NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Rick Stella tells us the Trail Blazers have made the decision to part ways with Nate McMillan, it was announced today by Team President Larry Miller. McMillan will no longer serve as Portland’s head coach. Assistant Coach Kaleb Canales has been named interim head coach. Also Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby were moved to New Jersey and Houston.
NWSB insider Steve Lee brings us news of deadline day trade between the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Jersey Nets. The Blazers receive Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and the Nets first round pick. The Blazers gave up Gerald Wallace for that, uh, haul. The first rounder is projected to be a lottery pick, does that count for anything?
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas tells us keeping Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton indicates that the team will go point guard shopping in the off-season after their contracts come off the books. Marcus Camby was already looking ahead to a Caribbean vacation at this point in the season. He was traded for Hasheem Thabeet and Jonny Flynn the Houston Rockets.
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 5th, 2012 edition. Greg Oden is out again. This has been Oden’s fourth knee surgery in his career and has been officially shut down. Did I mention that this week Kevin Love worked LaMarcus Aldridge to the tune of 42 points and 10 rebounds?
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.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Rick Stella wants to know what needs to change in RIP City to stop this inconsistent 2011/12 season. Does Nate McMillan need to leave? Does a trade need to be made? Lots of NBA rumors are out there, including a trade for Steve Nash. How is LaMarcus Aldridge’s ankle? Are these midseason hurdles most teams endure? The Blazers find themselves falling out of playoff contention.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green tells us the end of the season will show how Nicolas Batum’s contract situation plays out, but he for one would like to see him in a Blazers’ uniform for the next few years. The Blazers have experienced the qualifying offer situation first-hand in the last few off seasons, offering big free agent contracts to Paul Millsap in 2009 and Wesley Matthews in 2010.
Lifelong northwest hoops fan Steve Lee point out some great career accomplishments by the now retired Brandon Roy in his Moments In Time Blazers tribute. The former Portland Trailblazers, Washington Huskies, and Garfield High School wonder boy. Roy proved that he didn’t need to score in order to be a threat for the Blazers.
Jason Green one of our Portland Trailblazers bloggers reports on why its ok to pay $12,000 for an NBA jersey number. This week the newest Blazer, Jamal Crawford did just that. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard agreed to two-year deal with the Trail Blazers on Thursday. He was introduced at a news conference Friday, along with another Portland free-agent acquisition, forward Craig Smith. He then paid Luke Babbitt 12k for #11…
Portland Trailblazers roster recap as we get closer to the 2011 NBA season starting up. Jamal Crawford says the Portland Trail Blazers are where he belongs, but to bring him in the Blazers had to waive the retiring Brandon Roy. A tough pill to swallow for all northwest hoops fans. LaMarcus Aldridge has a heart condition, Greg Oden is Greg Oden, Kurt Thomas is coming in as is Craig Smith.
UW Huskies hoops blogger K-Shell tells us the Washington Huskies possible greatest player Brandon Roy is going to be missed by the Washington Huskies and Portland Trail Blazers fans as well as fans of good people. When Roy came to UW it marked a change in culture as he was the first big time recruit to stay home.
Jamal Crawford says the Portland Trail Blazers are “right there” in a three-team battle to sign him to a free agent deal. The Trailblazers need him, and want him. Is there any team in the NBA that’s having a more injury riddled lead up to the start of their 2011/12 NBA season than the Portland Trailblazers? Brandon Roy is retiring, LaMarcus Aldridge has a heart condition, Greg Oden is Greg Oden…