Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

Zach Collins doesn’t back down to anyone.  

We’ve all seen it -- that look in his eye when someone is coming at him on the court both literally and figuratively.

Klay Thompson has definitely seen it.

It’s that mentality of 'don’t mess with me or any of my teammates' that has earned Collins much love and respect from his teammates and Trail Blazers fans.

And, it’s probably fair to deem Collins a professional trash talker.

Now, his words could be on full display in the unusual Orlando bubble setting.

The NBA is still exploring how television broadcasts will look and sound with no fans in attendance.

But, we have to imagine that even with fake crowd noise pumped in and/or music being played at the arena, there’s still a much better shot of hearing players on the court with no fans in the crowd.

YEP. We are about to hear ALL the trashing talking.  

“It's honestly something I think about all the time, actually,” Collins said with a big smile during Thursday’s Zoom call.

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The third-year player, who says his left shoulder ‘feels great,’ is not only healthy enough to play in Orlando, but he’s also prepared to let the world hear all of his typical trash talking.  

 

Collins continued, “Not even just for me, but like, there's definitely things said on the court that are not for the faint of heart, for sure… It's gonna be interesting to see how the NBA handles that. I watched the UFC came back and they had no fans and you can hear everything... You can hear the guys in the ring like every hit, you know, everything. So I think it's going to be something similar and I don't know how it's going to be on TV, but obviously, when we're on the court together -- we might be able to hear the other team's time out in the huddle unless they put music on or something, I don't know. So it'll be very interesting to see how they handle it. It's definitely something to think about.”

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Does this unique situation mean Collins is going to ratchet back his trash talking?

Nope.

Not even a little bit; well, maybe.

I'm not going to change. So y'all might hear some pretty vulgar language coming out of my mouth, but, you know, I don't know. I don't know. We'll see. I'll try to play it by ear. I don't want to change how I play and how I talk. But, we'll see. -- Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins

It sounds like Zach’s mom might need to brace herself for this restart.

Honestly though, hearing Collins bad-mouth his opponents here and there won’t be a surprise to most.

But, Big Z did mention that Anfernee Simons could shock some folks with how vocal he can be.  

“I think honestly you might hear Anfernee more than you would think, especially with no background noise. He's going to be a little bit louder... I think especially for you guys, you guys watch us so closely and are there all the time -- practices, games. So I think you guys have a pretty good idea of who was a talker, who's not. But I think the whole world or kind of get a chance to see who communicates and who talks trash on the court the most. Yeah, so we'll see. It'll be interesting.”

Interesting indeed!

This is definitely an extra layer to the NBA restart that we are all waiting to hear.