By Reinis Lacis (@LamarMatic)
We talk everything concerning the late 90’s, early 2000’s Portland Trail Blazers with Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune’s journalist and author of “Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball”. Topics include the research and interviews that were conducted (or were not) for the book to be released, wild stories from those days and reasons why that Portland team became such a phenomenon.
Topics discussed in the podcast:
01:35 – A year of research and the 70+ interviews done for the book, it being a difficult locker room to cover, Ruben Patterson‘s unique apology for his situation with Zach Randolph, Scottie Pippen‘s professionalism;
07:40 – Isaiah Rider as a talented, yet irresponsible player, people in the book not sticking up for Bob Whitsitt, the architect of the team, the interviews that didn’t happen;
11:35 – A curious interview with Maurice Cheeks, his approach to coaching the team, the other people who brought invaluable insight for the story like flight attendant Stephanie Smith-Leckness and Will Perdue;
16:50 – Damon Stoudamire, the home-grown talent for whom the experience was not a pleasant one, despite the years of diligent work he put in back then, him having a bad taste in his mouth Portland as a city;
21:45 – Game 7 against the Lakers and the fallout that followed, the trades bringing Shawn Kemp and Dale Davis in, Bob Costas’s perspective on the Brian Shaw shot that started it all;
26:25 – Rasheed Wallace‘s role in all of it, the towel the threw at Arvydas Sabonis, whether the “Jail Blazers” tag was deserved.
The media related to the podcast:
The fourth quarter starts at 1:05:00:
Footage of Wallace throwing the towel at Sabonis:
Obviously, we had to talk about Sheed. Here's the video of him throwing a towel at Sabonis. I decided that I wanted to keep this episode clean so I couldn't repeat the word Detlef Schrempf used afterwards when criticizing the coaches for not stepping in. pic.twitter.com/NEk6I7Dvtv
— Reinis Lācis (@LamarMatic) December 28, 2018
Notable snippets of the interview:
Thanks to Kerry for joining the show and telling the behind the scenes stories about the book!