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W.H.A.T. Pod Ep. 2 with AP Reporter Anne Peterson

On Ep 2 of Women’s Hops And Talks (W.H.A.T.) Podcast,Tara and Kendyl talk with Associated Press reporter Anne Peterson whose beat has included the Portland Trail Blazers since 2002. We hear about her early days in the Bay Area, her first call to meet Arvydas Sabonis when she got to Portland, covering soccer and volleyball at the Olympic games and many tales of her interactions with some of the most notorious Blazers. How to write a story about Rasheed when he wouldn’t talk to the press A...

Duration: 01:00:04

Blazers Edge: Big Man Brian Freeman joins to discuss Jusuf Nurkic’s recent 4th quarter absences, team defense, and the Nets game

On this week’s episode former professional basketball player and current Blazer’s Edge Analyst (and resident big man) Brian Freeman joins us to on this episode where it’s all about big men- specifically Jusuf Nurkic and what’s transpired the past couple of games in the fourth quarter and what went wrong against the Brooklyn Nets. Brian and the crew break down team schemes, understanding what we know and don’t know from a fan/media point of view, the effects of closed door meetings and...

Duration: 00:58:28

Women’s Hops And Talks Episode 1 with Guest Jamie Hudson

Welcome to Women’s Hops And Talks, a podcast where we elevate the voices of women in basketball. Twice a month, co-hosts Tara and Kendyl will talk with women who write about, talk about, work in and love basketball. For our first episode we talk to NBC Sports Northwest digital host/reporter Jamie Hudson. We learn more about how busy Jamie is as a digital reporter, her early broadcasting days (including interviewing Sir Charles on the red carpet), and what advice she has for those looking...

Duration: 00:49:42

Blazers Edge: Chad Doing Joins the Show and We Ask Him if Jusuf Nurkic is a Bad Boy, His Thoughts on Blazers First 10 Games, and the Return of Nurk Fever

On this week’s episode, Chad Doing (@chadinripcity) of RipCityRadio 620AM’s Afternoon Drive with Travis & Chad joins Dan Marang to discuss; the first 10 games of the season, the Blazer’s continued commitment to defense, the revival of Nurk Fever, and the ultimate question- is Jusuf Nurkic a Bad Boy? That and more on this episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast. 1:00 Early Season Expectations, 10 Games In2:00 What’s Most Impressive So Far4:00 Commitment To Defense- Is It Real6:00 Dame Setting...

Duration: 00:36:32

Blazers Edge: Just How Much is the Trail Blazers’ Offense Struggling?

On this week’s podcast Dan calls up the numbers to find out just how bad the Trail Blazer’s have been close to the basket these first 6 games, and we try to figure out why. Fortunately, thanks to contributions up and down the roster and consistent defense, they’ve managed to keep a winning record. But how long do we wait to see Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic return to form? Other topics covered this week: -The Patty Buckets nickname debate -Dame has more to offer than just shooting -Is...

Duration: 01:00:16

Blazers Edge: Trail Blazers are off to a Good Start

The Portland Trail Blazers are playing defense in the early going and we’re loving it. Join Tara and Dan on the latest Blazer’s Edge podcast to find out what’s to like, what to keep an eye on and what in the world has gotten into Pat Connaughton? We go in deep on how the Trail Blazer’s did their best to contain Giannis. We like how even though Nurkic struggles at times offensively, he’s still rebounding and staying alert on defense. Damian Lillard is showing up on defense nearly every...

Duration: 00:56:00

Blazers Edge: Portland Trail Blazers’ Defense, Where Do They Go From Here?

Your Blazers’ Edge starting lineup of Tara and Dan recap recent news and take a deep dive into the Trail Blazer’s defensive outlook this season. With a roster much like last year’s, we attempt to set a baseline by which to judge if we see improvement. What areas of the floor do they defend well? In which areas do they allow the most scoring? What is the key to improving defense against the pick and roll? Is this the year continuity pays off?We talk about how new personnel might improve...

Duration: 01:00:21

Blazers Edge: Preseason offense features faster pace, spot up shooting

We squeezed as much information as we possibly could out of the first three preseason games and came up pretty excited about some new offensive wrinkles. The bigs are taking–and making–mid range shots. The team is operating at a faster pace than last year, using nearly 11 more possessions per game. They are relying on fewer pick-and-rolls and relying on more transition and spot up shooting. With the ball in his hands Evan Turner is running the point from on the block. And of course, we...

Duration: 00:55:20

Blazers Edge: Trail Blazers Preseason Preview, What We’re Hoping For

Hopped up on a combination of Fan Fest euphoria and cold medicine, Dan and Tara discuss which training camp stories have fans talking, what did we learn from the intra-squad scrimmage, and what will we watch for in the preseason. Is this the season Meyers Leonard makes the leap and what exactly does that mean? Will C.J. McCollum surpass Damian as the leading scorer? What does contract-year Ed Davis bring to the table? All this and more on this edition of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast.

