Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Oct. 31 matchup against the LA Lakers. The theme is going to be youth vs. experience. The Blazers have one of the youngest teams, while the Lakers have a veteran lineup looking to win right away. Damian Lillard versus Steve Nash is going to be fun for fans to watch, but the battle between LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol is going to be the key matchup. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are questionable.
NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the Rose Garden, one of the premier venues for watching professional basketball. Even though the team has not witnessed prominent success since 2000, the Rose Garden Arena still remains one of the best places to watch an NBA game, even before the game starts. Mark Mason and an environmentally friendly atmosphere truly distinguish the Rose Garden from other arenas.
NWSB insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his reasons why he loves and hates the Blazers offer sheet to Nicolas Batum. Re-signing him now would be the perfect time in his career to do so. He’s already a fan favorite and will grab a starting spot with a deal like this. On the other hand, he will need to produce more and the Blazers are hoping to avoid a bidding war for Batum.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trailblazers blogger Blair Thomas weighs in with the impact of the LaMarcus Aldridge injury on the team and RIP City in general. Purely, from a financial perspective, the team will lose money with a minimal drop in ticket sales for the last two games. Despite the “sell-outs” there were a plethora of empty seats at the Rose Garden on Wednesday night.
NWSB insider and Trail Blazers blogger Blair Thomas brings us his 2011-2012 Portland Blazers report card. He looks at positives like being on the Clippers heels at the top of the West and the re-emergence Jamal Crawford. He looks at concerns like the team’s inconsistency and Raymond Felton’s poor performance as of late. He also hands out his mid-season awards.
NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Blair Thomas isn’t exactly happy over the signing this week of Joel Przybilla. If Trail Blazers acting general manager Chad Buchanan does not want to address the Felton situation yet, that’s his prerogative. If Przybilla was playing like he did in his prime six years ago the move wouldn’t have made them a contender, so one can imagine what it means now.