Trail Blazers back-up point guard Anfernee Simons worked out with long-time NBA point guard Darren Collison in Santa Barbara, California this week.
Collison, who played 10 seasons in the league before retiring in 2019, earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors in 2009 with the New Orleans Hornets.
And now he’s advising the young Simons.
Whether he was setting the screen or zipping a pass, Collison was looking to help the Trail Blazers 21-year-old guard develop his craft during the offseason. During the workout session, Simons showed off his hops and jumper, which was released in a BDA Sports International video posted on Twitter.
Ant looked dialed in.
Ball handling was also an emphasis.
Collison last played for the Indiana Pacers during the 2018-19 season.
In his decision to step away from basketball in 2019, which he explained in an article featured on The Undefeated, Collison was looking to do more volunteering and participate in worldwide ministry.
"Basketball has been my life since I was a child. I could never imagine finding anything that brings me more joy than I get from playing the game. While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched."
"With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA."
And now the 32-year old is volunteering his time to work on Simons’ jump shot and handles.
Collison averaged 12.5 PPG and 5.0 assists per game over his 10-year career.
As Simons gets set to enter his third year in the league, he'll look to improve upon his 8.3 points, 2,2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists a game from last season.