Rip City comes in #14 in the NBA watchability rankings

LaMarcus Aldridge is playing like the best power forward in the NBA. (Photo: Portland Trail Blazers' Facebook page)

No. 14? The NBA experts at USA today are counting us down towards the NBA season. They are going one team a day, from least-watchable to most, giving you an idea of what to keep an eye out for. USA TODAY’s Sean Highkin has rated Portland as the No. 14 most-watchable team in the NBA. Two […]

Portland Trail Blazers decline options on Williams, Smith & Babbitt

Luke Babbitt Oregonian

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ most recent roster moves. Nearly 24 hours before the team’s season opener, the Blazers opted to decline team options on Elliot Williams, Luke Babbitt and Nolan Smith for the 2013-14 season. All three players have the potential to make a roster next season, but at this point, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be in PDX.

Victoria BC’s Steve Nash goes Hollywood-signs with Lakers

Kobe Bryant & Steve Nash

NWSB Insider and Northwest basketball blogger Steve Lee brings us his thoughts on his beloved LA Lakers getting his favorite NBA player Steve Nash, also a BC – Canada boy. One season removed from being outted early in their playoff run, the Lakers in one swift move have put themselves back in the thick of the championship hunt. Steve says the Lakers and Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant is the greatest combination since peanut butter and jelly.

Indiana Pacers are a dark horse for Brandon Roy’s services

Brandon Roy

NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the latest news of northwest grown and former Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy. Due to Portland’s decision to waive Roy under the league’s amnesty clause, the guard cannot play for the Blazers until the 2014-15 season. Though many would like to see the Roy back on the team, we hear the Indiana Pacers have shown quite the interest. Also Portland is chasing Indiana center Roy Hibbert.

NBA Draft analysis: Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre to the Lakers

Robert Sacre

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.

Five moves Portland GM Neil Olshey needs to make

Neil Olshey

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella tells us the 5 moves new Blazers GM Neil Olshey needs to make for the Blazers to be competitive in 2012-13. By resigning JJ Hiskson, Olshey will have a player that is already comfortable with the system, and the core group of players. Of course if everybody in Rip City had their way, the newest Blazer this summer will be Steve Nash. Just look at his track record and ask yourself why you wouldn’t want this guy?

Can the Trailblazers make the right moves with picks 6 and 11?

LaMarucs Aldridge, Jamal Crawford

What might Portland do? Greg Oden or Kevin Durant? This question lingered for months leading up to the 2007 NBA Draft where the TrailBlazers overcame a 5% chance at the #1 overall pick in that year’s Draft lottery. The pick, used on Ohio State center Greg Oden, would later come back to haunt the Trail […]

New Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey: love ‘em and hate ‘em

Neil Olshey

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.

Will the Trail Blazers next General Manager please step up?

Rip City GM Search

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?

Managing the Portland Trail Blazers – Who will be the new GM?

Mitch Kupchak, Lakers

NWSB Insider Steve Lee has a major solution for the Portland TrailBlazers. With the coach/GM situation on the rocks, he gives us 5 suggestions for good replacements to take over reigns of the team. He lists Mitch Kupchak, Steve Kerr, John Hammond, Rich Cho/Kevin Pritchard, and Chad Buchanan as options. Take note, Paul Allen.

State Of The Trailblazers: Weekly Notebook | Coach Search March 21st

Kaleb Canales

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 March 21st, 2012 edition. With 23 games left at the time of the trade day implosion, it didn’t make a lot of sense for a team in search of an identity to get rid of two of the three pieces that fans have been attached to Gerald Wallace & Marcus Camby…did it?

Can two draft busts help the Portland Trail Blazers rebuild?

Trailblazers Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet

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.