Portland Trail Blazers: Updated player odds for NBA awards

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.

Rick’s Picks Week 15: The weekly Portland Trail Blazers’ all-stars

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.

How Nicolas Batum has earned his big contract

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.

Five New Year’s resolutions for the Portland Trail Blazers

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.

Scouting Report: Five opponents on Trail Blazers’ radar

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.

Portland Trail Blazers 2012/13 preseason roundup

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?

JJ Hickson ready for a breakout season with the Blazers

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee tells us this week coach Terry Stotts said this about Center/Forward JJ Hickson. J.J.’s not the prototypical center, but he complements LaMarcus Aldridge well. He’s a big guy, strong and athletic, and what he can do defensively against pick-and-rolls with his athleticism will help us. We can’t wait to watch the breakout season in 2012.

One team’s trash could be the Trail Blazers treasure

NWSB basketball insider and Trail Blazers blogger Steve Lee tells us At the very least, these players could help bridge the transition gap of a once promising lineup as the future Blazers learn the NBA ropes. With the Portland Trail Blazers in full rebuilding mode Leandro Barbosa, Derek Fisher, Michael Redd, Kenyon Martin are all possible players the could bolster the RIP city roster for opening day.

5 What if’s for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012

NWSB Writer Bryant Knox states five “what if” scenarios for the Portland Trail Blazers 2012/2013 NBA campaign. Every NBA season tips off with more questions than answers, but the Portland Trail Blazers have been home to the unexpected more than most the past few seasons. With as much talent as Damian Lillard brings into the league, it’s easy to see how the Blazers’ success will rely heavily on how well the point guard adjusts to the game.

The Trail Blazers will fail to make the Playoffs in 2012/13

NWSB Writer Steve Lee gives you his five reasons on why the Portland Trail Blazers will not make the playoffs in the upcoming basketball season. With the ever increasing talent surrounding the teams in the west, Portland lacks the depth, and talent to make a run for the postseason. Plus, there is the injury curse that plagues Rip City. All in all, this Blazers team is just too young and unexperienced to beat out the likes of Dallas for the final playoff spot.

PDX hoops fans relax and get comfortable with the Terry Stotts hiring

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers writer Rick Stella tells us the five reasons why its ok for RIP city hoops faithful to get comfortable with the Terry Stotts hiring. For starters the early criticism of the Terry Stotts hire was the players’ desire to retain Canales as the head coach. They flat out like the guy. Wesley Matthews, and LaMarcus Aldridge were fond of him and instantly taken aback by the hiring of Stotts. It’s all good now.

Portland Trail Blazers: Top 5 Nate McMillan moments in time

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox is back today to weigh in on the legacy of ex-Rip City coach and former Seattle Supersonics legend Nate McMillan in another episode of our Moments In Time series. McMillan was fired last season, and while his departure wasn’t the way most envisioned it, he has earned himself a permanent spot in Rip City’s history, alongside Brandon Roy.

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