CJ McCollum: “We need to play like somebody took our lunch money, like somebody disrespected your mother. I think that’s the type of anger you need have and the aggression you need to have on the court. That doesn’t mean making mad faces or mean faces but it means attacking the glass, strongly attacking the rim when you have the ball on offense. If somebody is about to get a layup, commit that foul and make sure they don’t get the ball up.”
Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about why he thinks the Trail Blazers are struggling and what can be done to fix it. Golliver pointed to atrocious team defense and the absence of Al-Farouq Aminu. But also, that the Blazers would likely have to include CJ McCollum in any trade that would net them a star in return “If you’re going to try and acquire another star, you’ve got to figure McCollum has to be in the package to do that,” Golliver said.
“At some point, it’s got to come from here,” All-Star point guard Damian Lillard said, tapping his heart. “You’ve got to have some pride. It has to be something you want to do, a problem you want to solve and you’ve got to go out there and show that. This is the first time we’ve had a real, real practice in what seems like forever. I think it was good for us to try to sharpen up, (to have the) coaches challenge us. It’s to the point now, our pride’s got to kick in. We’ve got to show how much we actually care about each other, how much we actually care about being better defensively.”