Eerie similarities between the Canucks and the LA Lakers

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee takes a look at two franchises that are not living up to expectations: the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are in shambles after a move that was supposed to see Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard leading the way, while the ‘Nucks are in rebuilding mode after trading Robert Luongo.

Honoring Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee remembers the accomplishments of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the one-time face of the Vancouver Grizzlies franchise. Lee recaps the forward’s time across the NBA, including stints with the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers, and would love to see commissioner Adam Silver bring the Sacramento Kings, L.A. Lakers and Steve Nash to a game in BC for a chance to retire the Abdur-Rahim’s No. 3 jersey.

Where In The World Is Steve Nash?

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NWSB Insider and NBA Blogger Steve Lee wonders where in the world Steve Nash is. The former Phoenix Sun (and Dallas Maverick) has virtually disappeared with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Team Canadian hero has dealt with injuries throughout the twilight of his career, and now the question is: Can he lift L.A. to relevancy after failing to do so alongside Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in Year 1.

NBA All-Star Reserves: Aldridge, Lillard make the cut

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the recent selection of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge to the 2014 NBA A–Star Game. This marks the first time in 20 years that Rip City has had multiple All-Stars; the last two teammates being Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler. Other notable reserves are Chris Paul, James Harden and Dwight Howard.

Northwest NBAers that need a big 2013-14 season

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee gives us a look at which NBA players from the Great Northwest must have a solid year during the 2013-14 season. First and foremost, Steve Nash must prove to the Los Angeles Lakers that he is still an elite point guard. Also making the list is Isiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers, Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards and Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors.

Crazy or confident? Damian Lillard predicts 46 wins for PDX in 2013-14

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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.

Trail Blazers: Top 5 games to look forward to in 2013-14

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down which games on the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2013-14 schedule are most noteworthy entering the season. The NBA released its schedule recently, and the Blazers will open up the year against the Phoenix Suns. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers also make the list, as well as Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James and the Miami Heat coming to town is always exciting, but look for Greg Oden to draw the most attention.

Looking Back on Damian Lillard’s career night in Rip City

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Lillard’s Big Night Sitting 11 games under .500, and mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Portland Trail Blazers had very little to play for heading in to last night’s contest against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. However, any time Portland hosts the Lakers at the Rose Garden, no matter the situation, there’s always something to […]

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction & preview

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Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers April 10 matchup against the LA Lakers. Portland took down the Lakers to start the year, but this LA team has seen a drastic change since the All-Star break. Whether Kobe Bryant is a scorer or a facilitator will play a big role in this one. Nicolas Batum, Steve Nash and Wesley Matthews are questionable, while Metta World Peace is out.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers prediction and preview

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Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 22 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Staples Center has been a tough place to play for the Blazers throughout the years, and that’s not expected to change at this point in the losing streak. The key matchup is going to be between Damian Lillard and Steve Nash. Wesley Matthews is questionable, while Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are out.

Why Damian Lillard should be in 2013 NBA All-Star Game

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NWSB insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox breaks down why Damian Lillard should have been elected to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. Lillard is just a rookie, but he’s having a standout season. He’s a top-15 player in both points and assists, and he plays a style of basketball that caters to All-Star Weekend. Plus, imagine what he could do with Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant on his side.

Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction & preview

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Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Oct. 31 matchup against the LA Lakers. The theme is going to be youth vs. experience. The Blazers have one of the youngest teams, while the Lakers have a veteran lineup looking to win right away. Damian Lillard versus Steve Nash is going to be fun for fans to watch, but the battle between LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol is going to be the key matchup. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are questionable.

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