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