NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs. Suns matchup. The Headline: the Suns come out blazing, shooting a near 60 percent against an ailing Portland team. The duel rookies Lillard and Leonard play pretty good ball, but a lack of defense and control lets the Suns runaway with this one.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox tells us why Brandon Roy was such a beloved figure in PDX. The form UW Huskies star gave his all night in and night out in RIP City. Today he’s back to make a comeback. Signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Any fan of Roy’s will be happy to see him back in the basketball world. A career 35.2 percent shooter from beyond the arch. Hope for the best.
NWSB insider Steve Lee brings us an NBA draft preview piece today. Where will the University of Washington’s Terrence Ross land in this year’s 2012 NBA Draft? Steve lists 5 possible destinations. Many envision Ross falling to the New Orleans Hornets, the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, or Boston Celtics. Pegged as a mid first round selection when he first declared for June’s draft.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox brings us reason to hope next year in Portland. With Steve Nash being a free agent, Portland Trail Blazers fans are hoping to see Nash in RIP City next season. Despite his age, he still brings lots to the table. Enough to give the Blazers a serious push at playoff contention. Nash is arguably the best pick-and-roll point guard in the NBA today.
NWSB Insider Rick Stella brings a story out of Portland surrounding the Blazers and Jamal Crawford. In a game at Phoenix, Crawford expressed his interest in joining the Suns next season…during the game. Blazers fans have every right to feel like they’ve been slapped across the face the same way they felt during most of the season.
NWSB managing editor Q brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recaps Monday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns. The Blazers are officially out of the running for the 2012 playoffs. Coach Canales has been preaching defense, so he had to be extremely disappointed in last night’s effort. You could make a solid argument that J.J. Hickson has been Portland’s best player.
What a week for Shaquille O’Neal. He’s basically saying our Victoria BC boy Steve Nash doesn’t deserve two NBA MVP awards. In 2004-05, Nash took a 29 win team from the season before, and with a majority of the same key players as the year prior (minus Stephon Marbury), turned that squad into a 62 win team and the best regular season record in the NBA. Nash’s second MVP came as a bigger surprise to many around the league.
Washington Huskies insider Brandon Choate brings you a comparison of great magnitude from the UW Hoops program. With the debate ongoing about whether current Dawgs Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross will go pro after the conclusion of this season, he brings comparison to two ex-Huskies who were in similar situations. Detlef Schrempf and Nate Robinson were both chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Matt Martz weighs in with his Love’Em & Hate’Em column for the Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns game on Friday night. Steve Nash had a perfect night from the field en route to a 17-point, nine-assist performance. LaMarcus Aldridge countered with 14 for Portland. The rest of the starting five combined for just 21 points on 6-for-21 shooting.
Steve Lee weighs in with what we can expect out of BC basketball legend Steve Nash now that the 2011/12 NBA season has tipped off. National teams, community basketball leagues, charity foundations and games, film director and all around good guy are part what makes up the basketball star that is Steve Nash.
Another North West Athlete in the spotlight today. Current NBA basketball player Steve Nash from Victoria, British Columbia. Matt Larkin points out the Phoenix Suns point guard is a sure fire hall of famer! In addition to the two MVPs, Nash is a seven-time All-Star; he’s first all-time in NBA free-throw percentage; he’s ninth in assists per game and a five-time assist champion…