NBA Draft

King James takes another step

By leading Miami to another title, Lebron keeps pace with Jordan
June 24, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

He may not be in the company of Michael Jordan for his career ... yet, but Lebron James took another step forward on his journey to be the NBA's best player ever by leading the Miami Heat to a second-consecutive NBA Title Thursday night.

James powered the Heat through a last-minute comeback and overtime win in Game 6, then led the team through a Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs to earn his second title in his fourth Finals appearance. The Game 7 win avenged a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Spurs in 2007, when he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals.

James' legacy leads the commentary for the 15th episode of Sportsland, Oregon, recorded every Monday night at Blitz in the Pearl district of Northwest Portland. In this episode, host Cliff Pfenning and cast member Marlon Thomas talk up Lebron's efforts as well as what happened to the Spurs.

And, what's up for next year? San Antonio doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. Miami? That's a big question.

The Portland Trail Blazers don't seem to have much intrigue in summer outside of who the team will draft with the 10th pick Thursday, as well as what will happen with their second-round picks.

Portland's soccer community continues to fall in love with Timbers coach Caleb Porter as well as Thorns forward Alex Morgan, but what of the drama present in every great season? The Timbers have lost just once all season - what happens when they lose twice in a row?

All this and more, recorded from Blitz in the Pearl.


A Fantastic Fantasy Draft

Fri, 06/24/2011 - 2:02am
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In honor of the NBA Draft, the crew decided to conduct our own version of a fantasy draft on the Sportsland, Oregon podcast earlier in the week.  Instead of basketball players, we drafted sexy celebs to create the perfect cast for our ideal fantasy movie.  The only requirements were that we have one TV Actress, one Movie Actress, one Supermodel, one singer, and one athlete on the roster.  We also threw in a Wild Card spot for any celebrity that didn't fit one of these descriptions, and one Cougar Coach spot for an aging star to guide her squad to victory.  Now it's up to you the reader to decide which of these teams is the hottest.  Cast your vote for your favorite team, and be sure to check out the podcast either on iTunes or under the Shows tab here at for the complete live draft, and the backstory to this amazing draft-day tradition.  Now for the Final Rosters:



TV:  Christina Hendricks

Movie: Scarlett Johansson

Model: Brooklyn Decker

Singer: Katy Perry

Athlete: Anna Kournikova

Wild Card: Erin Andrews

Cougar: Stacey Dash



TV: Yvonne Strahovski

Movie: Megan Fox

Model: Ana Beatriz Barros

Singer: Cheryl Cole

Athlete: Allison Stokke

Wild Card: Jenn Sterger

Cougar: Jennifer Love Hewitt*



TV: Sophia Vergara

Movie: Amy Adams

Model: Carolina Ardohain

Singer: Rihanna

Athlete: Sanne Keizer

Wild Card: Petra Ecclestone

Cougar: Dyanna Lauren



TV: Cote de Pablo

Movie: Aishwarya Rai

Model: Kate Upton

Singer: Beyonce

Athlete: Michelle Wie

Wild Card: Nicole Briscoe

Cougar: Angie Everhart


Round by Round Results

Round 1:              1) Brooklyn Decker, 2) Yvonne Strahovski, 3) Sophia Vergara, 4) Beyonce

Round 2:              5) Katy Perry, 6) Megan Fox, 7) Carolina Ardohain, 8) Michelle Wie

Round 3:              9) Scarlett Johansson, 10) Cheryl Cole, 11) Amy Adams, 12) Kate Upton

Round 4:              13) Christina Hendricks, 14) Allison Stokke, 15) Sanne Keizer, 16) Angie Everhart

Round 5:              17) Anna Kournikova, 18) Ana Beatriz Barros, 19) Rihanna, 20) Nicole Briscoe

Round 6:              21) Erin Andrews, 22) Jenn Sterger, 23) Petra Ecclestone, 24) Cote de Pablo

Round 7:              25) Stacey Dash, 26) Jennifer Love Hewitt,* 27) Dyanna Lauren, 28) Aishwarya Rai


* - We know she's not a Cougar, but Derek had no one over 40 on his auto draft board, so we took the oldest available.

Rich Cho leaves Gerald Wallace behind

Mon, 05/23/2011 - 1:45pm
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Rich Cho, we hardly knew ye.

It took less than a year for the Portland Trail Blazers to hire and then fire Cho as general manager of the team, which the team announced Monday.

"The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn't right," Trail Blazers team president Larry Miller said in a statement from the team. "This was a tough move because I respect Rich and he's a good person with many strong skills. But it simply wasn't a good match."

Chad Buchanan, the team's college scouting director, will serve as acting GM until a permanent replacement is hired, the team said.

Miller's statement is a hard one to digest because Cho seemed to be a perfect fit for the franchise. He was hired in part because of his knowledge of how to use a spreadsheet, which just screams “Microsoft.” And he absolutely stayed out of the limelight, which the Blazers do on a national level.

If it wasn't his call to snag Gerald Wallace from Charlotte, then he still had some kind of input there (or he stayed out of the way enough) so the deal would happen.

Wow. Maybe the team expects the upcoming draft, a month away, to be so lame it doesn't need a GM and is looking to save money on the salary it was paying for that position.

Team owner Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, put a peaceful spin on the announcement, less than a month after the Blazers lost in the first round of the NBA Playoffs for the third straight season.

"This decision, as difficult as it was to make, reflects our willingness to admit and recognize that things haven't worked out," Allen said. "We're going to be tough on ourselves in assessing what we could have done better, and then go out and find the executive who is the best fit with the needs of our franchise. That chemistry and connection is critically important."

The Trial Blazers hired Cho last July, after he had spent nine seasons as an assistant general manager with the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise. He succeeded Kevin Pritchard, whom the team abruptly dismissed hours before the 2010 NBA draft after re-building the roster from its “Jail Blazer” years to a playoff team.

So, who's next? Better be someone who knows how to use a spreadsheet AND has an advanced degree in chemistry. And that might not be enough to last a year.

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