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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2000
SAN FRANCISCO -- The word spread Monday afternoon around the athletic complex at San Francisco City College. One knot of students after another ran up the stairs, pressing their faces against the glass doors of the dilapidated gymnasium. The attraction? The Portland Trail Blazers, whose 38-11 record was the best in the NBA at last week's All-Star break and whose $73.9 million payroll is the highest in the league this season. "The best team money could buy," was the way Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson had sarcastically put it a few days before.
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By Connor Letourneau, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2012
Will Barton has heard all about his perceived detractors: He's too skinny, too unorthodox and too undisciplined. But Thursday night, he was an NBA draft pick. It may have taken longer than he'd hoped, but Barton - a swingman out of Memphis - went at No. 40 to the Portland Trail Blazers. He will join All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge on a team that finished a disappointing 28-38 last season, missing the playoffs for the first time in three years. Four picks later, guard Kim English, a Baltimore native who played at Randallstown and then Missouri, was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 44th overall pick in the second round.
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May 7, 1996
Jazz: Utah held the Portland Trail Blazers to the lowest point total in NBA playoff history in its series-clinching, 102-64 victory on Sunday. The previous record was 68 by the New York Knicks on May 15, 1994, at Indiana. Utah limited Portland to 24 points in the first half, also a playoff record low. The previous mark was 28 points, by the Los Angeles Lakers in Milwaukee on April 7, 1974.Pub Date: 5/07/96
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By Childs Walker | December 28, 2007
It was the fun question of the spring for basketball fans - Greg Oden or Kevin Durant? The shot-blocking center from Ohio State and the silky scorer from Texas were two of the most dynamic freshmen that college basketball had seen in a long time. Both would surely enter the NBA draft, but which would be selected first? The next great center or the next 30-points-a-game scorer? The Portland Trail Blazers went with common wisdom and took the center. A few months later, they announced he would miss his entire rookie season because of microfracture surgery on his right knee.
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March 21, 1995
Opponent: Portland Trail BlazersSite: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Ore.Time: 10Radio: WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)Outlook: This is the first game of a four-game, seven-day road trip for the Bullets. Washington is coming off Sunday's surprising win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, with G Doug Overton's career-high 23 points leading the way. F Juwan Howard, who sprained his ankle in the opening minutes of the game, is day-to-day. Portland, seventh in the Western Conference, has split its past 10. F Cliff Robinson (20.9 ppg)
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By SPORTSTICKER | February 24, 1996
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is looking into buying the Seattle Seahawks.The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported yesterday that King County officials in Washington have confirmed that Allen, who reportedly has assets over $6 billion, would be interested in buying the NFL team and keeping it in Seattle.Allen, listed by Forbes as the fourth wealthiest American, owns the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Seahawks owner Ken Behring wants to move the club to Los Angeles next season but Washington officials plan lawsuits to stop him.
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By Sandra McKee | April 4, 1991
VS. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS* WHEN: Tonight, 7:30.* WHERE: Capital Centre.* TV/RADIO: Home Team Sports; WTOP-AM 1500.* OUTLOOK: The Bullets (27-45) defeated Cleveland Tuesday night, but now the competition goes up several notches. Portland (54-18) is riding a seven-game winning streak and has eight players scoring in double figures. Clyde Drexler is at the top of the list, with a 21.9-point average, while Buck Williams, the team's leading rebounder with 9.3 per game, rounds it out with an 11.4-point average.
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By Childs Walker | December 28, 2007
It was the fun question of the spring for basketball fans - Greg Oden or Kevin Durant? The shot-blocking center from Ohio State and the silky scorer from Texas were two of the most dynamic freshmen that college basketball had seen in a long time. Both would surely enter the NBA draft, but which would be selected first? The next great center or the next 30-points-a-game scorer? The Portland Trail Blazers went with common wisdom and took the center. A few months later, they announced he would miss his entire rookie season because of microfracture surgery on his right knee.
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November 19, 1990
Drexler leads Portland to 9th victory in a rowPORTLAND, Ore. -- Clyde Drexler passed the 30-point mark for the fourth consecutive game, as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls, 125-112, last night and remained the National Basketball Association's only unbeaten team, 9-0.Jazz 103, Timberwolves 94MINNEAPOLISMINNEAPOLIS -- Karl Malone scored 24, and Utah ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota.LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles held Seattle to its lowest point total ever.
