Turkish TV won't air Blazers-Warriors due to Kanter's criticism of Erdogan

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Turkish TV won't air Blazers-Warriors due to Kanter's criticism of Erdogan

Basketball is a global sport.

Beginning Tuesday, millions of people around the world will gather to watch Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers try to dethrone the two-time defending champion Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

Basketball fans in Turkey, however, won't be able to watch the Dame vs. Goliath showdown.

Blazers center Enes Kanter, who is from Turkey, has been critical of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and describes himself as a close ally of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen has been accused of being part of a failed coup attempt in 2016, something he denies having involvement in.

The Turkish government has charged Kanter with being part of a terrorist group and demanded he is extradited from the United States. Kanter has denied that he any involvement in a terrorist group and just advocates for a free and democratic Turkey.

As such, S Sport, who is the main broadcaster of NBA games in Turkey, has ignored Kanter's games since last season and will not be airing the Western Conference finals or the NBA Finals should the Blazers advance, according to Reuters.

Basketball fans in Turkey will still be able to watch the Eastern Conference finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. They also can watch the games through an NBA TV subscription and online.

Kanter responded to the news with an Instagram post Tuesday.

It's a shame that NBA fans in Turkey won't get to watch what promises to be an electrifying showdown between the Warriors and Blazers.

The two teams split their four-game series during the regular season, and with Kevin Durant missing Game 1 and likely Game 2 with a strained right calf, the Blazers have a puncher's chance of knocking off the kings of the NBA. 

[RELATED: Dame gets shot at one last "storybook moment" in Oracle, Oakland]

While KD's injury certainly levels the playing field a bit, the Blazers still face an uphill climb to their first NBA Finals berth since 1992. Steph Curry, who was mired in a horrible shooting slump in the second round of the NBA playoffs, snapped out of his funk last Friday, scoring 33 second-half points to eliminate the Houston Rockets in six games.

Golden State showed its championship heart in eliminating the Rockets without Durant, and now they'll face a confident Blazers team that believes they will be the ones to end the dynastic run in the Bay.

Hopefully, basketball fans in Turkey can find a way to watch what's sure to be an exciting series.

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little enjoying his busy summer in Portland

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little enjoying his busy summer in Portland

Trail Blazers rookie Nassir Little surprised 170 young athletes at the Trail Blazers Summer Hoops Camp over the weekend.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Beaverton Hoop YMCA Youth had a total of two five-day Summer Camps at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA this summer. These camps are “for athletes in grades 1-8 and offer a great Trail Blazers Camp experience.”

Camp coaches focus on both introducing and building on fundamentals of the game.

The campers receive a game ticket to a Trail Blazers game, a reversible Nike Dri-Fit Jersey, special guest visits, and of course, five days of basketball fun and fundamentals.

Little helped coach the youngsters who had no idea that the Trail Blazers forward would be in attendance.

The 19-year-old has been spending his August in Portland. He made it known earlier this month that he loves PDX.

As Little gets set for his rookie season, he has already shown in Summer League that he can become a solid wing defender at the NBA level. There’s no doubt he will need to work on developing a consistent three-point shot.

But, one thing is for sure, Little is already winning over the hearts of Rip City youngsters.

Check out more pictures from this weekend’s Trail Blazers Summer Hoops Camp right here.

Can we have Bill Walton broadcast baseball games all the time?

Can we have Bill Walton broadcast baseball games all the time?

Former NBA and Trail Blazers star Bill Walton took over social media when he took over the broadcast booth on Friday night while working as a special guest analyst for the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels game in Anaheim.

Friday's game was broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago as Walton joined NBCS Chicago’s play-by-play host Jason Benetti.

The 1977 Trail Blazers champion was a fill-in for regular White Sox analyst Steve Stone.

The broadcast went just as you would imagine it to would.

SO MANY GREAT QUOTES.

Here are just a few of the top quotes of the night from Walton:

“Is that the catcher? I tell you I’m not a very good catcher…”

“Putting all the powers together of the rare Earth minerals, you’ve just come up with this incredible computer generated stud for the future.”

“Rainbow is my favorite color.”

“Good eye, good patience… You tell that pitcher to bring it right in here.”

“GO! GO! This is gonna be a run… Here we go Sox. Take me out to the ball game, I don’t care if I never come back!”

In the fifth inning, when Mike Trout hit his 41st home run of the season, Walton analyzed it as so:

"That's Trout? Swimming upstream, avoiding all the flies, and sending one ricocheting through the universe."

MLB fans took to Twitter to express their love of Walton’s calls. There's no doubt fans want Walton to be in the broadcast booth for more MLB games.

The Scoop: Is this the year CJ McCollum becomes an All-Star?

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The Scoop: Is this the year CJ McCollum becomes an All-Star?

The latest Scoop livestream is brought you by Toyota of Portland.

