Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant stands in front of the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs. as a fan holds up a sign in Italian marking the 10-year anniversary of Bryant scoring 81 points in a game, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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.