NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down which games on the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2013-14 schedule are most noteworthy entering the season. The NBA released its schedule recently, and the Blazers will open up the year against the Phoenix Suns. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers also make the list, as well as Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James and the Miami Heat coming to town is always exciting, but look for Greg Oden to draw the most attention.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers official 2013-14 NBA schedule. The team will open its season against the Phoenix Suns and its home opener will be a few days later against the San Antonio Spurs. The team has won 11 straight home openers, which is the same amount of nationally televised games it will play this season. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum will wrap up their season against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Steve Lee breaks down which players may not be in Rip City for the 2013-14 NBA season. Will Barton, Terrel Harris, Joel Freeland, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews make the list. Players such as Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum will have a huge influence on the aforementioned players’ Portland tenure.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down the rumors surrounding LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. ALdridge’s name has been dropped in trade rumors as of late. It was reported aroudn the NBA Draft that the power forward was unhappy in Portland, and soon after it was reported that his camp began discussing trades with Neil Olshey. David Lee has already been offered to the Blazers, but Portland declined.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps Damian Lillard’s time at the Team USA Minicamp in Las Vegas and gives us a few things to take away from the yougnster’s experience. Despite Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving running the show, Lillard made it clear that he is a superstar and that he belongs in FIBA competition. The point guard also showed that he’s working on defense at this stage in his career.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers Las Vegas Summer League and gives us his takeaways from the team’s showing. Meyers Leonard tried to show he can shoot the three-pointer; relatively unsuccessfully. Thomas Robinson is an energy guy who can rebound. CJ McCollum can score; however, he needs to facilitate more. It’s also fair to wonder if Allen Crabbe was actually a steal in the draft or not.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down both the good and the bad regarding the Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt spots entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The guards have added depth in CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe, which is a good thing. The problem is that inexperience an be a problem, and a player like Will Barton isn’t helping that category. Shooting will be improved, especially if Wesley Mattews is healthy. And with Damian Lillard scoring and making plays for Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, things can’t be all bad.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Jason Hartzog recaps what it was like being at the Rose Garden during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion built a near-insurmountable lead heading into the fourth quarter. Than a shot by Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge gave the team hope. Roy’s heroics brought the team back in one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson grades Neil Olshey’s first year as the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Coming to the Blazers from the Clippers, Olshey had to deal with an organization that was in a rut and in a mess. All he did was execute two outstanding drafts while securing talent that will help push Portland into the playoffs in the near future. He missed on Roy Hibbert, helped secure JJ Hickson, retained Nicolas Batum, and secured several veterans.
NWSB insider and Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down his take on four players with a tough road to making Portland’s opening night roster. The Blazer’s have taken on a lot of talent this offseason, which leaves plenty of names to shave before fall. Topping Jon’s list are names like Wesley Matthews and Thomas Robinson.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Las Vegas summer league tournament with five questions. Knox wonders if the second-year players, such as Meyers Leonard, Will Barton, Joel Freeland and Victor Claver have improved. He also wonders what Damian Lillard’s role will be, and whether CJ McCollum can run an offense. Finally, he asks who will make the final roster and if Allen Crabbe and Thomas Robinson are ready to compete.
NWSB Editor recaps the Portland Trail Blazers’ introduction of Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Earl Watson. A press conference including Neil Olshey and Terry Stotts gave fans insight as to how the players were acquired. What we can take away from the presser is that Wright, Robinson and Lopez all fill needs, while Lopez will be the starter from day one. Watson will come in and mentor Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.