CJ McCollum Rumors

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CJ McCollum
Position: G
Born: 09/19/91
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:197 lbs. / 89.4 kg.
Salary: $27,556,959
He’s an NBPA vice president, but he’s also one of the players who has to figure out personal logistics of getting ready to play and stay in Orlando, for what the Blazers hope will be a long time. “You’re trying to get your life in order while still working out, while still training, and figuring out like what do I pack? Despite all the logistics, McCollum feels confident the NBA is trying to do everything they can to protect players as they return to play. “I think the NBA is trying to make it as safe as possible, trying to cross their t’s and dot their i’s and this is as smooth as it can be.”
McCollum believes the impact the NBA and it’s players, about 70% of whom are black or people of color, can return to play and create the change they want to see in the world. “I think there’s a way in which we go about it that we can impact society, more specifically black people and people of color in a positive light,” McCollum said. “Being able to use our platform, understanding there’s going to be millions and millions of people watching and that’s going to give us a great opportunity to put light on things, like voter suppression, like the inequality a lot of blacks are facing right now.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Teammates have come and gone in McCollum’s seven years in Portland, but having wine together on the road has been so constant, CJ is the one most responsible for which bottles the team orders at dinner. “Typically I get the menu I get to pick it out,” McCollum said. “Coach Terry [Stotts] likes a lot of different cabs, so he orders the cabs, I order the different Oregon Pinots, then Geoff Clark, the head trainer, he orders a lot of different wines so we have a nice little system going.” And McCollum isn’t shy about trying to convince his teammates to get on his wine level. “It’s been cool to see how people have kind of evolved, [Damian Lillard] specifically he’s more of a white wine guy and I was like, ‘bro, you gotta stop drinking that stuff and move over to the red.’ Now he’s slowly started drinking red wine.”
In addition to Silver, Tatum, Stuart, Roberts, Paul and Iguodala, attendees for yesterday’s meeting included NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, NBA Senior Vice President of Player Development Greg Taylor, NBA Senior Vice President of Content Business Operations Kori Davis Porter, NBPA Foundation Executive Director Sherrie Deans, Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to Silver, Tatum, Stuart, Roberts, Paul and Iguodala, attendees for yesterday’s meeting included NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, NBA Senior Vice President of Player Development Greg Taylor, NBA Senior Vice President of Content Business Operations Kori Davis Porter, NBPA Foundation Executive Director Sherrie Deans, Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
CJ McCollum and Trap Kitchen PDX are teaming up to serve free meals to Black Portlanders this Saturday. “Free food on me,” the Trail Blazers star wrote on his Instagram story. “Pull up Saturday before it’s gone.” McCollum will host the event at black-owned eatery, Trap Kitchen PDX, from 1 p.m. until “all food is gone.” The food truck specializes in Southern dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, and chicken and waffles.
A previous event sponsored by Portland-born rapper Aminé drew more than 300 people to the cart at 3137 N.E. 82nd Ave. on June 6. This time around, Trap Kitchen PDX, rapper Kool Nutz and McCollum are teaming up to host the event from 1 p.m. until “all food is gone.” “Free food on me,” McCollum wrote in his Instagram stories. “Pull up Saturday before it’s gone.”
McCollum stated that players must be prepared for the financial dip if they choose not to play, and owners completely ripping apart the collective bargaining agreement. — The NBPA’s leadership stated it is believed no fans will be permitted into games for the entire 2020-21 season. — Howard stressed to players that playing in Orlando will become a distraction from the issues the country is facing, and that they need to unify and use this moment to create a change.
Storyline: Coronavirus
CJ McCollum: We play for an ownership group that actually listens to its players and has a backbone. We voiced what we felt was the best option and they followed our lead. I commend our front office and Jody Allen.

