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BlazersEdge.com brings you two Portland Trail Blazers podcasts --The weekly Blazers Edge Podcast with Tara Bowen-Biggs and Dan Marang on Mondays, and Women's Hoops And Talks (W.H.A.T.) later in the week, hosted by Tara and Cassidy Gemmet.

Blazer's Edge


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    Special Episode: Neil Olshey has been fired

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 66:44

    December 3, 2021 In a special episode of Dave & Dia, recorded shortly after the Portland Trail Blazers official announcement of the firing of General Manager and President of Basketball Operations, Neil Olshey due to violations of the Portland Trail Blazers' code of conduct, Dave and Dia discuss the news, the history of Olshey as a GM, what this means for the future of the team, and especially for Damian Lillard. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 55: A Win, a Fine, and a Soft Mask Toss

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 64:03

    December 2, 2021 It's been a difficult week for the Portland Trail Blazers with three tough road losses, two frustrating injuries, and a mask thrown at the referees **Sung in the tune of 12 days of Christmas** Dave and Dia break down the games, discuss the impact these injuries may have going forward, and lament on how Jusuf Nurkic and CJ McCollum are playing. They also dive into the frustration that many Blazers fans may be feeling at this point in the season. All of this and more this week on the show. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 54: Blazers win them all, Dame is back, and Neil is a problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 70:20

    November 24, 2021 It's a week of wins! The Trail Blazers win every game this week and Dia is thrilled to bring back the unicorns--at least for a minute. Damian Lillard wins player of the week for the Western Conference, Lebron gets suspended, Larry Nance Jr and Jusuf Nurkic are making everyone talk and Greg Brown makes a killer dunk. Dave and Dia talk about all of this--as well as the ongoing investigation into Neil Olshey and why he's problematic--and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 53: The President Steps Down, Dame Deals with Injury and Line Up Mash Ups

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 62:42

    November 17, 2021 It's a new week and a new podcast, but the same record the team seems to have each week-- two wins and two losses. Dave and Did discuss the ongoing ups and downs of the team, the road games versus home games, the current adversity the team is facing, Damian Lillard's injury, the president stepping down and Neil Olshey. But in true Dave and Dia fashion, there's also some fun! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 52: One Year of Podcasts, a Roller Coaster ride and Neil Olshey

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 74:15


    November 11, 2021 It's been a whole year of podcasts for Dave and Dia, and what a year it's been! But they aren't stopping anytime soon, and the Trail Blazers are keeping them on their toes. The duo discuss the roller coaster that this season continues to be, two wins and two losses, the Neil Olshey controversy and the ongoing investigation, and Dia's time hanging with Adam Drexler (son of Trail Blazers legend, Clyde Drexler). All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Episode 51: Dame's slow start and the Blazers' Roller Coaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 66:40

    November 4, 2021 The season has just started but for Portland fans it feels like it's already been an eternity. We aren't even 10 games in and already the roller coaster ride is a doozy. Dave and Did break down the last 4 games (2 wins and 2 losses, obviously), and discuss Damian Lillard and his current "slump" (and by slump we mean still scoring over 20 points a game most nights). Philadelphia fans break into chants of "We want Lillard" and CJ McCollum says "He's still here". All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 50: 30 points makes all the difference

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 58:46

    October 28, 2021 The Trail Blazers are back with two more games as the season gets underway. The Blazers tease us with a solid win against the reigning Western Conference Champions, and then struggle in Los Angeles and fall to the Clippers. Dave and Dia break down the two games this week and discuss where they think we go next. Is Nurkic still good? What's going on with Dame? Can CJ keep the team afloat? And where are all these dunks coming from? All of that and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 49: It's a new season!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 76:35

    October 21, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers have started a new season, and so have Dave and Dia! The Trail Blazers lose their season opener, and Dave is convinced that even though it's a new season, it's the same ol' team. Dia, of course, is much more optimistic and trying to point out all the good. So where does that leave the team going into this season? Can they be real contenders? And why are we STILL talking about non-Blazer, Ben Simmons? All of this and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 48: A pre-season game, an arrest, and 10 sweatshirts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 59:34

    October 13, 2021 The Pre-season continues with another Trail Blazers loss, but with most of the roster sitting out, Dave & Dia have a chance to break down some of the bench players. They discuss standouts, different game play, and how they think that looks going into the season. Also on the pod today, Root sports, some familiar faces in broadcasting, and Ben Simmons.... again. The duo also discuss the latest coaching controversy, and a really cool story about CJ McCollum and some sweatshirts. All of this and more on this week's episode of Dave & Dia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 47: Blazers Basketball is Back, New Players Debut, and the NBA GM's have spoken

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 64:19

    October 7, 2021 Blazers basketball is BACK, the pre-season is in full swing, the Portland Trail Blazers have game one under their belts and there is so much to discuss! Joining Dia this week is Dave & Dia producer, Josh Rodriguez, and the two have plenty to talk about-- how the team looks, the new players on the roster, the coaching staff, and Trail Blazers already getting hit in the face. Dia and Josh break down the first game of the pre season, and discuss the new rule that has been put into action as well as the General Manager Survey that was just released-- spoiler alert: it includes the Trail Blazers! All of this and more this week on Dave & Dia. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 46: Media Day, Ben Simmons (again), and how many games will the Blazers win?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 62:27

    September 30, 2021 Trail Blazers media day has come and gone, and Dave and Dia dissect some of the statements made by the players, and of course, Neil Olshey. Is the team too optimistic or do we believe them? The pair also talks about Ben Simmons (again) because that story just won't end. Dave and Dia also make their predictions as to how many games the team will win in the regular season. Spoiler alert-- one of them is more optimistic than the other. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 45: Answering all of your questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 78:20

    September 23, 2021 The off season continues this week, and it's been a slow week. So Dave and Dia decided to answer listener questions! The duo spend the majority of the show discussing the questions left on Blazers Edge, twitter and even instagram. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 44: Carmelo Anthony's departure, Potential Blazers lineups, and--online dating??

