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Damian Lillard: Face of the NBA?

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox discusses the meteoric rise Damian Lillard has seen in the marketing world. The NBA star has become a hosuehold name thanks to features in commercials with Adidas, Madden 15, NBA Live 15, Foot Locker and Champ Sports. Lillard is even sharing the screen with greats such as John Wall, Karl Malone, Barry Sanders, Kevin Hart and Dave Franco.

Takeaways from Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 NBA schedule

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox takes a look at Rip City’s schedule after the NBA released the 2014-15 regular-season schedule for the entire league. Knox covers the good, the bad and the top games including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and, of course, LeBron James’ and Kevin Love’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

How Kevin Love trade impacts Portland Trail Blazers

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NWSB Editor and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how news of a Kevin Love impacts Rip City. The trade was confirmed by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, and it is set to feature Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rip City Recognition: 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers awards

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the 2013-14 NBA season by handing out awards to certain players on the Portland Trail Blazers. Featured awards are: MVP, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man, Rookie of the Year, Best Newcomer and Best Moment. Featured players are: Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Mo Williams,

Portland Trail Blazers show urgency with 2014 NBA playoffs looming

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a look at how things have turned around for the Portland Trail Blazers with the NBA playoffs around the corner. The return of LaMarcus Aldrige has helped, but it’s a sense of urgency – largely from Wesley Matthews — that has helped Rip City reach another high point in this roller coaster of a season.

5 things we must see from Portland Trail Blazers down the stretch

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down where the Portland Trail Blazers must improve down the stretch of the NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews need to rediscover their three-point shots. Getting LaMarcus Aldridge and Joel Freeland will also be helpful, and losing to bad teams will no longer be acceptable.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 18

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 18, honors go to Will Barton, as we recognize his achievements in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland. His biggest showing came against Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets.

New Commish But Same Old Story

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NWSB Steve Lee breaks down the NBA’s potential of adding a team in Europe, explaining how a franchise in Vancouver or Seattle makes far more sense. Although the Grizzlies and Sonics have left their respective towns, a team like the Milwaukee Bucks could look to relocate. The Pacific Northwest would be an ideal spot.

Honoring Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee remembers the accomplishments of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the one-time face of the Vancouver Grizzlies franchise. Lee recaps the forward’s time across the NBA, including stints with the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers, and would love to see commissioner Adam Silver bring the Sacramento Kings, L.A. Lakers and Steve Nash to a game in BC for a chance to retire the Abdur-Rahim’s No. 3 jersey.

Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 14

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s featured player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 14, honors go to Damian Lillard, as we recognize his recent All-Star berth as a reserve alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. In two matchups against the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors, he averaged 6.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

Where In The World Is Steve Nash?

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NWSB Insider and NBA Blogger Steve Lee wonders where in the world Steve Nash is. The former Phoenix Sun (and Dallas Maverick) has virtually disappeared with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Team Canadian hero has dealt with injuries throughout the twilight of his career, and now the question is: Can he lift L.A. to relevancy after failing to do so alongside Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in Year 1.

My 5 Northwest Current All-Star Five + One

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee gives us a look at his 2014 NBA-All Stars from the Northwest. Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford, Martell Webster, Terrence Jones and Spencer Hawes all make the starting lineup, while Tony Wroten comes in as the sixth man off the bench.

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