The Trail Blazers' bench scoring has been abysmal, as Portland Tribune beat writer/columnist Kerry Eggers has pointed out more than once this season.

As Eggers wrote last week, the Portland reserves are not only scoring fewer points than any of their NBA counterparts, but they are producing nearly nine points per game less than the next-worse bench.

Meanwhile, former Blazers guard Jamal Crawford is a leading sixth man of the year candidate with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Through Sunday, Portland's nine-man bench had totaled 778 points in 3,162 minutes — and Crawford had scored 721 points in 1,263 minutes.

The lack of pop from the Blazers bench makes it hard for the team to win on nights when only one or two starters are scoring and shooting well — nights such as Sunday in L.A. against the Clippers.

But, no, if I was a Blazers fan, I wouldn't want Crawford back.

• Perhaps it's because I'm a native Portlander, but I am finding it hard to get excited about the prospect of the NBA returning to Seattle. Somehow I doubt that most people in Seattle would be wildly upset if the Trail Blazers ever left Portland.

I would just as soon see Vancouver, British Columbia get another crack at the NBA. Great city to visit, beautiful surroundings, fun people — Vancouver never had a good team to root for when the Grizzlies played there.

Happy birthday

Jan. 27, 1948 — Tom Trebelhorn, Cleveland High graduate who has been coaching and managing pro baseball for four decades, including stints as manager of the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers and his current post as manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (age 65).

Jan. 25, 1951 — Steve Prefontaine, distance running legend from Coos Bay and the University of Oregon (died May 30, 1975)

Jan. 30, 1955 — Mychal Thompson, former Blazers center (age 58) who played seven of his 12 NBA seasons with Portland.

Jan. 27, 1956 — Fred Quillan, center from Central Catholic High and the University of Oregon who played 10 NFL seasons, all with the San Francisco 49ers, and won two Super Bowl rings (age 57).

Jan. 29, 1956 — Dave Stief, Marshall High and Portland State graduate who was drafted in the seventh round and played six NFL seasons, mostly with the St. Louis Cardinals, catching 67 passes for 1,043 yards and five touchdowns (age 57).

Jan. 30, 1982 — Adam Snyder, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman from the U of O (age 31)

Jan. 28, 1985 — Colin Fraser, former Portland Winterhawks center in his seventh NHL season and who has been on two Stanley Cup champions and is a member of the defending champ Los Angeles Kings (age 28)

Jan. 30, 1990 — Luca Sbisa, defenseman who played for the Winterhawks during the 2009-10 Western Hockey League season and plays for the Anaheim Ducks.

Jan. 24, 1992 — Taylor Peters, Winterhawks center (age 21)

Oregon sports history

Jan. 24, 1945 — Washington High in Southeast Portland is described as a "sure thing" to win the Portland Interscholastic League boys basketball crown. The Colonials are 8-0 halfway through the season and have a lead of two games over Grant and three over Benson. Washington's Willis Urban leads the league in scoring with 14.9 points per game, 2.0 ahead of his closest pursuer, Jack Henderson of Sabin.

The Cols go on to win PIL and state titles, launching a run of five league championships (one shared with Jefferson) in a six-year span. The Colonials beat Eugene 45-32 in the AAA state quarterfinals at Willamette University, then downed Baker 51-41 in the semifinals and Oregon City 51-41 in the finals.

Washington would merge with Monroe in 1978 and become Washington-Monroe, and then was closed in 1981.

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