Gary Payton to help Damian Lillard become a better defender

NWSB Insider Bryant Knox breaks down how Gary Payton can help Damian Lillard become a better defender for the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard has a ton of confidence on offense, and if there’s anybody who can help transfer confidence to defense, it’s the Glove. According to Jason Quick of The Oregonian, the two Oakland natives have talked, and they plan on working on Lillard’s defensive game during the 2013 offseason.

Oregon Ducks: Things to love about Mark Helfrich hiring

NWSB Insider and Oregon Ducks blogger Bryant Knox explains why you should love the Mark Helfrich hiring as a Ducks fan. When Chip Kelly was hired as head coach, you had the feeling it wasn’t forever. He is now in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, and Helfrich is ready to take over. UO’s newest head coach is someone the team and its fan base can be proud of. He knows Chip Kelly’s system, he’s willing to throw the football and he is a Duck for life.

Oregon Ducks: LaMichael James a lock to enter NFL draft?

Jason Green one of our NCAA football bloggers reports a source within the Oregon Ducks football program told the Oregonian that LaMichael James has decided to declare for the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl. James issued a statement through the Oregon athletic program saying he hasn’t decided for sure, but players often wait to announce publicly what their intentions are.

Trail Blazers: Reset button selected in general manager search

In NBA news Portland Trailblazers team president Larry Miller called all the candidates he had considered for the job over that span this past Thursday and told them they were out of the running. The Blazers are starting over, and the new list may or may not include Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and ex-New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower.

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