Paul Allen's yacht 'Octopus' is on the market for a cool $325 million

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Paul Allen's yacht 'Octopus' is on the market for a cool $325 million

There’s a yacht and then there’s Paul Allen’s yacht.

This is no ordinary yacht. GreekWire is reporting that the superyacht 'Octopus,' which has belonged for years to the late Trail Blazers owner, is now on the market.

The 414-foot mega yacht is listed for a whopping $325 million.

According to the listing with Burgess Yachts, Octopus can accommodate up to 26 guests in 13 cabins, along with 63 crew members across 30 cabins. Octopus has eight decks including a dedicated owner’s deck and a private elevator.

The main deck is all about entertainment with a movie theater, gym, spa, and observation lounge.

And then, of course, the basketball court is on the deck below.

As if that’s not enough, you will also find a glass-bottomed underwater observation lounge, a bridge deck pool with a pizza oven, storage for two helicopters along with two submersibles and a large SUV, and two helipads.

Allen had once called Octopus “too big.”

Blazers announce schedule for five themed decade nights

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Blazers announce schedule for five themed decade nights

On Monday the Portland Trail Blazers announced five very special games for this upcoming season. As part of the team's 50th season celebration, they will have a special decade night for each decade of the franchise. 

They'll celebrate the 70s on November 2nd against the 76ers, the 80s on December 20th against the Magic, the 90s on January 26th against the Pacers, the 2000s on February 23rd against the Pistons, and finally the 2010s on March 10th against the Suns.

The team has yet to announce what special events will be happening at these games, but you can get ahead of the game and buy tickets for your favorite decade night in the link below. 

Tickets: rip.city/2lMa6sJ

Report: Blazers sign Moses Brown to training camp deal

Report: Blazers sign Moses Brown to training camp deal

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Trail Blazers have agreed to a training camp deal with UCLA's Moses Brown. 

Brown is a 7'1", 245-pound center who averaged 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds last season for the Bruins. He also played for the Houston Rockets in the 2019 MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas, playing in just one game and scoring three points. 

The Blazers roster is pretty set at this point and it is unlikely that Brown will make the regular-season roster. However, the team does have one more two-way contract available. If Brown impresses, that could be his path to staying with Portland

Travis Demers' "biggest dream" comes true as Trail Blazers radio play-by-play announcer

Travis Demers' "biggest dream" comes true as Trail Blazers radio play-by-play announcer

The Portland Trail Blazers are celebrating their 50th anniversary this upcoming season, while on the radio airwaves they will welcome in a new voice behind the microphone. 

This voice is not an unfamiliar one to Rip City.   

The Blazers announced Monday morning that Travis Demers, the host of 'The Rip City Drive' on the home of the Trail Blazers, Rip City Radio and NBC Sports Northwest, will now be the full-time radio play-by-play announcer for the team. 


"When I got the call I had my son in one arm and I was making coffee with the other," Demers said. "I had to sit down because I thought I was going to drop everything.  I got really emotional and excited, it’s that moment when you realize your biggest dream is coming true. I don’t quite know how to describe that feeling."
 

Demers had filled in for the Trail Blazers longtime radio voice Brian Wheeler during the 2018-19 NBA season. Demers called 57 games, including 11 games in the NBA Playoffs last season. 

Demers in no stranger to the Portland market.

Before joining NBCSNW Rip City Radio back in 2014, Demers worked with Comcast Sportsnet Northwest and ESPN Sports Radio 1080 “The Fan” for 10 years.

He is also a familiar broadcast voice for University of Portland men’s basketball and baseball games.

You may have also heard Demers calling Hillsboro Hops Baseball games.

In all, the Trail Blazers newest hire has covered the Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers for the past 15 seasons.

Demers graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communications with a specialization in broadcasting from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (Now LIU-Post) in May of 2003.  He grew up in Westchester County, New York.

As a native from the state of New York, Demers fulfilled a lifelong dream last season calling a Blazers-Knicks game.

There’s no doubt that Demers is honored and eager to get the season underway.

