NWSB Writer Bryant Knox makes Portland Trail Blazers predictions as we approach the 2012/2013 NBA season. The Trail Blazers are a young, inexperienced group, but with so much potential waiting to be let loose, there could be some surprising results in 2013. In the news J.J. Hickson has been named the starting center. LaMarcus Aldridge is returning to full health. Damian Lillard will compete for Rookie of the Year.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin tells us the five players that make up his all time starting team in the next chapter of our Moments In Time series on Northwest sports teams. The players mentioned on this list include: Bill Walton, Brandon Roy, Scottie Pippen, Rasheed Wallace and Clyde Drexler. That sounds like a dream team to me!
NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us his analysis on the Gonzaga Bulldogs newest addition to the NBA, and more specific, the Los Angeles Lakers family. British Columbia, and Gonzaga product Robert Sacre was taken with the 60th pick by the Lakers, in a move that could be more benefitial to the Lakers depending on what happens with Pau Gasol. Sacre follows fellow Zags members Rony Turiaf, and Adam Morrison as members of the Lakers.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writer Blair Thomas has an opinion on the 2012 Rip City hiring of new GM and former Los Angeles Clippers GM Neil Olshey who yesterday was named to the same role on Monday, just three weeks after his team was eliminated in the second round of the NBA playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs and a regular season record of 40-26. Here are a few reasons to love it and hate it in Rip City.
NWSB Insider and Seattle U Redhawks blogger Blair Thomas tells us what it is that goes into being able to answer the question. Why am I a die hard fan of the Seattle U Basketball team?! Seattle University has tradition that other mid-majors in this region don’t have, plus Coach Cameron Dollar and his flock will begin WAC play in November.
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from Friday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers took the Lakers down to the wire, but just couldn’t pull it out in this one. LaMarcus Aldridge and newcomer J.J. Hickson both played well while Jamal Crawford continued to slide.
What a week for Shaquille O’Neal. He’s basically saying our Victoria BC boy Steve Nash doesn’t deserve two NBA MVP awards. In 2004-05, Nash took a 29 win team from the season before, and with a majority of the same key players as the year prior (minus Stephon Marbury), turned that squad into a 62 win team and the best regular season record in the NBA. Nash’s second MVP came as a bigger surprise to many around the league.