Dwight Jaynes...Posting Up - Brand new show!


Dwight Jaynes...Posting Up - Brand new show!

Comcast SportsNet Northwest, home of Northwest sports television, today announced a brand new, unique and compelling program, Dwight JaynesPosting Up. The unprecedented sports interview series premieres Thursday, October 13th @ 10pm.

Jaynes, who has covered Oregon and northwest sports for over three decades, interviews major sports figures in this region and beyond in an unparalleled format. It's a chance for sports fans to get an up-close look at people they've never seen interviewed at length. There is no similar opportunity to view these kind of extended, exclusive, frank sports interview sessions anywhere else on regional television.

Dwight JaynesPosting Up includes twelve, half-hour episodes, with Jaynes going one-on-one with the following sports icons:

Phil Knight
Nike co-founder and University of Oregon uber-fan.

Rich Brooks:
Former Oregon State football player, collegiate and NFL coach.

Charles Barkley:
Basketball bad-boy, commentator and hall-of-famer.

Scott Brosius:
1998 World Series MVP and Linfield baseball head coach.

PJ Carlesimo:
Ex-Blazers head coach, notorious for being strict and fiery.

Craig Robinson:
Oregon State head basketball coach and brother-in-law of the President.

Tommy McVie:
Veteran NHL coach, with the Stanley Cup, which now bears his name after Bostons victory earlier this year.

Mike Riley:
Oregon State head football coach and former NFL coach.

Tinker Hatfield:
Innovative Nike shoe designer and Matt Knight Arena graphic designer.

Bucky Buckwalter:
Former VP of Basketball Operations on staff with the Blazers 1978-1997.

Tom Trebelhorn:
Native Portlander, former MLB manager and current manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

Frank Peters:
Kooky, storied former Oregon State basketball player, Portland minor league baseball manager, and gubernatorial candidate.

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed from the Blazers win over the Nets

Rip City Rewind: Everything you might have missed from the Blazers win over the Nets

Following All-Star Break, the Portland Trail Blazers took the road for the first game of a seven game road trip. Their first stop was in Brooklyn on Thursday night against some familiar faces.

Former Trail Blazers Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier and Allen Crabbe, who all now play for the Nets, put up a fight against Portland, but the trio couldn’t stop their former team and Portland’s new center tandem.

The Blazers dominated the Nets 113-99 in front of a sellout crowd at Barclays Center.

Here’s a look at everything you might have missed.

On a night where the three-ball wasn’t falling, the Blazers bigs caught fire.

Jusuf Nurkic went 10-of-15 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds on Thursday night, while Kanter, who made his debut in a Blazers uniform, knocked down eight of his nine shorts, scoring 18 points in just 19 minutes. He also added nine rebounds for Portland.

Dwight Jaynes noted Portland going old-school on Brooklyn with its centers: 'Nurk and The Turk' haul Trail Blazers to an old-school win

Allen Crabbe finished with the most minutes of the former Trail Blazers trio. He came off the bench for 17 points on 7-13 shooting, while Davis added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Napier added seven points and 10 assists.=

Jamie Hudson caught up with them after the game to see how they’ve been adjusting to life in Brooklyn and what they thought of the new-look Blazers: Best of Quotes: Former Trail Blazers Ed Davis and Allen Crabbe talk after loss in Brooklyn

Jamie also shared her initial thoughts following the Blazers win: Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Nets

'Nurk and The Turk' haul Trail Blazers to an old-school win

'Nurk and The Turk' haul Trail Blazers to an old-school win

The Trail Blazers went old school Thursday night in Brooklyn against the Nets.

Portland went inside to its centers. Over and over and over.

And over again.

Remember when having a low-post center who could score was a big deal? Well, the Trail Blazers turned back the clock Thursday night.

