With trash talk and shot making, CJ McCollum sets the tone for a hard fought series

With trash talk and shot making, CJ McCollum sets the tone for a hard fought series

The full arsenal was on display early.

The shifty crossover into a soft floater, the hesitation into a pull three-pointer, and the smack talk.

Before Enes Kanter saved the game on the offensive glass, and before Damian Lillard rained down crucial three-pointers in the closing minutes, the Trail Blazers kept the Oklahoma City Thunder at arm’s length thanks to CJ McCollum.

And while his steady shot making carried the Blazers early, he made sure to get in some verbal jabs, too.

Early in the second quarter, Terrance Ferguson got into McCollum’s face at the free throw line and the two exchanged mini-shoves and nearly face-to-face words. But even after double technicals were issued, McCollum had more to say.

Thunder guard Dennis Schroder absorbed the brunt of the verbal onslaught. First, when McCollum beat him into the lane for a floater and then on the next possession when McCollum aced a step-back three-pointer.

A minute later, when McCollum got inside for a layup he was still giving any Thunder player that would listen a running commentary as he ran down the floor.

“Whatever it takes to get our team going,” said McCollum, who scored 20 of his 24 points in the first three quarters.

“It’s the playoffs, four games away from elimination. So for me, like I said before, we’re wearing white jerseys. I’m with the white team. That’s just how I am. I’m with the white team. So I ain’t got nothing to do with the other team. If you look at me crazy. If you say something to me, I’m going to say something back. But it’s all basketball, it’s all fun. I think that was just competed. It was clean basketball, we competed, we had fun.”

Few have had a closer look at McCollum the trash talker than his older brother, Errick, who says his younger brother has learned to pick his spots when to run his mouth and when to let his game do the talking.

“He doesn’t really talk a lot,” Errick says. “He’s more settled and reserved when he plays. But if you say one thing to him, challenge him or say anything slick to him he’s ready. Locked and loaded and won’t hold back. He feeds off that, it usually helps him take his game to another level.”

When he was younger, CJ didn’t always have the same tact, particularly as 5-foot-2 high school freshman playing on the varsity team. Back then, the younger McCollum ‘talked the most’ and wasn’t afraid to make big claims.

“Everyone always doubted him because he was so small and they would say the only reason he is on varsity or gets attention is because he was my younger brother,” Errick said. “And his response was always the same: ‘‘I’ll be a Division I player and I’ll play the the NBA. And one day you’re going to be begging the guy who you said ‘is not good enough and too small’ for a ticket to watch me play.”’

There were shades of the scrawny GlenOak High School freshman on the court Sunday afternoon. Not in stature, but certainly in demeanor. The ‘if you’re not with us, you’re against us’ attitude that McCollum trotted out to the podium was readily apparent during his talkative second quarter performance.

It was an early sample of the heated exchanges most expected from this first round series. McCollum was just the unlikely poster child for that attitude in Game 1. There likely will be more bad blood and more high-tension jawing as the series continues.

Sunday’s game wasn’t decided by trash talking, or a second quarter scoring burst. But McCollum’s demeanor is representative of the Blazers’ larger attitude. After getting ushered out of the playoffs quickly in the past two postseasons, Portland isn’t going to go lightly. And like McCollum, they’ll pick their moments to let their opponent know about it.

The Blazers snapped their 10-game playoff losing streak on Sunday. There was perhaps some reason to crow postgame about a cathartic victory, but by the time McCollum made his way to the podium he might have already used up his most vicious barbs.

“It’s good to get a win at home. Our goal isn’t to win one game but we want to take advantage of this home-court advantage,” he said. “I think we played well, a lot of things that we can improve upon. I think last year was a good experience for us, we learned a lot of things from it. Now we know what it takes to win here at home and we’re up for the challenge.”

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Seattle SuperSonics -- the rivalry that was

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Seattle SuperSonics -- the rivalry that was

Who else is really missing the I-5 rivalry right now? 

