NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down each contest Damian Lillard will be participating in as he makes history at All-Star Weekend. The Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest, the Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 23 matchup with the Indiana Pacers. The Blazers are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season, and they’re facing an Indiana team that has defeated its last five West Coast opponents, including the Memphis Grizzlies twice. The key matchup can be found at the small forward position between Paul George and Nicolas Batum. Damian Lillard and Danny Granger are questionable.
NWSB insider Steve Lee brings us an NBA draft preview piece today. Where will the University of Washington’s Tony Wroten land in this year’s 2012 NBA Draft? Steve lists 5 possible destinations. Many envision Wroten to fall into the role of a player similar to that of Larry Hughes, Gilbert Arenas or Seattle grown Michael Dickerson when he hits the bigtime. Could it be for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012?
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?
Northwest Sports Beat basketball insider Steve Lee takes the NBA All Star Dunk Contest to town saying it’s watered down WWE Wrestling. Just kidding, but he does liken it to the all hype, no fun Wrestlemania. Who won? Who will we see from the past? Check it oooout!