Two Blazer centers combined for 45 points and 21 rebounds as Jusuf Nurkic made 10 of his 15 shots and grabbed 12 rebounds and Enes Kanter, born in Turkey and making his Portland debut, hit eight of his nine shots, scored 18 points and hauled in nine rebounds in just a little under 20 minutes.

The Blazers finished with 66 points in the paint.

“He basically played the way we expected him to play,” Portland Coach Terry Stotts said of Kanter. “I don’t know if you could have asked for a better first game from him.”

In a league dominated by three-point shooting, playing a power game with a big center is a real throwback. But high-percentage shots still have extreme value, particularly late in close games and when the shooters can also make free throws if fouled …

And, of course, on nights when the three-ball isn’t falling – like Thursday night for Portland.

“They are going to change the dynamic for a lot of teams in how they guard us,” CJ McCollum said. “They will be able to get a lot of attention, draw fouls and get us in the bonus a little bit earlier and present some different challenges for a lot of teams.”

The Trail Blazers made just 7 of 32 heaves from distance, with Damian Lillard and McCollum combining to hit only 3 of 15.

But Nurk and The Turk mopped up the mess, collecting a total of eight offensive rebounds.

“Obviously, our two big guys really dominated inside,” Stotts said. “They were a big part of our offense.

“We’ve been good, offensively, all season. And I think now we’re improved. Nurk has always been good on the pick-and-roll and Enes is good on the block.”

“Defensively, it’s going to be a challenge.”

Portland is stockpiling centers. Zach Collins and Meyers Leonard – who have each had good moments this season – did not get into the game and newcomer Skal Labissiere is plopped down at the end of the bench, where he is expected to stay with the four others ahead of him.

“He was tremendous,” Nurkic said of Kanter. ”If he can continue to play that way, it will be huge.”

McCollum said of Kanter: “He’s a monster, man. I’ve seen his work ethic the last few summers, living in New York and living in the same building.”

Kanter, who had been with the tanking Knicks prior to making his escape, was excited.

“The last time I got a win, I think it was two months,” he said. “First, it was amazing, man. I didn’t know any sets. We just went over them yesterday and it was like smoke coming out of my ears. I didn’t know any of them.

“But when you play with guys like Dame and CJ, they make the game so easy for themselves and for everybody else around them. That’s what made it so special.

“Winning is fun again. I hope it keeps getting better and better.”

Best of Quotes: Former Trail Blazers Ed Davis and Allen Crabbe talk after loss in Brooklyn

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Best of Quotes: Former Trail Blazers Ed Davis and Allen Crabbe talk after loss in Brooklyn

The start of the Trail Blazers road trip in Brooklyn brought some familiar faces to the court. Former Trail Blazers Ed Davis, Allen Crabbe and Shabazz Napier all now play for the Nets. 

Crabbe logged the most minutes of the trio, who all came off the bench. AC finished with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go along with his four rebounds. Davis racked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Napier added seven points and ten assists. 

It was quite the night for the trio despite the loss to Portland. Here is what the former Trail Blazers had to say after the game...

Top quotes of the night from Ed Davis:

On what he sees different in playing against former teammate Jake Layman:

“Nothing – he’s just getting the opportunity. Everyone over there knows he can play. He’s an aggressive scorer, so for him it’s the opportunity to get more consistent minutes.”

On moving forward this season with an emphasis on rebounding:

“It’s huge. You know, they definitely killed us on the boards tonight. (Enes) Kanter and (Rodney) Hood and the rest of the guys. To win games you definitely need to get stops and get defensive rebounds. Those are key points.”

Davis finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Blazers on Thursday night.

Top quotes of the night from Allen Crabbe:

On where the Blazers hurt the Nets most tonight:

“Offensive rebounds. They got a lot of second chance points, they got a lot of offensive rebounds. It's hard to beat a team when you give up that many offensive rebounds and they get that many looks, second chances aside, you've got to them credit. They outworked us tonight."

