Michael Malone, Will Barton
Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, left, coaches Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton, right, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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.