Haynes: Assistant Coach Kim Hughes Says Meyers Leonard Has "Struggled A Little Bit"

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Kim Hughes says rookie center Meyers Leonard has "struggled a little bit" during the first week of training camp.

Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Kim Hughes' breakdown of rookie center Meyers Leonard after the first week of training camp.

"He's struggled a little bit in training camp, he admits it," Hughes said. "And he's gotten down a few times and I try to fight that with him in saying that, 'You're tired, it's a battle out here. It's a war and you have to just fight through the fatigue, the stress of learning a new offense and just learning a different game.'

"He needs to set picks and he needs to roll," Hughes said. "A lot of times if he's standing on the weak side, that means he's making a mistake. If he makes a move on the low block without conviction, it's wrong. He should probably throw it out and set a pick. And he can garner that information pretty quickly."

"Defensively, he has to be a lot more active, he's got to vocalize what's going on. If he sees it, it has to say it," Hughes said. "So for instance, if his man sets a pick, he has to tell the guard the pick and the location of the pick and that's been hard for him. He's not a vocal kid that way."

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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