The injured Joel Embiid, left, puts up a playful defense for Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins, as the team loosens up, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Embiid is slated to sit out the Big 12 Tournament, in hopes that a back injury will heal up in time for the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg)
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.