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 60:08

    September 14, 2021 It's another new podcast, another day of the offseason, and more off topic talk from Dave and Dia. The two discuss online dating, and laugh at their experiences (or lack of). But there's also plenty of Trail Blazers talk as the duo discusses the latest from Chris Haynes and Carmelo Anthony, as well as Potential lineups for the team this year (Does CJ or Norm come off the bench??) and what the heck do we do with Nurk? Rick Adelman is inducted into the Hall of Fame, and Dave and Dia have lots to say about all of it, and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 43: Blazers fan Larry Nance Jr, Dame's wedding, CJ's baby and a lot of Chaos

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 48:04

    September 9, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers basketball news is slowing down at this point of the off season, but their personal lives are taking center stage. Damian Lillard throws one heck of a party--er, wedding. CJ McCollum announces that his family is growing. Larry Nance Jr. talks about his Trail Blazers fandom, and Dave and Dia have suddenly forgotten this podcast is actually about basketball. The duo give you a small inside look at the inner workings of Blazers Edge, and talk about a few more Trail Blazers headlines while simultaneously going completely off the rails. Just another Dave & Dia podcast. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 42: Making moves, talking trades and CJ McCollum

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 73:00

    September 1, 2021 The Trail Blazers finally made a move! Pigs and unicorns are flying and Dave and Dia talk Larry Nance Jr. Dia is suddenly back to her optimistic self, and Dave is back to talking about food—donuts this time.The duo talk more off season moves, Ben Simmons, McCollum as a top 10 shooting guard, the Trail Blazers difficult schedule and the championship parade Dame and CJ are dreaming of.Dave asks Dia the tough questions, and in what's becoming a whole theme of its own on this podcast the two talk a whole lot about snacks. All of this and more on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 41: Dame's IG live, Norman Powell's excitement and the Salary Cap that killed the Blazers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 50:42

    August 26, 2021 Free Agency is taking over the NBA and the Trail Blazers are still almost the same Trail Blazers they were last season. Dave and Dia discuss Portland's Salary Cap situation and how that may be a factor in the current state of the team. They also talk about Robert Covington's importance to the Blazers, LaMarcus Aldridge rumors, and Norman Powell's excitement about being in Portland. While the episode is recording, Dame goes on IG live and it quickly breaks the internet--and the podcast. All of this and some talk of Mexican food on this episode of Dave & Dia. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 40: Summer League, Coaching Strategies and whoops there's a distraction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 65:12

    August 18, 2021 Dave is back from vacation and he and Dia can't seem to stay on topic. After discussions about pop (soda?), dating profiles, McDonalds and coffee, the two finally get into the recent Trail Blazers events. Summer league is over and as always, the two have opinions. Kevin Calabro is back and Dia can't remember anyone's name. Greg Brown is the talk of the town and so is his contract. Speaking of contracts, do we want Siakam or Simmons? Dave and Dia discuss the team's options and rumors. All of this, Chauncey Billups' coaching strategies and more on this week's episode. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 39: Dame the gold medalist, Summer League, and addressing controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 60:05

    August 11, 2021 Dave is out of town, so Dia is joined by the podcast's producer, Josh Rodriguez. Dia and Josh discuss all things Trail Blazers off season. Summer League is in full swing, trade talks are--not. Thee are still rumors surrounding Damian Lillard and Dia has a source. Josh shares his perspective as an outsider, and Dia follows up on the previous Chauncey Billups conversation. There's no shortage of Trail Blazers talk even in the off season. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 38: Free Agency Moves, the Draft and Summer League

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 61:24

    August 4, 2021 The off season is underway and the Blazers are making moves and taking names--even if we don't recognize all the names, and even if the moves are, well, unexpected. Somehow with no draft picks the team still managed to sneak one in, and free agency has seen a few additions as well. Dave and Dia also discuss summer league and what they hope to see come out of it, and of course, Team USA. All of this and more on this week's show. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 37: Damian Lillard vs the Media, Team USA, and athletes and metal health

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 73:52

    July 29, 2021 It seems to be Damian Lillard versus the media these days as more rumors fly about Dame's future in Portland. Sources are everywhere and Dave and Dia don't have their on but they discuss the current rumors. The duo also discuss Team USA's most recent loss in Men's basketball. Also, Simone Biles' decision to withdraw from the Olympics and the bigger topic of mental health. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mail Bag: Beal, Simmons, Siakam... Is There a Move Left for the Blazers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 30:14

    Latest episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - featuring all of you Mail Bag questions! In a surprising twist, not every question was about Damian Lillard's future... but the the rest were mostly about CJ McCollum's future... or the Trail Blazer's immediate and long term health. Suffice it to say, this is probably the biggest 2 weeks of offseason in the Lillard era and whether it goes out with a bang or a whimper could very much be decided in the next 14 days. Among the questions, Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons, or Pascal Siakam - could the Blazers acquire one of them or be a part of a trade that involves those players to reshape the roster to be more competitive? Should the Blazers consider moving Damian Lillard now, the trade deadline or until next offseason? That and a whole lot more - tap in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 36: The Dame Debacle, Space Jam 2, and Hanging with Clyde

