NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went 4-0, taking down the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. With his team leading the entire NBA in the standings, Stotts has to be considered a Coach of the Year candidate with Frank Vogel, Scott Brooks and Gregg Popovich.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Portland’s loss to the Washington Wizards. After going through a streak of games that saw them jump into playoff contention and be recognized as one of the more dangerous rosters in the league, the Blazers have all but disappeared as they have lost six straight games, the latest being a buzzer-beating loss to the unimpressive and downtrodden Washington Wizards (9-30).
NWSB Writer Jonathan Irwin gives you his take on who can fill the role at center for the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s been a whirlwind week for the Portland Trail Blazers. Desperately trying to fill the void at center, it was announced Monday the team’s offer to RFA Roy Hibbert is going to be matched by Indiana. Then comes Wednesday, when it was announced that Euro league big man Joel Freeland will officially be making his way to Portland on a three-year deal.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Byrant Knox gives us his 2012 projections and predictions for the Blazers starting lineup in the fall. Unless the Blazers pick up a big man in free agency, expect the youngsters to make starting debuts. The stating center spot in Portland goes to Meyers Leonard, Wesley Matthews at SG, LaMarcus Aldridge at PF, Rookie Damian Lillard at PG, and Nicolas Batum at SF.
NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the latest news of northwest grown and former Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy. Due to Portland’s decision to waive Roy under the league’s amnesty clause, the guard cannot play for the Blazers until the 2014-15 season. Though many would like to see the Roy back on the team, we hear the Indiana Pacers have shown quite the interest. Also Portland is chasing Indiana center Roy Hibbert.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox gives us the inside scoop on the maximum contract offer by the Blazers to Roy Hibbert. The team has a chance to be very good, very quickly, and if a max contract is what it takes to make that happen, than the answer is yes, Hibbert is worth the money. Meyers Leonard is ready to step into the paint in Portland, but is he ready to carry a team as the starting center?
NWSB insider Steve Lee brings us an NBA draft preview piece today. Where will the University of Washington’s Tony Wroten land in this year’s 2012 NBA Draft? Steve lists 5 possible destinations. Many envision Wroten to fall into the role of a player similar to that of Larry Hughes, Gilbert Arenas or Seattle grown Michael Dickerson when he hits the bigtime. Could it be for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012?
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Tuesday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers. The shooting woes in Indianapolis last night were just horrific. LaMarcus Aldridge was 5 for 15, Nicolas Batum was 3 for 11, and Raymond Felton was 2 for 8. The Blazers got to the free throw line 38 times last night. That’s not bad.