HoopsHype CJ McCollum rumors

October 7, 2013 Updates
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The Trail Blazers' flurry of injuries turned serious Saturday as rookie CJ McCollum broke his left foot during practice. McCollum, whom the Blazers drafted with the No. 10 pick of June's draft, fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot. He was running the baseline during a scrimmage when he was bowled over by a teammate. The injury was initially called a sprain, but X-rays revealed the break, the team said. Oregonian

McCollum will need surgery. According to a team release, his prognosis will be made after the procedure, which has not yet been scheduled. The injury is identical to the one McCollum suffered in January, during his senior year at Lehigh. In a game against Virginia Commonwealth, McCollum fractured the exact same fifth metatarsal. McCollum later had surgery, ending his senior year. At the time of the injury, his recovery was estimated at eight to 10 weeks. Oregonian

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What are you thoughts on being able to get CJ McCollum at No. 10 in the 2013 Draft? Paul Allen: "Well, with nine picks ahead of us, we were very chaotic. We were gasping. I think for a while there, there was a video that showed the process of the draft. There was a lot of gasping in the room because we were surprised by some of the picks. But in the end we got the player we were hoping we would get in CJ McCollum." TrailBlazers.com

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Adam Silver: Thanks for being here and congratulations on your degree in journalism! C.J. McCollum: Thank you. Let’s get started. As a rookie just entering the NBA, what do you think will be my biggest challenges? Do you have any advice you can offer me? Adam Silver: I think the biggest challenge is how much longer and more difficult the schedule is than college, the wear and tear on the body. Most rookies tend to hit a wall around March because your body is accustomed to only playing hard for so long. Because it’s an 82-game season, you have to be sure to pace yourself throughout the year. There is an extensive travel schedule, and the level of competition is the best in the world. There is a lot to absorb, and there is a lot of activity and distractions around the league. David Stern always says to focus on three things: nutrition, sleep and your game. Everything else can potentially be a distraction. Forbes.com

C.J. McCollum: Here is my last question. If I were your son, CJ McSilver, what team would you want me to play with? What organization from top to bottom would be best? Adam Silver: It’s a tricky question because I love all my teams equally and I really mean it. I think every city has advantages and disadvantages. I’m a big believer in culture, and one of the things we’ve been able to achieve through collective bargaining and revenue sharing is putting each team in a position where, if they are well-managed and create the right culture, they have an opportunity to win. We’re really proud of that. Some small market teams have big advantages because they are the only major league team in town, so they draw an enormous amount of attention. San Antonio and Oklahoma City may fall in that category, and then you have big city teams like Chicago and New York. But in big city teams you have that many more distractions; not just for the players, but for the fans too because there are so many different entertainment options competing for their time. I’ve been with the league over 20 years, I’ve known players at every team, I’ve known lots of owners, and lots of general managers. I don’t think there is one single formula for success. I think it’s a fantastic 30-team league, and I know you’re going to make the most of any team you’re on and have an incredible career. Forbes.com

Adam Silver: I see you’re reading your questions off your iPad. I love technology. I have my iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and Mac laptop. Because I love technology, I think if I were not at the NBA, I would try to be part of a tech startup company. I enjoy my trips out to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Technology is changing the world, it’s changing our sport, it’s changing the way people are following the NBA. We have fans all over the world that are going to be watching you play on their smartphones as opposed to on a big television. If I weren’t at the NBA, I would be involved with a technology company of some sort. Forbes.com

C.J. McCollum: What do you like to do for fun or in your spare time? Adam Silver: In my spare time, and you can tell this is my labor of love, because in my spare time I enjoy watching basketball and not just NBA basketball. I watch college basketball and sports in general. I’m also a runner. I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Central Park, so I try to squeeze in runs through Central Park when I can. I have a three and a half year old Labrador named Eydie, so we go to the park as much as we can. She’s coded to retrieve tennis balls, so she gets mad at me when I’m not throwing them. Forbes.com

July 11, 2013 Updates
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The Trail Blazers on Friday released their roster for this month’s Las Vegas Summer League team. As expected, it will feature the two newest additions to the franchise — rookie guards CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe — and multiple players from last year’s NBA roster. But there is also one surprise: Reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard also will be included on the roster. Oregonian

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C.J. McCollum on wrapping up his pre-draft workout schedule and what he feels like heading into Thursday: "Jubilation. I've never been this happy in my life I don't think. Graduation on May 20th was a happy moment. This is like graduating again. Guys are just excited about being done. James (Southerland) was just talking about it. This is it for us. It was a long road. I only had 9 workouts, he had 15. I'm not complaining at all, I'm just glad it's over." Sulia

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