Now, almost two months into the NBA hiatus, players are still doing their part to stay in shape and stay connected with fans.
Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless started an Instagram Q & A session Sunday night that rolled over into Monday afternoon.
Harkless fielded the typical questions of ‘Burgers or Pizza,’ which the New York native answered with a Pizza GIF.
And then sticking with his East Coast roots, Harkless chose Shake Shack over In-N-Out, adding, “In-N-Out is weak.”
While there was plenty to chew on with the food questions, Harkless’ Q & A session was dominated by Portland Trail Blazers talk.
The soon-to-be 27-year-old had found a home in Portland after being traded from the Orlando Magic in July of 2015 where he spent his first few seasons. His time in Orlando was very up and down.
But as Rip City knows, he fit the system in Portland and loved his time playing alongside Damian Lillard.
Now in his eighth year in the league and having played for four different teams, the current New York Knick is praising his former teammate.
When asked, ‘who was the best shooter you’ve played with?’
Harkless had two answers and one of them was the Trail Blazers five-time All-Star point guard.
In his four seasons with the Trail Blazers, Harkless averaged 7.8 points and 3.3 rebounds before he was traded to the Clippers last summer.
During his recent Q & A, Harkless shared his favorite things about his time in Portland and shared how much he loved being a Portland Trail Blazer.
And then there’s the friendship between Harkless and former Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu.
Harkless and Aminu would often be two of the last players still getting up shots following practices in Portland.
Their friendship was obvious. Harkless didn’t deny a ‘bro-mance’ between the two.
As for putting together a starting five that includes himself and four former teammates, Harkless decided he would want to play alongside, Lillard, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo, and then it would be a toss-up between the Bosnian Beast, Jusuf Nurkic and Plum-Dog Millionaire, Mason Plumlee.
Even though Harkless wouldn’t come out and say that he misses Portland, he did answer Anfernee Simons when Ant asked a very valid question.
(When other players ask questions that might be the best part of NBA players’ Q & A sessions).
And then there was talk of the playoffs.
Harkless reminisced about how much he enjoyed playing in front of the home crowd at Moda Center.
He even dubbed Moda as one of the most rocking postseason-atmospheres.
As for Harkless’ favorite game he has ever played in whether that was in high school, at St. Johns, or in the NBA, Harkless didn’t hesitate:
“Definitely game 3 vs. Denver last year, 4OT is hard to forget.”
That was a Trail Blazers’ instant classic.
In that May 3, 2019 Game 3 in Portland, Harkless came up big down the stretch and in the multiple overtimes, to finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Blazers’ 140-137 victory.