Everything you need to know about new Trail Blazer Kent Bazemore... Off the court

Everything you need to know about new Trail Blazer Kent Bazemore... Off the court

BIRTH NAME: Kenneth Lamont Bazemore

BIRTHDAY: July 1st, 1989

AGE: 30

ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Cancer

Before Fame

A native of Kelford, N.C.

Bazemore won the Lefty Driesell Award for best collegiate defensive player during his junior year at Old Dominion University.

Has his number has been retired at Old Dominion (No. 24)

Graduated with two degrees – Human Services and Criminal Justice

Bazemore was a proud member of the “Pi Kappa Alpha” fraternity at Old Dominion.

Fun Fact

Bazemore played a HUGE role with Under Armour endorsing Stephen Curry when he was on the Warriors.

Endured Rookie Hazing

In April of 2013 several Golden State Warriors veterans had some some fun at the expense of rookie Kent Bazemore. The vets decided to fill Bazemore’s car with popcorn. Richard Jefferson seemed to be the leader of the prank. 

The Kent Bazemore App

In November of 2014, Bazemore launched is own app for Apple and Android users.

Bazemore’s app featured his statistics, a fantasy tracker, video highlights, team schedule, chat opportunities, social media links and even contests. The app is no longer available.

But here was a quick Youtube tutorial on how to use Bazemore’s app.

At the time, Bazemore was the third NBA player to have his own app. The other two -- LeBron James and Brandon Jennings.

Founder of Arms Foundation

Bazemore started the Arms Foundation, which “promotes, motivates and inspires the next generation of leaders through life-changing programming and initiatives. Supporting ARMS is supporting students who need you to accomplish their goals, dreams and aspirations.”

According to the Arms Foundation website this is how and why the foundation came about:

“Bazemore grew up in a small town in Kelford, NC with a population of around 300 people. Its size meant that the community was closely connected. The small size of the community also meant that resources were limited – there was one park in the town, which became a center of activity and fun. Kent’s family didn’t have a lot when he was growing up. The one park provided he and his friends an opportunity to play and provided Kent with an introduction to his passion of basketball.

The ARMS Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that exists to invest in youth, inspiring them to achieve their dreams and seeding programming that drives those dreams to becoming reality. This is achieved through engaging programming, unique and strategic partnerships, and decisive investments that foster youth opportunity and success.

Kent sees the Foundation as a long-term project. He wants it to outlast his career in the League and be a major focus of his work in the future. Its work can be central to Kent’s long-term legacy.”

Wedding Date

Bazemore and his wife Samantha tied the knot in 2017.

Celebrity Look Alike

Chance the Rapper

Podcast Host

Winging It: Vince Carter with Kent Bazemore

Last season, Bazemore hosted a podcast with Vince Carter with topics on “everything from golf, to rookie hazing, to career milestones, The Ringer’s new podcast, titled “Winging It,” gives fans an exclusive glimpse into the NBA — straight from the players themselves.”

Phone App Note Goes Viral

It was back in March of 2019, when Bazemore took to Twitter to explain his defense on James Harden.

This ‘note’ was posted after the Internet reacted to Harden sending Bazemore into a spin move on the defensive end.

The move was Shaqtin’ A Fool moment. Most NBA fans no that there is no shame in being destroyed by Harden.

Bazemore had fun on twitter explain exactly what happened.

How one man's custom Damian Lillard jersey meant more than just basketball

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How one man's custom Damian Lillard jersey meant more than just basketball

The Blazers opened up preseason play last week by traveling back in time and playing a game inside the "Glass Palace," aka Veterans Memorial Coliseum. 

Among the sea of black and red jerseys, disco outfits, and stylish suits straight from the 1970s, one custom jersey stood out like a sore thumb: A custom Damian Lillard jersey. 

Obviously, it wasn't the name on the jersey that had fans doing a double-take. Rather, it was the jersey the name was on. No, it wasn't a Blazers jersey. No, it wasn't a Weber State jersey. It wasn't even an Oakland High School jersey... Lillard's name was seen on the back of a Golden State Warriors jersey.

But this wasn't just some Hamptons Five fan pulling the ultimate troll. It was a fan that wanted to show his pride for everything Lillard means to the East Bay. 

The man behind the jersey is Segun De Silva. I had a chance to catch up with him before the game simply to ask why he wore the jersey. His answer came from the heart. 

De Silva proceeded to tell a story about how he loved Damian Lillard, but refused to wear a Trail Blazers jersey. He has his reasons, but he still wanted to find a way to show his love for Lillard. 

