NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went 2-1, losing to the Phoenix Suns and defeating the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of establishing a rotation between Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams. That said, he must find a way to get the starters fewer minutes, and getting Meyers Leonard more time will help also.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down Damian Lillard’s recent prediction on ESPN’s TrueHoop TV that the Portland Trail Blazers will win 46 games during the 2013-14 NBA season. The question here is whether the Rookie of the Year is crazy or confident? Teams such as the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will be drastically improved, and even the Los Angeles Lakers can compete if Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are healthy. Rip City has the talent to push for Lillard’s prediction, but the competition will be stiff.
NWSB Insider and NBA Blogger Steve Lee breaks down whether or not Victoria BC’s Steve Nash is in a good situation with the Los Angeles Lakers. The expectations of the 2012-13 season were not met by Nash, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni. The team underperformed, Nash’s performance (and health) were questionable and the future of the team is in flux. There’s certainly ways for Nash to be more involved…
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox makes the argument that the Portland Trail Blazers have found success during the NBA offseason despite missing out on a big-time move. While fans across the league have been drooling over Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, Neil Olshey has brought in Robin Lopez, C.J. McCollum, Thomas Robinson, Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright. Those moves aren’t sexy, but they do add to a bench that desperately needed help.
NWSB Insider breaks down what Thomas Robinson brings to the Portland Trail Blazers following the trade that sent him to Rip City from the Houston Rockets. Houston was looking to clear cap space for Dwight Howard, and as a result, Portland added depth behind LaMarcus Aldridge, toughness and potential to go along with CJ McCollum, Jeff Withey and Allen Crabbe. The team also made it possible to explore Omer Asik at center.
NWSB Editor focus on what happened to Clyde “The Glide” Drexler following his departure from the Portland Trail Blazers in 1995. Drexler, one of the greatest Trail Blazers in team history, spent his final playing days with the Houston Rockets. He then went on to have a career as a coach, an author, a celebrity television presence and now a color commentator with the Houston Rockets.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger breaks down what you can expect with PDX officially out of the playoffs. Following the loss to James Harden, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets, Portland is officially playing for a spot in the lottery. The team will certainly rest injured players such as Nicolas Batum, so expect to see youngsters Meyers Leonard and Victor Claver earn more time. LaMarcus Aldridge should continue to be the leader, as Damian Lillard’s inexperience could be a problem while staying motivated.
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.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. 3-1 on the week isn’t half bad, and Portland was able to get back to a .500 record on the year. It’s a work in progress, but Terry Stotts’ squad is starting to learn how to win. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum earn All-Star recognition in week two, while Batum also takes home the Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews who the Portland Trail Blazers will take on in their next 5 games. The team has made it through its first five games of the season, and while the results weren’t always what you want to see, they remained competitive in each and every contest. The Spurs, Hawks, Kings, Rockets and Bulls are coming up. Tim Duncan, Josh Smith, DeMarcus Cousins and James Harden await.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. Portland opened the new season in stunning fashion, going 2-2 over their first four games, with one of the wins being notched against the Lakers. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum earn All-Star recognition.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox explains why the Portland Trail Blazers would be better of bringing J.J. Hickson off the bench this season. The Blazers bench is averaging just 12.8 points per game, which is hands-down the worst in the entire NBA. Meyers Leonard may not be ready to take the starting center role, but Hickson would be a far better leader off the bench at this point in the 2012-13 season.