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The Rose Garden Report: A Portland Trail Blazers and NBA Podcast

The Rose Garden Report: A Portland Trail Blazers and NBA Podcast

By Sean Highkin
Veteran NBA reporter Sean Highkin covers the Portland Trail Blazers and the league on the Rose Garden Report.
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National Team Nurk (with Erik Garcia Gundersen)

The Rose Garden Report: A Portland Trail Blazers and NBA Podcast

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Robert Sarver Fallout, WNBA to Portland? (with Mike Vorkunov)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov), who covers the business of basketball for The Athletic. They discuss the fallout from the NBA's investigation into Suns owner Robert Sarver and how it compares to the league's response to the Donald Sterling scandal (5:00), what might happen next in the Blazers ownership saga (22:45), the NBA's timeline for expansion (28:15), the likelihood of Portland getting a WNBA franchise (32:25), the Blazers' lack of a G League team (43:45), how the proposed in-season tournament might factor into the NBA's next media rights deal (46:30), and what to expect from Shaedon Sharpe in his rookie season (50:50). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter here.
57:56
September 15, 2022
National Team Nurk (with Erik Garcia Gundersen)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) welcomes Erik García Gundersen (@blazerbanter) back to the show. They discuss Jusuf Nurkic's play in EuroBasket (3:30), the Blazers parting ways with assistant coach Edniesha Curry (14:35), waiving Didi Louzada and whether the Blazers will be willing to go into the luxury tax (25:15), the Donovan Mitchell trade (34:15) and whether there's a point of diminishing returns with the Jazz-Thunder approach to rebuilding that some fans want the Blazers to take (42:25). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter here. Donate to Jonathan Tjarks' GoFundMe here.
54:29
September 06, 2022
Broadcast-Gate and Other Blazers Business (with Danny Marang)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) welcomes Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) of the Jacked Ramsays podcast and 1080 The Fan's Danny & Dusty back to the podcast. They discuss Danny's new radio gig (2:00), the fallout from last week's controversy with the Blazers' broadcast travel plans (10:25), the lack of ROOT Sports streaming options (21:15), the chances of Portland getting the NBA All-Star Game (27:55), when the Blazers will get a G League team (35:15), Danny's recent interview with Anfernee Simons and his expectations for the season (41:30), how much you can expect from Damian Lillard on the defensive end (46:45) and their projections for where the Blazers stack up in the Western Conference (51:45). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
01:01:58
August 25, 2022
The Blazers Have a Schedule! (with Erik García Gundersen)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) welcomes Erik García Gundersen (@blazerbanter) back to the podcast. They discuss the Schedule Leak Industrial Complex (1:45), the Blazers' lack of national TV games (7:15), how the team's schedule looks (11:00), the Blazers' relative lack of drama compared to other teams (23:15), rumors of Bronny James committing to Oregon (30:00) and the recent reports that the Blazers will not be sending their broadcast crews on the road (40:15). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
57:23
August 19, 2022
Dame's Camp, Kevin Durant Drama and Chet Holmgren (with Brenna Greene)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by new KOIN 6 sports anchor and reporter Brenna Greene (@brennagreene_). They discuss Damian Lillard's recent camps (3:30), Lillard's leadership style (11:45), the latest Kevin Durant drama (18:00), differences between college basketball fandom and NBA fandom (27:00), Chet Holmgren (37:20), Brenna's thoughts on the Blazers' offseason (43:30), and her Portland roots and decision to move back from Spokane (48:15). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
01:00:16
August 09, 2022
Joe Cronin Addresses the State of the Blazers (with Brandon Sprague)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by Brandon Sprague (@BrandonSprague) of the Jacked Ramsays podcast and 1080 The Fan's Dirt & Sprague. They get into Brandon's radio interview with Joe Cronin and the importance of media transparency (2:00), the Blazers' hire of Mike Schmitz and the organization's new focus on international scouting (14:30), Cronin's hints about the roles Shaedon Sharpe and Jabari Walker could have in their rookie seasons (25:20), the Blazers' size issues (33:15), Nassir Little's role (41:45), and the possibility of the Blazers getting a G League team (46:15). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