De Silva, an Oakland native, went to his roots. He picked a Golden State jersey not because he bleeds blue and gold, but because it represented his home town. How? Well, he didn't go with a jersey that said Warriors across the chest. He instead picked the alternate "The Town" jersey. A jersey made to represent more than the Warriors on the court, but the entire city of Oakland. 

Not only did it speak to Oakland, but it matched Lillard in a special way.

For those who don't know, "The Town" jersey features the Jack London Oak on the chest. The oak tree is an everlasting symbol of the city and also happens to be tattooed across Lillard's chest 

De Silva got Lillard's name on a Warriors jersey, but a jersey that had Oakland's nickname and Lillard's tattoo on it. For De Silva, it had nothing to do with basketball. 

Lillard is a hero in Oakland. As De Silva told me, "If he can leave Oakland and embrace a city like Portland, then I can too." Lillard, and fellow Oakland legends like Marshawn Lynch, are beacons of hope that show so many people what can happen when you dream big and put your mind to it. 

I asked Lillard what he thought about a fan wearing a custom Lillard/Warriors jersey to a Blazers game. He laughed at first. Then I told him De Silva's explanation and this is what he had to say:

That means a lot because I always tell people growing up in Oakland how much pride we had in successful people from our city. I'd go to school and everybody would swear up and down that Gary Payton was they uncle, or they was related to Jason Kidd, they was related to Antonio Davis.

They just wanted some type of attachment because that's the kind of pride that people have from Oakland. That shows exactly that. Just that sense of pride and him being proud of not only my success as a basketball player, but who I am as a man. He seems like he has a lot of respect for that.

It sounds like just an Oakland thing.

I tell this story simply to say, don't be so quick to judge. What looked like a troll, was a man with a story. A story we can all appreciate and understand. And if you don't get it, there is a reason why... It's an Oakland thing. 

An update from Hassan Whiteside on his injured ankle

An update from Hassan Whiteside on his injured ankle

It was just last week that Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside was explaining how his left ankle injury that he suffered during training camp "wasn’t as bad as a broken heart."

He tweaked the ankle weeks ago in practice after battling for a rebound with Zach Collins and then coming down on Collins’ foot.

Whiteside told reporters this week that his ankle was pain free as of few days ago.

The 7-footer seemed to be finding his groove in Utah on Wednesday night with the Blazers beating the Jazz in Portland’s fourth preseason game.

Unfortunately for Whiteside, he tweaked the left ankle yet again.

Nearing the 8:45 mark of the third quarter, Whiteside appeared to roll his left ankle while securing a rebound.

Shortly after Whiteside went back to the locker room, the Blazers announced that he would not return to the game due to a left ankle sprain.

The good news:

Whiteside doesn't believe his tweaked left ankle is worse than last time he injured it.

“I don’t think it’s worse, I don’t think it’s worse. It’s sore because it’s still fresh, but we’re going to keep compressing it and go day-by-day,” Whiteside told reporters postgame.

Before leaving the game, Whiteside scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting, while also pulling down 11 rebounds on the night to go along with one block and one steal.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts was pleased with Whiteside’s 16 minutes of action.

“He played well in both halves. I didn’t even look at his numbers, but you know, he gets 11 rebounds in 16 minutes, he had an impact on the game,” Stotts told reporters.

Next up for Portland, the Blazers will travel to Denver to visit the Nuggets in the second night of back-to-back to finish up the preseason.    

Trail Blazer Coach Terry Stotts after Utah win: "We really played well"

Trail Blazer Coach Terry Stotts after Utah win: "We really played well"

SALT LAKE CITY – As far as preseason games go, Wednesday night’s contest against the Utah Jazz was just about all the Trail Blazers could have asked for -- and more.
So many things went well, it’s hard to know where to start in what turned out to be a not-as-close-as-it-sounds 126-118 win over the Jazz.

Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were terrific – in mid-season form -- against the Jazz backcourt of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell. Lillard had 25 points with five rebounds and four assists and McCollum scored 28 while shooting 11-15  from the floor, including 5-7 from three.

“I felt good,” Lillard said. “Playing at altitude, we knew that was going to be a challenge. We came out in attack mode and played it like a real game. We challenged ourselves and our conditioning, trying to get into regular-season form and we just had a good run tonight. These are the kind of games you want to have at least one time going into the regular season.”

McCollum, continuing to show signs he’s going to be shooting more from long range, did a nice job of showcasing his varied offensive arsenal.

“This was going to be our last preseason game and so we wanted to get some good conditioning in with the altitude,” McCollum said. “Go compete. They’ve got some good guards and we wanted to see where we’re at.”

Zach Collins started at power forward and Hassan Whiteside started at center and the duo has a chance to be a matchup nightmare for a lot of teams. They are both aggressive rim protectors and Collins hit his first three-point field goal of the exhibition season and a handful of tough shots under duress inside. He finished 6-6 from the field.

