Trail Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl joined the weekly podcast to talk about Kent Bazemore’s shorts, Anthony Tolliver’s opportunities and Mario Hezonja’s nasty streak. We react to the fast and furious pace of Fan Fest, wonder when we will learn how tall everyone is and speculate about what Skal Labissiere could do if he just gets a shot?
Also, public radio pledge drives, hipster beanies, and who will be the biggest trash talker on the team this year? All this and more on the latest podcast.
5:45 Fan Fest recap.
7:30 An explanation (sort of) of Fan Fest MVP Kent Bazemore’s shorts situation.
12:30 Do the new players feel like they have something to prove on the defensive end?
15:00 When are we going to find out how tall everyone is?
19:30 Charismatic Anthony Tolliver has a lot to give, possibly more than people are realizing. He may play more than people are expecting.
21:45 How are the players starting to group, either in their workouts or off the court? Are there combos forming on the court?
26:15 How is the roster turnover of this year different from turnover in years past? This year they are more established and have expectations. But they seem ready for it. Quiet confidence.
28:30 Watching them at Fan Fest gave a real sense of togetherness. At the same time, they were really competitive with each other. They seem like they could have a little bit more of a nasty streak in them this season. The good kind of nasty streak.
35:00 CJ McCollum has a mean streak, that toughness could be something to build on.
39:00 Who will be the biggest trash talker this year?
42:00 What is the potential for Skal Labissiere? How does he compare to Noah Voleh?
48:00 What does “who has looked the best” at training camp really mean?
50:00 Will the Blazers play faster this season? Did the speed of the game at Fan Fest tell us anything about if they will play more in transition?
53:00 Will they move the ball a lot more?
55:45 What are some of the things that Casey will miss about the players who departed?
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