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March 13, 2014 Updates

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was carried off the court after sustaining a back injury early in the third quarter of Portland’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. The team announced that Aldridge sustained a back contusion and that he would not return to the game. Aldridge was driving the basket when he ran into Spurs center Aron Baynes and landed on his back. The Portland All-Star lay on the floor for several minutes holding his right leg before being helped off the court. Basketball Insiders

Aldridge did not speak to reporters after the game, but X-rays taken at the arena were negative and he was diagnosed with a back contusion. His status moving forward is unknown, but considering the serious nature of the fall it would seem unlikely Aldridge would be ready to play in the Blazers’ next game, Friday at the New Orleans Pelicans. “Injuries are a part of the game, but you never want to see any of your guys go down,” Dorell Wright said. “Especially one of the guys that is a key to your team. I just pray that he’s fine and has a speedy recovery. We’re a brotherhood in here, we’re a team, and you never want to see your guys go down. We’re just hoping it’s not too serious and whatever it is, he bounces back quickly.” Oregonian

March 11, 2014 Updates

Joel Freeland is making progress in his recovery from a sprained right MCL. But the progress is slow going. In fact, the Trail Blazers’ backup big man on Tuesday said he could miss another five weeks — or the rest of the regular season. “I look at it like I’ve got a month to get ready for the playoffs,” Freeland said. Oregonian

March 10, 2014 Updates

The Trail Blazers have assigned rookie shooting guard Allen Crabbe to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, general manager Neil Olshey announced Monday. The 21-year-old out of California is averaging 2.0 points and 4.9 minutes in 12 games with the Blazers this season. His career high of eight points came Dec. 6 against Utah. Crabbe, the 31st pick in the 2013 NBA draft, is the second Blazers player assigned to Idaho this season, following CJ McCollum's stint there Jan. 1-5. Oregonian

Lillard was hit with his sixth personal, fouling out with 3:39 remaining in overtime, leaving Portland without its floor general down the stretch. As far as how he collected his sixth foul, Lillard said he’s not with all the antics of Beverley. “It’s irritating,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “But I was locked into the game to be one hundred percent honest with you. It’s irritating that he’s doing all that little stuff like flopping, tying you up and all that for the whole game. But I don’t really get caught up in that. It’s whatever.” CSNNW.com

LL: At this point in time, how many people recognize you first and foremost as an ex-basketball player compared to those who recognize you as a figure in the fight against Parkinson’s? BG: Here in Portland, I’m always going to be recognized as Brian Grant the basketball player. But outside of Portland, I’m looked at as the guy who works with Michael J. Fox who also has Parkinson’s. It’s definitely a legacy I want to leave, as someone who led the fight against Parkinson’s the same way Michael J. Fox did. Yahoo! Sports

March 9, 2014 Updates
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March 6, 2014 Updates

Frustrated with how slow he’s progressing, Portland Trail Blazers forward Joel Freeland went and got a second opinion from a knee specialist on Tuesday to better gauge his condition, CSNNW.com was informed Wednesday night. According to a person in tuned with the power forward’s situation, nothing new surfaced as a result of the visit: “It’s just going to take more time than expected.” CSNNW.com

March 5, 2014 Updates

When the 2013-14 NBA campaign concludes for the Portland Trail Blazers, the 13-year NBA veteran point guard, Earl Watson, will have a difficult decision to ponder: Does he try for one more year of playing or enter the NBA coaching profession? Just last offseason, according to a league source, Watson turned down an offer to be an assistant coach for a Western Conference team. He ultimately decided he still had something left in the tank. At the current moment, Watson, 34, will continue playing both roles for the Trail Blazers – coach and player. CSNNW.com

And when it comes to that crucial decision he’ll face that’s drawing near, he says he’ll deal with it when the time comes. “Right now, I’m focused on helping the Trail Blazers and doing what I can to assist,” Watson said. “I’m a player right now and my mind is on that. When the summer comes, I’ll tend to it then. But it does feel good to know you could have options.” CSNNW.com

If he does decide to retire during the upcoming offseason and is offered a head-coaching gig, the first call he’s going to make is to Hall-of-Fame coach Hubie Brown, offering him a job as his lead assistant. Brown, 80, hasn’t coached since the 2004-05 NBA season and he is currently an accomplished color analyst for ESPN and ABC. Watson, who gets with Brown every summer to steal some plays, believes he’ll have a shot at luring Brown away from the television camera. “I think I can get him out [of retirement]” Watson said. “Just to help me through that first year would be huge. I love him and he loves me.” CSNNW.com

March 4, 2014 Updates

Your best season was probably in 2001 with the Spurs because after that you ended up getting a six-year contract worth $48 million with the Portland Trail Blazers, right? Derek Anderson: Yeah, I had a great season, great team, great teammates... The general manager at the time was very disrespectful. The coach, teammates were great, the city and the fans were supergreat... I just didn't like the general manager at all. The GM you're talking about is RC Buford. DA: Yeah. I think he learned, after I left, that you can't be rude to people and expect them to stay [laughs]. HoopsHype

You played with the Blazers for the most part of your career. Those Blazer teams had tons of talent but at the end it seems something was missing to get to the top. DA: Cohesiveness. You need a coach to bring everyone together, and at the time Maurice Cheeks just started coaching... You see now, he just got fired recently from Detroit. That's the whole point, you can't have a coach not prepared for that. Cheeks is a great guy, but coaching is a different animal. You have to know that. HoopsHype

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