After watching Thursday's classic game on NBCSNW with the Trail Blazers taking the Seattle SuperSonics to three overtimes in a come from behind win, it's hard not to think about the Pacific Northwest rivalry.  

Portland’s 130-124 triple-overtime victory over the Sonics in Seattle on Dec. 1, 1990 was a fun one!

The Blazers were down by 14 in the fourth, but this 1990-91 Trail Blazers squad never gave up. Remember, this was a Portland team that would end up making a trip to the Western Conference Finals that season.

At this point in the year, the victory over Seattle helped the Blazers improve to 13-1.

The Blazers did get some help, though, by not having a video review system.

Since there was no monitor to review a shot that was swished in after the buzzer sounded, that meant the Blazers forced a second OT.

Terry Porter led Portland with 38 points and made a three-pointer at the end of the first overtime to tie the game. He was double-teamed and then stripped of the ball on the way up, but he recovered it in the air and somehow managed to get off the shot that tied the game.

The officials counted the basket even though… Well, you be the judge.

The 1990 game had Rip City chuckling when thinking about how different NBA broadcasts used to be.

For example, the “ComputerLand” Fast Stats -- those were a big deal!

But more than anything, this Trail Blazers Classic Game had Blazers fans talking about what used to be between these two teams.

The passion and hatred for one another was there.

The I-5 rivalry was something special in the Pacific Northwest, no doubt about that.

Fans shared what they miss most about the battles between the Blazers and Sonics, all the while hoping that the Emerald City will someday get a team back.

Portland held a 94-98 record against Seattle before the SuperSonics relocated to OKC. The Blazers and Sonics were even at 2-2 in playoff series.

  • 1991 West First Round Series – Trail Blazers win series, 3-2
  • 1983 West First Round Series – Trail Blazers win series, 2-0
  • 1980 West First Round Series – Sonics win series, 2-1
  • 1978 West Semifinals – Sonics win series, 2-4

Trail Blazers head coach Rick Adelman spoke very highly of the Dec. 1, 1990 triple-overtime win.

“That, to me, was the best we’ve ever had in the regular season,” Adelman said postgame. “We had it won twice, and we lost it three or four times. I just didn’t ever know what was going to happen next.”

Porter found Jerome Kersey under the basket and he was fouled as regulation came to an end. Kersey, a 64 percent foul shooter, missed the first shot, but then hit the second one to tie the game and send the game into its first overtime.

Fans showed their love for TP and Kersey.  

This game was also a nice preview of what was to come later in the season.

In the 1990-91 Playoffs, the top-seeded Blazers, who finished the regular season with a franchise-record 63 wins, were able to move past the eighth-seed Sonics. 

Seattle gave Portland all they could handle in that series. The Blazers took the first two games at the Memorial Coliseum, but the Sonics won both games in Seattle. In the decisive fifth game, the Trail Blazers came out on top, 119-107.

Now, all that's left to say is -- bring back the Sonics. 

REPORT: NBA Draft expected to be pushed back to September

REPORT: NBA Draft expected to be pushed back to September

At the end of April, reports surfaced that the 2020 NBA Draft would be pushed back to August or September.

Now it’s reportedly going to be September at the earliest.  

The draft was originally set for June 25, 2020, but of course, that was before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to shut down.

Now, the NBA Draft is expected to take place in September, that’s according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  

According to the report, the NBA is also considering holding the typical early July free agency period before the draft rather than holding it after.

This is no surprise really that the draft is getting pushed back. It was expected since the league postponed the Draft Lottery and Combine indefinitely.

The Lottery was scheduled for May 19. The Combine was set to run from May 21-24 in Chicago.

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Clyde Drexler is not okay with automatically labeling Michael Jordan or LeBron James the GOAT

Clyde Drexler is not okay with automatically labeling Michael Jordan or LeBron James the GOAT

Since the final episode of 'The Last Dance,' ESPN’s docuseries on Michael Jordan, NBA players, current and former, have shared their thoughts on who is the Greatest of All-Time.

The debate of who is better between Michael Jordan and LeBron James has some players and analysts heated.