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 65:37


    July 22, 2021 It's been another eventful week in the Blazers off season. Rumors fly about Damian Lillard and his future with the Trail Blazers. Dave and Dia break down everything we currently know. The duo also discuss current headlines surrounding the team like Norman Powell turning down his option, and the team not bringing back Zach Collins. The podcast ends with Dia's story of meeting Clyde Drexler last week. It may be the off season, but there's still plenty to talk about! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Has the Clock Started On Dame's Time in Portland?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 35:41

    On this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang takes an in-depth look at Damian Lillard's press conference in Las Vegas with Team USA Basketball after a report by Henry Abbott of TrueHoop declared that Lillard had an impending trade request coming. What followed was an article by Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes that appears to have been scheduled to debut later that day but was amended with an update from Lillard that he would speak later that day - again in Las Vegas at media availability. This set the table for the most declarative that Lillard has been about his future with the Blazers and what it would likely take to keep him in the fold going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 35: Zach Collins' future, Team USA struggles, and the coaching debacles continue

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 60:09

    July 15, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers are now 6 weeks into their offseason (the finals aren't even over yet) but it feels like. we have lived a year's worth of off season events. Dave and Dia break down some of the big headlines in rip City this week. Zach Collins is re-injured-- will his career with the Blazers be over? What's next for him? Damian Lillard is with Team USA in Vegas preparing for the Olympics and the internet is freaking out over their first two losses. The duo chats about why we shouldn't worry--yet. Two new coaches are added to the Trail Blazers staff. Do Dave and Dia like them for the team? Difficult subject matter warning: More news has broken concerning new head coach, Chauncey Billups. Dave and Dia take a few minutes to work through the new developments and why this continues to be a conversation. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 34: NBA Finals, Ben Simmons and trade talks, USA Basketball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 51:16

    July 7, 2021 It's the Suns versus the Bucks in the NBA finals and Dia can't decide who to cheer for. Dave gives his suggestion, and the two break down game one of the finals. Trade season is upon us and the rumors are flying. Dave and Dia have a lot to say about who should stay and who should go. They also discuss Damian Lillard and the USA Olympic team and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Will Damian Lillard be a Blazer Next Year?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 33:12

    On this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is answering your mail bag questions! The discussion for the darkest timeline is upon us, should the Blazers explore Damian Lillard centered trades? Will he finish his career in Portland? Are the Blazers getting value out of Jusuf Nurkic? Are there red flags for players who might look to come to Portland with how the front office has appeared to mishandle things the last few months? Would the Blazers still be a playoff team if they moved on from Dame and soft reset? That and more on this week's episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 33: The New Coach Controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 81:52

    June 30, 2021 It's not your typical Dave & Dia podcast today. In fact, we need to warn you that this episode contains difficult subject matter. With the hiring of Chauncey Billups as the Portland Trail Blazers' new coach, comes some controversy surrounding his 1997 sexual assault accusation and settlement. It's a topic that is currently gaining attention both locally and nationally. Dave and Dia sit down to talk about this difficult subject matter and how the Trail Blazers did (or didn't) handle the press conference yesterday. Dia speaks candidly from her own personal experience and Dave has a lot to say as well. The rainbows and unicorns aren't making an appearance in this one, but we feel that it's important conversation and we hope that it brings new perspective and understanding. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Billups Hired, Lillard's Warning & Olympic Tampering

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 59:52

    On this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report to break down the announced hiring of Chauncey Billups as the Trail Blazer's new Head Coach, the optics of the hire, the impact felt and voiced by the fanbase, what this means going forward with a lot of questions remaining to be asked at the press conference on Tuesday. Then it's Chris Haynes' tweet and proceeding article on Damian Lillard's unhappiness - and whether or not the clock has started on Lillard's remaining time in Portland, what the Blazers can do to head off a potential exit and then it's a look at Lillard in the Olympics with: Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo and others and if we could see some offseason maneuvering ahead of free agency - and if it came down to it, what could a potential offer for Damian Lillard look like? That and more on this episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 32: Dame the Olympian, the Search for Head Coach, and do we want Ben Simmons?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 57:35

    June 24, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers season may be over, but Dave and Dia still have plenty to say about what's going on in the off season! Dia returns from her trip and re-joins Dave to discuss the search for a new head coach. The duo also talk about Ben Simmons and what that trade could mean. Also, our own Damian Lillard is going to the Olympics and we feel like proud parents. All of that and more on this episode of the Dave & Dia Podcast! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Trading for Ben Simmons - Is It Possible?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 32:55

