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CJ McCollum Joins J.J. Redick on The Vertical Podcast

McCollum and Redick enjoy a cordial conversation after competing against each other in a tough playoff series.

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Continuing his extracurricular activites, Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum joined JJ Redick on The Vertical Podcast Wednesday morning to catch up after seeing each other in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. They covered a lot of ground; from entertainment media to the basketball gods to draft day memories. Follow this link to give it a listen, and use the time stamps below to skip to the parts that most interest you.

  • 02:08 – Busy off-season activities and staying involved outside of basketball
  • 04:17 – McCollum’s entertainment media dream
  • 05:20 – Challenges of speaking on camera
  • 07:19 – On-camera development of player personalities
  • 09:07 – "Do you believe in the basketball gods?"
  • 09:43 – The basketball gods smote the Warriors for testing them
  • 13:01 – Dialogue among Blazers when Blake Griffin and Chris Paul got hurt
  • 14:45 – McCollum’s early-career mindset
  • 18:09 – How do you follow up an MIP selection and a great season as a team?
  • 21:57 – On-court chemistry and personal relationship with Damian Lillard
  • 25:21 – Being roughly the same age and having the same interests as Lillard
  • 26:56 – McCollum’s impeccable suits
  • 28:51 – The mindset of a scorer
  • 30:50 – McCollum’s mom clowning him about a bad game
  • 32:21 – What do players entering the NBA lack and what should they focus on?
  • 36:14 – Draft day memories