NBA Podcast: Portland Trail Blazers Complete 2012-13 Season Preview

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorSeptember 5, 2012

LaMarcus Aldridge needs some help carrying the Blazers back to contention.
LaMarcus Aldridge needs some help carrying the Blazers back to contention.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers are rebuilding at a quick tempo, but is it enough to keep pace with the rest of the Western Conference?

In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Blazers.

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How good must Damian Lillard be for this team to build around him and LaMarcus Aldridge? How much longer will Aldridge stick around if the Blazers take awhile to get back to contender status?

Meyers Leonard and Will Barton will both play sizable roles on this young roster, but what exactly do the two rookies bring to the table? Can Wesley Matthews and Nic Batum bounce back and develop, respectively? Who else will step up to square away this fluctuating rotation and bench?

Finally, was Terry Stotts the right man for the job? 

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