Duration: 00:52:13

Blazers Edge: Trail Blazer’s Media Day Highlights with David MacKay

Its media day and we have the lowdown on a slimmer Jusuf Nurkic, vegan Damian Lillard, impressive Caleb Swanigan and an animated Meyers Leonard. Will this team be the new Bad Boys? Nurk thinks they could be! David MacKay spent the day at the Moda Center with the Trail Blazers and he drops by the Blazer’s Edge podcast for a full report plus a rant about the homogonization of uniforms and a little Melo talk to round it out. Tune in for all this and more on this week’s episode. Follow us on...

Duration: 00:50:44

Blazers Edge: What will be the Trail Blazers identity this season?

News! Yay, let’s go over some news! Damian Lillard is zip-lining and he’s a vegan now. and Jusuf Nurkic is number 69 on the SI top 100 players. What does all this mean? Lets get caught up on some personnel moves–Pat Connaughton is sticking around, Archie Goodwin is coming to training camp and CJ Wilcox is another 6’5″ guard. Finally, how do we put this all together to determine, what is the identity of this team?

Duration: 00:49:42

Blazers Edge: How High is Damian Lillard’s Ceiling with BballBreakdown’s James Holas

James Holas of joins Tara Bowen-Biggs and Dan Marang for this episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast to discuss James’ theory that Damian Lillard is posed for a breakout year which will lead the Portland Trail Blazers to the playoffs. Along the way they discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers trade with the Boston Celtics that was supposed to send Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Net’s 2018 1st round pick- which has since...

Duration: 00:54:20

Blazers Edge: What New Skills will the Players Demonstrate This Season?

Ep. 231. Dan and Tara start by talking about which Trail Blazer they thought most exceeded expectations before taking a look a what we might expect from this year’s team. What can Damian Lillard do to take his game to another level? Can C.J. McCollum continue the defense that he showed during the playoffs? Will Jusuf Nurkic have an outside shot? Will 2015-16 Ed Davis return from injury? What can Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless do to make the team better? We’re all about internal...

Duration: 00:50:03

Blazers Edge: Trail Blazers 2017-18 Schedule Overview

Ep 230. Dan and Tara dive into new news from the Portland Trail Blazers. They go over the recently released schedule and take a look at the Kevin Pelton’s NBA 2018 Season Projections for ESPN. Dan talks about how he approaches previewing teams and Tara talks about getting seduced by continuity last year. All this and more the latest Blazer’s Edge podcast.

Duration: 00:51:34

Blazers Edge: A Closer Look at the New Uniform Design with Graphic Artist Evanem

Ep 229. Fanalysts Tara and Jo are joined by Evan McCarthy, artist and graphics and clothing designer for EvanemPdx to talk all about the new Trail Blazer’s uniforms and remember uniforms of the past.

Duration: 00:47:51

Blazers Edge: Allen Crabbe Trade Episode

Ep. 227 Just when we thought it was safe to turn off the Twitter notifications, the Trail Blazers have made a move. Tara Biggs and Eric Griffith dig into the specifics of the Allen Crabbe for Andrew Nicholson trade, talk about what they will remember most about Cool Breeze, come up with an algebra quiz question and guess what the future holds for the Trail Blazers. All this and more on a special Allen Crabbe Trade edition of the Blazer’s Edge podcast.

Duration: 00:31:08

Blazers Edge: Who has a higher ceiling, Zach Collins or Caleb Swanigan?

Ep. 226 At NBA Summer League we got a look (admittedly abbreviated) at rookies Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan. How did their performance hold up to Dan’s initial assessment of their talents? Will they get minutes? Who has a higher ceiling of the two? Dan and Tara recap summer league, talk about what “athleticism” means, wonder about Pat Connaughton’s future, and briefly chat about the merits of Melo in Portland.

Duration: 01:07:48

Blazers Edge: Who Stands Out at Summer League?

Ep. 225 Tara is joined by David MacKay, Brian Freeman and Steve Dewald to talk about the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2017 NBA Summer League. What are their initial impressions of Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan, Jake Layman and Pat Connaughton so far? Are there other players/teams who have stood out? How about that defense, is it a hint of what is to come or is it fools gold? All this and much more on this week’s podcast.

Duration: 00:49:40

Blazers Edge: Catching up on the NBA Off Season

Ep 224 Free agency is in full swing. Dan Marang and Tara Bowen-Biggs talk about the draft, free agency and NBA Summer League while under Gordon Hayward watch. What does the Blazer’s activity on draft night tell you about the future of the team? Will Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan contribute right away? Does it surprise you that the Trail Blazers have not done anything yet in free agency? All this and more on this week’s edition of the Blazer’s Edge podcast.

Duration: 01:09:54

Blazers Edge: Getting to know the newest Blazers and making wild guesses about free agency

Ep 223 The FANalysts are back! Tara provides an update on what went down on draft night as well as thoughts on the newest Trail Blazers, Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan. Jo discusses her feelings about a possible LaMarcus Aldridge return along with how he might fit into the current lineup. Finally, we survey the landscape and make predictions (wild guesses) about where some of the biggest name free agents might end up, including Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward.

Duration: 01:01:02

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