Blazers come home a different team



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers’ homecoming after a tumultuous seven-game road trip hardly represented a return to normalcy.

While the team got Monday off, the Blazers introduced a pair of new players they acquired at the NBA trade deadline last week, a day that was marked by the dismissal of head coach Nate McMillan.

Only perfunctory attention was paid to center Hasheem Thabeet and point guard Jonny Flynn, while questions continued to swirl about the present and future of the franchise.

With 21 games left, the Blazers operate under an interim general manager, and now an interim head coach in Kaleb Canales, who started off in Portland as an unpaid video intern in 2004.