NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella gives us his weekly Rick’s Picks, naming the All-Star performances showcased in Rip City. Portland opened the new season in stunning fashion, going 2-2 over their first four games, with one of the wins being notched against the Lakers. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum earn All-Star recognition.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about the recent news that the ex-Blazer Jamal Crawford will be playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. Opting out of his second year with the Blazers, Crawford became a free-agent and per a report by the LA Times will sign with the Clippers once the NBA moratorium on free agent signings is lifted. Despite being from around the area, Crawford would like another change of scenery.
NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the latest news of northwest grown and former Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy. Due to Portland’s decision to waive Roy under the league’s amnesty clause, the guard cannot play for the Blazers until the 2014-15 season. Though many would like to see the Roy back on the team, we hear the Indiana Pacers have shown quite the interest. Also Portland is chasing Indiana center Roy Hibbert.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Meyers Leonard, Portland’s second pick in the 1st round of the 2012 NBA Draft (11th overall). After weeks of working out many athletes and reviewing countless hours of film, the Blazers found themselves drafting Meyers Leonard from Illinois with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Leonard’s greatest strength is probably his size and ability.
NWSB Editor and Writer Chris Anderson talks about Will Burton, Portland’s second round pick out of the University of Memphis in the 2012 NBA Draft. After weeks of working out many athletes and reviewing countless hours of film, the Blazers found themselves drafting Will Barton from Illinois with the 40th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Though he may be an average player in the NBA, Barton can nonetheless contribute significantly to the Blazers.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox brings us reason to hope next year in Portland. It’s his 2012 NBA draft preview. And some possible #6 and #11 draft selections who could find their way onto the 2012 Portland Trailblazers roster. A top player could be Bradley Beal, the shooting guard from the University of Florida is considered a top-three pick in the upcoming 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 and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas reacts to the news out of RIP City recently for people calling for Coach Nate McMillen’s head. Portland fans are hopeless romantics when it comes to their Blazers. and the innocence is cute in a way. This blog post is not an excuse for McMillian but rather a legitimate reason for his inability to win with his roster.