    On this week's edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast Mail Bag, host Danny Marang takes a look at a host of different questions; what does the Blazer's coaching time line look like, did Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks resigning change anything up, thoughts on a bench group next year based on internal growth from Anfernee Simons, Nas Little, Zach Collins, Derrick Jones Jr and a veteran point guard, did complacency settle in for this version of the Blazers, likelihood that the Blazers run it back with the same core group and of course whether or not Ben Simmons is available - should the Blazers go after him - and what would a trade possibly look like for both parties? If the Blazers were able to swing a CJ plus trade for Simmons. 1. Would the Blazers have the pieces for a trade for Myles Turner from the Pacers? 2. What would that look like? 3. Would that be a good follow up move to provide shooting and spacing? Flatcap Goalkeeper @FlatcapGK Has the Dallas and other coaching news affected the timeline for the Blazers coaching hire process? What is the latest they can reasonably wait until they need this sorted? #ripcity @Ballas_Info and @blazersedge Any thoughts on the bench for next year? Could a group of Ant, Nas, DJJ, Collins and a new, pass-happy, up-tempo point be sneaky good? Jeremy Krecklow @StryfeE If you could have your choice of the lot what is the order you put these guys in, in terms of want, fit and probability. Simmons seems the most portable now after this last series. Which is crazy to think about going to the playoffs. Simmons Middleton George Harris Butler Sabonis Colin Petitt So if Portland truly is able to pick up Simmons do you think they'd have to move Nurkic to better maximize him? Feels like a floor spacing big would be needed (I like Portis with the TPME). In this case what would Nurkic's value be? Bark City BBQ @barkcitybbq Not sure on the coach! Free agency- get better! I don't care who's on the team! - just win! Pork ribs and brisket! Simmons is way better on defense! We can't have two bad defenders in our backcourt! n8  @n8frogdog Ben Simmons. Is his defense and distribution/facilitation enough to offset a player of that caliber not being able to be counted on in crunch time to make shots? Love the defense and length, but do we have or need to add more complimentary pieces to have everything fit? Joel, just Joel @mryoelius CJ spoke about successfully reaching playoffs since being in Portland... Is there a complacency in this team? Burnsy (he/him) @JustinTheBurns I don't get Simmons as a buy-low. He may not be playing great but all the reasons you say he's a tremendous pickup for POR is exactly why PHI keeps him AND they're on the cusp of the eastern conference finals. What's their motivation other that drastic overpay by POR? wayne hughes @readingthewater Is there really a chance of no changes on this current roster? I hope Neil can pull of some big moves. His working around the fringes has not worked!! Sam @pamsierce If we pick up Ben Simmons do we need to hunt after a Myles turner esque player to help space the floor? I feel like the Dame+Simmons pnr would be unstoppable with the floor spaced properly Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Dave and Dia Episode 31: Caitlin Cooper Talks Blazers-Pacers Similarities

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 59:40

     NBA expert Caitlin Cooper joins the podcast to talk about the Pacers and Blazers, former Head Coach Terry Stotts, Kevin Pritchard and Nate McMillan, possible trades, and the national perception of Portland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Who Best Fits Around Damian Lillard?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 22:26

    On this episode of the Blazer's Edge Podcast, Danny Marang tackles your Mail Bag questions; theory-crafting about building around Damian Lillard, David Vanterpool not being in the coaching mix, will Derrick Jones Jr opt into his deal or be traded, what would it take to get Myles Turner & TJ Warren in Portland, most likely at this point to be named the next Blazer's head coach, if you had to keep one Carmelo Anthony or Enes Kanter who do you keep, some realistic free agents, and Jusuf Nurkic's trade value. That and more on this week's show! ashley @baguels a basic but also fundamental question: when thinking about trades, what player skills would be an asset to dame/the team?  as i sadly watch the rest of the playoffs im tryina learn more from other players and envision how they'd complement dame. David West @dwest_70 Why aren't we hearing David Vanterpool's name more often in the who's the next coach convo?  Close with Dame, from what I read league execs think he's ready,  and if we'd really choose Billups then previous head coaching experience isn't actually necessary. Bruce Ceaser-Bennett @cease25 Will we trade DJJ or let the new coach figure out his role? Joel, just Joel @mryoelius May have missed the boat here.  Would you say height on the front court is important to address this off season? CDM81 @CDM811 How much would it take to pull TJ warren and Miles Turner to Portland? Nason @TheNason Did you have any idea before hand that the last Blazers Outsiders  was going to be the last one, and any chance of the show,  or one remarkably similar, migrates to that lesser network? Triple Dog @EricJAlso Of those on the coach lists: do you have a ranking  of most likely to happen and who you would like to be hired Jesus Gomez @pianomaster00 If you had to keep one, who would you keep: Melo or Enes?  And, who would you pair them with (either an existing player on the roster, a trade, or a signing). harry @whiteguilt48 Best possible, and, most importantly, realistic, free agent signings? creedence @creedence26 What is nurk's trade value? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 30: Blazers' Playoff Exit, Terry Stotts fired, and Problematic Coach Rumors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 64:47

    June 9, 2021 It's been a busy week for the Portland Trail Blazers, although busy doesn't always equal good. The team made an early exit in game 6 of the first round against the Denver Nuggets, and it's felt a little bit like chaos since. Coach Stotts has been fired, players are upset, and then there was that Neil Olshey press conference. Dave and Dia talk about all of that, plus the rumors surrounding the Head Coach position. Then Dia gets very personal and candid about how her own life experience affects the way she looks at the rumored potential coaches and Dave adds his perspective as well. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Terry Stotts Fired, Chauncey Billups or Jason Kidd Up Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 25:42

    On a rapid reaction version of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang takes a look at the late breaking news that Terry Stotts has been fired as Head Coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. Soon thereafter a chain of leaked reports to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes laid the groundwork for a public discussion as to who would step into Stotts' vacated place heading into the 2021-22 NBA season. The original list supplied by Woj, Chauncey Billups, Mike D'Antoni, Jeff Van Gundy and Juwan Howard conflicted slightly with the a statement tied directly to Damian Lillard from Haynes indicating that Jason Kidd was his first choice only to be followed by another report, this time from Jason Quick and Shams Charania that Lillard would prefer either Kidd or Billups and well that was only a few hours into the evening... with what is shaping up to be a very different offseason than any other in the Lillard era, we dive into the initial reports - the who, what, when, where and why - and why not's associated with these breaking reports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 28: Playoff Games, Out of Control Fans and Blazers in 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 71:48

