NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down why we shouldn’t expect to see LaMarcus Aldridge accept a contract extension this summer. Despite following a great season that saw L.A. and Damian Lillard take down Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the playoffs, the All-Star would be smart to wait one year before signing a new contract in NBA free agency.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 16, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge, as we recognize his acceptance into his third All-Star Game. There were also two games against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. LA averaged 18.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG in the two contests.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox discusses LaMarcus Aldridge’s most recent milestone: Passing Cliff Robinson for third on the all-time scoring list for the Portland Trail Blazers. Ahead of Aldridge are Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler, begging the question: Where does Aldridge rank among the all-time greats? Does he top Kevin Duckworth, Buck Williams or Bill Walton? How about Brandon Roy? It’s early in the process, but never too early to debate.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jason Hartzog takes a look at the 2013-14 schedule, giving us his pros and cons. On the plus side, the team starts out the season on KGW. Fans in Rip City who don’t have Comcast will have a chance to see LaMarcus Aldridge and crew open the year against the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news, as Hartzog references a Blazersedge article by Ben Goliver that points out long road trips and back-to-backs.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Jason Hartzog recaps what it was like being at the Rose Garden during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion built a near-insurmountable lead heading into the fourth quarter. Than a shot by Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge gave the team hope. Roy’s heroics brought the team back in one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox takes us on another trip down memory lane, recapping the Portland Trail Blazers’ top 5 head coaches of all time. Terry Stotts is currently leading the way, but he’s far from making the list. The top 5 currently comprises Nate McMillan, Jack Ramsay, Rick Adelman, Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy. In Bryant’s opinion arguably the most fun time to be a fan was in the early 90s. Those fans were lucky.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knoxs takes us on a trip down memory lane by recapping the Portland Trail Blazers’ all-time starting lineup. Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, Clifford Robinson, Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter make the cut. There’s no one way to determine the best player at each position, but the Blazers are a proud franchise with a proud fanbase, and there are a handful of players who will be remembered as long as the organization is around.
NWSB Insider and University of Washington Blogger Erin Acacio breaks down why every UW fan should attend the 2013 Alumni event. Among the reasons are an All-Star-type atmosphere, a three-point contest, a dunk contest and a number of returning superstars. Those expected to be in attendance are Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Terrence Rosee, Spencer Hawes and more. Tickets are cheap, so all true UW fans should check this event out.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox profiles Portland Trail Blazers radio broadcaster, Brian Wheeler. Wheeler, also known as Wheels, brings the perfect combination of truth, honesty and fandom to his broadcasts. Whether it’s a huge slam, a last-second shot by Nicolas Batum or a miracle comeback by Brandon Roy, Wheels paints a picture for all listeners to see. When you listen to Wheeler, it’s a great day to be a Blazer.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox takes us on a trip down memory lane, recapping the final season of the I-5 Rivalry between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Supersonics. Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Ladridge all had solid performances that year. The two teams split the series 2-2. Durant and Greg Oden were going to be the two players to renew the rivalry, but the injury-plagued career of Oden and the sale of the Sonics put those thoughts to rest, at least temporarily.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee breaks his best of the best of the NBA All-Star performances from the Blazers history. As the past weekend showed us all, the Blazers weren’t highly publicized during the festivities. That’s okay though, Steve has brought us the days of yore, back when the Blazers were relevant in the NBA world.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Feb. 4 matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. This will be the third time that these two teams have faced off this year, and Portland is 2-0 in the series. In fact, since the 2008-08 season, the Blazers are 19-2 against Minnesota. The key matchup in this one is between J.J. Hickson and Nikola Pekovic. For Minnesota, Kevin Love and Brandon Roy are out with injuries. For PDX, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Ronnie Price are all day-to-day.