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. The Blazers struggled this past week, but a few solid performances continue to give this team hopes for the postseason. LaMarcus Aldridge, JJ Hickson and Nicolas Batum earn All-Star recognition, while Damian Lillard takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee breaks down what the NBA’s most prominent Northwest Hoops Stars have been up to over the last 30 days and hands out some grades. Llet’s take a quick look as to how players such as Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, Aaron Brooks, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, and Nate Robinson have been doing in 2013. It is not too late for the hometown boys to improve on their grades, but some extra credit work is much needed.
NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee breaks down what the NBA’s most prominent Northwest Hoops Stars have to do to improve in the New Year. With about 10 games to go before we do a mid-season report card, let’s take a quick look as to how players such as Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Love, Brandon Roy, Aaron Brooks, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Terrence Ross and Nate Robinson can prosper in 2013.
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 Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Clippers vs. Blazers matchup. The Headline: Led by former Blazer Jamal Crawford, L.A. tops Portland 103-90 in this back-and-forth contest. Nicholas Batum finally reemerged, and Portland put up a pretty good fight at times. Most disappointing was continued problem guarding the perimeter.
NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee reports in with his first installment of the 2012/13 NBA season on the Northwest hoops stars making noise in the NBA. Week one 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, Luke Ridnour, Robert Sacre, and Rodney Stuckey are all in this report.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Nov. 8 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Blazers may have home-court advantage on their side in this one, but the Los Angeles Clippers aren’t going to make things easy in the team’s first nationally televised game of the season. There are two major matchups to keep an eye on in this one: Chris Paul vs. Damian Lillard, and Blake Griffin vs. LaMarcus Aldridge. Jamal Crawford is another player to look out for come Thursday.
NWSB Writer Steve Lee talks about the best NBA players from the Northwest. With a variety of talent levels featured throughout the league, though mostly kept within the Western Conference, the upper left corner of North America is well represented and continues to grow. Luke Ridnour, Rodney Stuckey, Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, Brandon Roy, Avery Bradley, Martell Webster, Kevin Love, Spencer Hawes, Tony Wroten, and Terrence Ross all make the list.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the recent news that the ex-Blazer Jamal Crawford will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Opting out of his second year with the Blazers, Crawford became a free-agent and per a report by the LA Times will sign with the Clippers once the NBA moratorium on free agent signings is lifted. Despite being from around the area, Crawford would like another change of scenery.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas talks about RIP City’s GM Neil Olshey’s possible interest in bringing in Chauncey Billups to Portland for Jamal Crawford. What could be a struggle for Olshey is trying to convince Billups to take a secondary role for a team that failed to make the playoffs in 2012.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Steve Lee chimes in with a some destinations he sees fit for Jamal Crawford’s talents. With Ray Allen rumored to go to Miami, Boston would be an ideal fit for Crawford. He could come in and start, and help them with another deep run in the playoffs. Or there is the Timberwolves, they could rival the Trail Blazers as a northwest favorite with all of the northwest talent on their squad.
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.