    June 2, 2021 The Trail Blazers are 5 games into the first round of the playoffs and the Nuggets lead the series 3-2. The team has had ups and downs, and the Blazers just keep fighting. Dave and Dia talk about game 5 and Damian Lillard almost single-handedly taking the team into double overtime. They chat about Dame's newest broken records and the completely out of control fans that have seemingly taken over. All of this and more in episode 29. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Blazer's Edge Pod: Mailbag Edition!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 17:26

    On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge pod, host Danny Marang answers your questions as Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers get ready to take on Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in an all important Game 5 match up. Should the Blazers fear Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers more than Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns? How important is Jusuf Nurkic? Will the bench rotation look different? Will Michael Porter Jr be able to “impose his will”? Did the Blazers make the right adjustments or was it just on game? That and more on this week’s episode! Tye Forshee @tyefor It seems like every outcome has been based on how Nurk plays defensively and how long he can stay on the floor. Also seems like the Blazers need to find more stability off the bench vs Nuggets bench in order to win the series. With RHJ and Cov, the offense dropped significantly. Grant @grantmoen0 If Nurkic fouls out or in any other small ball situation, do you think there is/should be any debate between Rondae and DJ? Ryan Behnke @wakethomas13 Why don’t DJJ and Nassir get at least a little bit of run? Running the starters this many minutes cannot equate to a long playoff run. They’ll be gassed in round 2 if they advance mylogos @loganakio How was it that our guards seemed completely competent on D in game 4?  Was it effort or a scheme change? Portland Hoops @pnwsports503 What do you make of Dame’s having a playoff best overall RAPTOR and RAPTOR WAR? How are his defensive numbers so high? Don’t say small sample size! TheRealDanMan @Real_DanMan Is Nurk the only Blazer who can efficiently guard Jokic? Also, without Jamal Murray do you think Jokic will tire out too quickly to win the series? D  @paint_sign_play Were the game 4 adjustments THE answer or just enough of a boost to get one game? Slater Smith @slaterjsmith Getting a bit ahead of myself... but if we make it out of this round, do we prefer a matchup against the Suns or the Lakers? Jason -AP & GbyePlanetPat @NoochIsBest I guess reference how MPJ said he’ll “Impose his will” on next game. Kjironman1 @kjironman1 Dan get an update on Zach if you can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 28: Two Playoff Games, Unruly Fans, and Damian Lillard--always Damian Lillard

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 49:24

    May 26, 2021 The Trail Blazers are two games into round one of the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets. Currently each team has won one game, and the series continues in Portland at the Moda Center. Dave and Dia talk about the first two games-- one win and one loss. They break down what worked and what didn't, and looked forward to game three. They also discussed Moda Center welcoming more fans, Terry Stott's facial expressions, out of control Nuggets fans and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Game 1 Reactions & Game 2 Adjustments

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 29:51

    On this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, Danny Marang goes rapid fire with a lookback at Portland's win in Game 1 vs the Denver Nuggets - what went right, what went wrong, shout outs to top performers, Damian Lillard's continued excellence, Jusuf Nurkic's contribution, whether or not to be worried about Norman Powell's performance, potential adjustments heading into Game 2, and a handful of listener questions to get you ready for Monday's match up and Game 2 of the series! Intro Opening comments Game 1 takeaways 2:00 Good, bad and the ugly Portland shines in Game 1 - no ball stopping! 4:00 Carmelo Anthony, have a game Damian Lillard is THAT guy, shocking 6:00 Jusuf Nurkic delivers 7:00 Game plan was incredibly solid 9:00 Playing Nikola Jokic heads up 10:00 Anfernee Simons and Melo leading the bench charge 11:30 Quick thoughts on rotations 14:30 Game 2 adjustments for Denver 15:00 Getting Jokic in the middle of the floor 17:30 Bad shooting luck 18:00 Does Denver play less aggressively 20:00 Listener questions! Adrian Bernecich @abernecich What happens when MPJ starts hitting shots? Twhite27 @Twhite273 Is kanter playable in this series against jokic? If so (or not) who should replace or take his minutes Christopher Mazzeo @Maznorthwest Thoughts on if the Nugs go with a big line up and if so, how do Blazers handle that? henny @wtfPNW What do you think our chances of getting to the 2nd round are after game one? What was most encouraging about last night? AtomAntium @Atom__Antium Did Powell just have a rough night? Or is the match-up vs him gonna be a struggle this series? Closing thoughts Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Can the Blazers Upset the Nuggets?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 36:35

