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Nassir Little
Nassir Little
Position: F
Born: 02/11/00
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $2,105,520
Trail Blazers rookie forward Nassir Little will see his first action Tuesday vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Trail Blazers final scrimmage after being sidelined with a concussion. Head coach Terry Stotts announced the news on Rip City Mornings with Dan Sheldon and Nigel Burton. Little entered concussion protocol on July 20 after hitting his head on the court during practice.
At the time, Dawkins says he was just trying to help Miller figure out how to win the recruiting battle. “Sean wanted Nassir really badly,” Dawkins said in the film. “He knew I had a relationship with the grassroots coaches who at that time I think we were all under the impression had the juice with the situation. I basically told him that it basically was going to come down to Miami and Arizona. And what I think needed to happen for the kid to come out to Arizona.”
Gasol picked up the tab, sparing Little the horror of having to pay for 14 meals, and Gasol left more than one tip. One went to the waiter, the other to his team. “I think life in the NBA is such a short, limited journey that you have to make the best out of it every single year, you can’t take anything for granted,” Gasol said. “Obviously it’s easier to say and learn that at my stage of my career, but I’m trying also to share that with the guys: Don’t take anything for granted; make this season count. Play it like this is your last season in the NBA, that will force you to give your best effort and get the best out of you every night. And that will put us in a better position to succeed.”
A defensive stalwart in college, Little was widely considered the steal of the draft when the Blazers took him at No. 25. Still, his shot needs work and it could be a while before he sees real NBA minutes on a team full of veterans. “He’s a hard worker, a smart kid,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He’s going to have a long career, but his job, just like a lot of rookies, especially late first-round picks, is to come in, learn how to be a pro, learn how to work and be ready when the opportunities come.”’
As Waters headed into his senior year, Little went off to North Carolina, turning down offers from Duke, Arizona, Miami and Georgia Tech to play for the Tar Heels and coach Roy Williams. It was shortly after Little’s arrival in Chapel Hill in August 2018 when he received the devastating call from his dad. As Little sat on a bus heading from class to practice, Harold Little told his son that Waters had taken his own life. Little broke down on the spot. Over the next year, as Little tried to adjust to NCAA Division I basketball and navigate a difficult college course load, there were times when he would feel overcome with grief. In those moments, he would call his parents. Hearing their voices helped, but the pain of losing his best friend didn’t subside. Still, Little’s mindset began to shift in his second semester at North Carolina as he started to think of ways that he could honor his friend on the court.