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Simmons: Blazers will make playoffs

Bill Simmons, ESPN’s jack of all trades, editor-in-chief of and the author of “The Book of Basketball” has been doing an NBA preview with fellow ESPN employee and former NBA player Jalen Rose.

Today “Bill and Jalen’s NBA Preview” reached #16 where they profiled the Portland Trail Blazers.

While Simmons made the list and has the Blazers in the playoffs, Rose disagrees. They’ve been releasing the videos daily in the run-up to the season and it appears they were recorded a few weeks ago as topics such as the CJ McCollum injury were clearly not on their radar.

Check out the full video and if you have time, click this link for the 14 other previews Simmons and Rose have done so far.

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.