RiP City impressions: Rookie PG Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard Terry Stotts

NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Damian Lillard’s performance through the early party of 2012. The young point guard from Weber State has been impressive so far as he has shown all it takes to be a standout point guard at the NBA level. Through four games, Lillard has played an average of 37 minutes, shot just over 40% from the field, made roughly 94% of his free throws, and scored 19.3 points per game.

Portland’s pipeline to Kentucky is paying dividends for Calipari’s ‘Cats

Kyle Wiltjer

NWSB Insider and northwest basketball blogger Blair Thomas tells us about two young men leading Kentucky to the 2012 Final four this week in New Orleans. Kyle Wiltjer entered the season as part of one of Kentucky’s most heralded basketball classes with guard Marquis Teague and forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. Terrence Jones has averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and started 35 of 38 games.

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.

Trailblazers Day Dream: Opening Night in RIP City…If Only

Trailblazers Daydream

Northwest hoops blogger Steve Lee had a day dream the other day, or was it a nightmare. As the Portland Trailblazers welcomed the Denver Nuggets in for their 2011/12 home opener. Did it really happen? The stadium and the game remain locked out, at least until the end of November and most likely beyond. No Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, or Greg Oden…yet.