Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, of France, kisses the ball after being called for a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.