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.

Captain America coming to Seattle & 4 players you’ve never heard of

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NWSB insider Clinton Bell is back with a piece about the 5 greatest players with Washington ties that you’ve never heard of. Sparked by the news of Clint Dempsey signing with the Seattle Sounders, Clinton thought it would be fun to explore some players who had success in their respective sports that aren’t really household names. Anchored by Dempsey, and finishing off with Gaylord Perry, have a read and see who you’ve missed.

A little bit of cardboard nostalgia

Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee not only shows his age with his latest post, but brings back the nostalgia to all of us “older” sports fans to the time when sports cards were our world. As a blog that brings you the news of the North West’s biggest teams, Steve brings us the rookie cards from the area’s biggest stars. Ken Griffey Jr, Pavel Bure, Spencer Haywood, Clyde Drexler, and Steve Largent can all be seen here in their most glorious cardboard glory.

Portland Trail Blazers: Bench roster, strengths & weaknesses

Trailblazers vs. Suns

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox talks about the strengths and weaknesses of Portland’s bench heading into the 2012/2013 NBA season. Heading into the new year, the Blazers are going to be one of the youngest teams in the league from the starting lineup to the 12th man, which should create for a number of ups and downs throughout the 2012-13 season. How will J.J. Hickson, Adam Morrison, Joel Freeland do in 2012?

Portland Trail Blazers: Starting Lineup, strengths & weaknesses

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Byrant Knox gives us his 2012 starting lineup strength and weaknesses breakdown for each player. With Meyers Leonard, Wesley Matthews at SG, LaMarcus Aldridge at PF, Rookie Damian Lillard at PG, and Nicolas Batum at SF RIP City has some real great players to build around. One thing we know pretty well at this point, is what each starting player brings to the table.

My starting five – Portland Trail Blazers all time starters

Brandon Roy

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin tells us the five players that make up his all time starting team in the next chapter of our Moments In Time series on Northwest sports teams. The players mentioned on this list include: Bill Walton, Brandon Roy, Scottie Pippen, Rasheed Wallace and Clyde Drexler. That sounds like a dream team to me!

Who fills the gap at Center for the Portland Trail Blazers?

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NWSB Writer Jonathan Irwin gives you his take on who can fill the role at center for the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s been a whirlwind week for the Portland Trail Blazers. Desperately trying to fill the void at center, it was announced Monday the team’s offer to RFA Roy Hibbert is going to be matched by Indiana. Then comes Wednesday, when it was announced that Euro league big man Joel Freeland will officially be making his way to Portland on a three-year deal.

Predicting the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2012 starting lineup

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Blazers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Byrant Knox gives us his 2012 projections and predictions for the Blazers starting lineup in the fall. Unless the Blazers pick up a big man in free agency, expect the youngsters to make starting debuts. The stating center spot in Portland goes to Meyers Leonard, Wesley Matthews at SG, LaMarcus Aldridge at PF, Rookie Damian Lillard at PG, and Nicolas Batum at SF.

Portland Trail Blazers: Is Roy Hibbert worth max money?

Roy Hibbert

NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Bryant Knox gives us the inside scoop on the maximum contract offer by the Blazers to Roy Hibbert. The team has a chance to be very good, very quickly, and if a max contract is what it takes to make that happen, than the answer is yes, Hibbert is worth the money. Meyers Leonard is ready to step into the paint in Portland, but is he ready to carry a team as the starting center?

The Northwest sports record books are made to be broken

Geroy Simon

NWSB Insider and sports blogger Steve Lee has a great article today on the record holders that grace that great northwest sports scene. In just under two weeks, BC Lions receiver Geroy Simon will cement his place in the CFL record books as the league’s all time receiver. Other northwest athletes are in the books too. Ichiro Suzuki, Shaun Alexander, Damon Stoudamire, Gary Payton, Henrik Sedin have their own Moments In Time.

Moments in time: Portland Trail Blazers draft busts

Sam Bowie

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee Stella tells us all about what true Rip City hoops fans already know. The Blazers have drafted poorly in their history. Possibly the poorest of all NBA teams. Many fans are well aware of the wisdom and success that was put into and come out of selecting such memorable names as Sebastian Telfair, Martell Webster, Greg Oden, LaRue Martin and Sam Bowie.

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.

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