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The free agent class of 2013 may not turn any heads or have fans on the edge of their seats, but there are a few players who the Blazers should be targeting this offseason that could improve the team.
First and foremost, the Blazers need a center. Meyers Leonard is not going to cut it as the starting center for at least two more seasons. JJ Hickson is great and all, but he is a below average defender and is very undersized. He does an admirable job against bigger post players, but Hickson would be just as effective, if not more, coming off the bench as a sixth man. He is also set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so it is highly likely that another team will pay him and the Blazers will have to let him walk anyway. There are several quality centers in the NBA who are set to become free agents this offseason, and the Blazers would be wise to pursue every option.
One candidate is Chris Kaman, although he is also a below average defender and often has problems ...
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The Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets have played two closely contested games this season, and they’ll face off for a third time Friday night at the Toyota Center.
Matchup: Portland (25-24) vs. Houston Rockets (27-24)
Venue: Toyota Center
Time: 5:00 PM PT
Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
Portland took down the Rockets in their first two matchups...
Road trip continues
The Portland Trail Blazers are 1-2 half way through their six-game road tip, and the Orlando Magic should provide for a good warm-up before Rip City takes on the Miami Heat Tuesday night.
Matchup: Portland (25-25) @ Orlando Magic (14-36)
Venue: Amway Center
Time: 3:00 PM PT
Date: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
No team in the NBA can be considered a throwaway, but the...
Whether or not you think he’s a good fit for the San Antonio Spurs, there’s no denying that Tiago Splitter is getting better. He’s had slight improvements this year in almost every statistical category. Even more than that he just seems to understand things better. He looks a lot more like an NBA player than he did when he entered the league two years ago.
Concussions are a serious issue. It isn’t something to be taken lightly. No matter how big you are, whether it’s 6’0″ or 7’0″, you can’t mess with the brain. Chris Kaman has recently received a concussion and is trying to get back onto the court but has to pass a concussion test. He isn’t too [...]
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Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman has been out for over a week after suffering a concussion during practice. He has not been able to do anything with the team since January 28 because he has not passed the NBA’s new concussion test.
Clearly, having to sit out for this long is frustrating the Mavericks’ big man and he is not shy about sharing his opinion on the process to...
Tiago Splitter and Greg Monroe will be the highlight matchup when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Detroit Pistons tonight.
In their only game last season, Monroe had a dreadful game against the Spurs. He scored 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while shooting 2-11 overall. He shot 0-5 when Splitter was on the court also, although this season there's a much different San Antonio...
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is showing, shockingly, the one quality that is not shared among all the media talking heads -- the ability to keep an open mind and re-evaluate one’s thoughts and opinions.
Most folks seem to make their first evaluation and stick with it. So for this reason, kudos are in order for Mr. Stephen A. Smith. See, Smith, in the past, has never backed...