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Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum rank among the best guard duos in the NBA. Are they encroaching upon the best?

NBA: JAN 30 Trail Blazers at Clippers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Join Tara and Kendyl for the latest Women’s Hoops and Talks (W.H.A.T.) podcast. They start off by talking about Trail BlazersDamian Lillard and CJ McCollum who each scored 50 points in less than 30 minutes within 10 days of each other. Are they the best back court in the league?

Kendyl has been in Los Angeles and had an inside look at Lakers Nation’s reaction to a wild trade deadline. Who was the biggest winner on deadline day? The Cleveland Cavaliers or NBA fans?

Ashley interviewing a Anthony Mathis after a game

Then they talk to Ashley Williams (@williamsashdawn), freelance sports reporter whose work has been featured on USA Today High School Sports as well as on SB Nation sites Blazer’s Edge and Swish Appeal. Ashley has covered the Nike Hoop Summit and Les Schwab Invitational Tournament for the last several years and has had the opportunity to talk to many players who went on to the NBA. She talks about what is unique about talking to these young men before they make it to the big time.

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0:34 Damain Lillard and C.J. McCollum both score 50 points in less than 30 minutes within 10 days of each other. They are the first to do that within 10 days of each other since Larry Bird and Kevin McHale in 1984-85.

2:43 Top back courts in the league

7:10 Trade deadline roundup

8:08 Kendyl talks about the reaction in Los Angeles to the Cavaliers and Lakers trade, and Lakers’ fans plan B just in case they don’t entice LeBron and Paul George this off season.

16:15 Guest Ashley Williams talks about the Les Schwab Invitational Tournament and the Nike Hoops Summit. She has spoken with many current NBA players before they were in the league including Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons and DeAaron Fox.

21:15 What is special about talking to high school players? Jaylen Brown playing for his teammates. Skal Labissiere growing up and giving back.

27:20 Talking to Damian Lillard about Black History Month.

32:30 A woman in basketball who inspires Ashley: Skylar Diggins.

References

Stats unless otherwise noted are from Basketball Reference

Check out Ashley’s YouTube channel for interviews with Michael Porter Jr., Marvin Bagley III, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles.

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Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Kendyl @kendylbennett16.

Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License