On if it feels like he’s hot right now from three:

“I’m just playing basketball confident. Teammates find me within the flow of the offense and like I said, when I went out before I got injured, I felt like I was finding my rhythm, and I told myself to just come back with the same mindset – just stay aggressive out there and good things will happen.”

Crabbe has played just in just 32 games all season after missing nearly two months with the knee injury. In his last 10 games he is averaging 15 points.

Jusuf Nurkic leads strong 1-2 punch in win over Nets

Jusuf Nurkic leads strong 1-2 punch in win over Nets

BROOKLYN – One thing is for sure… The Portland Trail Blazers are loaded with offensive weapons.

And, CJ McCollum said it best after the Blazers 113-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night:

“It’s a good problem to have.”

Unlike what fans have become accustom to for the past few seasons with Damian Lillard and McCollum leading the offensive charge, on Thursday night, it was all about Jusuf Nurkic and newly acquired backup Enes Kanter.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts knows it’s a luxury to have two big men who can finish around the rim.

“We’re going to spread the wealth, I guess,” Stotts said in regards to the Blazers’ rotations and who is going to get minutes. “We’ve been good offensively most of the season. I think we’re probably improved now with Enes Kanter... So offense is going to be fine. We’ll find ways to score.”

Nurkic finished with 27 points in the win, which ties a season-high, to along with his 12 rebounds after shooting an efficient 10-of-15 from the floor.

The Bosnian Beast bodied up the young Jarret Allen in Thursday night’s win as Nurkic notched his 27th double-double of the season.

Nurkic had it going early when the rest of the Blazers seemed to be shaking off that post All-Star break rust.

At the break, he was the only Trail Blazer in double figures with 10 points.

“Nurk was great. He changed the game, made them have to really double team down in the paint, he attracted a lot of attention, finished strong, was efficient, he helped us a lot,” McCollum said.

But when Nurkic got into foul trouble in the second half that meant more minutes for the newest Trail Blazer.

“It’s not a break for other teams. You come out with Nurk,who is huge, banging guys down low, getting the ball in the paint and then when Nurk’s out of the game you come in with Enes and he’s the same. He’s strong, he’s banging, he’s making those guys work… They’ve got their work cut out for them in the paint,” Lillard said.

Nurkic feels the Blazers offense could see a bit of a change for this second half of the season.

“I feel like with Enes we’re gonna play a little bit more in the post,” Nurkic added.

Kanter logged 20 minutes in his debut for the Trail Blazers. He made his first seven shots and ended the game with 18 points after going 8-of-9 from the floor. Kanter also had nine rebounds with four of those coming on the offensive end.

“I didn’t expect [Kanter] to just be that comfortable… But he played in exactly the way I knew he was capable of – on the offensive glass, scoring on the block. I think that type of game from him, I think that’s something that we can really use,” Lillard said.

Both Nurkic and Kanter realize that with their size there is a big possibility they will create mismatches.

“Somebody is gonna need to guard two big fellas out there,” Nurkic said with a smile.

“Jusuf is one of the biggest men in the league. He kind of plays like I do – physical game, rebounding, post-ups and face-up shots. I think we just want to get better from now,” Kanter said.

Lillard also mentioned how having Nurkic and Kanter both being so effective down low could open up more driving lanes for he and McCollum.

While McCollum pointed out that the Blazers could now be heading to the free throw line a little bit more because of Nurkic and Kanter’s play.

“They’re gonna change the dynamic for a lot of teams and how they guard us. Obviously they’re able to draw fouls, draw a lot of attention, get us in the bonus a little bit earlier and present some different challenges for a lot of teams,” McCollum said.

Nurkic and the rest of the Blazers will look to again take advantage of a smaller team with the Philadelphia 76ers playing without Joel Embiid when the Blazers visit Philly on Saturday.

Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Nets

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Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers win over the Nets

BROOKLYN -- It was a game that was going to set the tone for the Portland Trail Blazers seven-game road trip, according to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and after shaking off the rust; Portland was able to take advantage of the young Nets team.

