NW Sports Beat Insider and Writer Blair Thomas highlights what has been the journey of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra in another Northwest Coaching Profile. After three years playing in professionally in Germany, he found his way to the Miami Heat video room and became one of Pat Riley’s favorites due in large part to his work ethic and preparedness. Enjoy, and congrats Coach!
Gaddy and Pangos Among Best Summer basketball camp season is upon us all and there could not be a more perfect time to gather around the campfire and discuss who would be among the counselors at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Top Players Camp. There are a litany of Pacific Northwest players that would have made [...]
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writer Blair Thomas has an opinion on the 2012 Rip City hiring of new GM and former Los Angeles Clippers GM Neil Olshey who yesterday was named to the same role on Monday, just three weeks after his team was eliminated in the second round of the NBA playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs and a regular season record of 40-26. Here are a few reasons to love it and hate it in Rip City.
Blair Thomas is back with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time it’s Portland born Darwin Barney of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs. Darwin was counted out by most pundits but was MLB Rookie of the Month in his first month up. Flashback to 2006, Barney was a part of history as Oregon State went on an improbable run and became the first team in College World Series history to lose twice and still win the title.
NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he is a die hard fan of Portland Timbers soccer! With the love that the Timbers Army, and Timber Joey give, there is no place like Portland in North America to watch a soccer match. Jeld-Wen Field is filled to the rafters for each game, with the rabid Timbers supporters. The Cascadia Cup brings the Tri-City geographical rivalries back to the spotlight in the Pacific Northwest.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 Rip City folks should do this off-season. He targets the Big Men. Andre Drummond, J.J. Hickson, Kris Humphries, Omer Asik are just a few of the names he says the Trail Blazers need to go after. Portland’s front line was as thin as tracing paper and will unlikely get any better in the 2012 NBA draft.
NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why the Portland Timbers grabbed a nice win on Sunday. The Timbers (3-5-3, 12 points, eighth in the Western Conference) ceeded a one goal lead, but refused to give up a second one in front of their home crowd. Eric Brunner scored his first goal of the season that came from a corner kick from Franck Songo’o.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 NBA off-season should hold for Raymond Felton in Rip City. Portland’s fans had a legitimate gripe. ESPN.com’s John Hollinger had Felton ranked #43 for point guards in his Player Efficiency Rating, which assesses a player’s per-minute productivity. Not good to say the least.
NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why the Portland Timbers failed to score a goal against the Houston Dynamo in their last match. In the brand new BBVA Compass Stadium, Timbers keeper Troy Perkins maintained a cleen sheet, but Timbers striker Kris Boyd was unable to give them the lead. The game played out to a 0-0 draw in front of nearly 30,000 Dyanmo faitful.
Bulldogs bloggers Blair Thomas takes a deep look at who may be in the starting lineup for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the 2012-13 season. The Zags will be looking to return to greatness in next year’s March Madness but who will be the key contributors? Mark Few says Kevin Pangos and Elias Harris will undoubtedly be the two focal points on offense.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with a very touching and pleading letter to Trailblazers owner Paul Allen. Blair Thomas poses the question of who cares who the next GM or head coach will be if the owner doesn’t care about winning? Enough of the lottery picks, we don’t need another Greg Oden! We need an owner who is as passionate about this team as the fans in Rip City are.