Blazers star CJ McCallum’s reminder of an article by presser Kobe Bryant – ‘Obsession is Natural’ on Alan Iverson.
The Portland Trailblazers improved their record to 6-4, as they recorded a 112–111 win over the Raptors. CJ McCullum hits one final shot on Fred Vanvelt and returns.
The Raptors gained 17 points to lose their second straight game by a margin of just 1 point. He now holds a record of 2-8, placing him 14th in the East.
All angles of CJ McCallum @ Trail Blazers Game-winner! pic.twitter.com/lpInLS1FuG
– NBA (@NBA) January 12, 2021
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Even though the Rappers had 6 players in double digits, and had more than 40% deep shots, the lack of a strong presence at the center position hurt them. The Blazers also had significant contributions from Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony, led by CJ McCullum’s 30 points. Anthony scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.
“I’m a murderer … that’s what describes me best”: CJ McCallum
CJ McCallum has been the leader of the Portland Trailblazers this season. CJ is averaging 28.1 points (3G in the league), while shooting 44.5% from deep. In his post-game press conference, CJ talked about his mentality and how he worked to lead the team to victory.
“I am a murderer.” Find ways to eat. This is what describes me best. The shark just goes hunting. Don’t worry about things Never worry about how they will get the next meal. Don’t worry about anything, that’s what I live my life for. “@CJMcCollum 🦈🦈 1 team all-press conference#RipCity pic.twitter.com/52fYcAvQaP
– Orlando Sanchez (@orlandokgw) January 12, 2021
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This CJ interview reminds us of a time when Kobe wrote that ‘passion is natural’. He talks about how he had an obsession with Alan Iverson, and by beating him he came to know how the great white shark hunts off the coast of South Africa.
Kobe talks about his mindset for any matchup. While Kobe was obsessed with besting his opponent in any situation, CJ’s statement gives us confidence that winning him is the primary objective.