Both Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter powered their way past Brooklyn to help the Blazers get a win to start the trip.

Final Box Score: Trail Blazers 113, Nets 99

Here are some quick thoughts from the Blazers win over the Nets:


1. Kanter imposing his will

Enes Kanter checked in as a Trail Blazer for the first time at the 3:14 mark of the first quarter. He quickly showed Blazers fans what he will bring to this team on the offensive end as Kanter muscled his way past Ed Davis for two back-to-back lay-ins.

The last two days, Kanter has preached that he will bring the energy and against the Nets he showed that energy on both ends. This is a game that Kanter matched up well again with a small frontcourt.

In his first stint as a Trail Blazer, Kanter went 3-for-3 with six points and four rebounds in nine minutes of work.  He made his first seven shots of the game.

2. Going up against Blazers East

Some of Rip City’s fan favorites are now with the Nets and you could tell the former players wanted to take it at their old team.
Midway through the 1st quarter all three former Trail Blazer players were on the court – Allen Crabbe, Shabazz Napier, and Ed Davis.

Shabazz and Davis showed their strong connection early with back-to-back successful pick and roll action. That was the first sign of the element of wanting to play well against your former team. Crabbe was also going hard at CJ McCollum one-on-one early.

Blazers fans should know—Nets fans seem to love/enjoy what all three former Blazers bring to their Nets team.

The second quarter Napier showed off some “Shabazzle Dazzle” with a between the legs pass to Crabbe who calmly knocked down the long three-pointer and the crowd went nuts. Which by the way, I felt like I was at a college game with section 114 chanting and standing for most of the game. It really was like having a student section going crazy for their team.  

Napier had a career-high in assists of a half with eight assists.


3. Strong third quarter despite foul trouble

It wasn’t until the second half started the Blazers looked like they were finding their groove on offense. Portland outscored Brooklyn 34-22 in the quarter and that was despite both CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic picking up four fouls each by the eight-minute mark of the third.

The triple-double watch for Damian Lillard started midway through the third as well. With just minutes left in the 3rd period, Lillard had 10poimts, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

It was one of those off nights for Lillard, but he found different ways to help his team secure a victory.

The Nets made a run at the Blazers to make it a one-point game 7:25 mark in the final quarter after DeMarre Carroll knocked down a jumper, but Portland was able to take care of business down the stretch.

And, this ended up not being the triple-double game for Lillard, but we all know he always wants the win more than the triple-double feat.

NEXT UP: Portland continues its seven-game trip with a stop in Philadelphia for the second game of the road slate. Tip-off between the Blazers and 76ers is set for 10:00am PT with pregame coverage beginning at 9:00am on NBC Sports Northwest.

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Everything you need to know from pregame as the Trail Blazers prep for Brooklyn Nets

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Everything you need to know from pregame as the Trail Blazers prep for Brooklyn Nets

BROOKLYN -- The Trail Blazers tip-off the second half of the 2018-19 NBA season with a brutal stretch in their schedule as Portland embarks on a seven-game, East Coast road trip starting with this matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

Before tonight’s game tips off, the Trail Blazers players and coaching staff embraced and said their hellos to former teammates Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier while both teams were warming up.

Before the game Davis talked about what it was like getting to catch up with his former teammates, “I was there for three years. I developed a lot of lifelong relationships. It’s good to see old faces.”

Davis also had a message for Trail Blazers fans:


“We’ll be back in [Portland] at the end of next month. It’ll be good to be back. I appreciate all the support,” Davis said.


During his pregame media availability Blazers head coach Terry Stotts had plenty to say about what it was like to coach ‘Phys Ed’:

“He’s a pros, pro. He plays hard, he practices everyday, he’s a good teammate. He had good conversations with the players whether it was about basketball or about life. I think his teammates appreciated his willingness to do the dirty work and because of that he had the respect of his teammates and his coaches. I can’t say enough good things about Ed," Stotts said.

