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Damian Lillard, born killer.

(Source: oakleyandallen)

The Vanilla Gorilla is back in Rip City! Joel Przybilla spurned offers from other suitors and re-signed with the Trail Blazers today. Portland hopes Przybilla will provide front court depth, rebounding, and shot-blocking for the team as they make their push for the playoffs. 
And then he’ll blow out his knee, because that’s what happens when you play for the Blazers. But until then, Blazer fans can enjoy the Gorilla’s unselfish play, quality interior defense, and inevitable cameo appearance on Season Three of Portlandia.
(S.K.)

The Vanilla Gorilla is back in Rip City! Joel Przybilla spurned offers from other suitors and re-signed with the Trail Blazers today. Portland hopes Przybilla will provide front court depth, rebounding, and shot-blocking for the team as they make their push for the playoffs.

And then he’ll blow out his knee, because that’s what happens when you play for the Blazers. But until then, Blazer fans can enjoy the Gorilla’s unselfish play, quality interior defense, and inevitable cameo appearance on Season Three of Portlandia.

(S.K.)

NBA Haikus - 2011-2012 Season Preview - The Northwest Division

It’s going to be a short season after an even shorter off-season. We had limited time to track player movement, team development and bring you in depth team analysis, like we did last year. So the bros and bro-ettes at NBAO decided we’ll follow in the footsteps of the NBA and provide you with abbreviated team previews in the best way possible, haikus.

Our fourth installment of NBA Haikus is dedicated to the Western Conference’s Northwest Division. We will all miss Brandon Roy but this is probably the funnest division in basketball. Minny’s Rubio and Love connection, Portland’s plug-and-play roster, Denver’s gang of unknowns and OKC’s young bloods. My prediction? Thunder up!

Western Conference - Northwest Division:


Denver Nuggets:
Aaron Afflalo
Denver will make the playoffs
Still miss JR Smith
__________

Minnesota Timberwolves:
Skinny Kevin Love
Rambis out, Adelman in
Go Rubio, go!
__________  

Oklahoma City Thunder:
Dunks, blocks, wins and beards
Durant’s third scoring title
Trip to the Finals
__________ 

Portland Trail Blazers:
Brandon Roy is gone
Oden forever injured
Sad trombone, Rip City
__________ 

Utah Jazz:
It’s hard to look good
in fancy new uniforms
with latent talent
__________ 

Read more NBA HaikusAtlantic DivisionCentral DivisionSoutheast DivisionNorthwest DivisionPacific DivisionSouthwest Division

Penned by the undiscovered poets of the tumblrwebs:KristinDouglasMark,ThomasSeanCarlosMichaelKeith, Parker, and Shane.

If I was any kind of a man, I would have got up from that broadcast table and walked across the court and punched Rasheed Wallace in the nose. But I let Sabonis and the game of basketball and the human race down that day.
— Bill Walton was announcing the game where Rasheed Wallace threw a towel in Arvydas Sabonis’ face, and recalls the incident with his typical understated nature.
What keeps Brandon Roy inbounds? A near dogmatic belief that “out of bounds” is somehow a nether world of perpetual oblivion, ruled by dark spirits, where days pass as centuries. Do the hump.
~SlapClap

What keeps Brandon Roy inbounds? A near dogmatic belief that “out of bounds” is somehow a nether world of perpetual oblivion, ruled by dark spirits, where days pass as centuries. Do the hump.

~SlapClap

NBA Playoffs Throwback: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 2003 Western Conference First Round. Mo Cheeks saves our National Anthem.


I can’t say with full certainty, but I’m 92.4% sure this is the best (and most unexpected) end to any ball game I’ve seen all season.

Asked if he had ever scored a game-winner before, Batum was adamant that it was the first of his life. “Never. First time ever. Never. Ever. First time ever.”

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