NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin tells us the latest on the RIP CITY coaching search. Jerry Sloan is a no. Portland might have offered Phil Jackson a deal. Jackson may or may not have turned down that offer. Jackson is interested in a president/part-time coaching role with Brian Shaw. Neil Olshey might be trying to force Jackson out of the job. At this point, it’s impossible to say what’s going on with Rip City.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the Blazers acquisition of Jared Jeffries and Dan Gadzuric. Although Felton still has promise in him and has vowed to score 50 against Portland (ooo, we’re so scared), Gadzuric and Jeffries give Portland two veterans that should be able to help build and teach their youthful roster.
NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the Rose Garden, one of the premier venues for watching professional basketball. Even though the team has not witnessed prominent success since 2000, the Rose Garden Arena still remains one of the best places to watch an NBA game, even before the game starts. Mark Mason and an environmentally friendly atmosphere truly distinguish the Rose Garden from other arenas.
NWSB insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he loves and hates the Blazers offer sheet to Nicolas Batum. Re-signing him now would be the perfect time in his career to do so. He’s already a fan favorite and will grab a starting spot with a deal like this. On the other hand, he will need to produce more and the Blazers are hoping to avoid a bidding war for Batum.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate gets nostalgic today. With all the recent happenings in the fight to bring an NBA team back to Seattle, it tends to bring up old memories and open old wounds. Brandon opens that can of worms today and explains why he, as well as most others,still love their Seattle Sonics basketball team.
NWSB Insider Rick Stella brings a story out of Portland surrounding the Blazers and their 2012 GM search. A bevy of names have surfaced in Rip City. From Steve Kerr, to Mitch Kupchak, as well as Chris Mullin, and Bucks executive John Hammond, the Blazer’s effort is there, it’s just a matter of finding the right fit. Both Jeff Bower and David Morway have been tied to the position. Who will Paul Allen choose?
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox brings us reason to hope next year in Portland. With Steve Nash being a free agent, Portland Trail Blazers fans are hoping to see Nash in RIP City next season. Despite his age, he still brings lots to the table. Enough to give the Blazers a serious push at playoff contention. Nash is arguably the best pick-and-roll point guard in the NBA today.
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 writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 NBA off-season should hold for Raymond Felton in Rip City. Portland’s fans had a legitimate gripe. ESPN.com’s John Hollinger had Felton ranked #43 for point guards in his Player Efficiency Rating, which assesses a player’s per-minute productivity. Not good to say the least.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with a very touching and pleading letter to Trailblazers owner Paul Allen. Blair Thomas poses the question of who cares who the next GM or head coach will be if the owner doesn’t care about winning? Enough of the lottery picks, we don’t need another Greg Oden! We need an owner who is as passionate about this team as the fans in Rip City are.
NWSB Insider Blair Thomas asks five very important questions regarding the Portland TrailBlazers. With the off-season off and running for the Blazers, Blair poses some good questions to the franchise. What are the teams areas of concern and who will take over both the Coach and GM positions? The team has two players that other teams have strong interest in: Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.
NWSB Insider Rick Stella brings a story out of Portland surrounding the Blazers and Jamal Crawford. In a game at Phoenix, Crawford expressed his interest in joining the Suns next season…during the game. Blazers fans have every right to feel like they’ve been slapped across the face the same way they felt during most of the season.