Former Portland Trail Blazer and 10x NBA All-Star, who also battled it out numerous times against MJ, Clyde Drexler shared his opinion on the matter.

In a recent interview with SportsTalk 790’s ‘The A-Team,’ Drexler discussed The Last Dance, his overall career, the debate on who is the best NBA player of all-time and more.   

More than 20 years after Drexler and MJ last laced it up against each other, Drexler has his own opinion on the GOAT debate.

Clyde the Glide believes neither Jordan nor LeBron James should be the only two automatically pegged as the NBA's greatest player of all time.

I have a real problem with that, because out of all the guys that played the game, for you to have a conversation of these two guys as the GOAT when you've got Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, two of the greatest players to ever live - I think you start with those two. Clyde Drexler told ‘The A-Team.’

Drexler also offered up suggestions on a handful of other NBA greats.

"And then you've got guys like Dr. J [Julius Erving], Larry Bird, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West. All those guys are in the conversation, and so for people to bring this up today, to me it's just unbelievable. And I love Michael and LeBron. But still, let's not take something away from those other guys who played."

Drexler played for the Trail Blazers from 1983-1995 after being selected as the No. 14 overall pick by Portland. He then went on and won a championship in 1995 with the Rockets.

He wasn’t done discussing the debate of MJ and LeBron with 'The A-Team,' in fact, he called it "blasphemy" to not include Wilt and the like.

"How are you going to say somebody is better than those guys?" Drexler said. "I just don't even get it. It's blasphemy at best. And it's always by people who have never played the game who are making these assessments because people who played the game know better. You don't put people ahead of people - nobody was better than those people."

The Trail Blazers great also mentioned that basketball is a team sport.

“This is a team game, it’s not one guy… So I hate when people act like it’s an individual competition.”

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Michael Jordan and Jusuf Nurkic share something unique in common

Michael Jordan and Jusuf Nurkic share something unique in common

Five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway revealed a secret about Michal Jordan on the debut episode of ‘Sports Uncovered.’

“The reason why I’m smiling, I might get in trouble for this,” Hardaway said on the NBC Sports podcast. “[MJ] and Rod Higgins are really, really good friends. He came and practiced with us two or three times and we knew he was coming back then.”

Yep, the cat is out of the bag about a few secret practices.

Before Michael Jordan returned to the Bulls from his first retirement in the spring of 1995, he was a Golden State Warrior for two days.

In NBC Sports’ 'Sports Uncovered' podcast, members of the 1994-95 Golden State Warriors team detailed for the first time that Jordan dominated Dubs practices weeks before rejoining the Bulls 25 years ago.

‘Sports Uncovered’ is a six-part series that explores memorable sports events and figures in deeper and different ways through in-depth storytelling and high-profile interviews. Each NBC Sports regional network has developed and produced one episode.

Thursday’s debut podcast centers around Michael Jordan’s first NBA comeback announcement, called 'I’m Back'.

Jordan's connection to the Warriors before his return struck a chord in Portland. It is reminiscent of what the Trail Blazers are going through right now and it centers around big man Jusuf Nurkic.

Nurkic has been sidelined since March 2019 with an ankle injury and rehabbing it ever since. He was close to making his return days after the NBA shutdown. 

So, what do Jordan and Nurkic have in common? 

The Warriors. 

"Michael was a Warrior for 48 hours,” NBA forward and Jordan’s good friend Rod Higgins said. "MJ really wanted to play against Hardaway and [Latrell] Sprewell, because Sprewell was ‘the new it’, so to speak, in terms of the two-guard.”

Nurkic was a member of Warriors for an afternoon. Albeit, the Santa Cruz Warriors, but in a Warriors jersey, nonetheless. 


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With the Trail Blazers being so injury-depleted in early March, there aren’t enough healthy bodies for a full scrimmage.

And a full scrimmage is what Nurkic needed as the final step in rehabbing his left leg.

Thus, the Trail Blazers turned to Golden State’s G-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors for assistance since the Blazers do not have their own G-League team.

