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Devin Booker Challenges Deandre Ayton to Play Hard

A former teammate has a challenge for Portland’s new center.

In-Season Tournament - Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

On Tuesday night the Portland Trail Blazers face the Phoenix Suns for the first time in the 2023-24 regular season schedule. The matchup brought a reunion for multiple teammates who had been traded or signed between the two teams over the summer: Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir Little, Drew Eubanks, Toumari Camara, and most prominently, Deandre Ayton.

Portland’s starting center had an energetic game against his former team. Suns star Devin Booker took note. In a postgame press conference, Booker challenged Ayton to play like that every night.

Gerald Bourguet had the video of Booker’s comments on X/Twitter:

The Blazers next face the Suns on Tuesday, December 19th.