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Portland Trail Blazers guard Eric Maynor was interviewed on Blazers Courtside.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Eric Maynor joined Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey on Monday's edition of Blazers Courtside for an interview.
Here's a partial transcript. Audio of the interview can be found on Blazers.com here.
Arriving in Portland
It's great to be here. The people are nice. It was a great experience to play in the Rose Garden last night. I'm looking forward to going forward around here.
Compare Portland and Oklahoma City
A bunch of young guys that like each other here. It's the same way in Oklahoma. You've got to start somewhere. We've got a bunch of talented guys. I'm looking forward to just trying to get better every day, worrying about ourselves, and trying to make the playoffs this year.
Rehabbing from knee surgery, physical and mental aspects
You've got to just keep working. It was a long process for me. Three or four weeks ago, I just got out of my brace. Now I'm out there playing, feeling like my old self. It was a long process of weight room work, court work. Trying to get comfortable. The mental part is the main thing. You can be physically ready and start thinking about it too much. Now I'm at a point where I just play.
Style of play
I like to play out of pick and rolls, make my teammates better, make plays offensively. Play hard defensively. I think I bring something special getting guys shots, making my teammates better.
Playing point guard and off ball
It's starting to become more in the NBA because you've got so many scoring point guards. [Damian] Lillard can really score the ball. Me being out there gets him off the ball some, creates some shots for him so he doesn't have to create for himself all the time. I think that's going to be good, that was the same way when I was in Oklahoma when I was with [Russell Westbrook].
Exploring Portland with eyes towards a future here
Absolutely. I want to finish up this season strong and see if we can go from there.
Reunited with Wesley Matthews after being teammates in Utah
Feels good. Just to come back and know somebody when I came here. Me and Wes clowned around a lot. It was good for me to be able to come into a situation knowing someone.
He's real good, real good. He's an All-Star. He can get better, he knows that, and if he gets better that makes our team better. He's a great player, if you need a basket you can go down to him at any time.
GM Neil Olshey's message to you about future
I'm just trying to go day by day now and everything else will take care of itself. He said the same thing. He wants to go day by day. Everything will take care of itself at the end of the day.
Your first week in Portland
I'll be going into practice early and trying to get acquainted with everything. I'm glad we had a couple of home games and I'm glad we'll be able to practice a couple times before we play again. Just try to get more comfortable. Other than that, I'll be alright.
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