"It’s a privilege and an honor to have this job," Demers said. "I remember growing up listening to games on the radio, feeling like I was right there next to whoever was calling the game. I could see everything, I could hear the passion. I want the fans to feel like they’re right there with me. I love this team, I love Rip City, and now it’s my responsibility to be the eyes and ears of everyone who isn’t there." 

All of the Trail Blazers games can be heard on the radio flagship AM-620 NBCSNW Rip City Radio.

Trail Blazers video coordinator Jonathan Yim completes big feat after four months out of hospital

Trail Blazers video coordinator Jonathan Yim completes big feat after four months out of hospital

The Trail Blazers 2019-20 season has yet to tip-off, but personal goals on the Blazers coaching staff have already been accomplished.

Jonathan Yim, the Blazers’ Video Coordinator and a Developmental Coach, was hospitalized in late April of this year after a serious auto accident that involved his mother, sister, and brother-in-law.

Fast forward to the second weekend of September: Yim has completed a goal that he set out to accomplish with just four months of rehabilitation.

Yim completed the Santa Cruz Ironman on Sunday.

Finishing an Ironman Triathlon is no easy feat, no matter how healthy an athlete is before the competition.

But for Yim, it was a personal goal while recovering from his injuries. The 35-year-old had sustained a broken femur, fractures in his neck, a broken hand, a collapsed lung, and a concussion in the car crash.

After putting in hours of rehabilitation work over the past few months, Yim was able to finish the triathlon.

An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle ride, and concludes with a 13.2-mile run.

Sunday’s Santa Cruz Ironman began with a swim on the Santa Cruz Main Beach next to the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Then, the bike course takes the athletes along the California Coastline beginning at Depot Park. Finally, the running portion of the triathlon travels along the West Cliff path. The last 100 yards of the course is completed on the beach and in the sand.

Yim is about to enter his seventh season as the team’s video coordinator. Yim holds various responsibilities, including preparing scouting videos for pregame, as well as in-game and postgame meetings for coaches and players. He also manages the recordings and editing of all Trail Blazers games along with working with various players pregame and on off days.

Yim can now add completing another Ironman to his resume, and check off a big accomplishment of his ongoing rehab.

Dame D.O.L.L.A lends his mic skills to Wynne's "The Thesis"

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Dame D.O.L.L.A lends his mic skills to Wynne's "The Thesis"

Oregon based rapper Wynne dropped her latest single "The Thesis" on Thursday, and she had a very special guest on the track. Fans of rap call him Dame D.O.L.L.A. Fans of the Trail Blazers call him Damian Lillard. 

This isn't the first time Lillard can be seen in one of Wynne's videos. He also cameoed in last summer's "Buzzer." That time around Lillard just appeared in the video. This time he warmed up the pipes and dropped a few bars for the song. 

You can listen to the entire track below. Lillard makes his appearance around the 2:56 mark, but don't just skip to it. Take a minute to listen to the entire track of one of Portland 's brightest young and upcoming artists. 

Social media was ablaze when they realized Lillard was on the track.

Breaking down the Trail Blazers' schedule: March

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Breaking down the Trail Blazers' schedule: March

Training Camp opens in just under a month for the Portland Trail Blazers and after just over a week of practice, Portland will tip-off their preseason schedule. 
This is the sixth of a seven-part mini-series where we will look at the Blazers' schedule month by month. Where are the must-win games? What stretches pose the most difficulty? Where can they not afford to slip up? We'll cover all that. 
Here's the rundown of the March schedule:

3/2 - @ Orlando: The Blazers' first game of March is actually the final game of a three-game Eastern Conference trip, it also potentially the easiest game of that trip. Start the month off right!

3/4 - Home vs Washington: Back home for a single game to welcome the Wizards for the first and only time of season. Must win? Yes. Cause you can't lose to the Wizards at home. 

3/6 - @ Phoenix: Right back to the road for a one-game trip to Talking Stick Resort Arena a.k.a one of the oddest arena names in sports. This is also the type of game that screams "DNP - Rest."  Realistically, the Blazers could be 3-0 in March at the end of this one. 