Storyline: Season Resuming?
Lillard sees longtime teammate CJ McCollum going through his routine with Blazers player development coach Jon Yim, but the backcourt runningmates won’t get a chance to chop it up, at least not face-to-face. There exists a cardinal rule: one guy, one coach, one basket. Then for the first time in what feels like an eternity, Lillard runs through his greatest hits, the barrage of long-range bombs, the floaters, the repertoire that makes him Damian Lillard. “The whole first week was a breath of fresh air,” Lillard says. “On a certain level, it was exciting. You’re finally back on the court and you’re seeing everyone’s faces again.”
It’s crazy, I almost quit basketball when I was younger. Just all those things that I’ve gone through from a sports standpoint to having confidence — [my parents] had confidence in me, the faith in me before I really had it in myself. So, I’m forever grateful and thankful. And I always tell them, you know, ‘I’ll try to repay you the best I can, but you gave me the gift of life, so there’s nothing much I can do.’ — Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum
Basketball was his sport, but it took a big nudge, or a firm talking to from a special someone for him to not give up on his dream. I was young. This wasn’t going well for me. It was like a turning point in my life where I had to make a decision. You know, how much are you going to dedicate yourself to this? And if you’re not, plan B, like — I gotta get a 4.0 because [my parents] told me they weren’t paying for my school early on. So, I had to figure out a way to kind of delegate my time. I was working out and I wasn’t really performing the way I wanted to so I kind of had to figure out, okay, ‘what are you really going to do?’ And my mom was like, ‘you’re not a quitter, I didn’t raise no quitters…’ And the rest is history. — CJ McCollum told Brooke Olzendam
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of micro-decisions a coach makes during a playoff run. But after Denver’s Game 7 loss to Portland, Malone could think only of the big one staring him in the face, demanding an immediate answer. “All summer long, I’m going to probably be second-guessing myself at the timeout,” Malone said, referring to the pause in play with 29 seconds left before a red-hot CJ McCollum hit a dagger jump shot that put Portland up three points. “That’s a shot he makes consistently. Torrey (Craig) played good defense — as good a defense you can play one-on-one. And I was saying after, we should have sent someone at him. He’s having a great game. Make somebody else make a play or make a shot.”
After the game, Denver coach Mike Malone lamented not sending a double team at McCollum to help Craig on the final possession. Mike Malone, Denver coach: All summer long I’m going to probably be second-guessing myself at the timeout. That’s a shot he makes consistently. Torrey played good defense, as good a defense you can play 1-on-1. And I was saying after, we should have sent someone at him. He’s having a great game. Make somebody else make a play or make a shot. McCollum: I was surprised he didn’t double me. But I also understood that if he doubled me, somebody like Dame or Evan would be open. I felt like they would come later in the clock, but when I looked up, I saw 10 … 9 … 8 … and I took a deep breath and said, “They aren’t sending a double; this is it. This is my shot.”
McCollum: I wanted to have a life outside of basketball and a career outside of basketball. Mora: He was thinking about things as a 22-year-old that it probably takes most NBA players to get to 30 to think about. McCollum: I wanted to sign with an agency that had a plan in place for me. The goal was for me to put together a portfolio that could compete with reporters that were doing this full-time.
Jack Lule, journalism professor: CJ was always very conscious that he needed a career outside of basketball. He started off in business and found out that he likes to write. And journalism is a place where he could come and write. Holden Griner, teammate: He loved journalism and thought he could be good at it. Antoni Wyche, assistant basketball coach: You would watch TNT with him and he’d say, “That’s going to be me.”
Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum is urging the NBA to adopt a balance between proper coronavirus safety measures and players getting back to work with the league allowing teams to open their facilities on Friday. The Trail Blazers, along with the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers, plan to open their facilities Friday in states in which the government has eased the stay-at-home mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been almost two months since the NBA suspended its season on March 11, and the league is seeking to exhaust all options in hopes of salvaging the 2019-20 season. Players are encouraged to stay in shape until health experts are able to decide whether a return to league play is feasible.
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“I am worried like the rest of the world, but I like that it is optional and I’m pleased with the caution, structure and measures the Blazers organization has put in place to ensure the safest environment possible for all parties involved,” McCollum told Yahoo Sports. “I get the measures [the league is] taking, but you have to think at some point when there are drastic measures that need to be taken, ‘Is it really worth it?’ It’s either safe or it’s not. … And let’s just be honest, man, it’s not like it will be the first time players got gym access outside of the team’s facilities. Some people have been working out, if we’re being honest.”
Despite feeling uneasy about working out at the team facility, McCollum — who is also vice president of the National Basketball Players Association — intends to go in on Saturday to evaluate if it’s possible to safely execute a workout with so many restrictions. “The issue is you can go to your practice facility, but there’s all these stipulations,” McCollum told Yahoo Sports. “You can’t use certain stuff, can’t do certain stuff. Now they’re talking about you might have to be 12 feet away from your strength coach. How are you going to lift 12 feet away from somebody?”
In a recent Zoom press conference, McCollum mentioned that he would need a hard week of training to get into game shape, but he’s doing his best at home to make sure he’ll be ready to go when the season starts back up again. “I think the first thing we would have to do is get in shape. Game shape — obviously, we are all trying to workout,” said McCollum. “We’re trying to do what we can at home. Some people are going on runs, maybe riding bikes. I have a stationary bike… But, it’s not the same as physically getting up and down and playing on the basketball court so I think you have to take some time to kind of go through that process, that period of one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, five-on-five — getting up and down full court, that’ll be very helpful.”
Storyline: Season Suspension

