited to tune in on Friday night to find out what happens this WNBA season. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @ariivory Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/24/201944 minutes, 13 seconds
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Exit Interview Reactions and Offseason Primer

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5/22/20191 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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WCF Game Three: A Song of Meyers Leonard on Fire but the Blazers Go Ice Cold

We start with Game of Thrones speculation (not spoilers) and realize how many parallels there are between a series against the Warriors and the winding down of the Song of Ice and Fire. But it is not all doom and gloom as we look at just how tough the competition is, why we can’t say enough good things about Damian Lillard and just how much he and the rest of the Blazers have accomplished. We talk about Meyer’s Leonard’s big night, Zach Collins’ ceiling in the coming years, and Maurice Harkless shooting well. Unlike Westeros, we have next season to look forward to! Tune in to all of this and more on the latest Blazer’s Edge podcast. @tcbbiggs @dmarang @blazersedge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/20/20191 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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WHAT Podcast: Sports Activism, Muslim Athletes, and Conference Finals with Shireen Ahmed

Sports activist, journalist and public speaker Shireen Ahmed (@_shireenahmed_) joined the WHAT podcast to share her experience as a Muslim woman and explain some of the nuances of the religion as it pertains to professional athletes. We learned more about her role as co-host of the Burn It All Down feminist sports podcast, heard how she got started in sports activism, and talked about how people in Toronto (where she is based) are reacting to the Raptor’s trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @_shireenahmed_ Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/16/201952 minutes
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Blazers are going to the Western Conference Finals

What a week it has been for the Portland Trail Blazers! Like a lot of Blazer fans, Dan and Tara are still trying to figure out what is real and what is fantasy. Listen to the latest edition of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast, where we answer your questions about a wide variety of topics: will Aminu and Harkless have a bigger impact in the Golden State series than they did against Denver? Who should the Blazer’s bring back, Hood, Kanter or Curry? What kind of defense can we expect to see and what will the Warriors throw at the Blazers? All this and more, thank you to our Twitter friends for all of the questions! @BlazerTagPDX,  @DizzyZbo, @jamesonnus, @nnnductle, @JaketheTailg8r, @C_Sabroe, @mighty_JoeSab, @tomwilsonone@DaBrain19, @genelaor@roselharding, @mevans212, @Schmalejandro1, @showmeyourblazr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/14/20191 hour, 3 minutes, 1 second
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Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated on Blazers' Playoff Performance

Sports Illustrated senior writer and co-host of the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp (@andrewsharp), joined the show to talk about being a long time admirer of the Trail Blazers’ fan community and how he got started writing about basketball. Then Andrew and Tara reflect on the post-season so far, what do the Blazer’s accomplishments look like to the national observers, how disappointing would it be if they exit in the second round, and what should be their biggest concerns? As a long suffering Wizards fan, what does he think are the similarities and differences between the Lillard/McCollum and Wall/Beal back courts? He has interviewed and written about Jusuf Nurkic and Rodney Hood, what did he take away from those conversations? Does he prefer chaos or excellence in his NBA performances?  All this and more on this edition of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast.  :38 Sharp’s long time late night fascination with Blazer’s Edge. 2:08 Where he falls in the Greg Oden/Kevin Durant debate 5:33 How he got into sports writing 12:20 How the Blazers look in the post-season, from a national perspective 17:20 How would he feel about going into next year if he was a Blazer fan?19:20 Admiration of Lillard and McCollum and their steady improvement year over year. 22:03 Talking with Jusuf Nurkic about Lillard’s ability to lead and help other players find their way 25:17 #EmbraceTheChaos vs #ConnoisseursOfExcellence 31:06 If the Blazers make it to the second round, what would those matchups look like?36:57 Sharp’s fondness for Rodney Hood. Where did it come from? 41:33 Looking forward to finding out what happens in the off season Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/9/201947 minutes, 22 seconds
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Senator Ron Wyden and reactions to the 4OT Game 3

US Senator Ron Wyden joined us to discuss his love of basketball, what he has learned from playing, and why he is speaking up for Enes Kanter. But first we had to react to Friday night’s quadruple-overtime victory. Listen to Dave Deckard, Danny and Tara talk about the first three games of the Western Conference Semi Finals and what the Blazers will likely do to finish out strong.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/5/20191 hour, 1 minute, 13 seconds
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WHAT happens when you meet your basketball hero? Finding Big Country with Kat Jayme

In the latest Women’s Hoops And Talks podcast, Tara and Cassidy talk with Kat Jayme, the filmmaker behind Finding Big Country. The movie documents her search for her childhood hero, former Vancouver Grizzles big man, Bryant Reeves. She talks about how she got into basketball, how the movie came about and why it was important for her to find Bryant Reeves.  Listen to learn how Jayme came to terms with not becoming a professional basketball player herself, how she combined her loves of basketball and filmmaking and what she is working on next.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/3/201935 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lamar Hurd on Western Conference Semifinals Game 1

