Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is taken off the court on a stretcher after an injury at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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.