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Chriss and Smith Jr. Add a Twist to the Blazers’ Training Camp

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The Church of Roy podcast returns to discuss how Dennis Smith Jr. and Marquese Chriss could impact the Trail Blazers’ upcoming training camp.

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The Church of Roy podcast returns to discuss the latest training camp signings for the Trail Blazers. Hosts Brian Wilcox and Steve Dewald deliver their thoughts on the potential upside of inviting former lottery picks Dennis Smith Jr. and Marquese Chriss to Portland.

When it comes to Smith Jr., Brian and Steve discuss the bumpy road that the former Pistons guard has endured to start his career. Can Smith Jr. overcome his lack of shooting efficiency with a defined role off the bench? If so, how would that impact the Blazers’ current roster?

After discussing Smith Jr., Brian and Steve dive into the path that Chriss has walked to start his NBA career. The former Huskies big fella still has plenty of potential and landing with the right organization could help him unlock it. On that front, Steve details the time that Chriss spent with the Warriors and Draymond Green’s potential influence.

In the final segment of the show, Brian and Steve discuss the latest power rankings from NBA insider Marc Stein. Is No. 18 too low in the rankings for the Blazers? Also, what type of pressure will coach Chauncey Billups face during his first year at the helm?

You can download today’s episode at Spotify and Apple Podcasts.