Jaylen Hoard joined the Portland Trail Blazers as an undrafted rookie after the 2019 NBA Draft, landing a two-way contract with the team. He split his time during the season between Portland and the G League, where he played with the Texas Legends. Hoard only appeared in 13 regular season games for Portland before play was suspended due to the rise of COVID-19, but he got the opportunity to join the team when the season restarted at the NBA’s Disney World bubble.
In a new video released on his YouTube channel, Hoard documents what he was doing before and during the bubble:
He notes that he was spending time in Texas working on his game prior to receiving a call from his agent with the news that Portland wanted him to come to Orlando. The video then cuts to behind-the-scenes footage shot by Hoard of the team’s arrival to Disney World and the mandatory in-room quarantine period players were required to go through.
Then, Hoard discusses the team’s training camps before seeding play began. Echoing similar sentiments said before him, the rookie highlighted that Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins made a noticeable difference on the team. On the topic of the seeding games, Hoard says that Gary Trent Jr. “took his game to a new level” and the team played like every game was a must-win.
You can watch Part 1 of Hoard’s behind-the-scenes video here, or below: