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Portland Trail Blazers: A look back at the first half of the season

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee recaps the first half of the 2012-13 NBA season. There are key wins and key losses that have put the Blazers where they are today, which is one spot out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum have all had great seasons, which is why the team is playing better than most anticipated.

Northwest “Backcourt” hoopstars – Midseason evaluation

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee breaks down what the NBA’s most prominent Northwest Hoops Stars have been up to over the last 30 days and hands out some grades. Llet’s take a quick look as to how players such as Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, Aaron Brooks, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, and Nate Robinson have been doing in 2013. It is not too late for the hometown boys to improve on their grades, but some extra credit work is much needed.

Northwest NHL stars fantasy prognostications

NWSB Insider and NHL hockey writer at the NWSB Steve Lee weighs in with his hockey pool predictions for the 2013 season for our northwest hockey stars. The Hockey writers at NWSB will be bringing you a series of posts on hockey pool tips to help you win your 2013 hockey pool. After missing nearly four months of on ice action, the NHL owners and the NHLPA finally figured out how to fairly divide their annual financial intake.

NCAA Hoops: Gonzaga’s unknown big man – Kelly Olynyk

NWSB Insider Steve Lee brings us another addition to the Northwest Player Profile section of the NWSB. This time he tells us all about BC’s very own Kelly Olynyk, a 7 footer playing ball at Gonzaga.
During his first couple of years playing behind Robert Sacre, Olynyk didn’t see too many minutes, but now that he is the go to guy in the middle, he has stepped up his game.

Northwest Hoops Stars – New Years Edition

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee breaks down what the NBA’s most prominent Northwest Hoops Stars have to do to improve in the New Year. With about 10 games to go before we do a mid-season report card, let’s take a quick look as to how players such as Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Love, Brandon Roy, Aaron Brooks, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Terrence Ross and Nate Robinson can prosper in 2013.

NCAA Hoops: 2013 UW Huskies conference schedule preview

NWSB Insider Steve Lee talks about Washington’s prospects heading into the Pac-12 Conference Schedule. The Huskies have already amassed half of their loss total from a year ago, and now are looking at a tough league schedule with only USC sitting behind them in the standings heading into conference play. There are some winnable games early, but tough matchups against Colorado, Oregon, and Arizona will be a hurdle for this young team.

Northwest hoops stars the weeks that were in the NBA Ver 3.0

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee reports in with his third installment of the 2012/13 NBA season on the Northwest hoops stars making noise in the NBA. This time he’s going with the young guns, highlighting their hopeful rise to fame in the NBA. So far, none of the recent draft picks have seen a ton of time for their respective teams, most seeing action in the NBDL. But there’s hope for them, as injuries, blowouts, and good showings will give them more NBA action.

The BC Lions Geroy Simon is “King of the Dome”

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Steve Lee points out it that it may not have been the best of years for Lions WR Geroy Simon, but would letting the veteran go be the right choice at this moment in time? Simon still has a lot to offer in the mentoring department, and could show a lot to the young receiving corps that will be the future of the Lions.

BC #1 Walnut Grove Gators and #4 White Rock Christian Warriors vs. USA #1 Findlay Prep Pilots

North American High School Border Battle – On Saturday and Sunday evening, the top basketball teams in British Columbia will compete in the first annual Howard Tsumura Invitational at the Langley Events Centre.  While there will be a number of in-province teams battling it out on the hard court over the two day event, the […]

Oregon Ducks flying high early in the season

NWSB Insider Steve Lee talks about Oregon’s early success on the basketball court this season. Currently sitting fourth in the PAC12 standings, the Ducks, who during the preseason were predicted by many (including myself) to sit in the bottom half of the division standings and hold a NIT ticket are making a push for the Big Dance. Damyean Dotson, E.J. Singler, and Carlos Emory have looked great.

Northwest Athlete Profile: John Tenta

Next in our moments in time series Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, John Tenta. He may not fit the typical profile of an “athlete”, but let us not pretend that those who choose to take up the profession of being a wrestler are not athletes or athletic. Yes, we all know that it is choreographed and for the most part “fake”, but nevertheless, in order to make it through even a five minute match, these people have to be able to perform at a very high level.

BC Lions Coach Mike Benevides – A season in reflection

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Steve Lee points out it has been nearly a week since the B.C. Lions were knocked out of contention for the 100th Grey Cup. Enough time has passed in order to fairly grade the effort of the Lions and their first year coach Mike Benevides. After four years as an assistant coach, he had to learn what it was like to take on 100% of the responsibility. Now he knows. Now he can plan better. Still, tough loss.

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