J.J. Barea, Mark Cuban, Monta Ellis
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, center, watches the action with Maverick guards J.J. Barea, left, and Monta Ellis during the closing moments of the Mavericks’ 101-78 win over the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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.