Lamar Hurd is a former basketball player and a current television analyst for the Portland Trail Blazers. He played for Oregon State University from 2002 to 2006, where he was a four-year starter and a team captain. He finished his college career with 1,012 points, 503 assists, and 408 rebounds.
After graduating from Oregon State, Hurd pursued a professional basketball career overseas. He played in Spain, Germany, and Mexico before returning to the United States in 2009. He then founded The Other Side of Basketball (TOSOB), a non-profit organization that provides mentorship and life skills training to young athletes.
In 2012, Hurd auditioned for the role of the Trail Blazers’ television analyst, replacing Mike Rice who retired after 26 years. He impressed the team’s management with his knowledge, charisma, and passion for the game. He was hired as the new analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro.
Since then, Hurd has been providing insightful commentary and analysis for the Trail Blazers’ games on NBC Sports Northwest. He has also been involved in various community initiatives, such as supporting Victory Academy, a school for children with autism. He has also written a children’s book called “The Magic of Basketball”, which aims to inspire young readers to pursue their dreams.
Hurd is married to his wife Ashley, whom he met at Oregon State. They have two children, a son named Lamar Jr. and a daughter named Laila. They live in Portland, Oregon.
Hurd is widely respected and admired by Trail Blazers fans and colleagues for his professionalism, positivity, and personality. He is one of the most popular and influential sports broadcasters in the region. He has also maintained a close relationship with his alma mater, Oregon State, where he serves as a mentor and a role model for current and former players.