Trail Blazers: Should we expect possible Rip City struggles?

Meyers Leonard

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee gives us a few things to watch out for entering the Trail Blazers’ third week of the 2013 NBA preseason. Steve urges caution Rip City. If Damian Lillard was the engine that drove the Blazers last year, any sort of falters this season could be detrimental to the club. Last season the Blazers were among teams in the bottom of the standings, this year, the additions of Dorell Wright, C.J McCollum, Allen Crabbe should bump numbers up.

Portland Trail Blazers: A look back at the first half of the season

Blazers Lakers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee recaps the first half of the 2012-13 NBA season. There are key wins and key losses that have put the Blazers where they are today, which is one spot out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum have all had great seasons, which is why the team is playing better than most anticipated.

Rick’s Picks Week 11: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

LaMarcus Aldridge Tony Parker

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. The Blazers beat a struggling Heat team while helping their record, and LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews earn All-Star recognition, while Nicolas Batum takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.

One team’s trash could be the Trail Blazers treasure

Derek Fisher

NWSB basketball insider and Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee tells us At the very least, these players could help bridge the transition gap of a once promising lineup as the future Blazers learn the NBA ropes. With the Portland Trail Blazers in full rebuilding mode Leandro Barbosa, Derek Fisher, Michael Redd, Kenyon Martin are all possible players the could bolster the RIP city roster for opening day.

The Trail Blazers will fail to make the Playoffs in 2012/13

Terry Stotts Trail Blazers coach

NWSB Writer Steve Lee gives you his five reasons on why the Portland Trail Blazers will not make the playoffs in the upcoming basketball season. With the ever increasing talent surrounding the teams in the west, Portland lacks the depth, and talent to make a run for the postseason. Plus, there is the injury curse that plagues Rip City. All in all, this Blazers team is just too young and unexperienced to beat out the likes of Dallas for the final playoff spot.

Northwest 2012 NBA Draft Watch: Kentucky’s Terrence Jones

This is a look Blazers fans could get used to! (photo mattdavidky.blogspot.com)

NWSB Insider and Northwest sports blogger Steve Lee tells us five teams that should draft Terrence Jones in this years upcomming draft. Of course number 1 on this list it the Portland Trail Blazers, as Jones is a native Oregonian, but other than Portland, Steve tells us that the Phoenix Suns would be a nice place for him to land as well. Complementing Marcin Gortat, Markieef Moris, and Jared Dudely in a big lineup. In Portland, Jones could run the wing with Nic Batum moving to shooting guard.

Portland Trail Blazers 2011/12 final season player grades

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Blazers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writer Steve Lee has grades for the 2011/12 Blazers. RIP City finished the season 8 games out of a playoff spot. Jamal Crawford’s return to the Northwest did not end with as much fanfare as it start with. There wasn’t much that LaMarcus Aldridge did that could be classified as negative this season. Raymond Felton’s report card was a blueprint of a roller coaster.

Playing for jobs in Portland: Future rip city roster spots up for grabs

Nolan Smith

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Steve Lee weighs in today with a piece on the 2012/13 roster spots that are open for RIP City. He talks about J.J. Hickson, Joel Przybilla, Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, and Nic Batum. The future for these five gentlemen is up in the air.  Hickson and Felton have the opportunity to resign.

Nate McMillan – Fond memories of Mr. Seattle’s time in Portland

Nate McMillan

NWSB insider Rick Stella brings us a good one on recently departed Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan. A black cloud surrounded the team when McMillan took over in 2005, but he cleaned the team up quickly. After finally getting rid of the Jail Blazers nickname, McMillan moved on to lead the team to 2 50-win seasons and back to back playoff appearances.

State Of The Trailblazers: Weekly Notebook April 2nd

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 April 2nd, 2012 edition. Since the trade deadline, Jamal Crawford has been stuck in a Kobe Bryant like shooting slump, shooting 26% from the field. Once a promising young forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers, J.J. Hickson has looked good in RIP City.

Five trades the Portland Trail Blazers need to make (but probably won’t)

Wesley Matthews

NWSB Portland Trail Blazers insider Rick Stella weighs in with his five trades the Blazers should be looking at making in 2012. Its a fun take using the NBA trade machine. Portland moving Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, or Nicolas Batum for starters, getting back Steve Nash, D.J. Augustin, Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, and James Harden. Here are the five best trade options for Portland.

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