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.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 10 matchup against the New Orleans Hornets. Portland is coming off a dominant performance against the San Antonio Spurs. If there is a defining moment in this season, that game could be it, and it could be the one that sparks a push toward the postseason. The key matchup is going to be between Wesley Matthews and Eric Gordon T the 2-guard position.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Dec. 16 matchup against the New Orleans Hornets. Sunday night will feature two of the top rookies in the NBA, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis. Neither of these teams are considered playoff threats at this point in the season, but both have promising futures. The key matchup in this one is going to be at the power forward position. LaMarcus Aldridge will be playing against Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson.
NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee reports in with his second installment of the 2012/13 NBA season on the Northwest hoops stars making noise in the NBA. Week two of the 2012-13 NBA season is under our belts and as expected there is a potpourri of stories to kick off the season. Steve Nash, Brandon Roy, Tony Wroten, Damien Lillard, Isaiah Thomas, Jason Terry, Rodney Stuckey and Spencer Hawes are all in this report.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in on the chances for Damian Lillard to win the 2012-2013 NBA rookie of the year award. Following his MVP performance in the Vegas Summer League, it’s easy to see how he can make a case for the award. What also makes Lillard special is that he ability to find teammates and run the offense. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson, and Anthony Davis are competition.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox poses a good question/option for Team USA. Could Team USA use a healthy LaMarcus Aldridge? Not since Clyde Drexler has the Portland TrailBlazers fielded an Olympian. With Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Blake Griffin out because of injuries, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis are the lone big men on this year’s team.
NWSB Writer Steve Lee takes you on a journey through his experience with the 2012 NBA Draft. After extensively combing through the mock drafts on ESPN, CNNSI, YAHOO, and pretty much everywhere in between and beyond for the past week and all through the morning, the day is finally here. Lee updates on picks and goes in depth about the Blazers draft picks. Meyers Leonard and Damian Lillard.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Steve Lee chimes in with a wack of guys he thinks the Trail Blazers may pick at the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft. With four picks in the two rounds and good ones at that, the Blazers are sitting pretty to pick up multiple pieces to add to their rebuilding process. Is a steal in the cards? Steve thinks it could be Jae Crowder, Andre Drummond, Kendall Marshall, Draymond Green or Tony Wroten…
NWSB Insider and Northwest sports blogger Steve Lee tells us five teams that should draft Terrence Jones in this years upcomming draft. Of course number 1 on this list it the Portland Trail Blazers, as Jones is a native Oregonian, but other than Portland, Steve tells us that the Phoenix Suns would be a nice place for him to land as well. Complementing Marcin Gortat, Markieef Moris, and Jared Dudely in a big lineup. In Portland, Jones could run the wing with Nic Batum moving to shooting guard.
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 northwest basketball blogger Blair Thomas tells us about two young men leading Kentucky to the 2012 Final four this week in New Orleans. Kyle Wiltjer entered the season as part of one of Kentucky’s most heralded basketball classes with guard Marquis Teague and forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. Terrence Jones has averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and started 35 of 38 games.