TAG: Neil Olshey

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 4, 2014 / 10:30 am

Report: Kaman Reaches Two-Year Deal With Blazers

Chris Kaman, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez

After signing with the Lakers last summer, Chris Kaman spent a large chunk of his time sitting on the bench, never really a factor in coach Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun style. Their issues extended off the court, too, and even though D’Antoni resigned, Kaman is done in Hollywood. Yahoo reports the 7-footer has agreed to a deal with the Trail Blazers paying him $9.8 million over the next two years. Read More »

NBA / May 17, 2014 / 8:20 pm

What The Trail Blazers Can Learn After The Spurs Handed Them A Beatdown

Damian Lillard

Every year, a team “grows up” in the playoffs. It’s part of a painful learning curve every great team has to endure. This year, that team was the Portland Trail Blazers, and they did it in dramatic fashion with a miraculous, series-clinching buzzer-beater that catapulted them into the Conference Semifinals for the first time in 14 years and brought an entire city to its feet. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / May 7, 2014 / 5:00 pm

“Long Overdue” Executive Of The Year Award For Spurs’ R.C. Buford

R.C. Buford

A lot of people have disclaimed the first ever Executive of the Year award handed to San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford on Wednesday as more of a lifetime achievement nod. Buford, as I’ve noted in the past, has never won the NBA’s yearly trophy for the league’s best behind-the-scenes maneuvering even while keeping the Spurs in title-contention for more than a decade. While it’s been a long time coming, it should not take away from what he’s done (AGAIN) with this season’s Spurs collective. Read More »

NBA / Feb 27, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The Top 5 Candidates For NBA Executive of the Year

Bob Myers

While the players receive all of the attention on the court, it is the general managers who construct the teams off the court, in hopes of leading their organizations to great success. Without these executives, it is difficult to fathom how professional franchises would properly function.

At the end of each season, the NBA gives out the Executive of the Year award, which is voted on by executives of the league’s 30 teams. The season is now closer to completion than it is to its start, and the race this year is certainly tight. Read More »

NBA / Nov 8, 2013 / 11:15 am

Put Up Or Shut Up: Damian Lillard, Blazers Know Defense Is The Key

Damian Lillard

There’s no question that the Portland Trail Blazers made significant upgrades to their roster over the summer. They added a more formidable frontcourt presence in Robin Lopez, a highly serviceable backup point guard in Mo Williams, and a potentially intriguing prospect in Thomas Robinson. Through a series of carefully-orchestrated moves, general manager Neil Olshey managed to not only bolster a bench rotation that was literally the worst in the league last season, he did it without breaking the bank or coughing up any valuable assets. Read More »

NBA / Oct 28, 2013 / 10:30 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, a Portland Trail Blazers team that could sneak into the tough Western Conference with an improved bench. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA / Aug 15, 2013 / 5:00 pm

How The Trail Blazers’ Offseason Turned Them Into Real Contenders For The Playoffs

Dorrell Wright, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez, Earl Watson (photo. Instagram/trailblazers)

Aside from the 2012-13 ROY Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers fans did not have a lot to get excited about last season. They badly whiffed on the playoffs after losing their final 13 games to finish a dismal 33-49. But during the off-season, GM Neil Olshey didn’t sit idly, content with a starter-heavy roster that collapsed down the stretch. The Blazers totally refurbished their bench, and now they’re one of many teams hoping for a place in next season’s Western Conference playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Nov 21, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Nicolas Batum Could Be The NBA’s Most Improved Player This Season

Nicolas Batum

Signing a huge deal affects athletes in different ways. For some players, the pressure of living up to the cash is just too much to bear and their play suffers from the added expectations. Others put up career numbers in a contract year to earn the big payday, and then relax on the court as they watch their bank accounts swell. In addition to frustrating the Hell out of loyal fan bases, these reactions can lead to general managers prematurely cleaning out their offices and updating their resumes for a new line of work. Read More »

NBA / Aug 13, 2012 / 1:45 pm

The Top 10 NBA Players Under The Most Pressure Next Year, Part I

Rajon Rondo

With the dark days of August upon us, NBA players and scribes go into hibernation until training camps kick off in September. The Olympics are over and most of the player movement already happened, so it’s a mellow month for most NBA heads. Instead of resting on our laurels, we’d like to preface the 2012-2013 season with a list of players who will experience the highest levels of pressure heading into the new NBA year. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Aug 9, 2012 / 9:00 am

Portland’s New Coaching Staff Will Include Both Head Coach Finalists

Portland Trail Blazers

After Portland announced former top Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts as its head coach on Wednesday, Stotts talked about freeing up the Trail Blazers’ game plan. More threes, more running, more room for players to make instinctual plays based on their abilities to read and react. Stotts was the offensive mind behind Dallas’ NBA title run in 2011, and he’ll have his own 6-10 centerpiece who can shoot in Portland, too, in LaMarcus Aldridge. He’s not Dirk Nowitzki, but the Dallas native is an All-Star worth building around. Aldridge also is the guy who campaigned for the job to go to video intern turned interim head coach Kaleb Canales. Then Stotts threw a curveball that will surely keep Aldridge pleased: Canales will stay on as assistant. Well this could be awkward. Read More »