Robin Lopez, Nikola Pekovic
Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez, top, tries to knock the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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.