This week on The Scoop, our Trail Blazers reporter Jamie Hudson and host of ‘The Bridge’ Justin Meyers take you around the NBA, and get you caught up on all things Trail Blazers as we get closer and closer to training camp!

Of course, with the NBA releasing the 2019-20 regular season schedules earlier this week that means it’s time to look ahead! The Blazers tip-off the regular season at home against the Denver Nuggets on October 23rd and all of Rip City is counting down…

Here’s a quick rundown of Thursday’s show:

Jamie and Justin find out Trail Blazers fans initial thoughts on this year’s regular season schedule. Also, they discuss the Blazers 50th anniversary court unveiling that happened earlier this week. 

Plus, the two debate --

Will CJ McCollum make the All-Star team this year?

In 2016, McCollum singed his first $100 million dollar contract. At that point, he was the fourth non-All-Star to have signed that large of a contract.

But, is this the season for CJ?

Of course, being an All-Star depends a lot on your team’s success. The Blazers are coming off a season in which they made it to the Western Conference Finals and McCollum showcased his consistency throughout that postseason run.

Injuries to other stellar backcourt players could also help McCollum on receiving his first All-Star nod this season.

Watch the FULL EPISODE of The Scoop right here:

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The offseason work doesn’t stop for Anthony Tolliver

The offseason work doesn’t stop for Anthony Tolliver

On July 1, 2019, the Trail Blazers signed free agent Anthony Tolliver on a one-year, $2.6 million dollar deal. Tolliver provides depth at the power forward position, which was a bit thin heading into this upcoming season. 

Looks like he is eager to begin his journey in a Trail Blazers jersey. Tolliver posted a highlight video to his personal instagram account from a run the other day:

Tolliver is hitting from all over the court: taking his man down the baseline, smooth step backs, three-pointers. This was a great pickup for the Portland Trail Blazers. The 34-year-old shows leadership, experience and skill in this short 55 second highlight clip.

In his introductory press conference, Tolliver said to the media, “I was really looking for an opportunity to go to a team where I was valued and wanted. They made that very clear. I haven’t had free agency go this quickly in my entire career. But I couldn’t really pass up the opportunity to play for a contender and play with guys like Dame and CJ and there are a lot of great players on this team… And also, kind of watching the playoffs last year, how they got double-teamed a lot and that’s literally how guys like myself can excel.”

We are just 69 days out from the debut of Tolliver and the Portland Trail Blazers’ season-opener at home vs. the Denver Nuggets. 

You can view the full Trail Blazers 2019-2020 season here.

How the DeMarcus Cousins injury affects the Trail Blazers' chances in the Western Conference

How the DeMarcus Cousins injury affects the Trail Blazers' chances in the Western Conference

News broke today that newly acquired Lakers big man, DeMarcus Cousins, tore his ACL in a workout in Las Vegas.

Video of the injury has been acquired by TMZ:

This is just another in a string of terrible injuries Cousins has suffered in a short time span:

The league, and certainly LeBron James and the Lakers, will not be the same without Cousins in the mix. In a revamped West, any injury has a ripple effect across the Conference where just a few wins can mean the difference between home court advantage, the right match-up or a deep playoff run. 

The Blazers are scheduled to take on the Lakers 3 times this season. The first coming on Friday, December 6th at Moda Center. Another home game follows on Saturday, December 28th and finally a single road game at Staples Center on Friday, January 31st. Yes, they still have LeBron and Anthony Davis, but the loss of Cousins shouldn't be overlooked. Prior to the Cousins injury, the Lakers were sitting at about 4 to 1 to win the NBA Title making them one of the Top 3 teams along with the Clippers and Bucks. The Blazers come in at around 33 to 1 depending on where you pull the odds from. 

In the end, the Lakers odds in the West probably won't significantly change because of this. It makes three games on the Trail Blazers schedule just a little bit easier and with two games vs. LA being at home a chance to take the season series is certainly possible. It will make life for the Blazers front court in Hassan Whiteside, Zach Collins, and Pau Gasol a little bit more manageable in those games vs. LA, as they will already have their hands full with Davis.

All that said, the Trail Blazers are still projected at about a #7 seed, but we know how Damian Lillard and company like to prove people wrong.

You can check out the entire Trail Blazers schedule here. 

It’s Jerseyyyyy Tiiiiiiime with DJ Pauly D

It’s Jerseyyyyy Tiiiiiiime with DJ Pauly D

Star of the hit MTV show Jersey Shore, DJ Pauly D was caught sporting a Portland Trail Blazers jersey on his personal Instagram account…

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Known for not just his music but his iconic sayings on Jersey Shore “It’s t shirt time!”, “Cabs are here!”, and "GTL: Gym, Tan, Laundry", DJ Pauly D is quite the sports fan. He can also be seen sporting other NBA jerseys: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, L.A. Lakers as well as NFL’s Patrick Mahomes and Beast Mode when he performs his music. 

Add the Portland Trail Blazers to that list.

Will we eventually see DJ Pauly D at Moda Center? One can only hope so.

