It’s that time of year again! The Portland Trail Blazers play their first regular season game in less than a week, so KGW’s Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley got together to make a bunch of predictions for KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers annual season preview. They predict the Blazers win total, Portland’s playoff seed, which players will exceed expectations and which ones will fall short of expectations. They also make NBA picks for order of finish in the Western Conference, NBA champion, MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year.
KGW’s Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley discuss the report by Shams Charania of The Athletic about trade discussions between the Blazers and 76ers, centered around Ben Simmons, presumably CJ McCollum and a whole heap of Blazers draft picks. Then they discuss the challenge for Blazers fans trying to find Blazers games on ROOT Sports if they don’t have cable or DirecTV. And finally, they play "Buy or Sell?" for the big training camp storylines for the Blazers: Anfernee Simons the point guard, Nassir Little ready to break out, Jusuf Nurkic’s happiness and a new defensive scheme.
On this week's episode, KGW's Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley talk about a potential trade that would bring Ben Simmons to Portland. They also discuss the Larry Nance Jr. trade and LaMarcus Aldridge's return to the NBA.
The Blazers bring back Norman Powell on a five-year, $90 million deal and sign Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore and Tony Snell to shore up the bench, while saying goodbye to Carmelo Anthony, Enes Kanter and Zach Collins. Now, all of Blazers nation waits to see if Neil Olshey will make a big move to improve the team in a way that appeals to Damian Lillard. Plus, the 76ers hire someone really, really close to Dame. What's the concern level for the Blazers with a move like that?
After another first-round exit, Damian Lillard is questioning his future with the Portland Trail Blazers. He wants a championship roster built around him this offseason. How likely is Lillard to leave if the roster can't be improved to that level? Would it be in the Blazers' best interest to trade Lillard now? What kind of moves can Neil Olshey make this offseason, in the draft, during free agency and with trades? Is Olshey capable of making the big move or moves needed to keep Lillard happy? We talk about all this and more on the latest episode of KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers podcast with KGW sports anchor Orlando Sanchez, senior digital producer Jared Cowley and special guest Nate Hanson, in his triumphant return to the podcast! We also say goodbye to good friend, co-host and Rip It! creator Max Barr, who is pursuing an exciting new career.
On this week's episode of KGW's 3-on-3 Blazers podcast, KGW sports anchor Orlando Sanchez and digital producers Jared Cowley and Max Barr talk about the hiring of Chauncey Billups as the Blazers' new head coach.
The hire angered a portion of the Blazers' fan base because of allegations of sexual assault in Billups' past. In 1997, Billups was accused of rape. He denies the accusation, wasn't charged and the case was settled out of court in 2000.
Orlando, Jared and Max also talk about the controversial way the Blazers conducted this week's press conference introducing Billups as the team's new head coach.
Next, they discuss reports that Damian Lillard is considering leaving Portland because of frustration over the backlash over the hiring process and concerns over whether a championship contender can be built in Portland.
Finally, they talk about another setback for Blazers big man Zach Collins.
Blazers search for a new coach, Olshey spars with the media, and should the Blazers trade CJ McCollum?
It’s only been a week since the Portland Trail Blazers' season ended with another first-round exit. In a very busy seven days since, Terry Stotts was fired, the Blazers started their search for a new coach, Neil Olshey went a couple rounds with the media and questions arose about the future of CJ McCollum and the rest of the roster in Rip City. Orlando, Jared and Max break it all down, looking back on a very strange 2020-21 season and ahead to what promises to be an interesting offseason in Portland. Plus, it's the final chapter of this season’s Playoff Rip It! Who will be crowned champion?
Damian Lillard scored a franchise playoff record 55 points, hit an NBA record 12 3-pointers and the Portland Trail Blazers still lost Game 5 against the Denver Nuggets. Now they head back to Portland for a must-win Game 6 on Thursday. Orlando, Jared and Max discuss Dame's transcendent performance, debate whether Dame's teammates let him down and ask the question: Can Portland bounce back? After that, it's Week 2 of Playoff Rip It!
The Nuggets bounced back in Game 2, beating the Blazers by 19 to even the series. Orlando, Jared and Max talk about their biggest concerns after Game 2. next, they discuss adjustments the Blazers need to make to win Game 3 back in Portland. And finally, Orlando and Jared face off in Week 1 of Playoff Rip It!
The Portland Trail Blazers struck first, beating the Denver Nuggets 123-109 to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-7 first-round series. Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic led the way for the Blazers on offense and defense. KGW’s Orlando Sanchez and Jared Cowley break down everything that went right for the Blazers in Game 1 and look ahead to Game 2.