Mar. 11, Nurk flew down to Santa Cruz with Trail Blazers assistant coach Jannero Pargo.

“I’m going to go to the G-League practice on the 11th. That’s my last stop before I [play] finally here,” Nurk said after practicing in Portland two days prior.

The evening following Nurk’s practice with the G-League squad, the NBA was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar. 15 against the Houston Rockets was scheduled to be his targeted return game, which would’ve been 10 days short of the one-year mark when Nurkic went down. It was on Mar. 25, 2019 when he suffered compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula late in the game against the Brooklyn Nets.

When Nurkic tweeted out a picture of him wearing blue and yellow in a Santa Cruz Warriors practice jersey, Rip City was not having it.

So really, it’s probably best that Chicago Bulls fans never found out until today that MJ was practicing with the Warriors. It was hard enough seeing him in a Wizards jersey, wasn't it?

Sports Uncovered, the newest podcast from NBC Sports, will shine a fresh light on the most unforgettable moments in sports. Listen to the full episode of “I’m Back,” which reveals never-before-heard stories about the two-word fax from Michael Jordan that changed the course of NBA history.

Subscribe to Sports Uncovered for free wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Memories from one of the best Trail Blazers games EVER-- airing TONIGHT

Memories from one of the best Trail Blazers games EVER-- airing TONIGHT

I would rank it as one of the greatest Trail Blazer games in history. It wasn’t a playoff game or even a late-season contest with a lot of meaning, but Portland’s 130-124 triple-overtime win over the Sonics at Seattle on Dec. 1, 1990, featured all sorts of twists and turns.

And the Blazers seemed defeated countless times en route to a 14-point comeback that sent the game into overtime.

But this was a Trail Blazer team that would make a trip to the NBA Finals that season and with this win upped its record to 13-1.

It wasn’t easy and the game serves as a classic example of the kinds of things that happened before replay could be used to determine issues with the game clock.

Terry Porter, who led Portland with 38 points, made a three-point basket at the end of the first overtime to tie the game and it was an incredible effort. He was double-teamed and was stripped of the ball on the way up for the shot. He recovered in the air and somehow managed to get off the shot that tied the game.

But replays -- which could not be used by officials at the time -- showed his shot was after the horn. Too bad, Sonics.

Porter was also a central figure in getting the game into the third overtime. His team trailed by four points with seven seconds to go, when rookie Gary Payton fouled Danny Ainge -- an unnecessary foul that came from being overly aggressive.

“That mistake by Payton was a rookie mistake,‘’ Ainge said. ``Those things happen to a rookie. I think he’s going to be a great player - he just made a rookie mistake.‘’

Ainge made the free throws, then a bad inbounds pass by Xavier McDaniel set up Porter for the game-tying layup.

McDaniel led the Sonics with 41 points.

Trust me, this game is a must-watch.

And you can see it tonight on NBC Sports Northwest.

HOW TO WATCH: Trail Blazer vs. Sonics from Dec. 1, 1990

WHEN: Thursday, May 28 at 6:30pm 

Channel: NBC Sports Northwest, Channel 737 (Portland), 617 (Seattle)


Stream the game here.  

Or stream the game on your phone with the 'MyTeams' App -- available in the App Store for iPhones and on Google play. 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Damian Lillard's character was challenged-- that was a big mistake

Damian Lillard's character was challenged-- that was a big mistake

Damian Lillard made headlines this week when he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports that he’d sit out when the NBA resumes play if the Trail Blazers didn’t have a path to the playoffs and a shot at the championship. 

If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now. And you can put that [expletive] in there.

Since Lillard’s comments, NBA players and pundits have weighed in on Lillard’s comments and for the latter, has inspired some really bad hot takes. 

On Wednesday, Dan Orlovsky, a former quarterback and analyst on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’ went in on Lillard for those comments.

How can you sit there and go, ‘Nope, I’m not going to play, but understand that there’s people out there that don’t have that choice. They have to go to work. They have to go earn their money. I struggle with sitting here and going ‘you don’t come off, in some way, a spoiled and entitled brat by saying I’m not going to play.

