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The Portland Trail Blazers Are Ready For Fan Fest

The first week of training camp went as well as could be expected, despite injuries. The Blazers are ready to show us what they have learned at Fan Fest on Sunday.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers-Media Day Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up their fifth day of training camp at their practice facility in Tualatin on Saturday. With the 12th annual Fan Fest just around the corner, players are ready to showcase the skills they have been working on all week. By that token, we should see everyone participate in the intra-team scrimmage on Sunday, with the exceptions of Festus Ezeli (knee), Meyers Leonard (shoulder), Noah Vonleh (thigh), and Jake Layman (undisclosed), as suggested by head coach Terry Stotts.

The team has looked good thus far. As a whole, there was very little turnover between last year’s roster and this year’s, so returning players had no problem getting back into the swing of things. Even the new players seemed to familiarize themselves with Stotts’ schemes fairly easily, which coach appreciates for the sake of hitting that groove early.

“I think the young players and the new guys have picked up things pretty well,” Stotts said. “We haven’t necessarily had to spend a lot of time going over things for the new guys. They’re very quick to pick things up, which is always, you know, first week of camp—not necessarily new veterans, but younger players—it can sometimes be a challenge, but that’s been good for us.”

Stotts personally balanced the teams for the Fan Fest scrimmage, so it should be a good show. He intends to review footage from the event for teaching purposes ahead of preseason, which begins on October 3, when the Blazers host the Utah Jazz. While the event will be low key relative to regular season play, it will be competitive.

Those who are unable to attend Fan Fest live on Sunday will be able to watch the scrimmage on Comcast SportsNet. It tips off at 4:00 p.m. After a long summer, Blazers basketball is almost back.