Trail Blazers newcomer Harry Giles made a splash in his debut with a solid 18-point double-double against his former team, the Kings. After the game, NBC Sports Northwest’s Dwight Jaynes highlighted the postgame comments from the 22 year old big man.
Giles explained that he is ready to compete after a series of injury setbacks to start his career.
“You know, I’m feeling good. I’m just ready to go out there and show it and kind of just silence the noise. Still humble as I’ve always been, just trying to prove my point, to show that I’m here. I’m here. I’m good.”
The North Carolina native was not afraid to let his swagger shine through on Friday night. When asked about delivering a little something extra against his former team, Giles acknowledged that he was excited to face his former teammates. But he also explained that his return to the court in a new environment served as a release.
“Probably,” he said, before quickly adding, “I think I may have a little bit extra for everybody. That’s just how I play.
“You know I just wanted to impose my will and just let out the extra energy and all the feeling and emotion I’ve been feeling in the last few months. I wanted to just let it out tonight, so that’s what I did.”
Giles appeared in 104 games with the Kings over two seasons. He holds a career averages of 7.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. On Friday, he notched 18 points and 14 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
You can read the full story from Jaynes at NBC Sports Northwest.