Hear more from Coach Stotts here:



Ugo Amadi, a possible steal in the 2019 NFL Draft

Ugo Amadi, a possible steal in the 2019 NFL Draft

The NFL Combine is near. Oregon star Ugo Amadi has been named one of the most underrated players in this draft class, yet, he’s also been projected to go undrafted.

Amadi is one of four Oregon Ducks (Jalen Jelks, Justin Hollins, Dillon Mitchell) that join 300 of the best college football players in the NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana inside Lucas Oil Stadium from February 26 to March 4, 2019.

Amadi’s NFL future and draft stock will climb or descend during the week long event that gives NFL scouts, general managers and head coaches the opportunity to evaluate and interview prospects.

His chance to open eyes at the combine begins on March 1. Here is a peek into what the week looks like for the defensive back and what the NFL’s top executives are saying about him.

Ugo Amadi: Final group (group 10 and 11)

March 1-3: Hospital pre-exam, x-rays, interviews, measurements, medical examinations, psychological testing, media, bench press

March 4: On-field workout (timing, stations and skill drills)

Where he must shine: The most important drills for Amadi to excel in are his speed and agility drills. Showing off his outstanding speed and explosion will be crucial because of his less than ideal NFL size. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound safety's quickness is a huge strength to prove he can stay stride for stride on vertical routes.

Amadi’s versatility will benefit him. At Oregon he was the Duck to do it all; playing cornerback, safety and returning punts. His success is tangible; As a senior he became the first FBS player since 2015 and first Pac-12 player since 2007 with two pick-6s and a punt return for a touchdown in the same season.

Amadi’s ability to affect the game and make plays on the ball has impressed… Draft profiles list him as a “ball hawk.”  He’s not afraid of undercutting breaking routes to make big plays and showed he’s a threat to take it the distance. Over his final two seasons, Amadi amassed six interceptions, highlighted by three pick-6s, and forced four fumbles.

His official NFL Draft profile says Amadi “has excellent footwork, understanding of leverage, and technique in man and zone coverage alike. Can burst to the catch point in an instant and knows how to bait quarterbacks into throws within his range.”

Beyond the on-field drills, interview sessions will be extremely important for the Duck as Amadi’s character could set him apart. Amadi received the Lombardi Award for the 2018 college football season; it honors the athlete who most embodies the criteria of “performance and leadership honed by character and resiliency."

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal called him the "quarterback of the defense." A five-time game captain, who shared Oregon’s 2018 team MVP award with quarterback Justin Herbert, Amadi also was an active participant in community outreach projects. He led Oregon’s secondary on the field (career highs in tackles, tackles for loss, and defensive touchdowns) and helped develop a position group that featured three sophomores at the other starting spots.

The Nashville native played in all 51 games over his four years at Oregon from 2015-18.

Right now, Amadi’s highest projection is the 6th round, while others predict he will go undrafted. The combine could shift the narrative surrounding Amadi’s draft pick. Whether it is his 40-yard dash time or interview session, Amadi has an opportunity to impress NFL executives... He could be the steal of the class.

I'm Not Crying, You're Crying: Meyers Leonard makes dreams come true

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I'm Not Crying, You're Crying: Meyers Leonard makes dreams come true

Meyers Leonard hasn’t had an easy life.

At only six years old, Leonard lost his father in a devastating bicycle accident and his mother’s debilitating back injury left the family with a home in foreclosure, little to no furniture and limited running water and electricity.

Leonard knows what it’s like to struggle, and now that he’s in a position to help those less fortunate, the Portland Trail Blazers center is giving back in a big way.

Each year, Blazer's Edge, the Trail Blazers SB Nation site, hosts a special night in March where they collect donations to send underprivileged fans to an NBA game.