After Orlovsky's comments were surfaced by NBCSNW, Lillard took to Twitter to respond:

Anyone who knows Damian Lillard knows he's the opposite of what Orlovsky is being accused of. He's a fixture in his community in both Portland and his hometown of Oakland. 

And people came to Dame's defense:

Since taking the heat, Orlovsky has walked back his original comments and since apologized:

Orlovsky poked the bear and it wasn't wise. Lillard's comments about sitting out were not riddling in entitlement. They were calculated. Damian Lillard isn't spoiled, he's giving. What he was doing was sending a message: I want to play for the fans. Give me a chance to do that. 

The hot take machine can backfire and Orlovsky learned the hard way. 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Dan Orlovsky cares more about exhibition games than Damian Lillard and here's why

Dan Orlovsky cares more about exhibition games than Damian Lillard and here's why

I don’t know Dan Orlovsky and I can’t even remember watching him play football. I do think when I see him on TV he appears to be a nice fellow.

I feel as if I know Damian Lillard a little bit. I’ve been around him a lot and I feel as if I know what kind of person he is. And understand this, I don’t make it a practice to get involved in other people's little Twitter spats.

But in this case, I feel an obligation to speak up on behalf of Lillard -- not because he needs my backing or support, but because it’s just the right thing to do.

He’s neither a brat nor entitled. He’s actually -- from what I’ve seen -- generous, kind, humble and reserved. I have never seen him be what anyone would call a “brat.” And he’s anything but entitled. The guy is one of the hardest-working players in basketball. He’s given more to the game than he’s taken.

[RELATED: Damian Lillard called 'spoiled and entitled brat' for saying he'd sit out]

I believe there is something of a misunderstanding about what Lillard has said about his playing status when the NBA gets back to finally staging games.

Lillard made it clear that if his team is playing meaningless games -- with no shot at making the playoffs -- he will be with his team, but not play in the games.

Understand a couple of things here.

First, I believe Lillard’s remarks were calculated, given they were made in a period of time when the league is attempting to figure out what to do with the teams like Portland that feel they should have a shot at making the playoff field.

[RELATED: Damian Lillard accused of elitism for comments-- here's why they're wrong]

Lillard was doing what he felt was necessary to influence that decision. People want to see him play and he was putting pressure on the league to accommodate his team in some sort of playoff or play-in scenario.

I think that’s smart and I think the league heard his message loud and clear.

And if you think he’s the only standout player who won’t play if there’s nothing to play for, you’re wrong. Talk is, many players will sit out if there is no chance of a playoff berth. These would end up being meaningless exhibition games. Not even as valuable as preseason games.

Those guys don’t play exhibition games, for the most part. They shouldn’t. Too much risk for no reward.

But I wouldn’t expect Orlovsky to understand that. My goodness, that’s just about the only time he got to play!

This man went three full NFL seasons without throwing a pass. In seven seasons in the league, he started only 12 games and won just two of them.

I would guess exhibition games were very important to Dan Orlovsky.

Damian Lillard accused of elitism for comments-- here's why they're wrong

Damian Lillard accused of elitism for comments-- here's why they're wrong

Damian Lillard is being criticized in the media for the comments he made earlier in the week about not wanting to come back and play ‘meaningless’ games should the Trail Blazers not have a path to the playoffs when NBA play resumes. 

But, it seems like they’re missing the point. Allow me to explain. 

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky called Damian Lillard a ‘spoiled and entitled brat’ for saying he wouldn’t participate. 

FS1's Skip Bayless of  ‘Undisputed’ had a similar take: 

“Damian Lillard suddenly speaks out as if he’s Michael Jordan, or Kobe Bryant or LeBron James— like he’s a superstar. I keep asking myself, when did Dame D.O.L.L.A. become THAT guy to be able to speak out the way he speaks out? What have you done? Show me the credentials whereby you can say ‘I’m above that. That’s beneath me.’ If Damian Lillard came out and said ‘I don’t want to get sick,’ you got me. But, that’s not what he’s talking about. What he’s talking about is ’It’s beneath me. You can’t make me go there and play basketball for nothing.’ It’s not for nothing. You earn a real sweet check. That’s just wrong. You can’t say that publicly. It’s time to do your part and don’t try to knock down the process and pull everybody back down into your ego-maniacal view of ‘I’m Dame D.O.L.L.A.’”

