Trail Blazers: Should we expect possible Rip City struggles?

Meyers Leonard

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee gives us a few things to watch out for entering the Trail Blazers’ third week of the 2013 NBA preseason. Steve urges caution Rip City. If Damian Lillard was the engine that drove the Blazers last year, any sort of falters this season could be detrimental to the club. Last season the Blazers were among teams in the bottom of the standings, this year, the additions of Dorell Wright, C.J McCollum, Allen Crabbe should bump numbers up.

It’s all about “The Benjamins!”

Let's not mention his venture into Hollywood.

Steve Lee is back to weigh in on the overpaid northwest athletes. Be it on the ice, turf or court, the yearly income of these individuals is absurd, when you think that for many of us, we pay to play the sport we love. He points out the following NW athletes stole a lot of money from their owners. Brian Bosworth (The Boz). Roberto Luongo, Chone Figgins, Vin Baker, Darius Miles, and Jim McIlvaine. It seems more and more that money has no boundaries in the world of sports.

Buck Pierce – Second chance to make a first impression

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Steve Lee recaps the trade that has brought Buck Pierce back to BC. For 31-year-old, nine-year CFL vet Buck Pierce, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers / BC Lions trade that took place on Monday afternoon has brought the pivot back to where it all started.

Gary Payton walked the talk all the way to Springfield

Gary Payton

NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Steve Lee talks about Gary Payton, his career in Seattle and the NBA, and his recent enshrinement into the NBA Hall of Fame. With roots in Oakland, Payton dazzled the northwest at Oregon State and eventually found himself as being the No. 2 Draft Pick by the Supersonics in the 1990 NBA Draft. The rest, as they like to say, is history.

Cracking the Lineup – Portland Trailblazers 2013-14

Barton

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Steve Lee breaks down which players may not be in Rip City for the 2013-14 NBA season. Will Barton, Terrel Harris, Joel Freeland, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews make the list. Players such as Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum will have a huge influence on the aforementioned players’ Portland tenure.

Nate Robinson – On to the next one

Nate Robinson is on the move again.  (Photo: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

NWSB Insider Steve Lee breaks down former Washington Husky Nate Robinson’s most recent move. He’s played for historic NBA franchises, such as the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors and even the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now he’s on his way to play for Brian Shaw and the Denver Nuggets alongside former Knicks Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.

Pleased to welcome the BC Lions next generation

Emmanuel Arcenaux

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Steve Lee points out today that following nine years of the Wally Buono era and 12 years of GeRoy Simon commanding the spotlight, the new look Leo’s have now started to pen the next chapter in team history, one that appears to be very bright and primed for success. Behind Adam Bighill, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Keron Williams, Mark Ianniuzzi, Shawn Gore, Dante Marsh, Cord Parks and Travis Lulay lead the way.

Steve Nash – Does he deserve better?

Steve Nash didn't experience the euphoria he thought he would with the Lakers during the 2012-13 season.

NWSB Insider and NBA Blogger Steve Lee breaks down whether or not Victoria BC’s Steve Nash is in a good situation with the Los Angeles Lakers. The expectations of the 2012-13 season were not met by Nash, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni. The team underperformed, Nash’s performance (and health) were questionable and the future of the team is in flux. There’s certainly ways for Nash to be more involved…

Kelly Olynyk – Big man has the “Luck Of The Irish!”

A Canadian big man who has the ability to step out and hit from deep. (Photo: The Province)

NWSB Insider Steve Lee breaks down how Northwest BC Boy Kelly Olynyk will look in 2013 for the Boston Celtics. Steve points out with the ability to run the pick and roll/slip/pop etc in a variety of effective fashions, starting Olynyk on opening night as your man in the middle is not that bad of an option. OK, his defensive intensity and lack of “mean mugging” a’la KG may not place him on the All-NBA Defensive team…

Northwest NBA PROspects

Kelly O

NWSB Insider Steve Lee breaks down which of the Northwest’s college hoops stars have a chance to hear their names called in the NBA draft. Although not a NW guy, per se, Shabazz Muhammed (UCAL) is the odds-on favorite from the Pac-12 to be taken in the lottery. Kelly Olynyk, CJ Wilcox, Eric Moreland and Devon Collier highlight the rest of the top 5, which Mike Moser, Peyton Siva, Brock Motum, Tony Woods and Arsalan Kazemi round out the top 10.

Northwest madness time…Homegrown talent checklist

Kelly Olynyk's Gonzaga Bulldogs enter the Big Dance as a #1 seed

NWSB insider and resident hoops blogger Steve Lee is back once again to give us his personal touch on the 2013 NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament. He says the PAC12 had a relatively lackluster regular season, but the conference tournament was one of the best in recent memory. Homegrown talent either matched preseason expectations or came out of nowhere to surprise everyone. He says watch Kelly Olynyk, Peyton Siva, Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and more this week.

Oregon Ducks vs. UCLA Bruins Pac 12 tournament finals preview

Utes vs. Ducks

NWSB insider and resident hoops blogger Steve Lee is back once again to give us his personal touch on the Pac-12 Tournament final. On Saturday its the Bruins vs. the Ducks for all the marbles. With multiple story lines present on Saturday night, the PAC12 Championship game has the makings of a great evening of hoops, one that will hopefully kick start putting the conference back on the NCAA basketball map.

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