For virtually every NBA player, certain moments are forever etched into their minds. The moment they are drafted and appear on stage with the NBA commissioner, their first practice with their new teammates, and, of course, the first time they play a regular season game.
The current crop of Portland Trail Blazers, along with coach Terry Stotts discussed their NBA debuts with Mike Richman of The Oregonian.
Among the stories is Evan Turner being told that he was responsible for guarding LeBron James:
"As soon as I checked in our assistant coach said, 'Evan, you got LeBron' because we played the Heat. I'm like, 'Evan who?' I'm looking down like, 'Evan who?' I remember getting a steal and this is like when LeBron was getting a chase down block every other day. So I just remember getting a steal and running my little heart out and looking behind me like, 'Is he coming?' When I didn't see him coming I just dunked it. I remember getting a steal and just being scared like, 'Ahh [shoot] I know LeBron is somewhere around here."
Other Trail Blazers had less impressive debuts.
For Al-Farouq Aminu, his debut lasted just forty seconds. Mason Plumlee, Noah Vonleh and Pat Connaughton also had short starts to their careers. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard scored 23 in a win over the Lakers.
"It was crazy. Just think about coming out against Kobe, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Steve Blake," Lillard said. "It was just a bunch of dudes I watched growing up, a bunch of superstars. It was great to have my first game on Halloween against them at home. It was great, a great environment. I just remember going out there and I thought I was going to be nervous and I wasn't."
Guard Tim Quarterman and forward Jake Layman will be looking to make their stories in the Trail Blazers first game at home versus Utah tomorrow night.
H/T: Occassia for the FanShot.