Myles Turner's dad recovers from COVID-19

NBA players – generally young and healthy – mostly face reduced risk (not no risk) of developing serious symptoms due to coronavirus. But family and friends are still susceptible. Pacers center Myles Turner on C.J. McCollum‘s podcast: “My dad actually got it. He made a full recovery. But just seeing him kind of go through it was huge, because you see all the memes, and it’s funny and stuff on Twitter until something actually happens to you. And seeing my dad get it, he was super weak. He could barely talk.”
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Myles Turner: “My dad has underlying conditions as well. He’s 55, 56 years old. So, he has underlying conditions. And he was in the hospital for damn near a week, maybe six or seven days. I think that’s when I kind of started taking it more serious. Like, man, this can really happen to anybody. We don’t know much about it. And that’s when I started doing more research on it, keeping up on it every day to see what I can do to keep myself safe, my sister safe, keep my family safe. Blessed as it may be, he made a full recovery.”
While Paul and his colleagues are waiting to get back to work, they are busy engaging fans on social media outlets such as Instagram Live and PlayersTV, a new channel that launched on Samsung TV Plus last month. Paul and other NBA stars, including Portland Trail Blazers stars Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum, are investors and content creators in PlayersTV, which is a subsidiary of agency Players Media Group.
Families who live paycheck to paycheck are now scrambling to pay bills with no idea when they’ll be able to work again. It’s also impacting the finances of professional athletes at all levels. For those at the lower salary level, it is making a larger impact. And many are living close to a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum told former NBA player Jay Williams on “The Boardroom.” “I would say out of 450 players … 150 probably are living paycheck to paycheck,” McCollum said.
What was it like for you in the initial days after the NBA announced the season would be postponed? CJ McCollum: “It was weird, I kind of knew it was going to be a while, so I didn’t go into the practice facility right away. I think we had a team meeting the next day, so I went in for that, grabbed some things I figured I might need. Had Melo sign some stuff and he’s like ‘This isn’t goodbye!’ and I was like ‘Just in case, lemme get some stuff signed now. Don’t forget to pull me a jersey,’ kind of going through that process of how I would normally do things once the season ends. But then understanding that the season is going to resume at some point, we just don’t know when.”
Do you have any thoughts on how you think the league should proceed or how they might proceed once the outbreak is contained? CJ McCollum: “I think as long as they’re doing what’s right from a health standpoint for all parties involved — fans, players, ownership, coaching staff — I think as long as they follow the rules, guidelines and regulations that are issued by the government, I think we’re in a good place and I think the NBA has been at the front of the line in terms of making decisions that are health-based and not based on finances. I think as long as we continue to follow those guidelines, we’ll be in a great spot to return at some point. “
Storyline: Coronavirus
CJ McCollum: “I’m good. I’m staying in the house, just got some kettlebells in, ordering some more products to workout in the house and some more products for my new puppy. I think people should definitely take this seriously. Obviously you have the age gaps to where you’ve got kids of spring break wildin’ out, you got a lot of different stuff you’re seeing and that’s just part of that generation and culture of not taking things seriously. But then you have the people who are following protocol, are staying in the house, especially the people who are more mature. I’ve left the house four times in the last 15 days now. Once was to get my puppy, one was to get some gas and then I went on two walks. I’ve basically been in the house for almost two and a half weeks.”
Portland Trail Blazers star guard CJ McCollum went on Instagram live with teammate Damian Lillard to chop it up while the NBA is in a hiatus, and McCollum’s beard got trolled by some fans who said it looked like Kevin Durant’s hair. The biggest laugh from McCollum and Lillard, though, came when someone brought up the name Jamal Murray:

Both McCollum and Anthony first discussed how much money the league was going to lose if all the NBA games were to still be played, but without fans. And then… The big news bomb dropped at the 20:30 mark of the podcast. McCollum broke the news to Melo. LISTEN HERE “This is crazy. This really caught me off guard,” CJ McCollum said. The two discussed the financial ramifications. Nobody knew this was going to happen and as athletes we never think it can happen to us. So we are always like — oaky we’re good, okay I got this money, I got that money. It’s not until you hit a crisis when you really understand how much money you have and what you have in the bank and what you don’t have in the bank…. It’s going to get bad. It’s going to get really, really bad. — Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony on his initial thoughts of the suspended season news
Storyline: Coronavirus