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.

I’m a diehard fan of Portland Timbers Soccer because…

Where else can you see a chainsaw wielding lumberjack for a cheerleader? (Photo - portlandwiki.org)

NWSB insider and Portland Timbers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he is a die hard fan of Portland Timbers soccer! With the love that the Timbers Army, and Timber Joey give, there is no place like Portland in North America to watch a soccer match. Jeld-Wen Field is filled to the rafters for each game, with the rabid Timbers supporters. The Cascadia Cup brings the Tri-City geographical rivalries back to the spotlight in the Pacific Northwest.

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?

Five big men the Trail Blazers should pursue for 2012-13

J.J. Hickson

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 Rip City folks should do this off-season. He targets the Big Men. Andre Drummond, J.J. Hickson, Kris Humphries, Omer Asik are just a few of the names he says the Trail Blazers need to go after. Portland’s front line was as thin as tracing paper and will unlikely get any better in the 2012 NBA draft.

Trailblazers Off-season analysis: Raymond Felton much ado about nothing

Portland vs. Houston

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers writers Blair Thomas has an opinion on what the 2012 NBA off-season should hold for Raymond Felton in Rip City. Portland’s fans had a legitimate gripe. ESPN.com’s John Hollinger had Felton ranked #43 for point guards in his Player Efficiency Rating, which assesses a player’s per-minute productivity. Not good to say the least.

Sea-Pinion! Is Pete Carroll’s long term fit with the Seattle Seahawks?

Pete Carroll

NWSB Seattle Seahawks writer Insider Steve weighs in with his opinions on the coaching results and record of one Pete Carroll. The upcoming 2012 season (year 2, but really year 3) is a vital step in the rebuilding process for he and John Schneider. More high motor, high skill-set play makers have been added to the mix and Carroll’s roster is taking the mold of what he envisioned for his return to the NFL.

An open letter to Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen

Paul Allen

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with a very touching and pleading letter to Trailblazers owner Paul Allen. Blair Thomas poses the question of who cares who the next GM or head coach will be if the owner doesn’t care about winning? Enough of the lottery picks, we don’t need another Greg Oden! We need an owner who is as passionate about this team as the fans in Rip City are.

Moments in time…Clinton’s Seattle Sounders FC from A-Z

Kasey Keller

NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us his Seattle Sounders FC A to Z moments in time. From the days of the NASL, through the USL, and up to present day in the MLS. The Sounders have had a few stellar names come through. Steve Zakuani, Kasey Keller, and Michael Gspurning to name a few. Plus first class ownership in Paul Allen, and Drew Carey.

NWSB 2012 Portland TrailBlazers Post-Season Recap

Kaleb Canales, Portland Trail Blazers

NWSB Insider Blair Thomas asks five very important questions regarding the Portland TrailBlazers. With the off-season off and running for the Blazers, Blair poses some good questions to the franchise. What are the teams areas of concern and who will take over both the Coach and GM positions? The team has two players that other teams have strong interest in: Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Seattle Seahawks 2012 QB competition will be close! Jackson vs. Flynn

Tarvaris Jackson

NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church weighs in on the upcoming 2012 Seahawks quarterback competition between incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, and newcomer Matt Flynn. Jackson has struggled consistently with his decision making skills. Flynn needs work in completely different areas. He lacks the velocity that is expected for most NFL starters (but so did Matt Hasselbeck!).

Five key ways the LaMarcus Aldridge injury impacts Rip City

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with the impact of the LaMarcus Aldridge injury on the team and RIP City in general. Purely, from a financial perspective, the team will lose money with a minimal drop in ticket sales for the last two games. Despite the “sell-outs” there were a plethora of empty seats at the Rose Garden on Wednesday night.

Northwest Coach Profiles: Kaleb Canales

Kaleb Canales

Another North West Coach in the spotlight today. Current Portland Trailblazers interim head coach Kaleb Canales. Blair Thomas one of our Portland sports area bloggers points out the rise of Caneles to NBA head coach has been propelled and complimented with testimonies from former Blazers personnel that support both of Canales’ best qualities: Brandon Roy, and Dante Cunningham for starters.

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