Found July 08, 2013 on
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It wasn't even lunch time and Trail Blazers rookie C.J. McCollum was already exhausted.
Monday was McCollum's first full day in Portland after he was selected 10th overall in the NBA draft some 11 days before. He was up at 5 a.m., had a workout an hour later and then headed to the Rose Garden for an introductory news conference. Along the way, his necktie was misplaced.
Welcome to the NBA.
"This is what I've lived for, this is what I want to do for a living," he said, smiling despite the whirlwind. "It feels good that it's finally here."
McCollum averaged 23.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Lehigh. While his year was cut short by a broken left foot, the 6-foot-3 guard said he's fully healed and he was cleared to play in April.
McCollum was targeted on draft night by the Blazers, who were looking to shore up a backcourt led by reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard.
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C.J. McCollum says he's ready to go to work for the Portland Trail Blazers.
McCollum was the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft 11 days ago by the Blazers, who welcomed him with a news conference Monday at the Rose Garden.
He averaged 23.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season as a senior at Lehigh. While his year was cut short by a broken left foot, the 6-foot-4 guard...
The Portland Trail Blazers announced their 2013 Summer League roster on Sunday.
C.J. McCollum, Damian Lillard, Joel Freeland, Allen Crabbe, Victor Claver and Will Barton headline the Blazers' team.
Silence is Golden
The Portland Trail Blazers have not made headlines during the 2013 NBA offseason. The team entered the summer with roughly $12 million to spend, and like most fans itching to succeed, the Rip City faithful assumed that the big-name free agents would be wooed to the their hometown with cash and a young nucleus as the primary selling points.
As it turns out, that...
J.J. Hickson and the Denver Nuggets have agreed upon a three-year, $15 million deal.
Hickson had been with the Portland Trail Blazers since being waived by the Sacramento Kings in March of 2012.
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Hickson with the 19th overall pick in 2008 after one season with N.C. State.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, J.J. Hickson has agreed to a 3-year, $15 million deal with the Denver Nuggets.
The 26-year-old power forward/center averaged a double-double last season – posting 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds in 29 minutes per game for the Portland Trail Blazers.