Harry Giles hasn't had an ideal start to his promising NBA career.
The former five-start recruit was the No.2 ranked prospect in 2016 before becoming a Duke Blue Devil.
He started just six of his 26 games with Duke but showed enough skill to be drafted with the 20th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Drafted by the Blazers, Giles was traded to Sacramento on Draft Night and would start his career with the Kings.
Unfortunately, Giles would miss the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL and other injuries have limited him to just 104 games over the last two seasons.
Giles never quite gelled with the Kings and hit the open market this past offseason.
Giles loved the city of Sacramento, but felt it was best for his career to get a fresh start... It didn't take long for the team that drafted him to come calling.
This past Friday, Giles made his debut with the Trail Blazers. It was against his former team, no less.
And he put on a show.
Giles ended the night with 18 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
He did plenty of trash talking along the way, prompting former Kings big-man Demarcus Cousins to take notice.
Giles had another great outing on Sunday, once again against the Kings, with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
After the game, after yet another double-double performance, Giles took to social media with a message directed at NBCS Kings Insider James Ham. "I heard you ham. let me show you before you judge me."
Well, Ham was a guest on Blazers Outsiders where hosts Danny Marang and Joe Simons said Giles will be a double-double machine this season.
“Just pencil him in for 19 and 13 with five assists, a blocked shot, a steal – it’s money in the bank, just cash that check,” Ham responded jokingly.
“In all seriousness, he’s such a good young kid and I think fans are just going to embrace him. They’re going to love him. He’s still going to get in foul trouble. He’s still going to be out of position on defense here and there, but he’s going to put his heart and soul into it.”
It's initially unclear if Giles had an issue with Ham's comments on Blazers Outsiders or if there's something lingering after his exit from the Kings.
Reporters clashing with athletes isn't uncommon.
Giles wasn't done, though.
It seems Ham has added some fuel to the fire. Still, find that motivation, wherever it may come from, and prove the doubters wrong, Harry. History has shown that Portland and its players play best with a chip on their shoulder!
Regardless, Ham responded and appeared to put any beef to best, but you still gotta wonder what Giles was talking about.
All joking aside, after his tongue in cheek remark Ham had nothing but love for the former Kings big man. In fact, the way Ham described Giles should have Blazers fans plenty excited.
"He’s got incredible handles. He has some of the best court vision for a big man that you’re going to find," said Ham.
"I think he’s drawn comparisons for so long to Chris Webber. I’m not going to tell you he’s going to be Chris Webber for you, but he’s got those huge hands, and then he’s got the court vision and then the lighting quick shot from the top of the key. He really can hit that 18 to 20 foot set shot from the top of the key.”
A big that has great vision, can block shots, has elite athleticism and can hit the mid-range. What's not to love?
Giles is just two games into this Portland tenure and Rip City has already clung to him. If he wants to keep proving people wrong and playing with the chip, Portland fans will be just fine with that.