/ Oct 11, 2014 / 1:45 pm
The sophomore slump is a rite of passage for most second-year players. It’s mostly precipitated by fatigue, as the slog of an 82-game season inevitably begins to take its toll. It often manifests itself in shooting droughts and/or nagging injuries.
On the surface, Damian Lillard was mostly immune to this last season, but if you were watching closely, you noticed that his field goal percentage came in peaks and valleys, and there were times throughout the season when he was downright streaky. Read More »
/ Oct 1, 2014 / 12:30 pm
Robin Lopez, or “ROLO” as he’s affectionately called these days, became a fan favorite here in Portland almost overnight. Rip City loves its weirdos, and ROLO fits right in here with his unwieldy hair, his nerdist tendencies (comic books, video games, Disney collectibles, anything fantasy related), and his categorical goofiness. But more than anything, it was his all-around hustle on the court that endeared him to fans. That, and
Robin Lopez spent three days this week in the Philippines at a basketball training camp. The country appears to have left a very strong impression on Lopez, as he has declared his interest in joining the national team as a naturalized citizen.
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The crew on TNT’s Emmy-winning “Inside the NBA” got heated last night after the soon-to-be epic Game 1 between the Blazers and Rockets. Shaq started things off by again criticizing Dwight Howard for not taking more advantage of Robin Lopez, the latter of whom he referred to as “BBQ Chicken.” Charles Barkley, never one to shy away from expressing his own opinion, called Shaq “overrated” and said O’Neal “wouldn’t have anything” if it weren’t for Kobe Bryant. Bombs officially dropped! Read More »
/ Mar 17, 2014 / 4:45 pm
It’s that special time of the season, once again, where we take a look at the useful information that is NBA.com’s stat-tool: SportVU.
As you’ve seen in previous articles on the subject, SportVU can break down everything from percentages on catch-and-shoot jumpers and pull-ups, to the amount of touches a player gets per game. As a result, we have captured some intriguing stats that have told us who are some of the league’s best and worst drivers, the best passer in the league not named Chris Paul, and a championship-contender that’s chock full of rotation players that are constantly on the move. Read More »
We already showed you the ending to that crazy Blazers-Lakers game, but it wasn’t just Johnson’s lob that you have to see. Offseason acquisition Robin Lopez got a nice opportunity to smash the ball on Lakers center Robert Sacre. A baseline pass from Nicolas Batum to a cutting Lopez during Portland’s attempt to come back, resulted in a first-rate throw-down. Read More »
/ Feb 27, 2014 / 4:45 pm
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 »
/ Jan 2, 2014 / 1:30 pm
The NBA is a state of repair.
No, the games and the talent on the court are perfectly fine, exemplary actually, but the disparity of quality between the East and West and there being only five teams capable of winning a title this year is something that needs to be addressed.
It is historic how poor the Eastern Conference is right now, which is leading to a two-team race to the top between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. At the moment, there are are only three teams in the East with a winning record (Toronto is 15-15), with the third, the Atlanta Hawks, not a threat to either of them. Read More »
/ Dec 20, 2013 / 3:45 pm
If we ask this question again in May, the answer might be lopsided. Portland is fighting for a top seed in the West, and possible homecourt advantage, where their crazed fans have pushed them out to a 10-2 record. They have two likely All-Stars and at 22-5, are a sure bet to make the playoffs. And yet they might not be the Western Conference’s biggest surprise so far. Read More »
/ Dec 13, 2013 / 3:30 pm
The Blazers are coming off another big win at home last night spearheaded by a monster game from LaMarcus Aldridge, and a double-double from summer addition Robin Lopez. The two frontcourt starters recently took time to film a local car commercial, and the results appear to be about as cringeworthy as you’d expect when you ask NBA players to sing a little tune. Read More »