58:42
July 22, 2022
Summer League Champions (with Ben Golliver)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) of the Washington Post. They discuss the Blazers' Summer League championship (2:00), Ben's thoughts on the Shaedon Sharpe pick (12:00), who impressed Ben in Vegas (16:10), how to incentivize star rookies to play all of Summer League (20:30), celebrity sightings (24:10), Ben "leading by example" going to the entire Summer League event (26:45), and Ben's view on where the Blazers rank in the Western Conference (36:00). Host: Sean Highkin Guest: Ben Golliver Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
41:37
July 18, 2022
Summer League Recap and Damian Lillard's Extension (with Erik García Gundersen)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is back from Las Vegas and welcomes Erik García Gundersen (@blazerbanter) back to the show. They get into Jabari Walker's strong Summer League debut (4:20), Shaedon Sharpe's shoulder injury (13:30), Damian Lillard's comments on Sharpe in his ESPN interview (18:20), Lillard signing a two-year extension with the Blazers (27:30), where Portland slots in the west with a healthy Lillard (30:30), Lillard's trust in Joe Cronin compared to the previous front office (37:30), and the latest rumors about the team's upcoming sale (42:25). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
52:59
July 14, 2022
Jody Allen Says the Blazers are Not for Sale
Sean Highkin (@highkin) goes solo to address Jody Allen's statement about the Blazers not being for sale (2:05), the team's Summer League training camp (19:00), whether another move is coming this offseason (21:30) and where the new-look Blazers sit in the Western Conference hierarchy (26:30). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
29:14
July 06, 2022
Free Agency Opens (with Erik García Gundersen)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by Erik García Gundersen (@blazerbanter) to break down the opening two days of free agency. They get into Sean's attempt to stake out Kevin Durant at a basketball camp (2:00), the Blazers re-signing Anfernee Simons and Jusuf Nurkic (13:45), the addition of Gary Payton II (19:40), where Damian Lillard stands in all of this (25:05) and some around-the-league thoughts about the first two days of moves. Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
01:04:12
July 02, 2022
Breaking Down the Jerami Grant Trade (with James Edwards III)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by Detroit Pistons beat writer James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) of The Athletic to talk all things Jerami Grant. They get into how the trade developed from the Pistons' end (2:05), how Grant's role evolved over his time in Detroit and how he'll adjust to going back to being a role player (7:45), what the Pistons are doing with all the cap space created with the Grant trade (14:00), where a Damian Lillard/Jerami Grant duo slots in the Western Conference playoff picture (18:20) and early impressions of Chauncey Billups as a coach (21:30). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
32:16
June 28, 2022
Blazers Draft Shaedon Sharpe, Trade for Jerami Grant (with Danny Marang)
Sean Highkin (@highkin) is joined by Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) of the Jacked Ramsays podcast to break down the thought process behind the Blazers' selection of Shaedon Sharpe at No. 7 (2:00), what the offseason so far tells us about Joe Cronin's vision (13:45), what the organization looks and feels like under Cronin (22:45), what rest of the offseason may look like (29:30), and what new contracts for Jusuf Nurkic and Anfernee Simons may look like (39:50). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
53:17
June 26, 2022
Draft-Night Scenarios and Trade Targets (with Erik García Gundersen)
On the first episode of the Rose Garden Report podcast, Sean Highkin (@highkin) and Erik García Gundersen (@blazerbanter) discuss the Blazers' recent predraft workouts (2:30), the most likely draft-night scenarios (10:45), Summer League (15:20), the team's rumored trade targets (18:30) and the tough needle Joe Cronin and the revamped front office are attempting to thread this offseason (25:30). Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
33:47
June 21, 2022
Rose Garden Report: Trailer
Veteran NBA reporter Sean Highkin (@highkin) brings you coverage of the Portland Trail Blazers and the NBA. Subscribe to the Rose Garden Report newsletter at rosegardenreport.beehiiv.com.
01:41
June 19, 2022