August 27, 2013, 12:43 pm
Brian Grant is one of the most beloved members in the history of the
Portland Trail Blazer franchise. He
joined Chad on Flight 750 Monday to talk about the upcoming season and his
upcoming “Shake It Till We Make It” event coming to town on September 7th.
Grant talked about what young, raw bigs [like Meyers Leonard], must do to learn the Center position at the NBA level.
“Just be in the gym with somebody who’s knowledgeable – somebody who has a good track record in training. It’s got to be a big person as far as repetition on skill sets for a post player. I know a lot of guys, including myself when I was younger, I know I would just go and be in the gym for an hour just shooting threes and hook shots from half court, and I thought I had worked on my game, but that’s not really working on your game.”
He also said that he’s impressed with the team that Blazers’ GM Neil Olshey has been able to put together this off-season.
“I think that all the moves that Olshey is making this summer are the right moves. I think it’s going to put us in position to quite honestly make the playoffs. But it’s going to be an 82 game season – a long season – But we’ve still got the best fans in the NBA and so I’m looking forward to the season.”
And finally, Grant talked about the way the NBA has changed since the days when he used to lace his sneakers up.
“I was just telling Jerome Kersey the other day, ‘I couldn’t play in today’s league because of all the rule changes.’ The way they’ve got it set up now, it’s a safer league. When I was playing against guys like Jerome, like Buck Williams – in those days, an elbow was an elbow. A slap to the back was a slap to the back and you just kept on playing. Now, you set a hard screen, you’re looking at maybe a flagrant one.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to check out the Shake it Till We Make it event coming to town on Saturday September 7th at the Rose Garden.