Damian Lillard, Serge Ibaka

FILE РIn this Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. At the All-Star break, the Blazers are at .500 (27-27) and surprisingly sit in seventh place in the standings. Lillard, the fourth-year point guard is averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 assists per games, and is the only player that ranks in the league’s top six in both categories. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

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.

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