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Holdahl: Blazers F Jared Jeffries Interviewed On Courtside

Portland Trail Blazers forward Jared Jeffries joined Blazers Courtside with Mike Barrett and Chris Haynes on Monday to discuss his game and rookie point guard Damian Lillard, among other topics. Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com has a transcript. ------------------------------------ Is there a part of your game that gets overlooked? "Really, what it is, what I try to do is my plus/minus. My whole career I've looked at my plus/minus on the court. When I'm on the court I'm always Top 5 on every team I've been on in a positive sense. My plus, I've always been Top 5 on the team. A lot of years I've been No. 1, and I try to just get out there and whatever my team needs, to provide that so my time on the court is productive and we build a lead." What are your thoughts on Damian Lillard? How exciting does he look as a rookie who is going to be handed the keys to the team? "I think that's impressive. I think for an organization like the Blazers to have that much confidence in a young kid, come out of this draft and kind of hand him the keys, essentially we're going to build with you, make you a good point guard in this league, that has to give him confidence. I feel like the biggest part of the NBA game is confidence. If somebody has confidence, if the organization, the coaches believe in him, he can succeed and play well." ------------------------------------ Jeffries was acquired in the blockbuster sign-and-trade that sent Raymond Felton to the New York Knicks back in July. Blazers GM Neil Olshey acknowledged when the trade went official that "there are definitely issues" with the condition of Jeffries' knees. Jeffries, 30, averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 39 games for the Knicks last season. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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