About the Staff


Welcome to Rip City Project, the Portland Trail Blazers news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Rip City Project is dedicated to providing top-notch Trail Blazers news, views, and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.


Andrew Hanlon, Site Expert

Andrew is the Site Expert at Rip City Project. He earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and spent a decade working in local media. He then stepped his game up and began covering the NBA across multiple platforms before his love, affection and obsession for all things Damian Lillard led him to Rip City Project.

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Jacob Dazzeo, Contributor

As a writer for the Portland Trail Blazers, I have a passion for covering one of the most exciting and talented teams in the NBA. With a deep understanding of the game and a love for the city of Portland, I bring a unique perspective to my writing. I strive to keep fans informed and entertained with in-depth analysis, game recaps, and feature stories on the players and coaches. Whether it's breaking down the latest trade rumors or showcasing the team's community outreach, I aim to provide insightful and engaging content for fans of all ages. I am dedicated to capturing the spirit of the Blazers and sharing it.

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Rowan Kent, Contributor

Rowan Kent is an avid writer about basketball and otherwise, with a particular focus on the future of the NBA, College Basketball, and the game overall! Born, raised, and based out of Seattle, Rowan is currently a fan free agent, which helps to maintain a watchful eye on the goings-on of the league.

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Reese Kunz, Contributor

Reese has multiple years of experience covering the NBA for companies including StadiumRant, Gemint, and Last Word on Sports. When he's not watching Blazers games, Reese loves spending time on the Oregon coast, hiking in the forest, playing video games, or exploring Portland's food scene.

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Tyler Watts, Contributor

Tyler is the expert at The Smoking Cuban. He has been covering the NBA since 2016 and has been a diehard NBA fan since the early 2000s.

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Josh Cornelissen, Contributor

Covering basketball online since 2015, Josh is an avid fan of the NBA, WNBA and college hoops, with a special love for NBA history. He lives near Raleigh, NC with his wife and young sons, where he also serves as a pastor at his church, plays board games with friends and re-ranks the Star Wars movies incessantly.

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