This year, a request from a 5th grade teacher made an impression on Blazer's Edge editor Dave Deckard, who became worried they wouldn’t have enough tickets donated to fulfill the requests.

He penned a story “The Trail Blazers Request that Broke My Heart,” detailing the 5th grade teacher’s request to send her class to the game, in particular three students who share a passion for basketball.

Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

“Basketball turned them from three lonely, isolated boys at the beginning of the year to their own little team. I can only imagine how my class, but especially those three would feel if I got to tell them they could see the Blazers play for real. I think on that day they’d walk away from school with their heads up. If it’s possible my dream is to get a picture of those three boys sitting together at a real game. It’s something I’d treasure for a lifetime.”

The letter apparently struck a chord with Leonard as well, who took to Twitter to share he and his wife Elle would help make the request a reality.

Following Leonard’s pledge, fans praised the Blazers big for supporting the students.

While these acts of kindness typically go unnoticed, Leonard definitely deserves some credit for the selfless gesture.

Giving kids the opportunity to go to an NBA game might be trivial for some, but you never know the impact it could have on those sitting in the audience.

In a post shared on Twitter Thursday, Blazer's Edge announced they had surpassed their goal of 2,000 donated tickets.

Shootaround Notebook: An update on Damian Lillard's ankle

Shootaround Notebook: An update on Damian Lillard's ankle

BROOKLYN – The Trail Blazers announced Thursday morning that both Damian Lillard (left ankle) and Rodney Hood (gastrointestinal) are available for Thursday night’s game at Brooklyn after Lillard was initially listed as questionable and Hood was probable.

Lillard did not go through Thursday’s shootaround because of the sore ankle, but he’s ready to go for the 7:30pm ET tip-off in Brooklyn.

“It’s a little sore right now. In our live contact yesterday I rolled it pretty good. I sat out of shootaround and just kind of watched from the side. We did a lot of treatment yesterday… It felt better this morning. It’s still real sore, but I’m obviously playing tonight,” Lillard said.   

Portland now starts its seven-games in 13 day road trip and for the Blazers team captain it’s all about your mindset for a trip this long.

“You gotta have your mind right now. I know for me a lot of times when I’m at my best is when I make my mind up about stuff and that’s getting rest, staying hydrated, just keeping my mind in the right place,” Lillard said.

The Blazers’ current road trip ranges from 2/21 - 3/5 with stops in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Boston, Toronto, Charlotte, and Memphis.

Portland will play 16 of their final 25 remaining games on the road as the Blazers look to improve its 10-15 road record.

“For a long trip like this I know where I got to be mentally, whereas maybe in the middle of the trip I might be a little bit fatigued physically, a little warn out, ready to get home, I know where I need to be mentally, that’s a key,” Lillard said.

“For any trip, even if it’s a two-game trip it’s important how you start it off,” Lillard added.

CJ McCollum echoed those sentiments that Thursday’s game in Brooklyn is important to get the momentum going for the rest of the trip.

Thursday night not only marks the first game of the trip, but it will also be the debut of backup center Enes Kanter in a Blazers uniform.

Lillard has no doubt that Kanter can make a difference, “I’m expecting him to help us… He’s been on really good teams and he has been a starter on really good teams having a huge impact…  I’m expecting him to help us a lot.”

This will also be a chance for Blazers fans to see a few of the former Trail Blazers who are now with the Nets. Allen Crabbe, Shabazz Napier, and Ed Davis are all coming off the bench for Brooklyn.

Lillard said he still keeps in touch with all three former teammates and they are always texting each other.

He is ready for some friendly trash talking when the game tips off.

“I already know there’s gonna be some words being said out there, so that’s kind of what I’m expecting. There’s always love between us, but I’m expecting, you know, Bazz to have some stuff to say, not negative, and I know Ed will be out there talking,” Lillard said with a smile.         

Let the trash talking commence.

The Blazers and Nets tip-off at 4:30pm PT Thursday.