    On this edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is joined by Matt Moore AKA HPBasketball on Twitter of the Actions Sports Network to preview Blazers-Nuggets in their 1st Round match up. Together, they look at why Matt is picking the Blazers (spoiler),Damian Lillard's changing play style, Blazers backcourt vs Nuggets frountcourt, x-factors or lack of them, the opportunity Jusuf Nurkic has in front of him, does it matter how you're playing coming into the playoffs, will we see kerfuffles and more! Intro  Opening comments Matt Moore picking Portland 2:00 Countering the trap Nuggets missing guys who can score off the bounce 4:00 Blazers playing small vs Nuggets playing bigger? 6:30 Aaron Gordon as a pressure point 8:30 How to play Jokic defensively 9:45 Who's the x-factor? 15:00 Blazers bench vs Nuggets 17:30 What does Nurkic do with this opportunity? 20:30 Being physical with the Nuggets 22:30 Jokic and Lillard not getting calls 23:20 Denver as a defensive team 24:30 Foul trouble for either team as an issue 26:00 The idea of getting hot at the right time 27:00 Who are the Portland Trail Blazers 28:00 Can Stotts win a coaching match up? 29:00 Blazers as betting favorites? 30:30 Will these teams call it a rivalry? 31:30 Over/under on kerfuffles! 32:30 Closing comments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Is Blazers v. Nuggets a Rivalry?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 36:25

    On a playoff preview edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang is joined by Adam Mares of DNVR Sports to take a look at the first round match up between the Trail Blazers and Nuggets. There's no shortage of storylines, Jusuf Nurkic vs Nikola Jokic, rematch of the 2019 series, Denver coming in short handed, pressure on the Blazers and Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard and the Blazers backcourt vs Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets frontcourt... and will anyone admit that this has/is turned into a rivalry? That and more on this episode. Intro  Opening comments Should Denver be favored without Jamal Murray? 2:00 Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum & Blazers backcourt vs what's left of Nuggets backcourt 3:30 The difference between Norman Powell & Moe Harkless in this rematch 7:00 The Michael Porter Jr effect 9:00 MPJ most likely to breakout in the NBA Playoffs 11:00 Christopher Mazzeo @Maznorthwest - Who guards Porter and why is it Norm? 12:00 Jusuf Nurkic v Nikola Jokic 16:00 Should the Blazers double Jokic? 17:20 Nuggets missing Will Barton 21:00 Anfernee Simons, Carmelo Anthony & Enes Kanter vs who off the Nuggets bench? 22:30 Nuggets bench bigs Paul Millsap and Jamychal Green Adam as the earliest Jokic adopter 26:00 If Jokic has his best series ever, the Nuggets should win 27:30 Early predictions 27:00 Coaching implications 31:00 Nuggets losing the pick & roll 32:00 Is it a rivalry? 33:30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 27: The Play-offs, Play-ins, and Play---ers?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 57:16

    May 19, 2021 It's the end of the regular season, and the Trail Blazers have officially secured the 6th seed in the Western Conference, avoiding the play-in, and beating the Lakers in the process. Dave and Dia talk about the upcoming series against the Denver Nuggets, Coach Stotts, Damian Lillard, awards, broken records, and who will win the play in and close out the top seeds. Dia is already planning the championship parade, and Dave is trying to bring her back down to Earth. All of this and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Episode 26: The Mystery of Derrick Jones Jr, Jusuf Nurkic's Return to Fans, and the Play Off Bound Blazers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 51:59

    May 12, 2021 It's been great week to be a Portland Trail Blazers fan! The team won 4 out of 4 of their games this week and Dia is on cloud 9. The fans are back in the Moda center, Terry Stotts has his 400th win with the Blazers, records are broken and they move into the 6th seed. Dave and Dia discuss Derrick Jones Jr and why he hasn't been playing, and more Trail Blazer related topics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Who is the 2nd Most Important Trail Blazer?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 65:40

    On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - host Danny Marang is joined by Blazer's Edge Associate Editor, Steve Dewald to talk about the upside-down world the Blazer's have been living in this season, their current run of play, looking a bit ahead at 1st round match ups, Damian Lillard looking like himself again, the integration of Norman Powell, closing out the season and discuss who the 2nd most important player is for the Blazers right now & much more! Intro Opening comments Steve Dewald & dad time home improvement! Getting ahead ourselves with playoff match ups 4:00 Clippers or Nuggets - Nikola Jokic or Paul George, Kawhi Leonard & Patrick Beverly Looking at the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns - beleive in them at all? 8:00 Resetting and looking at the Blazers from the past 3-ish weeks 12:00 Damian Lillard getting healthy Return of the Bosnian Beast? 15:00 What was happening 17:00 Brand building has to happen 20:00 Two - way play out of Lillard and Norman Powell fitting in 23:00 Finding another gear offensively 27:00 Listener Questions Miguel @Migueleezie Do you think dj could get some playoff minutes if we play a team like the clippers for defense? Trail Blazer Stan One word: DJJ????? hairy @d33znust How long can we sustain this 8-man rotation in the playoffs? What matchup would be best in the first round? Twhite27 @Twhite273 Do you think simons will get playoff minutes? If so how much ALL ANT SIMONS ALL THE TIME! 35:00 Johnny Mac @johnnypmcgee Norm and solving the high trap problem. How important it is for us to take advantage of what the defense gives us in those situations. Do you trust this team? 46:00 Blazers In Six @NervousOrca Do you genuinely see the Blazers making any noise in the playoffs?  This runs has all the Blazery vibes of lightning the world on fire  at the end of the season and then getting swept because they can’t get Dame out of traps. Giving Jusuf Nurkic his flowers 50:00 Four games remaining - Rockets up first! How do the Blazers close it out? 56:00 Closing Comments  Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 25: Record Breaking Road Wins, Kevin Love, and Dame's future with the Blazers