Trail Blazers Television Analyst Lamar Hurd (@L_Hurd) joined Team Mom to give his observations about the Western Conference Semifinals Game 1 and where the Trail Blazers could go from here. Did Denver do something to disrupt CJ McCollum’s early hot shooting? How can Moe Harkless and Al Farouq Aminu impact a game if they are not scoring? And what could be the key factors that determine the outcome of the series? All this plus Lamar’s story of what Damian Lillard’s game-winning shot meant to him.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/1/201915 minutes, 12 seconds
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Speaking with the Enemy: Denver Nuggets Preview with Denver Stiffs Brendan Vogt

We invited Brendan Vogt from the Denver Stiffs onto the podcast to tell us all the secrets about the Denver Nuggets. We learned more about the guys who play alongside ultra-talented center Nikola Jokic, and how they dealt with a significant lineup change in the middle of the playoffs. A lot of things we learned about the Nuggets--young core built around the career trajectory of their star, solid locker room culture, a coach who is in tune with the players--sound a lot like the Trail Blazers. Will the edge in experience give the Blazers the edge in this series? We’ll find out soon enough! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/29/201957 minutes, 13 seconds
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Oral History of Damian Lillard's series-ending, buzzer beating walk-off shot against OKC Thunder

00:02 Brooke Olzendam, Trail Blazers Sideline Reporter 05:55 Charlene and Arinze, mother and son, Blazers Fans for life, season ticket holders 11:59 Janis, fan and season ticket holder 14:27 Jamie Hudson, NBC Sports Northwest Trail Blazers reporter 17:01 Michael Lewellen, Vice President of Corporate Communications for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Rose Quarter 22:33 Dillon Sage, Co-host, Holy Backboard Podcast 24:58 Ashwin, long-suffering Timberwolves fan 28:33 Adrian Bernecich Blazers’ Edge writer, Melbourne, Australia 30:50 Vanesa, Bosnian fan of the Trail Blazers 34:14 Shain Brendan, Co-host, Blazers Outsiders Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/28/201938 minutes, 25 seconds
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First Annual WHAT NBA Awards

Alex Haigh joins Tara and Cassidy to talk about what it was like to be a Blazers Outsider this season. After sharing which NBA players they would want to be stuck in an elevator with, they discuss what NBA awards they would give out. These are not your regular NBA awards, so tune in to find out who will be awarded most vicious fan chant, best performance in a basketball drama, most average player in the NBA, and which team besides the Blazers will be the best team to root for next season. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: Alex Haigh (@owlhix) Women’s Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/26/201933 minutes, 37 seconds
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This is Damian Lillard’s Signature Series

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a look at the last two games against the OKC Thunder and what it means for the Blazers as they look to clinch in Game 5. Danny is actually optimistic, which is terrifying, and Tara tries to temper Danny's expectations- will she be successful? Praising Damian Lillard, breaking down pick and roll changes, the arrival of Moe Harkless, Russell Westbrook being all talk, and much, much more on this week's episode! Intro Opening Comments Feeling good about the Blazers right now 1:30 Businessman like manner 4:00 I'm glad that the sweep bothered them and motivates them even today 6:00 Tara doesn't want to overreact just yet 6:45 This Thunder team looks a lot like the Blazers last year 8:00 Strongly held beliefs! 8:50 Is Schroder trying to be Pat Beverly Jr.? 9:50 So many classic moments from Damian Lillard in this series 11:00 Has Lillard been the best player in the playoffs so far? 12:30 Can we say Dame and CJ can play together now? 13:30 This has been CJ's best performance to date 14:00 CJ has elevated his game  16:00 Danny makes a false claim about Aminu- Aminu is all things awesome and Danny regrets mixing Chief up with Zach Collins.  18:20 The Blazers are struggling around the rim and it's not clear why.  20:00 Dame has been fantastic getting to the rim 21:00 Game 3 recap - Russell Westbrook & Paul George get one! 22:00 Ranking storylines for the playoffs- Dame's play, Stotts game plan and defensive intensity 23:00 Dame and the Blazers being aggressive and going for steals 26:00 Moe Harkless has been fantastic on the defensive end on ball, off ball, helping and everywhere in between.  29:00 Maybe looking ahead to a match up with San Antonio or Denver... MAYBE 32:00 Things, in a weird way seem to be lining up for the Blazers 34:00 Moe Harkless looks like he's having fun and everyone loves it 38:30 Blazers shooting doesn't make a ton of sense right now, will it hold? 41:00 Tara is loving isolation basketball 44:00 Slight tweaks in the pick & roll that are paying off big time Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/23/201949 minutes, 23 seconds
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WHAT Podcast: They did it, Jennifer!

CJ McCollum got his playoff win and so we called up Jennifer “I’m trying Jennifer” Williams to talk about the Portland Trail Blazers. We learned why she tweeted at McCollum in the first place, what her day was like after the “I’m Trying Jennifer” tweet went viral, why she thinks the sentiment struck a chord with Trail Blazers fans and how life has been since she became internet famous. We also talked about how the first round of the playoffs is going, how far she thinks the Trail Blazers can go, and what she thinks of a potential Golden State Warriors vs Houston Rockets Western Conference Semi-Final match up. We also asked how in the world the Warriors blew a 31 point lead to the Clippers? Jennifer was such a great sport, we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking to her. Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: @ChocDelight1980 Join the Women’s Hoops And Talks Facebook group to talk about Trail Blazers with others who identify as women who love basketball. Music used in the episode: "Happy Alley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/20/201932 minutes, 54 seconds