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Blazers’ Nassir Little Talks Restart & Rookie Duties for Melo

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Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little dropped in for a special episode of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast to talk about the NBA restart and his duties as Carmelo Anthony’s wine carrier.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Danny Marang is joined by Trail Blazers wing Nassir Little. They talk about his growth during his rookie season, developing his three-point shot, building confidence and how he kept in shape during the shutdown. Outside of basketball, Little touched on the importance of activism and protests.

Opening comments

If you could go pro in anything else, what would it be? 1:00

Listener Questions

Have you been able to workout? 3:00

Welcome to NL Fitness! 5:00

Have you been working on your 3-point shot? 7:00

Nassir breaks down his 3-point shot on video 8:00

Building confidence through the year 15:00

Working on his shot in the gym with the Arc System 18:00

Nassir on his development, “If we had to rank during quarantine, you (Nassir) are easily the most improved player. I think I’ve made huge strides.” 20:00

Nassir on playing in the bubble in Orlando, and why it makes sense for him (and his teammates) to play 24:00

The financial ramifications of not playing 26:00

Working out at the practice facility during the lead up to the restart 27:30

Nassir on social justice, Black Lives Matter, marching in the protests here in Portland 29:00

Nassir “I have Black Lives Matter on my jersey. I put that in today.” 31:00

Looking ahead to the 8 games during the restart and getting out to a hot start 35:00

Having “home court” in Florida at Disney 38:00

How different will it be to be away from family/loved ones 41:00

What is a piece of advice that sticks with you? 45:30

Giving back to his parents 47:30

What’s one thing you love and one thing you don’t about the NBA life? 52:00

Having to carry Carmelo Anthony’s wine bag 55:30

What was it like coming out of the Draft with Zion Williamson 57:30

How did you adjust to falling on Draft night? 59:00

How much truth is there to Jusuf Nurkic’s new jumpshot? 1:03:00

How much are you looking forward to playing with Nurkic?

Do you see yourself as more of a 3 or a 4? 1:06:00

What has it been like playing with and being around Carmelo Anthony? 1:08:00

Why did you cut your hair? 1:10:00

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