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 66:46

    May 5, 2021 The Trail Blazers are coming off a good, solid record breaking winning streak on the road. Four big wins and one tough loss with one game left of the road trip. As the remaining regular season gets shorter and shorter, rumors swirl about the future of the team. Dave and Dia talk about Kevin Love possibly putting a Trail Blazer uniform back on, what needs to happen to keep Damian Lillard in Portland, and how the rest of the season might shake out. The Moda Center is finally opening it's doors to fans, and the incredibly crucial game against the Lakers is coming. All of this and more this week on Dave & Dia. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 24: Breaking Records (and the Losing Streak!), Current Standings, and What the Heck do we do Now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 52:28

    April 29, 2021 The Trail Blazers have finally broken their losing streak! After three more difficult losses-- including two against Memphis, a defining moment for the team-- Portland finally got a win against the Indiana Pacers. Damian Lillard is once again breaking records, and so is Anfernee Simons! Dave and Dia discuss all of this, plus their thoughts on where the Blazers currently stand and where we go from here. Dia gives a much needed pep talk, and the two look forward to more wins this week. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Should Lillard be Shut Down for the Season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 39:41

    On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast, host Danny Marang takes listener questions after the Blazers go 0-4 on a 4 game homestand, fall out of 6th place, lose the tie-breaker to Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, and are about to embark on a 6 game road trip that will likely define their season. Should the Blazers shut down Damian Lillard? Can they keep Norman Powell? Who's responsible for what's ailing the team? Come on in and commiserate, this is a safe place. Intro Opening comments Fire & brimstone! Blazers drop all 4 games at home, lose tie breaker with Grizzlies Can this team do anything to redeem themselves this season? 2:30 Is there any fight left in this team? 4:00 The little bit of good - Jusuf Nurkic & Norman Powell 6:00 Damian Lillard doesn't look right This is the most selfish brand of basketball I've seen from this team 7:30 This iteration of the Blazers have run it's course 10:30 Listener Questions! Brandon Goldner @GoldnerPDX Why is Olshey not accountable for having LMA be the best player Dame has ever played with? Colin Petitt @ColinPetitt Danny this season is giving me major flash backs of the lockout season. Looking ahead I don’t see how we end as the 9 or 10 seed and end up in the lottery. Beyond Dame who’s untouchable this off season? Sam Pierce @pamsierce Dame is so bad on defense you have to surround him with as many plus defenders for as many of his minutes as you can, seems fairly obvious but our front office hasn’t made it happen. mindee⁷⟭⟬ @minmom424 Always be in the playoffs if you can. I see why people say otherwise but play hardest and see what happens. We are a small market, a lot of fans engage in wishful thinking about trades and free market. We can only do so much. Keep it realistic and thank God everyday for Dame! Bryan Strang @Broncos_Squared What’s going on with Lillard? I get we can’t always expect Hercules every game, but he hasn’t been looking too hot. Lingering injuries? Defense? Josh Dolar (he/him) @JoshDolar Is there anything that the team could do in the regular season that would convince you they wouldn't be an easy out in the playoffs? Brian Cruz @iambriancruz Can we go back to our original lineup? Dame CJ DJJ ROCO NURK? JanelBoyer @janelboyer What are the Blazers chances of resigning Norm, with how the team is currently playing? I really love his game style. Jason Taylor @jtmoney541 Do you think Covington will hit the rim on his next 3-pointer? hairy @charcoaleater The regression is worrisome. It feels as though Stotts has lost all direction for this team, and I doubt we make it out of the play-in tournament. Everyone is playing hero-ball, and we no longer look like a cohesive team. Roco and DJJ seem to be getting less touches/minutes, too. David Herrera @Crooner4343 Blazers guard play of Dame and CJ has been their biggest strength but it’s also their biggest weakness. Neither one is a good defender, they think score 1st, they aren’t effective without the ball, and they both take Ill advised shots too often and aren’t efficient. Trail Blazer Stan @RipCityStan At this point it’s weird to say but shouldn’t we hope the blazers either miss the playoffs or have a dud in the first round? It’s obvious change is needed and I think to continue to lose this badly needs to happen to make the changes Dave Myers @DEM1976 Just discuss the validity of this take: @KendrickPerkins You know they saying? Less is sometimes more. Since getting Norman Powell, there seems to be chemistry issues in Portland.. and to make matters worse, Gary Trent Jr has been cooking like fish grease in Toronto! Carry on.... Asher Sosh @ashdport Is this the most disappointing team so far in the Lillard era? BustABucket @BustaBuckt Why do you think so many fans think Stotts is the #1 issue? Do you think another coach could take this roster further than the WCF? Seems like the GM is the bigger problem. Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 23: Injured Dame, Stotts on the Hot Seat, and a Lamarcus Farewell

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 54:39

    April 21, 2021 The Trail Blazers started the week off strong with a good win against San Antonio, but it was all downhill from there with two more losses. Dave has a lot to say about one of those losses, while Dia, true to form, thinks it's not so bad. She also tells a personal story about her young son and CJ McCollum. The duo discuss Damian Lillard's injury, Derrick Jones Jr inadvertently sitting out, Coach Terry Stotts in the hot seat, Lamarcus Aldridge suddenly announcing his retirement, and more! Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ben Golliver on His New Book, “Bubbleball: Inside the NBA’s Fight to Save the Season”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 58:32


