Jun 26

McCollum Says He And Lillard Would Comprise A 'Dynamic Backcourt'

By caseyholdahl

Not much to report from today's media availability at Times Square in anticipation of tomorrow's draft, as most of these guys have their stock answers to stock questions locked and loaded. But Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, who participated in a solo workout with the Trail Blazers back on June 10, did have some interesting things to say about how he was received when he came to Portland for his workout, the workout itself and why he thinks he and Damian Lillard would make a "dynamic" backcourt.

First, on being greeted by Trail Blazers fans at the airport before his workout in Portland:

"It shows that they're very interested, but that's just a small group of people. At the same time, you kind of get a better perspective of how serious your job is going to be. You've got a lot of people that look up to you, a lot of fans and kids that, in some situations, want to be like you. You're in a situation where you've got to kind of watch what you do, watch what you're saying and try to be a role model for kids."

His frank assessment of his workout with the Trail Blazers:

"Honestly, it wasn't one of my better workouts. It was an average workout. I've shot the ball better and I've shot it worse. The biggest thing is getting to talk to those guys one-one-one. They already know. I've a 100-plus games under my belt, I'm a polished player, they know what they're going to get from me. It's more about seeing how I think I fit in with the team."

And finally, McCollum's thoughts on potentially sharing the backcourt with Damian Lillard:

"We talked a little bit at the lottery. He was supposed to be at the workout in Portland but he ended up going back to Portland for something. Obviously  we'd like to compete against each other. We feel like we compliment each other well. We have similar demeanors, similar games and how we approach it very serious … We feel like we'd be a dynamic backcourt. I realize he understands that and the coaching staff does, too."


  1. I am hoping he is going to get drafted by us i think he would be a good fit i just dont see a center coming out of this draft. so i say offer big money to one in free agency. and draft cj

    by Avgjoe28 on 6/26/2013 8:50 PM
  2. Amen to that Avg.joe. That backcourt of he and Lillard could be a pretty amazing duo - might even turn into a Lebron / Wade chemistry, but with guys at the 1 and 2 positions. I like the possibilities there.

    by Clark Hagler on 6/26/2013 9:16 PM
  3. no problems drafting this guy if they can't get a deal for a center done.

    by The Unholy on 6/27/2013 2:15 AM
  4. Great pick for the Blazers. Mature, good character, intelligent, and is a natural athlete. A baseball player (he was a pitcher), a football player (he was a quarterback), he is well adjusted, well rounded, and will do well with Lillard.

    by BlazerForever on 6/27/2013 10:07 PM
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