NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his opinion of the Portland Trail Blazers after their first two preseason games. So far, we’ve seen LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo Williams, Nicolas Batum and CJ McCollum fall to injuries. As a result, the bench hasn’t looked nearly as good as it was supposed to be. The good news is that Thomas Robinson has shown he can be an enforcer on the boards, even if he did get tossed for throwing an elbow against the Phoenix Suns.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jason Hartzog takes a look at the 2013-14 schedule, giving us his pros and cons. On the plus side, the team starts out the season on KGW. Fans in Rip City who don’t have Comcast will have a chance to see LaMarcus Aldridge and crew open the year against the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news, as Hartzog references a Blazersedge article by Ben Goliver that points out long road trips and back-to-backs.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jason Hartzog offers up his predictions about the 2013-14 NBA season. ESPN recently projected Rip City to finish 10th in the Western Conference. However, following the moves to bring in Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, CJ McCollum, Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright, a seventh or eight seed seems more likely. Don’t forget about Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, either. Two of those guys could be all-stars.
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 Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog talks about the Blazers’ depth at forward in the coming season. After being mocked for having no depth at all, Portland went into the offseason with a bang and solidified their depth chart, making them a very potent team who could very well contend in the near future. Among the biggest additions the Blazers made were Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson, players who will look to make an impact in PDX.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox makes the argument that the Portland Trail Blazers have found success during the NBA offseason despite missing out on a big-time move. While fans across the league have been drooling over Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, Neil Olshey has brought in Robin Lopez, C.J. McCollum, Thomas Robinson, Allen Crabbe and Dorell Wright. Those moves aren’t sexy, but they do add to a bench that desperately needed help.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about Nate McMillan’s recent comments on Raymond Felton and his time with the Portland Trail Blazers. Noting that the Felton that has performed well for the New York Knicks in this year’s NBA Playoffs was the Felton Portland envisioned having, former head coach McMillan said that Felton’s weight likely played a big part in him not really succeeding with the Blazers.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog gives five tips to the Portland Trail Blazers that, if followed, will lead them to the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Aside from building off of the success of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland needs to find a more defensive minded center, draft the best available player, and add some depth to their roster that they don’t currently have.
NWSB Insider Bryant Knox breaks down how Gary Payton can help Damian Lillard become a better defender for the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard has a ton of confidence on offense, and if there’s anybody who can help transfer confidence to defense, it’s the Glove. According to Jason Quick of The Oregonian, the two Oakland natives have talked, and they plan on working on Lillard’s defensive game during the 2013 offseason.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger breaks down whether or not PDX should have mutual interest in signing Jermaine O’Neal during the 2013 NBA offseason. According to reports, O’Neal is interested in returning to the city where he began his career. Portland traded O’Neal just four years into a career for Dale Davis, who was supposed to help stop Shaquille O’Neal out West. Now the Blazers need a mentor to Meyers Leonard.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Bryant Knox breaks down the top 5 point guards in Rip City. Today’s NBA point guards rule the association, but back in the day of the big man, elite floor generals were tough to come by. Despite only playing one season, 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard makes the cut. The other players to make the list are Rod Strickland, Damon Stoudamire, Geoff Petrie and Terry Porter also make the list.