Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers March 27 matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. Portland is coming off of a five-game road trip; one in which saw the team go 2-3 against playoff opponents and one near-playoff team. The push for the playoffs begins now, and a win at home is the best way to start. The key matchup is going to be at the small forward position. Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum used to fight for the starting spot in PDX, but when the team turned Wallace in Damian Lillard, it instantly became Batum’s.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Damian Lillard, Portland’s 1st pick in the 2012 NBA Drat (6th overall). After weeks of working out many athletes and reviewing countless hours of film, the Blazers found themselves drafting Damian Lillard from Weber State with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He can hit shots from anywhere on the court, drive to the lane, and rebound.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas breaks down the 1st and 2nd rounds of the 2012 NBA Draft for the Rip City faithful. What a day. One of the best days of the year. Fun day to be a Blazers fan. There were no first round trades in Neil Olshey’s first draft in the Rose City. The team took away 3 players in the 2 rounds, 2 in the first with Damian Liliard and Meyers Leonard as well as 1 in the second with Will Barton.
NWSB Insider Rick Stella brings a story out of Portland surrounding the Blazers and their 2012 GM search. A bevy of names have surfaced in Rip City. From Steve Kerr, to Mitch Kupchak, as well as Chris Mullin, and Bucks executive John Hammond, the Blazer’s effort is there, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit. Both Jeff Bower and David Morway have been tied to the position. Who will Paul Allen choose?
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 NBA off-season should hold for Raymond Felton in Rip City. Portland’s fans had a legitimate gripe. ESPN.com’s John Hollinger had Felton ranked #43 for point guards in his Player Efficiency Rating, which assesses a player’s per-minute productivity. Not good to say the least.
NWSB Insider Blair Thomas asks five very important questions regarding the Portland TrailBlazers. With the off-season off and running for the Blazers, Blair poses some good questions to the franchise. What are the teams areas of concern and who will take over both the Coach and GM positions? The team has two players that other teams have strong interest in: Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee has a major solution for the Portland TrailBlazers. With the coach/GM situation on the rocks, he gives us 5 suggestions for good replacements to take over reigns of the team. He lists Mitch Kupchak, Steve Kerr, John Hammond, Rich Cho/Kevin Pritchard, and Chad Buchanan as options. Take note, Paul Allen.
NWSB Insider Rick Stella brings a story out of Portland surrounding the Blazers and Jamal Crawford. In a game at Phoenix, Crawford expressed his interest in joining the Suns next season…during the game. Blazers fans have every right to feel like they’ve been slapped across the face the same way they felt during most of the season.
State of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Lee our man with his pulse on the Trailblazers NBA Hoops beat is back with another edition of the Notebook. The April 2nd, 2012 edition. Since the trade deadline, Jamal Crawford has been stuck in a Kobe Bryant like shooting slump, shooting 26% from the field. Once a promising young forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers, J.J. Hickson has looked good in RIP City.
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Friday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers took the Lakers down to the wire, but just couldn’t pull it out in this one. LaMarcus Aldridge and newcomer J.J. Hickson both played well while Jamal Crawford continued to slide.
State of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Lee our man with his pulse on the Trailblazers NBA Hoops beat is back with another edition of the Notebook. The March 21st, 2012 edition. With 23 games left at the time of the trade day implosion, it didn’t make a lot of sense for a team in search of an identity to get rid of two of the three pieces that fans have been attached to Gerald Wallace & Marcus Camby…did it?
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Rick Stella examines the week that was in Rip City. After a weekend spent drowning away my sorrows for the loss of Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby, its time to try to figure out what the new guys actually bring to the team. Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet, and Mehmet Okur (Sort of), and Shawne Williams (Sort of) welcome to the Northwest.