NWSB Insider and Seattle Sonics Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us to have patience, the Sonics will return to the NBA. It may not be for a couple years, but with the plan that Chris Hansen cemented with the city, it seems that he didn’t expect immediate results either. But, with the outgoing David Stern, the NBA will be in the hands of Adam Silver, who has said himself he wants the NBA to return to Seattle. So don’t hold your breath as Jonas says, we will see our Sonics back again in the very near future.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Peter Edlund talks about the next step in the saga between the Sacramento Kings and Seattle’s group. While a congratulations are offered to the Kings and their fan base for rallying around the franchise and getting a deal done, a large use of public funds that has citizens questioning the new arena now looms for a city that may not have full support for an NBA team. What will Seattle do if this continues to play out?
NWSB insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin Vanstone is back with his third instalment of Canucks Playoff Wins Remaining. This time, it’s with more doubt as the Los Angeles Kings have taken a 3-0 series lead over the Canucks, with many thanks to Captain Dustin Brown who has 4 goals. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin will play on a line with David Booth most likely.
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recaps Sunnday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings. The Blazers are officially out of the running for the 2012 playoffs after dropping a close one to the Kings. The team is further decimated with injuries with Nicolas Batum and Raymond Felton aggravating previous injuries.
NWSB insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin Vanstone brings us a good one today. With the Canucks falling below expectations in the playoffs this year, he comes up with 16 reasons why the team is struggling against the LA Kings. With Daniel Sedin sidelined for the series and Ryan Kesler trying to do it all himself, the Canucks need players like Zack Kassian and Roberto Luongo to step up in a big way.
The Flying V’s own Kevin Vanstone is back with a new feature counting down the wins to lifting Lord Stanley’s mug for the Vancouver Canucks. While they now sit 1 game down to the Los Angeles Kings in the West Quarterfinal, Kevin says they are NOT on track to winning hockey’s holy grail. Things could change though after Game 2. Will Daniel Sedin be back to partner with brother Henrik Sedin? Byron Bitz will be out.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac chimes in with his thoughts on the disgrace that was game 1 of the Western conference quarter finals last night in Van City. Fun times ahead? He can’t see Daniel Sedin ready to come back following some less than promising reports on post-practice headaches, so the team needs to focus on staying with five-on-five play in which they looked most comfortable.
C-Mac chimes in with his version of a playoff preview for the Vancouver Canucks and tells us which lessons the Canucks hopefully learned from last year’s successful failure, if you will. Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider have to be utilised well but how about the 3rd line? Chris Higgins, Jannik Hansen and Samme Pahlsson have been playing balls out but can they keep it up and when does Coach Vee shake it up?
The right things need to happen for the Vancouver Canucks to beat the Los Angeles Kings in round 1 of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings will not be push-overs but by all means, Vancouver should take this one. Josh Hall, one of our Vancouver Canucks insiders weighs in with his 5 keys to winning this series for the Canucks.
NWSB insider C-Mac brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Vancouver Canucks head coach Roger Neilson. He attended McMaster. As he worked his way up the minor leagues, Neilson would go on to clinch 9 Metro Toronto titles. He earned the President’s Trophy with the Rangers, and made the Stanley Cup Finals with the Canucks in 1982, after replacing Harry Neale.
NWSB insider Jason Green brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on ex-Portland TrailBlazers head coach Rick Adelman. After getting his start with the Blazers in the late 1980′s, Adelman has gone onto become one of the best NBA journeymen coaches of our time. Adelman took the vast majority of teams he coached to the playoffs, making the conference championship several times with multiple teams. He is now in Minnesota where he turned them into contenders from the doormats they used to be.