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January 24, 1991
Baseball Baltimore Orioles -- Signed P Mike Linskey and P David Martinez one-year contracts.Boston Red Sox -- Agreed to minor-league contracts with P Cecilio Guante and P Tony Fossas.Cincinnati Reds -- Agreed to terms with second baseman Mariano Duncan (.306 avg., 11 triples, 10 HRs) on a one-year contract worth $925,000, a $525,000 raise. Signed P Mo Sanford and P Luis Vasquez and OF Reggie Sanders to minor-league contracts.Chicago Cubs -- Agreed to terms with OF Dave Clark (.275, 5 HRs, 20 RBI in 171 at-bats)
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2004
WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards gave coach Eddie Jordan all the effort he wanted down the stretch last night against the Portland Trail Blazers, enough to leave MCI Center with a win on most nights. Unfortunately for Jordan and the Wizards, the Trail Blazers had built up enough of a cushion over three quarters to be able to weather the storm the Wizards and Juan Dixon threw at them in the fourth period, escaping with a 94-83 victory. Dixon scored a career-high 30 points, getting 18 of his team's 20 points in a torrid second-half stretch as the Wizards (13-30)
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By MILTON KENT | December 7, 2003
To many around the NBA, ridding the Portland Trail Blazers of their "Jail" Blazers image will take nothing short of an exorcism. But in new general manager John Nash's mind, his task is hardly that of a crusade, but more about doing what's right. "We're in business, and one of the first rules of business is to pay attention to what your customers are telling you," Nash said last week. "The customers of Portland have been telling this organization that they want a change. It's not the quality of play that they are upset with.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Derek Fisher was among the first of the Los Angeles Lakers to emerge from yesterday's film session and walk onto the court at the Staples Center, where he and his teammates will play the Portland Trail Blazers tonight in Game 7 of the NBA's Western Conference finals. What went among the beleaguered Lakers behind closed doors? Did Lakers coach Phil Jackson give up his Zen approach for someone more along the lines of, say, Bob Knight? Did Shaquille O'Neal threaten bodily harm - or at least what he did to Portland's Scottie Pippen in Friday's 103-93defeat - to any guard that didn't get him the ball?
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2000
Late NBA game: Last night's Game 5 of the Western Conference finals between the Portland Trail Blazers and L.A. Lakers ended too late to be included in this edition. LOS ANGELES - The NBA belongs to the hip-hop generation, but its Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers now are strictly about rhythm and blues. After winning the last two games on the road to go up 3-1 in this best-of-seven series, the Lakers have clearly found their rhythm. How else do you explain Shaquille O'Neal making nine straight free throws in Game 4 Sunday in Portland?
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2000
LOS ANGELES - It was only the first game of the NBA Western Conference finals, yet the Portland Trail Blazers looked like a team fighting desperately to survive. Coach Mike Dunleavy all but admitted that he had no answer for league Most Valuable Player Shaquille O'Neal, instituting an if-you-can't-beat-him-foul-him strategy that was almost as ineffective as it was embarrassing. Seven-foot center Arvydas Sabonis played 33 minutes and had the same number of points as the Blazers have victories in this much-anticipated best-of-seven series - which resumes tonight with Game2 at the Staples Center.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2000
SAN FRANCISCO -- The word spread Monday afternoon around the athletic complex at San Francisco City College. One knot of students after another ran up the stairs, pressing their faces against the glass doors of the dilapidated gymnasium. The attraction? The Portland Trail Blazers, whose 38-11 record was the best in the NBA at last week's All-Star break and whose $73.9 million payroll is the highest in the league this season. "The best team money could buy," was the way Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson had sarcastically put it a few days before.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1997
When the Portland Trail Blazers blew a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead and lost to the New York Knicks on Feb. 26, coach P. J. Carlesimo appeared on the verge of losing his job. At least that's what the New York Daily News reported the next day, saying the former Seton Hall coach wouldn't last another day after the Blazers had lost for the 10th time in 14 games.Three weeks later, Carlesimo is still with the Blazers. Guess you can't fire a coach who -- since that loss to New York -- has led his team to 11 straight wins (equaling the second-longest winning streak in franchise history)
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1996
PORTLAND, Ore. -- It was the end of the first half and the Washington Bullets were headed toward their locker room -- all ++ except Rod Strickland, who was on the other end of the floor, following the Portland Trail Blazers to their locker room."
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