The Trail Blazers’ preseason is winding down, so we asked, what have we learned about the team so far? Tara and Cassidy of Women’s Hoops and Talks discuss Mario Hezonja’s passing, Kent Bazemore’s long-long arms, Skal Labissiere impressing us early, and CJ McCollum missing free throws.
While we are starting to get more familiar with the new-look team, some questions still remain: When will Pau Gasol play? Is Zach Collins locked into the starting lineup? Who is setting screens for Damian Lillard and McCollum?
Along the way, we touch on the throwback game in the Memorial Coliseum, Tara’s visit to Staples Center, and whether Portland was holding Meyers Leonard back from being his true beach-loving self? All of this and more on the latest episode.
1:30 Icebreaker: If you could have one Blazer come visit you and keep you company while you are sick, who would it be?
4:00 Preseason opener in the Memorial Coliseum. Blazers have really developed a brand of wholesome fun.
8:30 A journey into the belly of the beast, Staples Center.
11:45 What have we learned from preseason? Nassir Little seems very determined.
13:30 Whiteside needs time with the team.
14:30 When Mario has the ball, be ready!
16:00 Kent Bazemore is bouncy and fun. Is it too soon to say that he has some Wesley Matthews-type undrafted attitude?
19:00 Skal Labissiere might play.
20:00 What is the deal with CJ McCollum missing so many free throws?
21:50 What we haven’t learned: anything about Pau Gasol.
22:40 Zach Collins is going to start?
25:10 Who is going to set screens for Lillard?
27:00 Meyers Leonard in Miami has been set free to be his most Meyers Leonard self.
28:30 Should the Blazers try the alley-oop anymore? Maybe they can replace alley-oops with nutmeg passes.
30:50 Giving some love to Moses Brown and Keljin Blevins.
38:00 Adding a new song to the 2020 Blazer Playlist, 22 by Taylor Swift. Because 22 is going to be a good year for Zach Collins.
41:00 Collins is showing some good signs.
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License