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Dorell Wright
Dorell Wright
Position: F
Born: 12/02/85
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.6 kg.
Delon Wright, a 6-foot-5 point guard out of Utah, averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists in his senior season with the Utes. Delon is expected to be drafted in the mid to late first round in this month’s NBA Draft. Said Dorell of his bother: “He reminds me a lot of Shaun Livingston when he was younger, without the handle, though. [Delon’s] handle is not as tight as Shaun Livingston’s, but him being able to post-up smaller guards, use his body, see over the defense to make plays for other people, I think that’s going to be one of the things that standout the most.”
The injury is just the latest in a long line of hand injuries suffered by Blazers players this season. Robin Lopez missed 23 games with right hand fracture, Damian Lillard sprained two fingers in December and LaMarcus Aldridge is still playing through a torn ligament in his left thumb. After slipping out of the rotation in February, Wright had moved into a more significant role over the past month following Wesley Matthews’ season-ending Achilles injury. Now he’ll likely miss the entire first round of the playoffs.
Another one of the club’s free agents to be is veteran sharpshooter Dorell Wright. The 11th-year pro doesn’t get the publicity of his higher profile free agent-to-be teammates set to enter the open market, but Wright is a well respected locker room presence and a key part of the Blazers’ chemistry. Wright, 29, understands guys like Aldridge, Matthews and Lopez will be taken care of by the organization financially first this summer. But the forward would love to remain in Portland long term and is hoping things work out in his favor. “Portland is definitely where I want to be,” Wright told Basketball Insiders on his free agency plans this summer. “It’s always good to be in a system and know it from A to Z. It’s kind of hard because when I left Miami and went to those different teams for one year or two years, it was just difficult learning new systems and getting to know different guys and new personnel. So I’m really comfortable here in Portland. If it happens, it happens. We have a lot of free agents this summer. Of course the front office is going to take care of our big dogs first and then the discussions will trickle down to everybody else. But, yes, hopefully this situation works out. If not, it’s just part of the business. I’m ready for whatever is ahead of me.”
But first, it must be understood that to get something, the Blazers must give up something. It’s safe to assume that Olshey will not touch the starting five of Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Lopez. Veterans Steve Blake and Kaman are core players, and Olshey remains highly protective with two of his former lottery picks in CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard. That leaves the most likely trade bait forward Thomas Robinson, forward Dorrel Wright, center Freeland, forward Victor Claver and wings Will Barton and Allen Crabbe.
“I come from a humble background, you know good parents,” Wright said. “And that year I spent at South Kent Prep away from my parents in Connecticut, that really helped me as far as getting up on my own, being on time, [growing up]. We had to wear blazers and ties every day, so I was dressing like a professional already. That was like my jumpstart. Before a lot of these kids made that jump, [they didn’t have that]. I was already polished so all I had to do was follow Pat Riley and the HEAT’s rules and I was fine.”
Damian Lillard, Miss Oregon 2014 Emma Palett and other Portland Trail Blazers players including CJ McCollum, Dorell Wright, Will Barton and Thomas Robinson were on hand at the Armory Annex building in Portland on Wednesday night to help ring in the new year and party their way into 2015. Lillard said he wanted to put on the event to have some fun on New Year’s in Portland, but also as a benefit for the Brian Grant Foundation. “I’m pretty familiar with Brian Grant,” Lillard said. “I’ve gotten to know him so I wanted to support that. I know with the Trail Blazers being the only show in town pretty much and me being one of the guys on the team I figured I could make people more interested in being a part of it and more money could be donated because of it.”
“He was saying stuff to me that I don’t hear from young guys,’’ Wright said. “He was talkin’ ‘I can’t wait until the summer, because I’m going to be working on this and that.’ And I was like, you already have your head there? Just hearing him saying that, and him looking forward to doing that work, that’s big. When I was that age, I was looking forward to getting back to L.A. to hang out with my friends. That was my main goal. So to hear him say that let’s me know how much passion he has for the game, how much passion he has for winning, and how much of a competitor he is. You just don’t hear guys say that.’’
The players maintain that there’s no desperation in the locker room. The session was solely meant as a means to eliminating issues from reoccurring. “It’s time for a players-meeting when we see a little slippage,” Wright said. “Every team has two or three a year. I love the fact that this was the only one this season where guys really had to step up and be vocal leaders. “And the best thing about it, we got vets in here that have been through things and young guys that have been through things as well and understand when it’s time to speak up. That’s what guys did tonight.”
After the Portland Trail Blazers fell to the San Antonio Spurs 103-90 on Wednesday night — losing their fourth straight game, which happens to be their longest losing streak of the season — the players had a post-game hash-out session that was initiated by Damian Lillard, was told. Earl Watson, Mo Williams and Dorell Wright were amongst some of the players to vocally address what was going on and what needed to change from here on out, we’re told. “I just felt like it was something that needed to be said,” Lillard responded when ask why he initiated the dialogue. “At some point, it’s up to the players.”
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Could you offer any insight into what the recruiting process is like with the Thunder? How did they recruit you and show you around? Just taking us around historical places here, like the Oklahoma City bombing museum. We didn’t get a chance to do the tour because we were on short time. But just being able to see that, and him telling us how much they are involved with things that are going on here; different restaurants that’s famous, showing us the facilities. Definitely top five in the NBA as far as facilities and things like that. It’s one of those places you get the type of vibe where guys want to come here and want to get better because all the things that they provide for you each and every day. And Portland, they’re doing a great job with that. They’ve made a lot of different upgrades this summer. When you do stuff like that, that helps more guys to come and play for your team. If you don’t have facilities and different things around that can’t catch your attention, like you don’t want anyone to be there, you’re not going to get any free agents. They were just in a tough position as far as on the business side. So they couldn’t really do what Portland did for me as far as on the contract end. But the things that they showed me and things like that is something I’ll never forget in case I do have to go through the free agent process again. I know what they can offer, and that’s something that’s always going to stick in my head and the type of city this place is.
Q: What was the free agency process like for you last summer? Dorell Wright: My main goal was to find somewhere where I fit in. The three teams that were really coming at me, well the main two teams that were really coming at me the hardest, were OKC and (Portland). My whole focus was somewhere I could fit in, a team I could grow with, not just any team and be there one year or two years before moving to the next team. I was just looking for someone I could grow with, guys I could play with for multiple years. It just worked out here. Better for the family and better for myself as far as a business move. I felt like either team would have been a great fit. I really wanted to come (to OKC) bad, just to get the opportunity to play with (Russell Westbrook). Me and him went to high school together. To have one of your friends from high school on the same team as you, that don’t happen often. So I was really looking forward to that. But it just didn’t really work out as far as on the business side. Maybe down in the future, I could probably play with Russ. But I’m pretty happy with the decision I made to come here to Portland.
Dorell Wright is elated about his role with the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6-foot-9 forward added that he has no hard feelings that the 76ers did not attempt to re-sign him last summer. Wright averaged 9.2 points last season, his only one as a Sixer, before becoming a free agent. “You see what direction [the Sixers] were going in,” Wright said before Saturday night’s game against his former team at the Wells Fargo Center. “That was not in my plans at all. “So I had to go to a situation that was good, not only for me but my family. I’m happy where I am now.”