Based in Queens, NY, On The Line is a weekly podcast hosted by Chris Wendelken. Each week, he calls a friend living around the country to talk all things NBA.

Episode 25: The Jail Blazers w/ Marty Michael

Episode 25: The Jail Blazers w/ Marty Michael

Marty Michael joins the pod this week to talk about the Trail Blazers—the only professional sports team in Oregon [til the MLS] and the influence of Nike (2:00), Damon Stoudamire at the airport with marijuana (3:20), origins of the "Jail Blazers" nickname (5:00), Rasheed Wallace's record setting number of technical fouls (6:10), setting a "Jail Blazers" timeline: roughly 1999-2006 (7:30), the end of the 1999-2000 season in the Western Conference Finals (8:10), watching Game 7 of the WCF (9:30), 1999-2000 Blazers acquisitions: Scottie Pippen, Steve Smith and Detlef Schrempf (11:30), leading by 15 points with 10 minutes left in the 4th (12:00), problematic officiating in POR-LAL Gm. 7 (12:30), Shaq's place in history (13:30), disappointments after the 1999-2000 season (15:45), the *loaded* 1999-2000 Blazers roster (17:40), key members of the Jail Blazers (18:30), Rasheed Wallace confronting ref Tim Donaghy in the loading dock of the Rose Garden (19:00), Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace getting pulled over for smoking weed in a yellow hummer on the way home from a game against the Sonics (22:00), Bonzi Wells trolling the Blazers fans (24:20), Qyntel Woods rise and fall (25:50), Qyntel Woods using a basketball card as ID after getting pulled over by cops (26:40), Qyntel Woods getting busted for running a dogfighting ring (27:20), Darius Miles cursing out his coach with a racial slur and getting suspended (28:15), Mo Cheeks helping a woman sing the national anthem at the Rose Garden (30:00), Ruben Patterson sexually assaulting his au pair and then signing with the Blazers in free agency a few months later (30:50), the modern-day Blazers prioritizing high character free agents and draft picks (32:45), Zach Randolph punching Ruben Patterson during practice and shattering his eye socket (33:50), Z'Bo and the H.O.O.P. entourage (36:20), Z'Bo helping instigate a 50 person brawl and closing down a famous Portland nightclub (37:15), big picture: why we care about the Jail Blazers, their place in history (38:00), many of the the Jail Blazers were young and impressionable and needed more help and structure (39:30), Blazers basketball was a great, fun watch (41:00), long-term effects of the Jail Blazers (42:00), Shaq's impact on the Oden vs. Durant draft-day decision (42:25), remembering Greg Oden, a monster on the court (44:20), high character draft picks (46:00) and Lakers OVER/UNDER 49 wins (48:20).

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Episode 26: Draft: NBA Enforcers w/ Ben Craw

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