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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee gives us a look at former Washington Husky Tony Wroten. After his one-and-done year for the Dawgs, many people thought Wroten should have stayed to define his raw talent a bit more. But the Memphis Grizzlies took a chance on him, and it seemed like their gamble didn’t pay off, as he saw little time on the floor for the Grizz. But now in his second year he is seeing new life on a new team; the Philadelphia 76ers.
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 Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Steve Lee talks about Gary Payton, his career in Seattle and the NBA, and his recent enshrinement into the NBA Hall of Fame. With roots in Oakland, Payton dazzled the northwest at Oregon State and eventually found himself as being the No. 2 Draft Pick by the Supersonics in the 1990 NBA Draft. The rest, as they like to say, is history.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us a quick look at Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard entering his sophomore season. Where the 7’1″ big man excels is in transition and in the mid-range. Where he needs to improve is in his strength, as well as his low-post offense and defense. Expect to see him learn behind Robin Lopez, and expect him to be thrown into the mix a bit more alongside Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge.