Trail Blazers forward Wenyen Gabriel is adapting to the NBA’s bubble by bonding with his teammates during his down time. NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson highlighted the former Kings forward’s boating experience earlier this week.
Gabriel revealed that he enjoyed the Blazers’ off day on Sunday with time on the water alongside some of the other young players on the roster.
“The boat experience was nice yesterday, Gabriel said. “BK, our strength coach got a lot of the young guys together and just asked in a group chat if we wanted to go on the boat, and of course, we all decided on that to go on the boat, listen to some music. A couple of the guys — Ant drove, Nas drove a little bit, and just enjoying the sights, spending a little time together. So, it was a good little bonding moment. We like each other, so it was good to spend some time together.”
On the court, it appears that Gabriel has focused on improving during the NBA’s hiatus. Gabriel’s improvement, along with the work of the rest of Portland’s youthful supporting cast, garnered praise from coach Terry Stotts.
“They’ve got a lot of energy and they should,” Stotts said. “They’re all young, they come out and they really compete, which is good, which is what we need from them everyday. With this much practice time, they’re able to push the other guys. Wenyen’s had a very good camp… He brings the energy, has a great personality, he’s always upbeat.”
Since arriving in a midseason trade that also netted the Blazers Trevor Ariza and Caleb Swanigan, Gabriel has appeared in 17 games (one start).
You can read Hudson’s full story highlighting Gabriel’s improvements at NBC Sports Northwest.