NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writer Steve Lee has grades for the 2011/12 Blazers. RIP City finished the season 8 games out of a playoff spot. Jamal Crawford’s return to the Northwest did not end with as much fanfare as it start with. There wasn’t much that LaMarcus Aldridge did that could be classified as negative this season. Raymond Felton’s report card was a blueprint of a roller coaster.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Steve Lee weighs in today with a piece on the 2012/13 roster spots that are open for RIP City. He talks about J.J. Hickson, Joel Przybilla, Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, and Nic Batum. The future for these five gentlemen is up in the air. Hickson and Felton have the opportunity to resign.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Rick Stella examines the week that was in Rip City. After a weekend spent drowning away my sorrows for the loss of Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby, its time to try to figure out what the new guys actually bring to the team. Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet, and Mehmet Okur (Sort of), and Shawne Williams (Sort of) welcome to the Northwest.
NWSB insider and Trail Blazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his 2011-2012 Portland Blazers report card. He looks at positives like being on the Clippers heels at the top of the West and the re-emergence Jamal Crawford. He looks at concerns like the team’s inconsistency and Raymond Felton’s poor performance as of late. He also hands out his mid-season awards.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Blair Thomas isn’t exactly happy over the signing this week of Joel Przybilla. If Trail Blazers acting general manager Chad Buchanan does not want to address the Felton situation yet, that’s his prerogative. If Przybilla was playing like he did in his prime six years ago the move wouldn’t have made them a contender, so one can imagine what it means now.
State of the Portland Trail Blazers. Steve Lee our man with his pulse on the Trailblazers NBA Hoops beat is back with another edition of the Notebook. The January 15, 2012 edition. The next four stops on the road trip the Blazers will square off against New Orleans, Atlanta, Toronto and Detroit. The Marcus Camby injury hurts. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews are leading Rip City.
Portland Trail Blazers blogger Matt Martz tells us five things us fans can look forward to this year for Portland basketball. Namely watching Jamal Crawford who averaged 14.2 points per game last year in Atlanta. Without Brandon Roy, he’ll bring valuable firepower off the bench. As will a full season of Gerald Wallace and Kurt Thomas.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green reports the Blazers signed veteran center Kurt Thomas as he and the team agreed to terms on a two-year contract on Sunday. Thomas, who is the league’s oldest player at 39, will provide depth considering Greg Oden’s chronic knee problems. Veteran Marcus Camby is also in the mix in Portland. Brandon Roy has retired.