“I love playing with Hassan,” Collins said, “We’re both rim protectors and he’s very good at it. Both of us being at the rim it’s going to be tough for other teams to score.”

Whiteside played well, getting 11 rebounds in 16 minutes but provided the only downer of the night when he reinjured his left ankle, spraining it again after leaving the game in the first half when he cut his right hand on the rim.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” said Whiteside, who sat out 10 days during the exhibition season after spraining it the first time. “First time I’ve ever had to go to the back twice in one game.”

Several rotation players had solid outings and Rodney Hood was reliable as the starting small forward. Mario Hezonja made five of his eight shots, including a couple of three-pointers, on the way to a dozen points, four rebounds and three assists. Kent Bazemore was solid at both ends and Anthony Tolliver got some significant time at center, forcing the Jazz to go to a smaller lineup.

Portland led 117-100 when Coach Terry Stotts pulled the last of the starters off the floor in the fourth quarter.

Stotts hasn’t been concerned with getting a win – this was his team’s first over an NBA team in the exhibition season – but he did want to see the group play better. And it did.

“We really played well,” Stotts said. “Offensively, the first half was fun to watch. We moved the ball, Dame and CJ were in a really good rhythm. All in all, it was the best game we’ve played so far.”

Stotts had praise for Whiteside, whom he said, “played well in both halves. He had an impact on the game. It was good to see for him.

“And I thought Zach, in particular, made two or three very impressive plays at the rim. He had two or three blocks that could have been scores and they really ignited us going the other way.”

Portland wraps up its exhibition schedule at Denver Thursday night but it’s anybody’s guess who will be on the floor for the Blazers. Stotts wouldn’t commit after the game about it, but he’s indicated he would not use his key players much – if at all.

Elhassan: People sleep on the Blazers for real and every year they prove us wrong

Elhassan: People sleep on the Blazers for real and every year they prove us wrong

It's only the preseason but the question has to be asked: Are people around the country sleeping on the Trail Blazers?

AGAIN? 

This week on The Jump, Portland was a big topic of conversation.  

Amin Elhassan, one of the many rotating co-hosts of The Jump, picked the Trail Blazers as his putting down ‘the 100 bucks’ sleeper team to win the Championship this year.   

“I think a lot of people are overlooking the Blazers, and they do it every year, right?”

“I heard the other day, Karl Anthony Towns said people are sleeping on us, the Timberwolves – ‘what have you done!? What have you done that we shouldn’t be sleeping on you?’ But [the Blazers] people sleep on them for real and every year they prove us wrong, and every year we find reasons to knock them down and say they aren’t going to be good enough,” Elhassan said emphatically.

Elhassan joined ESPN in 2012 as an NBA analyst. Before his time as TV analyst, he worked in the league for over a decade. He most recently was the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations with the Phoenix Suns.

The Trail Blazers odds to win it all this season are 30-1, that’s according to Las Vegas.

Elhassan is placing his bet on the Blazers. Are you?

Instant Analysis from the Trail Blazers 'dress rehearsal' in Utah

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Instant Analysis from the Trail Blazers 'dress rehearsal' in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY - The Trail Blazers officially played their second to last preseason game, but for the vets, it was likely the last 'real' basketball before the regular season gets here. 

Here are three takeaways from Dwight Jaynes who was on the scene in Utah:

1. Using Hassan Whiteside and Zach Collins together in the starting lineup is going to create matchup problems for other teams. That's a lot of size to contend with at both ends of the floor.

2. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum appeared to be ready to go for the regular season. And McCollum has extended his three-point range out a few feet.

3. The Blazers are going to have to continue to work on their perimeter defense. They are allowing too many open threes for their own good in a league where shooting more threes is going to be a big deal.

Note: Trail Blazer's center Hassan Whiteside left the game in the third quarter after rolling his ankle. He did not return. 

Check back here throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, reactions and videos from the locker room!

Hassan Whiteside tweaks left ankle in preseason game at Utah

Hassan Whiteside tweaks left ankle in preseason game at Utah

On Monday, Hassan Whiteside told Dwight Jaynes the following in terms of his injured left ankle:

“Pain free as of about two days ago,” Whiteside said. “We had a tough practice today. We scrimmaged. A lot of live work. Like a real game. I love it.”

That all might have changed tonight in Utah though. Around the 8:45 mark of the third quarter, Whiteside appeared to roll his left ankle while securing a rebound. 

Blazers announced Whiteside (left ankle sprain) will not return tonight. This post will be updated when more information becomes available. 

