Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

Current Trail Blazers and even former Trail Blazers are rocking Portland Gear these days.

Sunday afternoon, Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins joined the owner of Portland Gear Marcus Harvey on their live Instagram feed.

Mustache and all.

Yep, Collins is now rocking facial hair... Well, some facial hair. 

So, of course, the live video started off with a lot of mustache talk.

“I don’t want to hear it. If you hate it, I don’t want to hear it,” Collins joked.

“This is all I got. This is all I have to work with… It’s really bad, but it’s the most I’ve ever had,” Collins said with a smile.

Later in the 45-minute conversation, Harvey and Collins got back to talking about the mustache.

“I don’t think I’m built for facial hair,” Collins joked.

“I don’t know if you can have good facial hair with a baby face."

That'll probably  be determined by the end of the NBA hiatus if Collins is still growing out his beard.  

As for his rehab, Collins mentioned that the NBA got approval to allow him as well as Jusuf Nurkic and Rodney Hood to be able to go to the team’s practice facility for rehab only.

 

Collins, Nurk, and Hoodie are allowed to go in the weight room for rehab.

“We can’t play basketball or anything, just be in the weight room,” Collins said.

It was back on Mar. 19, that the NBA shut down all team training facilities to combat COVID-19.

Video games, movies, home workouts -- those are the main staples in Collins' quarantined life at the moment.

The Trail Blazers big man is still hopeful that the 2019-20 season will restart.

I definitely don’t think they’ll cancel the whole season. -- Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins

“For sure,” Collins thinks he will be a back if the NBA resumes this summer. “I’m like 95 percent done with my rehab now, that’s what the trainers are telling me.”

April 5th will be the fifth-month mark since Big Z underwent successful surgery to repair his left labrum.

At 22 years old, the Gonzaga alum is happy that he had shoulder surgery after going back-and-forth on the decision.

“I think long-term it was the right thing just because like I would’ve had to deal with it the rest of the year if I was out for a few weeks…  If I come back and hurt it again and then do the surgery, now the rehab is going into the summer. It’s bad timing either way.”

Now with the NBA hiatus, having the surgery soon after suffering the injury, the Blazers will get a healthy Collins back if the season starts up again this summer.

Plus, this we know: It’s good timing right now to try and grow that facial hair, Zach!