By Brian T. Smith August 20, 2010 6 a.m.
M.J. Hur is eager to hold up and raise the Safeway Classic trophy again. Hur, who won the 2009 LPGA tournament at Pumpkin Ridge, referred to her first professional title as a once-in-a-lifetime event. The South Korean gained prestige and added newfound confidence.
By Brian T. Smith August 13, 2010 6 a.m.
The Portland Trail Blazers officially hired Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry on Thursday as assistant general managers, Blazers general manager Rich Cho announced. The Columbian first reported the pending hires Tuesday.
By Brian T. Smith August 12, 2010 10:53 a.m.
The Portland Trail Blazers officially hired Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry on Thursday as assistant general managers, Blazers general manager Rich Cho announced.
By Brian T. Smith August 11, 2010 6 a.m.
One of the primary reasons the Portland Trail Blazers hired Rich Cho as the team’s general manager was because of the new-generation executive’s reputation for thinking outside the box. Cho has done just that with his first major move as GM while leading an organization that is attempting to take the next step in its evolution.
By Brian T. Smith August 5, 2010 6 a.m.
The Triple-A Portland Beavers will not be relocating to Vancouver in the near future. But that does not mean Clark County will not have an opportunity to add a new baseball team during the next two years. Ken Wilson, president of the West Coast League, said this week that the amateur baseball organization could have a franchise in Vancouver by the 2012 season. If a long-planned deal goes through, the club is expected to share a field with Clark College.
By Brian T. Smith August 4, 2010 6 a.m.
Portland city commissioner Randy Leonard told The Columbian on Tuesday that he believes the Beavers have a chance to remain in Portland, and still regards land occupied by Memorial Coliseum as an ideal location for a new stadium.
By Brian T. Smith July 23, 2010 6 a.m.
Part of what drives Wesley Matthews is an inner fire. One that has burned bright since the newly signed Portland Trail Blazers guard was a small child, when his mom pushed the 5-year-old to defend the best player on the opposing team. Part is the chip that Matthews openly acknowledges rests on his shoulder. It’s what happens when people who are supposed to believe in you don’t. When those who are paid to know, understand, and grade the game of basketball fail at their job, and a promising four-year standout from Marquette is suddenly erased from the picture.
By Brian T. Smith July 22, 2010 6 a.m.
PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews did not duck the question. Nor did he deflect it with misdirection or offer a soft, easy response. Instead, the newly signed Portland Trail Blazers guard did exactly what he has done since he entered the NBA last season as an undrafted rookie: He manned up and dealt with the issue head on.
By Brian T. Smith July 20, 2010 6 a.m.
PORTLAND — Rich Cho searched for one word and then he found it. Cho was humbled. Completely and overwhelmingly humbled. All the years of hard work, perseverance and self belief had paid off. And the softspoken 44-year-old known more for his intelligence and business acumen than his flashy star power was now the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.
By Brian T. Smith July 15, 2010 6 a.m.
Wesley Matthews is expected to soon become a Portland Trail Blazer. Lance Young, Matthews’ agent, said Wednesday evening Utah will not match the restricted free-agent contract offer made to the second-year guard last Saturday by the Blazers.
By Brian T. Smith July 13, 2010 6 a.m.
The Portland Trail Blazers’ dispute with Comcast SportsNet Northwest has reached Washington, D.C. The Blazers filed a letter June 21 with the Federal Communications Commission, asking the government agency to allow the team’s basketball games to be broadcast on television in Oregon and Washington by distributors other than CSN, The Columbian has learned.
By Brian T. Smith July 9, 2010 6 a.m.
The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to meet with Randy Pfund to discuss the team’s vacant general manager position. Pfund, formerly the GM of Miami, will become the second person to officially interview for the job, following Danny Ferry.
By Brian T. Smith July 8, 2010 6 a.m.
Jeff Pendergraph remembers the first go-around, and he remembers it well. The Portland Trail Blazers power forward was a young, untested rookie. His first taste of real competition — the 2009 NBA Summer League — was staring him directly in the face. So, Pendergraph went low key and played it straight. But he was also bug-eyed, nervous and naïve.
By Brian T. Smith July 8, 2010 6 a.m.
After running through a two-hour practice Wednesday morning during the Portland Trail Blazers’ first warmup session for the 2010 NBA Summer League, former Mountain View High School standout Nik Raivio had already developed the perspective of an eager but unsure freshman.
By Brian T. Smith July 7, 2010 6 a.m.
Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller said he spent part of the Fourth of July weekend in San Diego, enjoying a reunion with his grandchildren. But Miller spent most of his brief two-day getaway working, balancing the Blazers’ search for a new general manager with the ongoing process of evaluating potential free-agent acquisitions.
By Brian T. Smith June 26, 2010 6:01 a.m.
The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2010 NBA Draft hoping to improve the team’s perimeter shooting, which struggled at the end of 2009-10 due to the late-season departures of guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw. By the time a chaotic draft night was over Thursday, the Blazers felt certain that instant improvement was in sight.