NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went a perfect 4-0, taking down the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of sticking to his game plan. Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum have all been hot from downtown, and Stotts is playing to their strengths. Unfortunately, the team is getting down early, which could be a problem late in the year.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went a perfect 5-0, taking down the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of letting his roster play its game. LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews are all allowed to take quick shots, and they take full advantage. Unfortunately, the coach is falling into the trap of playing his starters too many minutes.
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 gives us his weekly analysis of Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Terry Stotts. This past week, the team went 2-1, losing to the Phoenix Suns and defeating the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Throughout the week, Stotts did a good job of establishing a rotation between Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams. That said, he must find a way to get the starters fewer minutes, and getting Meyers Leonard more time will help also.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox takes us on another trip down memory lane, recapping the Portland Trail Blazers’ top 5 head coaches of all time. Terry Stotts is currently leading the way, but he’s far from making the list. The top 5 currently comprises Nate McMillan, Jack Ramsay, Rick Adelman, Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy. In Bryant’s opinion arguably the most fun time to be a fan was in the early 90s. Those fans were lucky.
Jason Hartzog grades the job that Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts did during the 2012-13 NBA season. Rip City gave Stotts his third attempt at being a head coach, and he did well considering the roster he was handed. Placing Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge was a recipe for success from the beginning, but allowing Nicolas Batum to become an integral part of the offense is what pushed him toward All-Star levels.
NWSB inside and Blazers blogger Jon Irwin reports on what he thinks are the odds for Portland players to bring home top NBA honors. Leading the way is Damian Lillard, who has a great shot at the rookie of the year award. LaMarcus Aldridge has a great resume for MVP, but is a long-shot in today’s NBA.
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. The Blazers struggled this past week, but a few solid performances continue to give this team hopes for the postseason. LaMarcus Aldridge, JJ Hickson and Nicolas Batum earn All-Star recognition, while Meyers Leonard takes home honors for Dunk of the Week.
NWSB insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox breaks down how Nicolas Batum has earned his contract through the first half of the NBA season. Batum signed a four-year, $45 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves this past summer, and the Blazers needed to make a decision. Let him walk, or risk paying too much money. Needless to say, the Blazers matched the Wolves’ offer, and it’s paid off up to this point in the year.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox breaks down what New Year’s resolutions the Portland Trail Blazers must make as we enter 2013. The Blazers need better play from their bench, less minutes from their starters and an improved two-man game between LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. The team also needs to win the winnable games, and Neil Olshey needs to decide which direction this team is going.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox previews who the Portland Trail Blazers will take on in their next 5 games. The team had better be ready to compete, as the young squad will be put to the test early. The Lakers, Thunder, Rockets, Mavericks and Clippers are coming up. Blake Griffin, Steve Nash, and James Harden await.
NWSB Writer Bryant Knox recaps the Portland Trail Blazers 2012 preseason. Underwhelming pre-season. Lessons learned along the way give us a decent picture of an exciting young roster, including draft pick Damian Lillard, but the growing pains of an inexperienced team could derail high expectations at times throughout the year. LaMarcus Aldridge is the go-to option, but did J.J. Hickson, Nicolas Batum or Wesley Matthews do enough to become the No. 2 option?