Check back later for more updates from the team and from Dwight Jaynes who is on the scene in Utah. 

Trail Blazers in action vs. Jazz, follow us on social for live updates

Trail Blazers in action vs. Jazz, follow us on social for live updates

The Trail Blazers are calling it 'a dress rehearsal' in Utah on Wednesday night.

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said this week, Wednesday’s preseason game will be more like a dress rehearsal with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum playing their typical minutes.

Stotts also had this to say about the preseason overall, “I look at it as, ‘How are we playing? Are there more positives than negatives?’ Ultimately, I don’t think preseason wins and losses are an indication of your season.”

As Portland (1-2) gets set to face Utah (1-3) in the Blazers’ first road exhibition game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT, we will have you covered!

Our Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes is in Salt Lake City, and since the game is not on TV, you'll want to make sure you follow along on social.

How to Listen to the Game:

Catch all the action on Rip City Radio 620 with Travis Demers and Michael Holton.

Quote of The Week

Damian Lillard on what he expects to get out of Wednesday’s game vs. Utah:

“Closer to a real game. We’re going to play closer to our normal minutes. Obviously, having to face that altitude, seeing a division opponent and they’ve added a lot of guys, first road trip. It’s going to be a good thing for us.”

Quick Links

Here's how the Trail Blazers plan to approach exhibition game vs. Jazz

In preseason action, the Blazers are showing us who they're going to be this year

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little still favoring his left ankle

VIDEO: Whiteside still finding his footing with the Blazers

VIDEO: Impact or not, what do the Blazers see in Mario Hezonja?

VIDEO: At 39, can Gasol contribute to the Blazers front court?

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: A final tune up for the rotation players

Trail Blazers Pregame Notebook: A final tune up for the rotation players

Dwight Jaynes is on site in Utah as the Blazers prepare for what is likely their final meaningful preseason game. 

We caught up with Head Coach Terry Stotts during pregame and he talked about wanting to see the team simply play better.

He specifically called out the defensive end of the floor, especially coming off a "concerning" amount of three point attempts allowed last game vs. Phoenix. 

It is expected that the Blazers will use a very regular season like substitution pattern today. When asked about rotations for tonight, Stotts had this to say:

"I look for Dame and CJ to play 30 plus minutes."

Since the game is not on TV, you'll want to make sure you follow along on social and catch all the action on Rip City Radio 620 with Travis Demers and Michael Holton.

Quick Links

Here's how the Trail Blazers plan to approach exhibition game vs. Jazz

In preseason action, the Blazers are showing us who they're going to be this year

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little still favoring his left ankle

VIDEO: Whiteside still finding his footing with the Blazers

VIDEO: Impact or not, what do the Blazers see in Mario Hezonja?

VIDEO: At 39, can Gasol contribute to the Blazers front court?

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

Countdown to Tip-Off: Blazers edge Sixers in 2011 to keep the streak alive

Countdown to Tip-Off: Blazers edge Sixers in 2011 to keep the streak alive

We're counting down the days until the Portland Trail Blazers open up the 2019-2020 NBA season by looking back at each of the victories in the 18-game home-opener win streak. Here is a look at what happened back in 2011 when the Portland Trail Blazers faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the home-opener.

Can’t remember what the NBA was like in 2011? Let’s paint the picture:

- Derrick Rose was the reigning MVP

- The Dallas Mavericks were the defending champions (2010); the Miami Heat won in 2011 4-1 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

- Blake Griffin had just won Rookie of the Year

- Kyrie Irving was the No.1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft (selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers)

- The Blazers had the No.21 pick and drafted Nolan Smith (Duke). They also drafted Jon Diebler (Ohio State) at No.51.

- Kevin Durant was the league's leading scorer (back-to-back seasons)

- LaMarcus Aldridge made the All-NBA 3rd Team

As for the Blazers home opener...

The Blazers opened up their home schedule and the 2011 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace were dominant down low: the two combined for 46 points and 16 rebounds. Six Blazers scored in double figured and Marcus Camby pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. On the other side, the 76ers had seven players score in double figures. But Portland came away with the tight win, 107-103 at home over Philadelphia to extend their home win streak.

Also of note, Aldridge went on to finish the 2011 season averaging 21.7 points and eight rebounds per game.

Notable stats: 

Philadelphia -

Andre Iguodala – 22 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds

Lou Williams (off the bench) – 25 points

Portland –

LaMarcus Aldridge – 25 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds 

Gerald Wallace – 21 points, 9 rebounds

Wesley Matthews  – 16 points, 6 rebounds

Raymond Felton – 12 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists

The Blazers would finish the season 28-38, good for the eleventh-best record in the Western Conference and would miss the playoffs.