    On a special episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - Managing Editor, Dave Deckard is joined by the OG himself...Ben Golliver of the Washington Post to discuss Ben's new book, "Bubbleball: Inside the NBA's Fight to Save the Season" detailing his time spent in the NBA Bubble in Orlando last season. Intro 3:30 Framing the Bubble 6:30 Explaining how/why and the day-to-day 8:00 The success of the bubble 11:30 The experiment itself and how it's not repeatable 15:00 Looking at players as people and the spark points in the bubble 19:00 The idea of community and spaces 22:00 Live testing theory and viewing personal relationships 27:00 Being in the middle of more than just a practice but among the players/coaches 30:00 Living in a bubble with people on top of you but not being able to interact 33:00 What was at stake for various franchises 35:00 The storylines worked out and couldn't have been better 40:00 Is Damian Lillard the greatest Trail Blazer ever? 42:00 The most trustworthy players in the NBA 49:00 Why are the Blazers still in the same place as they were 5 years ago? 51:00 Get your copy of the book at: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bubbleball-ben-golliver/1138671913;jsessionid=6767A6F68690019B5EF036E3459D1538.prodny_store02-atgap17?ean=9781419755538 https://www.amazon.com/Bubbleball-Inside-NBAs-Fight-Season/dp/1419755536 Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    What is Coach Terry Stotts’ Future with the Trail Blazers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 38:55

    On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast - host Danny Marang takes a host of listener questions following the the Trail Blazer's loss to the short handed Charlotte Hornets (while Damian Lillard received much needed rest) - hitting on the overall "vibe" of the team right now, internal struggle, how hot is Coach Terry Stotts' seat, retaining Norman Powell in the offseason, trading CJ McCollum, the short term benching of Derrick Jones Jr and a whole lot more! Intro Opening Comments MAIL BAG QUESTIONS! Bradstreet Racing @BobBradstreet I understand your not a fire TS guy but my issue is with FA’s usually not wanting to come to PDX unless traded here or being a Melo type situation we need to develop our younger players and he just refuses to give them consistent run and keep them involved even when they struggle Joseph Steckmann @SteckmannJR Can you talk us off the ledge, or are the Blazers doomed to either miss the playoffs or get crushed in the first round? aaronlopresti @aaronlopresti ·This team cannot lose a game like this in this way and be considered serious playoff contenders. I have no explanation why but they are seriously underachieving right now. AtomAntium @Atom__Antium If POR were to trade CJ in the off-season, what kind of team would benefit from getting him (even if they sent back less value)? It seems most teams in the NBA with Cap Space are in full rebuild mode and CJ probably doesn't help them in the ways they want right now. Trail Blazer Stan @RipCityStan Serious question. Would missing the playoffs be what the blazers organization needs to do to make either a office move or coaching move or some major shift in how they play? Cameron @jcameronh89 Why did Derrick Jones get benched? Did Portland hurt their flexibility by promising Melo to not be benched even when he’s hurting us on defense? All Good @juliocan2 The Playoffs start tomorrow, name your preferred 8 man rotation. Who would you put on the floor? At this point I’m very unsure who I’d put out there myself, and I get the sense that the team/Stotts isn’t sure either. Seems like they’ve been trying a lot of rotations. Zachary Jeans @ZacharyJeans Chances this week they put Tibbetts in charge for the rest of the season and send Stotts on an early Summer vacation? Clay Hardy @_ClayHardy I got no questions left. Just anger! chargrrs @chargrrs Is this team partying before some of these games or what? Jeremy Krecklow @StryfeE In your opinion whats the best possible move Blazers can make this off-season. We have talked about CJ for Ingram being possible. What other player do you think/want them to go for that feels plausible. Obviously Beal or KAT can become availble, but not poss without major help. JanelBoyer @janelboyer I am wondering which player would be a better fit along the side of Dame, going into the next season... CJ or Norm? Closing Comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Episode 22: Franchise Records, a Possible "Funk", and Listener Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 72:09

    April 14, 2021 The Trail Blazers go 2-2 this week and it's not pretty. Are the Trail Blazers in a funk? Where do we go from here? Dave and Dia are here to break it all down for you. They also discuss the media versus Coach Stotts, Offense versus Defense, and Gary Trent Jr--who is still making waves even though he's no longer a Trail Blazer. For the first time, the duo answers questions from listeners and a few more Trail Blazers topics. Podcast Music Credits Protofunk by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4247-protofunk License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Blue Ska by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3453-blue-ska License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/pdst.fm/e/chtbl.com/track/3271E/traffic.megaphone.fm/VMP5983745033.mp3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Can the Blazers Compete Without Jusuf Nurkic?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 27:15

    On this week's edition of the Blazer's Edge podcast- host Danny Marang returns to talk about the Blazer's struggles against top end teams, Norman Powell's integration into the game plan on both sides of the floor, and focuses on whether or not the Blazers can trust Jusuf Nurkic... and/or trust his health. It's not all doom and gloom, as Dallas the adorabe Chi-weenie-poo makes her podcast debut! Intro Welcome in, Dallas Marang! Norman Powell through 6 games 2:30 Powell filling a role that's been mising for 7 years 4:30 Looking at Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and TJ Leaf acquisitions 6:30 Why couldn't Portland land someone like LaMarcus Aldridge?  Looking at the context clues for the defensive woes 9:30 If you're looking for some semblance of silver lining... 12:00 Portland can cover up when CJ McCollum is out... 13:30 Can the Blazers trust Jusuf nurkic? 15:00 Portland still has playmaking issues without Nurkic on the floor 18:00 Can the Blazer's compete with/without Jusuf Nurkic? 19:30 There can no longer be discussion about the defense, action only 22:30 Closing comments Outro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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