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April 7, 2014 Updates
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Here's a cool nugget that came out of doing some background research for the story on McGowan. Remember when Blazers owner Paul Allen was caught on camera during a game with a white board? Many speculated that he was drawing up a play or somehow partaking in a basketball strategy session. In fact, Allen was sketching out a t-shirt design concept that the Blazers will be rolling out during the playoffs. I have seen mock-ups of the shirts -- which will be available in different models for each of the starters -- and they look excellent. Blazers Edge

April 3, 2014 Updates

Pau Gasol has been dealing with a recurring case of vertigo lately, causing him to miss four games. He returned to play 28 minutes against the Blazers on Tuesday, but will sit Wednesday's game against the Kings because of it. Bill Oram: Bad news for Pau Gasol. Lakers center has had severe recurrence of vertigo and is incapacitated in Sac. hotel room. Out tonight obviously CBSSports.com

April 2, 2014 Updates

Victor Claver played just 37 seconds against the Lakers. The Spanish forward is enjoying his experience in Portland but he is not happy for his playing time with the Blazers. “For me it would be very tough to have another season like this” said Claver to EFE. “I am inactive or active but I don't know if I play. I am playing in a very good team but I want to have the chance to play. I don’t know if in Portland because I don’t know what is going to happen this summer, or in another team. But another year like this is going to be very hard for me” added Claver. Sportando

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and adidas are on the cusp of finalizing a multiyear, lucrative shoe endorsement deal barring any hiccups, a league source informed CSNNW.com. Once official, an announcement is expected in the coming days. “We’re close,” Lillard told CSNNW.com on Tuesday. “Nothing final yet. I'm excited.” CSNNW.com

March 30, 2014 Updates
March 29, 2014 Updates

But that’s the situation out in Portland, where Terry Stotts is on the last year of his contract, and management hasn’t said whether he’ll be back for his third season on the Blazers’ bench. But let’s just say that Stotts’ staff is not feeling very good about its chances of returning after sliding down to fifth place in the West and in danger of finishing even lower. New York Daily News

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who had a minor kerfuffle with Houston’s Patrick Beverley earlier this month, said he wishes the Rockets’ point guard nothing but the best with his injured right knee. “I’m sorry to hear it happened to him,’’ Lillard said, moments after finding out following the Blazers’ 91-74 victory in Chicago. “It happens in the game of basketball, in any sport. Hopefully, he will recover from it. I wish the best for him.’’ Oregonian

March 28, 2014 Updates

The outrage has gotten so out of hand that many are suggesting that Stotts’ hold on the team might be slipping in the midst of this slump, thus the reason the organization hasn’t granted him an extension or had his option picked up for next year. When it comes to the players, they say Stotts’ grip is as tight as it’s ever been. “I think our relationship with coach is good,” Damian Lillard told CSNWW.com. “I love coach Stotts. That’s the coach. I think when the boat starts to rock a little bit, that’s when everybody is, ‘Uh oh. What’s going on with the coaches and the players? Why are they losing games?’ It’s tough, but our group is still here. We’re staying together.” CSNNW.com

In the article Aldridge took exception to, Jaynes’ take was that teams don’t need to double-team a player who relies heavily on shooting turnaround jumpers and he makes the case that teams haven’t double him much the second half of the season. “I heard he said I was going to come back shooting fadeaways and not really help us,” Aldridge said to CSNNW.com. “So I just wanted to try to be more dominant down low. Sometimes when a person calls you out, they can only help you out. So I thank him.” CSNNW.com

“It definitely fueled me tonight,” he said. “I feel like I bring more than fadeaway jumpshots to the team. Just like Kanye West said, everything I’m not makes me everything I am. So when I make a fadeway jumpshot to win the game, nobody is talking about that. But when I miss two or three, then everybody is calling me a guy that fades away from the basket. So it’s give and take.” CSNNW.com

March 27, 2014 Updates

LaMarcus Aldridge will play when the Trail Blazers play the Atlanta Hawks, he said Thursday after the team's shootaround at Philips Arena. “I’m going,” Aldridge said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going.” Aldridge has not played since suffering a nasty fall at San Antonio on March 12. After losing that game, the Blazers lost four of their next seven, including all three to start the five-game road trip they are on. Oregonian

Long before I worked in the league, I wrote that I would take Kevin Durant over Greg Oden. Granted, this was a different situation since I wasn’t submitting an official report to a team, but the position still wasn’t a popular one among NBA people I knew. One GM I had a good relationship with at the time chuckled after he read my analysis and sort of patted me on the head like I was some kind of overzealous child while informing me that one should always bet on size. My response was simple: Sam Bowie. Basketball Insiders

The general idea of learning from mistakes has been captured in platitudes aplenty for centuries. However, most of us who exist in the public eye or have some kind of public platform rarely acknowledge our mistakes. There are likely numerous reasons for this. In the NBA, I noticed how quickly people would distance themselves from personnel moves that went awry and how equally quickly they would position themselves to take some kind of credit when the moves worked out. This can likely be chalked up to simple self-preservation. There are very few jobs in the NBA and many people who want them. Admitting mistakes in our culture is seen as a sign of weakness even despite all of the clichés to the contrary. Basketball Insiders

March 26, 2014 Updates
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