NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Steve Lee weighs in today with another post in our Moments In Time series. Kirk McLean, Roberto Luongo, and Richard Brodeur all had one thing in common, they all backstopped the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals and they all came up short of hoisting hockey’s holy grail. When you break down the elements, which netminder should be honored as the Vancouver Canucks all time best goalie?
NWSB Writer Steve Lee previews and predicts which teams will make it to the NCAA March Madness tournament out of the Pac-12 this season. After putting out a pathetic showing as a conference last year, the PAC 12 is ready to make up for it in 2012-13 with a handful of top-tier freshmen, a number of solid experienced players and some reloaded rosters. UCLA, California, Stanford and Arizona are projected to qualify for the tournament, while Colorado and Washington are on the bubble.
NWSB Writer Steve Lee talks about the Pac-12′s standout freshmen from the Northwest in 2013. This season, aside from the Oregon Ducks’ incoming class, the Northwest freshmen may be flying under the radar to start the year. Andrew Andrews, Richard Longrus, Dominic Artis, Ben Carter and Demarquise Johnson make up this exclusive list.
BC Lions Insider and northwest sports blogger Steve Lee brings us a good piece on the Leo’s Mike Reilly today. As a lifelong professional backup QB, it’s never easy coming in for a starter that has your team on the verge of a playoff bert, but Mike Reilly did just that for the Lions against Edmonton. He may start next game against Calgary as well. C’mon and roar you Lions roar.
NWSB insider and resident hoops man Steve Lee brings us his thoughts on the 2012/13 Washington Huskies basketball program’s strengths and weaknesses. The top Dawgs are gone, and Lorenzo Romar may be left with his worst squad since his arrival in Seattle, but UW do have some strengths held over from last seasons regular season Pac-12 champions. The starting 5 Aziz N’Diaye, Abdul Gaddy, Desmond Simmons, Shawn Kemp Jr., CJ Wilcox.
NWSB Writer Steve Lee talks about the best NCAA basketball players from the Northwest. When it comes to the ‘who’s who’ of the NCAA, the PAC 12 has been overlooked for a couple of years now. This year, there are a handful of names that highlight the PAC 12, and the Northwest corner of the conference will not be left out. Abdul Gaddy, C.J. Wilcox, E.J. Singler, Devon Collier and Brock Motum make up the potential All-NW starting five.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee tells us this week coach Terry Stotts said this about Center/Forward JJ Hickson. J.J.’s not the prototypical center, but he complements LaMarcus Aldridge well. He’s a big guy, strong and athletic, and what he can do defensively against pick-and-rolls with his athleticism will help us. We can’t wait to watch the breakout season in 2012.
NWSB Insider and Northwest sports blogger Steve Lee tells us another story in our Moments in time series about the B.C. Lions duo in the booth, Rick Ball, and Giulio Caravatta. With ties to the area for both men, it is only fitting that they ended up working for the hometown football team. Caravatta actually spent some time with the Lions under the dome, while Ball got his start with the WHL and TEAM 1040 am in Vancouver.
Resident NBA blogger and Portland Trail Blazers writer Steve Lee tells us today when you look at the Blazers backups, here’s hoping that those who hear their name announced at the beginning of the night have eaten their Wheaties! Joel Freeland, Myers Leonard, Luke Babbitt, Victor Claver, Sasha Pavlovic, Elliot Williams, Nolan Smith and Ronnie Price have their work cut out for them in the 2012 NBA season around the corner.
NWSB Writer Steve Lee previews Washington State’s 2012-2013 college basketball season. There were hopes that this would be the season that the Cougars removed themselves from the role of “lil brother” to the Washington Huskies. Unfortunately, a string of misfortune hit Pullman and the Washington State faithful will have to wait until next year for a dance ticket. Good times ahead for Ken Bone, Brock Motum, and Que Johnson.
Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Although Bradley, the Celtics and his truest fans knew that he could provide offensively, it has been his effort on the defensive end of the court that helped warrant more playing time. With hopes that Bradley, once healthy from his dislocated left shoulder, returns to the level of play he once promised…
NWSB Writer Steve Lee talks about the best NBA players from the Northwest. With a variety of talent levels featured throughout the league, though mostly kept within the Western Conference, the upper left corner of North America is well represented and continues to grow. Luke Ridnour, Rodney Stuckey, Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, Brandon Roy, Avery Bradley, Martell Webster, Kevin Love, Spencer Hawes, Tony Wroten, and Terrence Ross all make the list.