NWSB Editor Bryant Knox explains why the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard should decline his invitation to participate in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. Simply put, Lillard needs rest if he wants to help LaMarcus Aldridge and the rest of his teammates down the stretch. Not to mention guys like Vince Carter, Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan have set the bar too high for today’s expectations.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Steve Lee talks about Gary Payton, his career in Seattle and the NBA, and his recent enshrinement into the NBA Hall of Fame. With roots in Oakland, Payton dazzled the northwest at Oregon State and eventually found himself as being the No. 2 Draft Pick by the Supersonics in the 1990 NBA Draft. The rest, as they like to say, is history.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox takes a trip down memory lane and recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ five worst draft picks in franchise history. Greg Oden, Sam Bowie, LaRue Martin, Martell Webster and Sebastian Telfair all make the list. With the 2013 draft right around the corner, let’s hope Portland grabs someone closer in talent and potential to Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
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, though LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and JJ Hickson earn All-Star recognition, while JJ Hickson takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the biggest ‘What If?’ questions in Portland Trail Blazers franchise history. ESPN recently aired its documentary “Going Big” about the Blazers drafting Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan, but this is just one of many situations in which Portland saw itself moving in a completely opposite direction. Kevin Durant, Larry Bird, Chris Paul and Bob McAdoo could have all been Blazers.
Northwest Sports Beat basketball insider Steve Lee takes the NBA All Star Dunk Contest to town saying it’s watered down WWE Wrestling. Just kidding, but he does liken it to the all hype, no fun Wrestlemania. Who won? Who will we see from the past? Check it oooout!
Q breaks down the five best Seattle Supersonics coaches over their team history. Thru the years the Sonics had some legendary teams. Let’s not forget as well that they have 1 NBA title, and have had a ton of solid players. Lenny Wilkins leads the pack, George Karl, Bill Russell, Nate McMillan, and Paul Westphal make the list too.