NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gives you his three most disappointing players from Portland’s opening night loss to the Phoenix Suns last night. With expectations high for the 2013 season, the Blazers and their bench fell flat as the Suns powered past a winded Portland squad. Robin Lopez, Mo Williams, and Nicolas Batum were players who needed to step their games up a little more.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the Blazers’ victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in Minnesota. Portland entered the fourth quarter leading the T-Wolves 77-58, a relatively large margin by NBA standards. But despite this big lead, the game turned interesting as Minnesota was able to put on an impressive fourth quarter, scoring 40 points along the way. A huge block by LaMarcus Aldridge that stopped what could have been a game-tying shot with the clock winding down.
NWSB Insider and Northwest basketball blogger Steve Lee asks the question, which current NBA team could make the move to Seattle? With the thought that Seattle would be aquiring a current NBA team that will relocate to Seattle once Chris Hanson’s new SODO arena is built. Sacramento would bring Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins. And then there’s the thought of expansion, but who really wants that to happen?
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the recent news that the ex-Blazer Jamal Crawford will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Opting out of his second year with the Blazers, Crawford became a free-agent and per a report by the LA Times will sign with the Clippers once the NBA moratorium on free agent signings is lifted. Despite being from around the area, Crawford would like another change of scenery.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with the impact of the LaMarcus Aldridge injury on the team and RIP City in general. Purely, from a financial perspective, the team will lose money with a minimal drop in ticket sales for the last two games. Despite the “sell-outs” there were a plethora of empty seats at the Rose Garden on Wednesday night.
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.
Seattle Washington blogger Clinton Bell tells us to all keep our fingers crossed, and mark your calendars for March 1st. There will be green and gold in Seattle once again! Christopher Hanson, a San Francisco businessman and Seattle native, has recently purchased a lot just south of Safeco Field in Seattle. Plans are to build an arena to attract a NBA franchise and NHL franchise to the city of Seattle.
NWSB insider Steve Lee tells us If the Blazers ever need to dip into the PAST to grab an all-star team, he would choose these 5 guys. Brandon Roy, Clyde Drexler, Greg Oden, Jerome Kersey and Arvydas Sabonis. The Blazers would give any team fits with this lineup. Plus check out Steve’s bonus selection, the one guy he doesn’t want back in JR Rider.
Steve Lee weighs in with what we can expect out of BC basketball legend Steve Nash now that the 2011/12 NBA season has tipped off. National teams, community basketball leagues, charity foundations and games, film director and all around good guy are part what makes up the basketball star that is Steve Nash.
In NBA news Portland Trailblazers team president Larry Miller called all the candidates he had considered for the job over that span this past Thursday and told them they were out of the running. The Blazers are starting over, and the new list may or may not include Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and ex-New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower.