Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
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Wednesday’s Nuggets-Suns NBA second round Game 2 averaged 3.53 million viewers on TNT, per John Ourand of Sports Business Journal — up 1% from Blazers-Nuggets on the comparable night two years ago (3.51M). Viewership actually declined 18% from the comparable game in the “bubble,” with the caveat that last year’s game was a first round Game 7 (Thunder-Rockets: 4.29M).
Lillard privately requesting a deal would make things easier for Portland. But even if he doesn’t, there’s merit to seeing what’s out there. Reports of teams ramping up the pursuit of Lillard are hardly newsworthy. “We check in every year,” says a rival team executive. “You would be an idiot not to.”
But as this process begins, and with so many believing the quality of this hire will impact the organization’s future with franchise centerpiece Damian Lillard, there’s a counter-intuitive name to add to the conversation whose coaching profile likely eclipses any of the forthcoming candidates: Brooklyn assistant coach Mike D’Antoni. A source with knowledge of D’Antoni’s situation said he has serious interest in the Portland position, though it remains to be seen if it will be reciprocated.
The Portland Trail Blazers’ television broadcast is moving to a new home. After months of negotiation and speculation, the team has agreed to a four-year deal with Root Sports to broadcast Blazers games, ending a 14-year partnership with NBC Sports Northwest.
The deal, which runs through the 2024-25 NBA season, will put Blazers games in more homes than ever, end a long-running public relations nightmare surrounding satellite television distribution and elevate them onto a regional network alongside teams in multiple professional sports leagues.