Knocking things about a bit on the sports front ...

• Trail Blazers patriarch Harry Glickman is recovering nicely at Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon from the March 7 stroke that has affected the left side of his body.

“He’s doing well,” says Joanne Glickman, his wife. “They’re working him very hard in rehab, and he’s come a long way.”

“He’s coming along great,” says son Marshall Glickman, the former Blazers president now living in Bend. “I was there for the first two days of physical therapy, and I know he has been improving. I talk to him every day — no brain problem at all — and he seems almost cheerier than he was before. He has a good attitude about it.”

Therapists are trying to re-train the brain to regain movement in his left side.

“They have a little movement in the leg now, which is a good sign,” said Marshall of his father, who turns 90 in May. “We’re hopeful he’ll be able to walk again, but it’s going to take time.”

I hope Harry will return to health so he’ll be able to attend Blazer games again in the future. It’s great to see him and Joanne at their courtside seats. He is an important piece of this city’s sports history, and a great guy, too.

• Oregon basketball will have a decidedly different look next season.

Gone will be five seniors who were starters or part of Dana Altman’s 10-man rotation this season— Mike Moser, Jason Calliste, Richard Amardi, Johnathan Loyd and Waverly Austin. Returnees include post Ben Carter, forward Elgin Cook and guards Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and presumably Joseph Young, unless the latter — who proved himself as one of the Pac-12’s top talents this season — declares for the NBA draft.

Altman has lived by the transfer through his four years at Oregon, with such key contributors as Jay-R Strowbridge, Devoe Joseph, Tony Woods, Carlos Emery, Arsalan Kazemi, Young, Calliste, Amardi, Cook and Moser. While it would seem preferable to build a more lasting foundation with incoming freshmen, you can’t knock Altman’s success. It’s not unlike what John Calipari does at Kentucky, except with juniors and seniors instead of one-and-done freshmen.

The Ducks are expected to have a half-dozen new faces next season, including 6-6 small forward Brandon Austin, a transfer from Providence who has been on campus since January. Austin, suspended at Providence last season for violation of the school’s code of conduct, is involved in a police investigation in a sexual assault case at Providence from last November.

Altman is adding a pair of other transfers in 6-10, 240-pound post Michael Chandler from Northwest Florida State and 6-6 wing man Dwayne Benjamin from Mt. San Jacinto in Walnut, Calif.

JaQuan Lyle is the most heralded recruit during Altman’s time at Oregon. The 6-5, 215-pound shooting guard, an Evansville, Ind., native who played at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep last season, decommitted from Louisville last fall and chose the Ducks over Memphis, Oklahoma State and Kansas. Lyle is ranked 22nd nationally among recruits by 247Sports Composite and 41st by ESPN.

Other preps coming aboard next season are Ray Kasongo, a 6-9, 235-pound Canadian living in Mesa, Ariz., and Casey Benson, a 6-3 point guard out of Tempe, Ariz.

• Bill Moos is keeping things close to the vest as he works toward hiring a basketball coach at Washington State to replace Ken Bone, who was fired last week after five years on the job. The process was slowed by the death of Moos’ father last week.

Thought to be on Moos’ short list are former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, former WSU coach Kelvin Sampson, now an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets, and Boise State coach Leon Rice, a Cougar alum.

Kent, 59, has been out of coaching since being fired by the Ducks in 2010. Sampson, 58, would seem an unlikely choice after the way he was forced to resign at Indiana in 2008 for his role in serious NCAA recruiting violations. Rice, 50, is 55-41 in three seasons at Boise State.

Included in the criteria Moos has said he will seek is someone who has been or is a head coach, with major-conference experience, West Coast ties and recruiting ability.

That would eliminate one name that has popped up as a potential candidate — Damon Stoudamire, an assistant coach under Sean Miller at Arizona. Can’t imagine Stoudamire, 40, coaching in The Palouse, anyway. The Wilson High grad was never happy living in Portland. Can’t imagine him setting up camp at Wazzu.

• Bone, incidentally, had two years and $1.7 million left on the seven-year, fully guaranteed contract he signed in 2009. That’s significantly less than the $4 million owed to Oregon State’s Craig Robinson for the next three seasons.

But if OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis chooses to let Robinson go, the money owed could be amortized over several years, making it a little more palatable.

• Funny how even the players don’t like the look of the new short-sleeved jerseys the NBA has thrust upon them as an alternate uniform style, first worn by Golden State last season, brought out in full array on Christmas Day and also worn at the NBA All-Star Game.

“Not a big fan,” Miami’s LeBron James said.

Portland big man Robin Lopez has called for a “mass burning,” though the Blazers aren’t ticketed to wear them until next season.

They’re great for pajama tops, but unsightly as a uniform top and more restricting and less comfortable than the normal tank top for the player during a game.

The league figured it as a merchandising gold mine, that out-of-shape fans would be less likely to buy and wear tank tops to show off their allegiance.

My thinking: Does it always have to be about the money? Commissioner Adam Silver was quoted this week after hearing complaints from players.

“Ultimately, if the players don’t like them, we’ll move on to something else,” Silver told Bleacher Report. “I don’t regret doing it for this season. It’s intended to be something fun for the fans and the players. If it becomes a serious issue ... we’ll likely move on to other things.”

Silver, by the way, has said that advertising on NBA uniforms is on its way within the next five years.

It’s worked so well for NASCAR, right?

• Still no contract signed for the tournament that is listed as the “Portland Classic” on the LPGA calendar for Aug. 28-31 in the absence of a title sponsor. Safeway cut back on its sponsorship commitment for last year’s event, and negotiations are ensuing for a replacement.

“We’re making progress,” says Tom Maletis, president of Tournament Golf Foundation Inc., which has owned and operated the Safeway Classic for years. “We have a number of local companies — some pretty big companies — looking at sponsorship and support of the tournament. I’m optimistic we’ll pull everything off in the near future. I would suspect within the next two to four weeks we’ll be at the point where we can announce what is going on.”

Maletis says he has a verbal agreement with Columbia Edgewater as the tournament site.

“We’ve been communicating,” he says. “They would love to host the event.”

As for the name of the tournament, “It could be the Portland Classic, or there could be a title,” Maletis says. “That’s still up in the air. There are a number of proposals, including the LPGA helping prop it up with an international sponsor. That’s depending upon how the local situation plays out.”

Maletis stops short of guaranteeing there will be an LPGA tournament in Portland this summer.

“The goal is to have a tournament,” he says. “I feel very confident we will. If everything falls into place, we’ll be in good shape. If I’m a betting man, we’re going to have it.”

I’m feeling less certain about that as time passes without a signed deal.

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