NWSB Editor Bryant Knox profiles Northwest athlete Luke Ridnour. After a successful high school career in Washington, the point guard became a star with the Oregon Ducks. He went to the Elite 8, won Pac-10 Player of the Year and eventually returned to Washington when drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. Ridnour has spent time in the NBA with the MInnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks, but he will always be a product of the Pacific Northwest.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down the rumors surrounding LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. ALdridge’s name has been dropped in trade rumors as of late. It was reported aroudn the NBA Draft that the power forward was unhappy in Portland, and soon after it was reported that his camp began discussing trades with Neil Olshey. David Lee has already been offered to the Blazers, but Portland declined.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps Damian Lillard’s time at the Team USA Minicamp in Las Vegas and gives us a few things to take away from the yougnster’s experience. Despite Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving running the show, Lillard made it clear that he is a superstar and that he belongs in FIBA competition. The point guard also showed that he’s working on defense at this stage in his career.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers Las Vegas Summer League and gives us his takeaways from the team’s showing. Meyers Leonard tried to show he can shoot the three-pointer; relatively unsuccessfully. Thomas Robinson is an energy guy who can rebound. CJ McCollum can score; however, he needs to facilitate more. It’s also fair to wonder if Allen Crabbe was actually a steal in the draft or not.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down both the good and the bad regarding the Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt spots entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The guards have added depth in CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe, which is a good thing. The problem is that inexperience an be a problem, and a player like Will Barton isn’t helping that category. Shooting will be improved, especially if Wesley Mattews is healthy. And with Damian Lillard scoring and making plays for Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, things can’t be all bad.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Las Vegas summer league tournament with five questions. Knox wonders if the second-year players, such as Meyers Leonard, Will Barton, Joel Freeland and Victor Claver have improved. He also wonders what Damian Lillard’s role will be, and whether CJ McCollum can run an offense. Finally, he asks who will make the final roster and if Allen Crabbe and Thomas Robinson are ready to compete.
NWSB Editor recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ introduction of Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Earl Watson. A press conference including Neil Olshey and Terry Stotts gave fans insight as to how the players were acquired. What we can take away from the presser is that Wright, Robinson and Lopez all fill needs, while Lopez will be the starter from day one. Watson will come in and mentor Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox makes the argument that the Portland Trail Blazers have found success during the NBA offseason despite missing out on a big-time move. While fans across the league have been drooling over Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, Neil Olshey has brought in Robin Lopez, C.J. McCollum, Thomas Robinson, Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright. Those moves aren’t sexy, but they do add to a bench that desperately needed help.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox predicts what the Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup will look like for the 2013-14 NBA season. In the backcourt, Damian Lillard has the point guard spot locked up, while Matthews will remain if the team doesn’t pick up a big acquisition at 2-guard. Nicolas Batum will start at small forward, and LaMarcus Aldridge, despite trade talks, should be in the lineup as well. Center is tough to predict, but Chris Kaman is the safe bet.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down why the future of the Seattle Mariners is brighter than it seems. It’s all about the prospects. Nick Franklin, Taijuan Walker, Brad Miller and Mike Zunino have a chance to turn this team around for the better. The 2012-13 season isn’t lost yet, but even if the year comes to an end with disappointment, there are far better things to look forward to.
NWSB Insider breaks down what Thomas Robinson brings to the Portland Trail Blazers following the trade that sent him to Rip City from the Houston Rockets. Houston was looking to clear cap space for Dwight Howard, and as a result, Portland added depth behind LaMarcus Aldridge, toughness and potential to go along with CJ McCollum, Jeff Withey and Allen Crabbe. The team also made it possible to explore Omer Asik at center.
ESPN Editor Bryant Knox recaps the 2013 NBA draft for the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite rumors swirling before the event, Portland’s night was relatively uneventful. However, uneventful isn’t a bad thing when you improve. With the No. 10 pick, Neil Olshey and Paul Allen chose PG C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh.