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CJ McCollum shares his thoughts on Blazers head coaching candidates

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As the Trail Blazers continue their second round of interviews in their search for Portland’s next head coach, shooting guard CJ McCollum gave his thoughts on a handful of the candidates.

McCollum released his 115th episode of the Pull Up podcast Thursday and while much of the podcast was about the NBA playoffs, the eight-year veteran also gave an update on his offseason.  

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Following the Blazers and Terry Stotts mutually deciding to part ways, Damian Lillard has voiced his thoughts on the next coach roaming the sidelines in Portland.

But McCollum has a bit of a different approach and can see many of the candidates being a good fit in Rip City.

“Everybody is probably wondering what we’re going to do as an organization, the Portland Trail Blazers,” McCollum said on the podcast. “We’ve interviewed Becky Hammon, we’ve interviewed Mike D’Antoni, we’ve interviewed Chauncey Billups. I’ve heard there’s some rumors that we’ve interviewed one of the Barrys and some other people. So, it looks like it's heating up.” 


I think that we have a pretty good list of potential coaches. Diverse, obviously -- with different backgrounds, different coaching pedigrees that have coached for a long time. Some that are in a position to potentially become a head coach.

CJ McCollum

As for McCollum's thoughts on individual candidates, the 29-year-old had plenty of positives for the coaches who have received a second interview.

“Becky coming from the [Gregg Popovich] pedigrees, similar to Ime [Udoka], has high expectations and high hopes and is a very good candidate.”

McCollum added, “I think D’Antoni has shown that he can be a great coach in the NBA and Chauncey is next up on that list of potentially great coaches. I think we’re in great hands with all of those candidates.” 

And even though McCollum hasn’t discussed who he’d want to be the Trail Blazers 15th head coach in franchise history, the Blazers starting shooting guard admitted that he isn’t going to voice his thoughts with the front office unless he’s asked to do so.

“My job is to play, so I don’t get too involved in those types of decisions, but if my input is asked, I do provide just that. But I like to trust the organization, trust the leaders in place to allow them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.” 

Listen to the entire Pull Up podcast with CJ McCollum right here.