Blazer Focused

Portland Trail Blazers news, interviews and analysis from The Oregonian/OregonLive's Aaron Fentress and co-host Craig Birnbach.

Phil Knight and Alan Smolinisky submit $2 billi...
42 min
The Trail Blazers land the 7th pick, what happe...
40 min
Draft lottery preview, Joe Cronin drops the int...
47 min
CJ’s playoff performance, draft lottery thought...
73 min
The season is mercifully over, Cronin's comment...
Aaron and Craig recap the end of the Blazers' season, Joe Cronin and Chauncey Billups' comments and more
49 min
Recapping CJ McCollum appreciation night, plus ...
Aaron and Craig recap the remarkable outpouring of love for CJ McCollum in his first game back.
56 min
Inside Anfernee Simons' rise, plus tank talk an...
Fentress and Birnbach talk more about Anfernee's childhood and emergence this season.
41 min
The Blazers tank is achieving 'work of art' status
The tank is on in spectacular fashion, but what do the young Blazers get out of the beatdowns?
41 min
Turns out the tank is back on
The Trail Blazers are once again headed toward losersville USA.
41 min
Will the Trail Blazers ever lose again?
No CJ, Norm, Roco or Dame, no problem.
48 min
The Build Back Blazers edition
Taking stock of a riveting trade deadline in Rip City.
42 min
Grading the CJ McCollum and Norman Powell trades
Aaron and Craig react to the CJ McCollum and Norman Powell trades and much more
38 min
Blazers thumped by Thunder, Ant has a bad game,...
Aaron and Craig discuss Anfernee's bad game, the difficulty of covering this team at this moment and more.
52 min
Nassir Little is the latest injured Blazer, plu...
Aaron Fentress and Craig Birnbach will be co-hosts on the Blazer Focused podcast.
60 min
Brian Wheeler talks Damian Lillard's surgery an...
The longtime Blazers radio play-by-play guy talks Lillard's surgery and the upcoming trade deadline.
50 min
With Dame out again, Blazers have prime chance ...
Portland could tank now that Dame is out again
31 min
Rough times in Rip City as Blazers' losing stre...
Rough times in Rip City
51 min
Getting to know Joe Cronin
Portland Trail Blazers fans heard from Joe Cronin, the franchise's interim general manager, for the first time this week.It felt like a new era, but the team is still riddled with question marks and is at the center of trade rumors across the N...
45 min
Reaction to Neil Olshey's firing
Neil Olshey, the architect of the Portland Trail Blazers for the past decade, was fired Friday.On the latest episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, beat writer Aaron Fentress is joined by Joe Freeman and Andrew Theen to break down the latest dramati...
65 min
Kerry Eggers on Jerome Kersey, Dame and more
A longtime Portland reporter who covered the Trail Blazers for decades has a new biography about one of the franchise’s most popular players.On this week’s episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, Aaron Fentress chats with longtime Portland journalist...
30 min
Recapping the roller coaster start to the seaso...
The Blazers are accustomed to tough starts to the season during the Lillard era, but this season is unlikely any other because of the coaching change, Dame's struggles and other factors.On the latest episode of Blazer Focused, podcasts editor A...
33 min
Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey under investigatio...
On this week’s episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, beat writer Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman discussed the investigation into alleged workplace misconduct by Neil Olshey, team president of basketball operations.
61 min
The Portland Trail Blazers' Craig Birnbach on D...
Craig Birnbach has an NCAA championship ring.Now he wants some bigger hardware [kidding, sorta].On the latest episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, Aaron Fentress is joined by one of the newest members of the Trail Blazers broadcasting team. Cra...
70 min
Has an empowered and mature Anfernee Simons fin...
The Portland Trail Blazers have been up front so far that the season would likely include some up and downs as the team adjusted to a new coach, a new defensive system and tweaks on the offensive side.That’s been true to form.On this week’s episode...
44 min
2021-22 NBA Season Preview
The NBA season kicks off Oct. 20 and there is drama galore: Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, more super teams.On the latest episode of Blazer Focused, Aaron Fentress is joined by colleague Aron Yohannes (a Milwaukee Bucks superfan) to discuss the storylin...
65 min