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October 31, 2014 Updates
October 30, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers opened their season on Wednesday night with a 106-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, but reserve big man Meyers Leonard is still waiting to start his 2014-15 campaign. Leonard, who missed Wednesday night's game with an upper respiratory illness, did not practice with the team on Thursday and will not travel with the Blazers for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings Portland head coach Terry Stotts said. Oregonian

Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on Thursday expressed regret and remorse regarding inappropriate messages he sent out in 2011 on the social media site Twitter. On Wednesday night, Deadspin published a series of tweets from Lillard that were unearthed by a user on the website imgur. The fishing expedition to find salacious tweets from a host of NBA players "before they were stars" netted a host of messages containing unsavory language and inappropriate comments. Everyone from MVP Kevin Durant to Paul George was featured. Deadspin posted six tweets from Lillard, four of which were written in June 2011, the summer before Lillard's senior season at Weber State. They were directed at Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James, who then was playing in the NBA Finals for the Miami Heat. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Heat in six games in an upset and Lillard, then a young fan of the Heat, was displeased with the outcome and James' play. Oregonian

Imgur user Nbaplayertweets has dug up a treasure trove of long-forgotten tweets from NBA players. Some were from before Twitter was a "thing," others from tender-aged college students before they made it big. Our favorite is the rampage then-Weber State student Damian Lillard went on against LeBron James: Deadspin.com

October 28, 2014 Updates
October 27, 2014 Updates

Dave Deckard is a Lutheran pastor in rural Idaho by day, but for eight years he's preached the gospel of Portland Trail Blazers basketball by night. The 45-year-old managing editor of Blazer's Edge took over the fan-run website as a hobby at first, but it's evolved into a second job. Deckard, a Portland native, doesn't go to many games. But throughout the past nine years, Blazer's Edge built an active and dedicated readership on the back of a deluge of daily content on all things Blazers —roster breakdowns, trade rumors, links to mainstream media coverage and game recaps. Oregonian

Golliver is gone, and Blazers officials said while the team was an early adopter to granting access to fan-run websites, that access is now more restricted in some respects. Locker room access for fan-run websites like Blazer's Edge is gone, too, and will be evaluated on a situational basis. Access to cover a team practice is available on a requested basis also. "You lose an experienced hand," Michael Lewellen, Blazers VP of Corporate Communications said, "Sometimes you find yourself starting over a little bit." Oregonian

After years of covering home games, Golliver jumped ship this summer for a full-time position with Sports Illustrated. Golliver said if the Blazers hadn't won the 2007 draft lottery, "I don't know what I'd be doing right now." He admits he learned the tools of journalism on the job, and thanked the Blazers for granting him access. "Uninformed opinions don't carry much weight," he said. Oregonian

Every Portlander knows The Shot, the impossible less-than-a-second-left Damian Lillard buzzer beater last spring that sent the Blazers to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. TV cameras captured a God's-eye-view of The Shot. But the best video -- The Shot of The Shot -- came from a cell phone situated court side. The six-second video crops out the crowd and every other distraction. A life-sized Lillard cuts through the center of the frame. The ball disappears, then reappears with a swoosh. Thousands of Trail Blazers fans captured their own cell phone images and videos of the moment, but this particular clip has been viewed online 9 million times. Oregonian

Laz pushed record. He trained his phone mid-court -- not where Lillard was standing, but where he was heading. Lillard curled by, cutting through the frame. The point guard clapped his hands as he dashed across the court. Parsons lagged behind him. Batum tossed the ball. Lillard caught it, turned and shot all in one motion. Swish. "I went so crazy," Laz said. "I was trying to run on the court. The usher had to stop me." The whole town watched endless loops of instant replays that night. The shot became The Shot. No matter that the Blazers had only made it to the second round, along with seven other teams. This was one of the greatest moments in franchise history. Oregonian

October 26, 2014 Updates
October 25, 2014 Updates

On Saturday, following their final preseason game, the Portland Trail Blazers waived guards Diante Garrett and Darius Morris to set the roster at 15 players. The 15 players left all have guaranteed contracts and it was going to take something special for Portland to open up a roster spot for them. The Blazers won their final game of the preseason on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers and neither Morris or Garrett got into the game while everybody else on the roster played, save for LaMarcus Aldridge. The Columbian

October 24, 2014 Updates
October 23, 2014 Updates

Billionaire Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen announced Thursday he was pledging at least $100 million to fight Ebola. The gift is believed to be the largest private donation to combat the deadly disease and support health care workers in West Africa. The gift from the co-founder of Microsoft includes an estimated $26.5 million already donated to organizations such as the American Red Cross, to pay for equipment, volunteers and educational materials, and the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, to establish emergency operations centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the nations at the epicenter of the epidemic. Oregonian

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