2009-10 Portland Trail Blazers one of six legendary teams coming to NBA2K20

2009-10 Portland Trail Blazers one of six legendary teams coming to NBA2K20

The 2009-10 Portland Trail Blazers squad was epic.

Steve Blake, Andre Miller and Jerryd Bayless ran the point. “The Natural” started at shooting guard with Rudy Fernandez coming off the bench. Nicolas Batum and Travis Outlaw checked in at small forward. A young LaMarcus Aldridge started at power forward with Dante Cunningham coming off the bench. And there was former No. 1 pick Greg Oden and the Gorilla “Joel” Pryzbilla at center.

This team was supposed to start the initial process of turning back the clock to 1977. But as all Trail Blazers fans now know, the roster didn’t stay that way.

Oden went down with a season-ending knee injury on the Rose Garden hardwood, Rudy Fernandez later went under the knife and Joel Pryzbilla ruptured his right patella tendon and missed the remainder of the season.

When all odds were stacked against Portland, the Trail Blazers battled through the cold, hard winter into the first round of the playoffs, where the short-handed Blazers lost to the Suns in six games. The Trail Blazers didn't have the success they had outlined for the season, but their resilency is why they will go down as one of the most memorable teams in NBA history. 

NBA2K announced Tuesday that six legendary teams would be coming to NBA2K20 and the Trail Blazers 2009-10 squad has made the list.

Gamers will get to re-live B-Roy's explosive play that earned him All-Star honors, LA's fourth year in a Trail Blazers uniform and Oden at full health. NBA2K20 will be released on September 6. 

BlazerDancers announce 2019-2020 team

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BlazerDancers announce 2019-2020 team

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2019-2020 BlazerDancers. 

After weeks of tryouts and multiple rounds of cuts, the team finally was finally able to decide who had what it takes to be a member of the BlazerDancers.

On Tuesday the team announced the 17 lucky individuals who will make up this season's squad.

Back on June 28th dozens of ladies showed up to PCC Sylvania for the first round of tryouts. During that day of dancing our Jamie Hudson was able to catch up with two of the girls aspiring to make the team. BlazerDancers veteran Ericka and rookie hopeful Malia. Both ladies were announced as members of the team on Tuesday and in the video below you can see part of their journey and understand what it takes to become a BlazerDancer.

After multiple rounds of cuts, 39 of those dancers were announced as the finalists. Those finalists met at Winningstad Theatre on August 4th for one final round of dancing and a chance to impress the judges. Two of the dancers that day, Sabri and Taylor, were coming off their rookie seasons as BlazerDancers and trying to make the squad again. Taylor made the cut and will return for her second season on the team. Unfortunately, Sabri didn't make the final list.  Jamie Hudson had a chance to talk to both of them and their families that day. You can hear what they had to say about their experience in the video below.

 

 

Sneaker Week: Bringing Portland artists and Blazers fans together

Sneaker Week: Bringing Portland artists and Blazers fans together

As the Trail Blazers begin to celebrate 50 years in the NBA, sneakerheads and local Portland artists are also celebrating.

The third annual ‘Sneaker Week PDX’ runs from August 10th through August 17th this year. Sneaker Week gatherings and workshops include the Portland Bridge Pedal, Brew and Shoes, Sneaker Fashion Show, and more.

This year, President of Sneaker Week, Herbert Beauclere, teamed up with the Trail Blazers for a very special event.

On Monday night, the Trail Blazers 50th anniversary court was revealed in the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.

The court unveiling also featured ‘Sneaker Week Blazers Shoecase’ as well as a competition between 50 local Portland artists designing sneakers live at the Coliseum.

Beauclere explained that, “sneaker Week PDX is a platform for the community to connect with the footwear industry... The community exists of sneaker enthusiasts, people that love footwear.”

[RELATED]: Rip City, it’s time to pause and reflect on the last 50 years

Being part of the Trail Blazers 50th anniversary court unveiling was “huge” for Beauclere and the local artists.

“A huge part of sneaker design is storytelling. So to be able to tell the story of five decades of excellence of, you know, hard work, of a great organization, it was good for us as a platform -- to share talent, to be able to make that connection between storytelling, sports, sneakers and community,” Beauclere said.

The ‘Sneaker Week Blazers Shoecase’ consisted of 10 pre-designed sneakers on display at the Coliseum. The designs represented all five decades of the Trail Blazers as an organization.   

As for the live competition on Monday, Trail Blazers fans in attendance voted on the first round of shoe designs. The field of 50 artists went down to 18. The finalists then moved on for a final round of design. ‘Quinn The Artist’ won the contest after a pane on industry experts voted on all the second round designs. 

“It’s super entertaining, everybody loves the competition, and it brings the best out of all the artists. I’m excited to see what they can do in such a short amount of time,” Beauclere said.

“To share the platform with the Blazers is almost the same as working at a brand,” Beauclere added.