Portland Trail Blazers should be very active this off-season

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At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, the Portland Trail Blazers were my sleeper pick to make a run in the Western Conference.  I looked like a genius early on as the Blazers won seven of their first nine games.  Things quickly turned downhill though as Portland missed out on the playoffs and now enters the off-season with a boat load of needs.

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2011 NBA Free Agent Center Rankings

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Legit NBA big men are hard to come by these days.  That is why the 2011 NBA free agent centers are an intriguing bunch since they are at least five players who could immediately start for a good amount of teams in need of size in the middle.  Here are my free agent center rankings.

UPDATED: 6/30/11

By: David Kay

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What Can Blazers Do This Off-Season to Reach the Next Level?

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank continues to break down all thirty NBA teams to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The Portland Trail Blazers have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, but have not gotten past the first round.  This off-season, Portland looks to put the pieces together in hopes of becoming true NBA title contenders.

By: David Kay

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Top 2011 NBA Free Agents

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The 2010 NBA free agent class was unlike anything we have seen in the history of the league; loaded with superstar talent switching homes and of course, “The Decision.”  The 2011 free agent class is going to be the exact opposite.  It is going to be weaker than a Survivor contestant on the 37th day of eating nothing more than mangoes and rice.

Since I first posted this article at the end of last July, a lot of the possible big names in the 2011 class have signed extensions that will prevent them from hitting the market.  That list includes Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, and Tony Parker.  Here is an updated look at the very underwhelming crop of free agents that will be available this off-season.

UPDATED: 3/4/11

By: David Kay
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Portland Trail Blazers Need to Get Over Hump

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The Portland Trail Blazers are off to a 2-0 start this season.  They once again figure to be fighting for a middle of the pack Western Conference playoff team.  The challenge now is to get the monkey off their back by winning a post-season series; something they have not been able to do in more than a decade.

By: David Kay
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Patience Key for Blazers This Off-Season

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Patience has paid off for the Blazers’ franchise.  Their re-building youth movement is now seeing results as Portland is a true threat in the Western Conference.  But what can they do this off-season to try and become one of the elite teams in the league?

By: Peter Christian and David Kay
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