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No more surprises, now the Blazers want to build on success

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Last season the Trail Blazers were all about defying expectations        

Dikembe Mutombo to Have Number Retired by Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets announced Monday they will retire former center Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 at their home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 29: Mutombo, 50, played his first five seasons in Denver after being taken fourth overall in the 1991 NBA draft. Show More Summary

NBA Trade Rumors for 2016-17 NBA Season: Paul to Pelicans, Gay to Grizzlies, Olynyk to Raptors

The NBA 2016-17 regular season begins on October 26, 2016, featuring games between the Knicks, Cavaliers, Spurs, Warriors, Jazz and Trail Blazers. Before that, fans are content on reading about potential trades and rumors. Here are the latest NBA trade rumors.

Portland Trail Blazers Complete 2016-17 Season Preview

The Portland Trail Blazers' surprise 2016 playoff run was littered with asterisks. They unexpectedly climbed an uncharacteristically watered-down Western Conference featuring a.500 playoff team (the Houston Rockets) for the first time since 1999. Show More Summary

Trail Blazers sign Greg Stiemsma

The Trail Blazers on Monday signed center Greg Stiemsma to a training camp contract. In four NBA seasons with Boston, Minnesota, New Orleans and Toronto, Stiemsma (6-11, 260) has averages of 3.2 points (50.9% FG, 70.5% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.14 steals and 15.0 minutes in 203 career games (42 starts). He will wear No. 54 [...]

The Top 3 NBA Breakout Candidates at Every Position Entering 2016-17

If you look up "most improved" in the (basketball) dictionary, you may well find a picture of C.J. McCollum—and not just because he won the NBA's award for that last season. His rise to stardom for the Portland Trail Blazers was nothing...Show More Summary

Trail Blazer: Nepal's First Female Mountaineering Instructor

On July 26, 2014, after 16 hours of pushing upward, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Maya Sherpa, and Dawa Yangzum Sherpa became the first Nepali women to summit the infamously dangerous and unpredictable K2, a 28,251-foot peak that straddles the border between Pakistan and China.On average, the Savage... Continue reading

Noah Vonleh Injury: Updates on Trail Blazers Forward's Recovery from Leg Surgery

Noah Vonleh's preparation for the 2016-17 season has hit a speed bump, as the Portland Trail Blazers forward had to undergo surgery on his right leg. Continue for updates. Vonleh Out 3-4 Weeks Wednesday, Aug. 31 Per, Vonleh had...Show More Summary

Noah Vonleh out 3-4 weeks after surgery

Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh underwent a procedure today to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh musculature. Dr. Evan Ellis performed the procedure at Rebound in Vancouver, Washington. The expected recovery time is 3-4 weeks. Vonheh played 15.1 minutes per game in the 2015-16 season for the Blazers, averaging 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. That is [...]

Festus Ezeli undergoes knee surgery

The Trail Blazers announced today that center Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc today in Chicago. The injection, performed by Dr. Brian Cole, is intended to alleviate pain and improve function. Ezeli will be sidelined for six weeks. The Blazers’ big man rotation mostly consists of role players. [...]

Festus Ezeli Injury: Updates on Trail Blazers C's Knee and Recovery

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Tuesday that center Festus Ezeli "had his knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc" that is deigned "to alleviate pain and improve function." Continue for updates. Ezeli Sidelined For Six Weeks Tuesday, Aug. Show More Summary

Damian Lillard -- Kobe Can Be the Next Magic Johnson ... Off the Court (VIDEO)

With Kobe Bryant launching his own $100 venture capital fund, he's right on pace to be the next Magic Johnson of the business world... so says Damian Lillard.  The Portland Trail Blazers superstar says Kobe's got all the right skills to…

Trail Blazers sign Grant Jerrett

The Trail Blazers have signed forward Grant Jerrett to a training camp contract, team president of basketball operations Neil Olshey announced today. Jerrett, 23, last played in the NBA as a rookie in 2014-15, averaging 2.0 points (26.9% FG), 1.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 6.4 minutes in eight games with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah [...]

Trail Blazers 2016-17 Schedule: Top Games, Championship Odds, Record Predictions

The Portland Trail Blazers have qualified for the postseason each of the last three seasons and six times in the past eight years. Now the focus shifts toward finding more consistent playoff success after winning just two series in those recent appearances. Damian Lillard and C.J. Show More Summary

The Top 10 Plays of Damian Lillard's Career

Damian Lillard is just halfway through his fourth season in the NBA, but he's already given fans a whole heap of highlights to behold. The Portland Trail Blazers' star point guard has already ripped more than his share of hearts out with buzzer-beating jumpers. Show More Summary

Tony Dungy and his 2016 classmate enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame

A trail blazer and Super Bowl winner, Tony Dungy now is a Hall of Famer.  The first black coach to win an NFL championship and a mentor to dozens of players and fellow coaches, Dungy was inducted Saturday night into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  And instead of concentrating on his role as a pioneer,...

Kevin Durant denies being evil personified

Good morning. We have that and more in Friday's NBA newsletter. Good morning. Let's basketball. BLAZE IT UP: Jesus Gomez offers a deep dive on the Trail Blazers, who spent a ton of money in free agency on guys like Evan Turner, Festus Ezeli and their own free agents (Allen Crabbe, Meyers Leonard, Mo Harkless). Show More Summary

Trail Blazers re-sign Maurice Harkless

The Trail Blazers on Wednesday re-signed forward Maurice Harkless. According to the Oregonian, it is a four-year deal worth “upwards of $42 million.” “Moe is an impact player with a bright future and a high upside,” said president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. “We look forward to his continued growth and are pleased he chose to make [...]

The Trail Blazers spent tons of money, but did they really get much better?

Portland doled out $350 million in long-term contracts this summer, but it’s still an open question whether its roster is good enough to take the next step. The summer after a breakout season is always tough for any team. After dramatically exceeding expectations, the temptation is to skip steps and make win-now moves becomes overwhelming. Show More Summary

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