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Derrick Jones Jr. On Joining The Blazers: “I Can’t Wait”

The Blazers’ new addition on the wing joins this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by new Portland Trail Blazers wing — Derrick Jones Jr! Together they hit on: the rapid cross country move from Miami to Portland, how he’s getting acclimated to the region, if he’s talked with Carmelo Anthony about their back and forth during the season last year (Jan 5th, 2020), playing basketball “without chains,” putting the ball anywhere near the rim and he’ll go get, what his role will be, breaking down his defensive versatility, building up a 3-point shot, and a whole lot more!

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Intro

Opening Comments

Getting acclimated with Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony immediately 2:00

Going back and forth with Melo - have you talked to him about that at all? 4:00

With you and Robert Covington on the team together - you’re two of the most successful G-League pairings yet, what would you tell those guys that are still grinding down there? 7:30

Who is/are the guys you want to cover- that you want to take on the challenge of guarding? 9:30

Breaking down film with Derrick and his defensive versatility and how it impacts a night to night basis? 11:00

Guarding the pick and roll and knowing my job 14:00

Learning from veterans like PJ Tucker and Jared Dudley on how to have active hands 16:00

What part of your offensive game are you most looking forward to developing? 17:30

Where do see your confidence at now? 19:00

When you’re playing off of guys in the starting lineup- where do you find you role? 21:00

Have you had the discussion with Dame about lob passing/timing? 22:00

What have you done/are you doing to develop that 3-point shot? 24:00

Taking a look at defensive versatility and how Jones Jr can be effective up and down the lineup? 26:00

Coming to Portland and getting the chance at a “green light” 28:00

“I can’t wait!” 29:30

Have you and Anfernee Simons had a little dunk off yet? 30:00

Closing Comments

Outro