3/7 through 3/19 - Home vs Sacramento, Phoenix, Memphis, Houston, Minnesota, and Dallas: Now it's time for the longest homestand of the entire season: Six games. It starts with the second of a back-to-back against the Kings, then a rematch with the Suns. After that, you have Memphis in town. Five of the first-six teams the Blazers play this month missed the playoffs last season - to start the month, this is a pretty nice stretch of games.  After this things get much tougher with Houston, but jump back to the easier road with Minnesota and Dallas. 4-2 has to be a minimum for this homestand. 

3/22 through 3/30 - @ Minnesota, Charlotte, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn: The Blazers end the month with their third and final road trip of five games or more. It starts with their final game of the year against Minnesota, then ends with five-straight games against the Eastern Conference. Charlotte is the only one of those teams that likely won't be in a playoff hunt. With playoff seeding on the line for postseason hopefuls like Detroit, Boston, Philly, and Brooklyn, this trip will be tough. Portland can't take a night off because they too will likely need as many wins as they can to keep up in the playoff race. 
 

The Bridge Podcast with Nassir Little

The Bridge Podcast with Nassir Little

Get to know your newest Trail Blazer, rookie Nassir Little, in this in-depth two-part podcast.

Justin Myers sits down with Little and the two talk about Little's process of going from college basketball to the NBA Draft.

They also do a deep dive into draft night and what it was like waiting to hear his name called by Adam Silver for the 25th pick.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Glickman accepts lifetime achievement award

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Glickman accepts lifetime achievement award

What felt like a random Thursday in the middle of the offseason was actually quite special for basketball fans in Portland - Trail Blazers Founder Harry Glickman received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn, who was the first Chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee, the award honors coaches, players, and contributors to the game whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted various levels of basketball. 

Glickman wasn't at the awards ceremony, but he did take the time to film a video to show his appreciation. The video was later tweeted out by the Trail Blazers. You can see what Glickman had to say about the achievement in the video below. 

Breaking down the Trail Blazers' schedule: February

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Breaking down the Trail Blazers' schedule: February

Training Camp opens in just under a month for the Portland Trail Blazers and after just over a week of practice, Portland will tip-off their preseason schedule. 
This is the fifth of a seven-part mini-series where we will look at the Blazers' schedule month by month. Where are the must-win games? What stretches pose the most difficulty? Where can they not afford to slip up? We'll cover all that. 
Here's the rundown of the February schedule:

2/1 - Home against Utah: Portland starts the month with the Utah Jazz on the second of a back-to-back (Portland plays the night before on the road against the Lakers). Utah is always tough, and they will be made even tougher on no rest. 

2/4 - @ Denver: Portland returns to Denver for the second time this season. The two days rest will come in handy as they take on the talented Nuggets and acclimate to the Mile High City. 

2/6 - Home against San Antonio: The always entertaining "LaMarcus Aldridge back in Portland" game. The Spurs are always going to Spur, but this should be a victory for the Blazers. 

2/7 - @ Utah: Didn't these guys just play us a few days ago, and on the second of a back-to-back as well? What did Portland do to anger the basketball gods? Or, look at it through the eyes of a Jazz fan, "really, we have to play the Blazers again?!" 

2/9 - Home against Miami: Five words - The Return of Meyers Leonard. That is all. 

2/11 through 2/12 - @ New Orleans and Memphis: Before the Blazers hit the All-Star break they have a quick back-to-back road trip that will see them take on the Pelicans and the Grizzlies. The perfect duo to help the Blazers head to the break with a smile and a winning streak.  

ALL-STAR WEEKEND

2/21 through 2/25 - Home against New Orleans, Detroit, Boston: The Blazers return home from All-Star weekend with a three-game homestand. First up, the Pelicans for the fourth and final time of the season. Then the Pistons and Celtics make their only trips of the season to Portland. It will also be the first time the Blazers play either of those teams. The most intrigue is in that game against the Celtics when Enes Kanter returns to Portland for the first time. 

2/27 through 2/29 - @ Indiana and Atlanta: The month comes to an end with the first two games of a three-game road trip. The Pacers are tough, but these two squads should help the Blazers end the month on a high note.