Eerie similarities between the Canucks and the LA Lakers

Vancouver Canucks Los Angeles Lakers

NWSB Insider Steve Lee takes a look at two franchises that are not living up to expectations: the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are in shambles after a move that was supposed to see Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard leading the way, while the ‘Nucks are in rebuilding mode after trading Robert Luongo.

Honoring Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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NWSB Insider Steve Lee remembers the accomplishments of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the one-time face of the Vancouver Grizzlies franchise. Lee recaps the forward’s time across the NBA, including stints with the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers, and would love to see commissioner Adam Silver bring the Sacramento Kings, L.A. Lakers and Steve Nash to a game in BC for a chance to retire the Abdur-Rahim’s No. 3 jersey.

Where In The World Is Steve Nash?

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NWSB Insider and NBA Blogger Steve Lee wonders where in the world Steve Nash is. The former Phoenix Sun (and Dallas Maverick) has virtually disappeared with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Team Canadian hero has dealt with injuries throughout the twilight of his career, and now the question is: Can he lift L.A. to relevancy after failing to do so alongside Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in Year 1.

My 5 Northwest Current All-Star Five + One

Isaiah Thomas

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.

Northwest NBAers that need a big 2013-14 season

Steve Nash

NWSB Insider Steve Lee gives us a look at which NBA players from the Great Northwest must have a solid year during the 2013-14 season. First and foremost, Steve Nash must prove to the Los Angeles Lakers that he is still an elite point guard. Also making the list is Isiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers, Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards and Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors.

Crazy or confident? Damian Lillard predicts 46 wins for PDX in 2013-14

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down Damian Lillard’s recent prediction on ESPN’s TrueHoop TV that the Portland Trail Blazers will win 46 games during the 2013-14 NBA season. The question here is whether the Rookie of the Year is crazy or confident? Teams such as the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will be drastically improved, and even the Los Angeles Lakers can compete if Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are healthy. Rip City has the talent to push for Lillard’s prediction, but the competition will be stiff.

Steve Nash – Does he deserve better?

Steve Nash didn't experience the euphoria he thought he would with the Lakers during the 2012-13 season.

NWSB Insider and NBA Blogger Steve Lee breaks down whether or not Victoria BC’s Steve Nash is in a good situation with the Los Angeles Lakers. The expectations of the 2012-13 season were not met by Nash, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni. The team underperformed, Nash’s performance (and health) were questionable and the future of the team is in flux. There’s certainly ways for Nash to be more involved…

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers prediction and preview

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Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers’ Feb. 22 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Staples Center has been a tough place to play for the Blazers throughout the years, and that’s not expected to change at this point in the losing streak. The key matchup is going to be between Damian Lillard and Steve Nash. Wesley Matthews is questionable, while Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are out.

Portland Trail Blazers: A look back at the first half of the season

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee recaps the first half of the 2012-13 NBA season. There are key wins and key losses that have put the Blazers where they are today, which is one spot out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum have all had great seasons, which is why the team is playing better than most anticipated.

Northwest “Backcourt” hoopstars – Midseason evaluation

Steve Nash & Koby Bryant

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee breaks down what the NBA’s most prominent Northwest Hoops Stars have been up to over the last 30 days and hands out some grades. Llet’s take a quick look as to how players such as Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, Aaron Brooks, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, and Nate Robinson have been doing in 2013. It is not too late for the hometown boys to improve on their grades, but some extra credit work is much needed.

NCAA Hoops: Gonzaga’s unknown big man – Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Oylnyk Gonzaga

NWSB Insider Steve Lee brings us another addition to the Northwest Player Profile section of the NWSB. This time he tells us all about BC’s very own Kelly Olynyk, a 7 footer playing ball at Gonzaga.
During his first couple of years playing behind Robert Sacre, Olynyk didn’t see too many minutes, but now that he is the go to guy in the middle, he has stepped up his game.

Northwest Hoops Stars – New Years Edition

Brandon Roy

NWSB Blogger and NBA insider Steve Lee breaks down what the NBA’s most prominent Northwest Hoops Stars have to do to improve in the New Year. With about 10 games to go before we do a mid-season report card, let’s take a quick look as to how players such as Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Love, Brandon Roy, Aaron Brooks, Avery Bradley, Jason Terry, Terrence Ross and Nate Robinson can prosper in 2013.

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