NWSB Editor Bryant Knox looks ahead at the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule for the rest of the 2014 NBA season. With the playoffs around the corner, Rip City has a chance to take advantage of lighter opponents, such as the Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. Damian Lillard recognizes that confidence is a good thing, but the team must remain vigilant, as it’s been trending the wrong direction since a hot start.
NWSB Steve Lee breaks down the NBA’s potential of adding a team in Europe, explaining how a franchise in Vancouver or Seattle makes far more sense. Although the Grizzlies and Sonics have left their respective towns, a team like the Milwaukee Bucks could look to relocate. The Pacific Northwest would be an ideal spot.
NWSB Insider Steve Lee gives us a look at his 2014 NBA-All Stars from the Northwest. Isaiah Thomas, Jamal Crawford, Martell Webster, Terrence Jones and Spencer Hawes all make the starting lineup, while Tony Wroten comes in as the sixth man off the bench.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went 2-1, losing to the Houston Rockets and defeating the Sacramento Kings twice. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of preaching defense behind the scenes. That said, he must find a way to get the team, including Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge, to defend the paint. Up and coming is a relatively easy schedule, but Wesley Matthew, Damian Lillard and crew have yet to play a close game…
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox brings us his weekly video recap of the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 2, the team from the Pacific Northwest went 2-1, dropping the first game to the Houston Rockets and redeeming itself twice against the Sacramento Kings. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Joel Freeland are among the players who stood out the most for Rip City.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox recaps the previous week’s star player for the Portland Trail Blazers. In Week 2, honors go to LaMarcus Aldridge. In contests against the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings (twice), L.A. averaged 21 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks. He also shot an impressive 50 percent from the field. The only areas where he can improve is on the glass — although Robin Lopez will help.
NWSB Insider Ben Lypka looks at former Vancouver Grizzlies players and ranks which ones went on to have the most successful post-Vancouver days. Greg Anthony, Shareef Abdul-Rahim, Antonio Daniels, Mike Bibby and Bryant Reeves all make the list. We’re approaching 12 years since the Grizzlies moved to the bustling metropolis of Memphis.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sonics Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us to have patience, the Sonics will return to the NBA. It may not be for a couple years, but with the plan that Chris Hansen cemented with the city, it seems that he didn’t expect immediate results either. But, with the outgoing David Stern, the NBA will be in the hands of Adam Silver, who has said himself he wants the NBA to return to Seattle. So don’t hold your breath as Jonas says, we will see our Sonics back again in the very near future.
PROUD Seattle SuperSonics blogger Brandon Choate gives us a glimpse into the mind of a suffering Sonics fan. After the attempt to buy and relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle failed, fans were left wondering why. Brandon points his finger at the #1 enemy – David Stern. Between using his power for the wrong reasons and being childish at the same time, Stern managed to leave Seattle fans even more angry than before.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us all a Portlander’s perspective on the situation regarding the Seattle Supersonics and the Sacramento Kings. It’s easy to sympathize with the city of Seattle, as having a team and a player like Kevin Durant ripped away would be devastating. However, empathizing with the city of Sacramento can’t be ignored, as Portlanders would fight to the death to keep their team.
NWSB Insider Chris Hall recaps the ongoing saga that is the potential sale of the Sacramento Kings. The emotions of Seattleites have been pulled and tugged at throughout this process. Starting with rumors of the team being sold, people from the great Northwest began to feel as if they may finally see the return of the Seattle Supersonics. Now, that move is up in the air despite the Maloofs’ desire to sell, sell, sell.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gets you up to date on the hilarity that has become Sacramento’s attempt to keep their Kings and the way they have called out the city of Seattle. “This was the middle finger to Sacramento,” writes Voison. “This was scummy and dirty, was over the top and down in the gutter, and frankly was a classic example of why so many folks are turned off by professional sports. What do you tell the kids? Seriously.”