“If Lillard came out and said ‘I don’t want to expose myself or potentially bringing this to my family,’ that’s a different conversation. But, all he’s saying is ‘I don’t want to play because I don’t have a chance to win a championship.’”

Bayless’ co-host Shannon Sharpe piled on, as well.

“Just because you’re a big player in the league and have a platform, that doesn’t mean you should stand up and voice everything.” 

“Some things you just keep to yourself. To say that I’m not going to come out and play in meaningless games. You played 66 meaningful games that you turned into meaningless games by the way your team played. There are no meaningless games. You don’t know how many more of them you’ve got. Treasure every last one of them, Dame.”

What these critics fail to understand is the inferred understanding that players don’t want to expose themselves to the outside world in fear that they’d catch the COVID-19 virus and potentially spread it to their family and close friends. That should be implied, yet these pundits are holding that against Lillard. OF COURSE that’s a concern and should be automatically considered into his thought process. 

Sharpe’s intimation that the Blazers turned 66 meaningful games into meaningless ones is flat out misguided. With season-ending injuries to Rodney Hood (Achilles), Zach Collins (Shoulder) and the long recovery process of Nurkic (Ankle), the Trail Blazers were forced to play short-handed and without consistency to their starting lineup. 

Sharpe also fails to see the bigger picture when telling Lillard to treasure every last game. What if Lillard played with no shot at making the playoffs and suffered a horrific injury? The team’s franchise player, who is set to make $31.6M next season, would be be sidelined for an extended period of time. Lillard is looking more long-term. If the Blazers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and this were a normal regular season, chances are people would be just fine with Lillard, who will soon be making supermax money, sitting out a few games that literally mean nothing. It’d likely be questioned if he didn’t sit out. 

Next time a person calls Lillard selfish and a spoiled brat they should look in the mirror. 

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Here’s why Damian Lillard believes LeBron James is NBA MVP over Giannis Antetokounmpo

Here’s why Damian Lillard believes LeBron James is NBA MVP over Giannis Antetokounmpo

Before the NBA suspended operations in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, a heated MVP race between LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo was taking form. 

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo was averaging career highs in points (29.6) and rebounds (13.7) per game while leading the Bucks to the best record in the league at 53-12. Meanwhile, James and the Los Angeles Lakers sat atop the juggernaut Western Conference at 49-14 and had already clinched the teams’ first playoff berth in seven years.

But there can only be one rightful Most Valuable Player, and Damian Lillard believes LeBron is the most deserving. 

"This season I think it's LeBron," Lillard told ESPN’s Jalen and Jacoby show. "They're the No. 1 team in the west, they've been consistent all year long, and for him to be at the age he's at with the amount of miles that he has on his body, how often he's talked about the pressure that they've put on him in every little thing that he does.

"At the level he's performing at, in my opinion, I think he's the MVP."

There are a couple major takeaways here. First, Lillard believes age plays a factor in James’ MVP candidacy. But it’s worth noting that what LeBron, 35, has done is incredible for a player of any age group.

If his current stat line holds when play resumes, James will become just the second player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds per game while averaging less than 35 minutes per game.

As Lillard also points out, James was leading the league in assists with 10.6 per game prior to the hiatus. He also played in 60 of the Lakers 63 games, while Giannis played in 57 of his team’s 65 games. 

If LeBron James were to hoist the prestigious Maurice Podoloff Trophy for the fifth time of his career, he would tie Michael Jordan and be just one MVP award away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who has six. 

The numbers are scary close between the two NBA All-Star captains, so it will certainly be interesting to see how things transpire once the 2019-20 season resumes play.

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.