Trail Blazers: 5 things to watch for in training camp

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us five things to watch for as the Portland Trail Blazers begin training camp. The 2013-14 NBA season will be an intriguing one for Rip City. Along with the development of Damian Lillard, it will be interesting to watch how the rotation is set with a crowded backcourt comprising Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Mo Williams. When it comes to LaMarcus Aldridge, expect to hear about trade rumors. Also, Robin Lopez will help the team defensively.

Trail Blazers given 100/1 odds to win 2014 NBA championship

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox evaluates the 100/1 odds the Portland Trail Blazers have been given to win the 2014 championship (via Bovada.lv). For fans looking to put money down on Portland, understand that the odds are against you. This team is young and inexperienced, and quite frankly, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are hardly the stars that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are for the Miami Heat. That said, if you’re feeling optimistic, you can focus on the fact that Nicolas Batum has a chance to round out Rip City’s Big Three, and that CJ McCollum, Mo Williams and Thomas Robinson will be solid additions to the bench.

2013 Training camp roster spotlight – 5 PDX Vets

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers 2013-14 roster, with an emphasis on the veterans. The Blazers are a relatively young roster, so for the sake of this assignment, we look at the top-five players with at least five years experience. LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Mo Williams, Robin Lopez and Dorell Wright all make the cut. Earl Watson earns an honorable mention for his off-court presence and leadership.

Power ranking the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2013-14 roster

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NWSB Insider Bryant Knox power ranks the entire Portland Trail Blazers roster entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The top two names should be no surprise. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the top scorers on this roster, which means they’ll lead the way in the new season. The question is: Where do players like Wesley Matthews, CJ McCollum and Nicolas Batum fall? And where do Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez, the team’s newest big men, land as well?

Portland Trail Blazers’ current contract situation

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NWSB Editor breaks down the Portland Trail Blazers’ payroll entering the 2013-14 season. GM Neil Olshey has done an outstanding job when it comes to finding cheap, talented players. He’s also kept the future flexible, with short-term deals to players such as Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Robin Lopez. Rip City currently has one of the best contracts in the NBA in Damian Lillard, but the jury is still out on what will happen with Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Cracking the Lineup – Portland Trailblazers 2013-14

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Steve Lee breaks down which players may not be in Rip City for the 2013-14 NBA season. Will Barton, Terrel Harris, Joel Freeland, LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews make the list. Players such as Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Allen Crabbe and CJ McCollum will have a huge influence on the aforementioned players’ Portland tenure.

Portland Trail Blazers roster: The good and bad at guard

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NWSB Editor Bryant Knox breaks down both the good and the bad regarding the Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt spots entering the 2013-14 NBA season. The guards have added depth in CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe, which is a good thing. The problem is that inexperience an be a problem, and a player like Will Barton isn’t helping that category. Shooting will be improved, especially if Wesley Mattews is healthy. And with Damian Lillard scoring and making plays for Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge, things can’t be all bad.

The best Blazers game I’ve ever been to…

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers Blogger Jason Hartzog recaps what it was like being at the Rose Garden during Game 4 of the 2011 NBA playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Shawn Marion built a near-insurmountable lead heading into the fourth quarter. Than a shot by Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge gave the team hope. Roy’s heroics brought the team back in one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history.

NBA Predictions: Portland’s opening night roster

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NWSB insider and Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down his take on four players with a tough road to making Portland’s opening night roster. The Blazer’s have taken on a lot of talent this offseason, which leaves plenty of names to shave before fall. Topping Jon’s list are names like Wesley Matthews and Thomas Robinson.

Predicting the 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup

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NWSB Insider Bryant Knox predicts what the Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup will look like for the 2013-14 NBA season. In the backcourt, Damian Lillard has the point guard spot locked up, while Matthews will remain if the team doesn’t pick up a big acquisition at 2-guard. Nicolas Batum will start at small forward, and LaMarcus Aldridge, despite trade talks, should be in the lineup as well. Center is tough to predict, but Chris Kaman is the safe bet.

Tips Portland should follow if they want to make 2014 Playoffs

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog gives five tips to the Portland Trail Blazers that, if followed, will lead them to the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Aside from building off of the success of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland needs to find a more defensive minded center, draft the best available player, and add some depth to their roster that they don’t currently have.

Aldridge and Lillard are the building blocks to Rip City success

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NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers’ blogger Jason Hartzog details how Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge are the building blocks of Portland’s future. Portland needs to give Lillard and Aldridge players who will compliment their styles. Should they choose to do so, they will see success in the near future. One thing Jason liked, was the move to try and get Roy Hibbert last off-season. That could have pushed them to the playoffs this season.

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