The emphasis right now on how the Trail Blazers improve from last season to this upcoming season:
Make positive changes on the defensive end.
Now that the Trail Blazers have re-signed Norman Powell after agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal, the 28-year-old veteran wing is ready for the challenge.
Powell recently sat down with Trail Blazers television host Brooke Olzendam to discuss his decision to run it back, but he also explained how he and new head coach Chauncey Billups have already had plenty of conversations regarding the need for improvement on that end of the floor.
“I think there’s another level we can get to defensively,” Powell told Olzendam. “I’ve talked to Chauncey about that and he’s very on the same page with me and how we are going to change the way we play defense, be more physical, do different things throughout the course of the game – different coverages, different schemes.”
Powell turned down his $11.6 million player option for the 2021-’22 season to take a rightful pay raise. He is coming off an impressive season with a career average of 18.6 points on 47.7% shooting and 39.9% from the three-point line.
He, Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic were key pieces to any of the Blazers defensive success last season.
Now Powell is all in on that side of the ball.
“Being a player and the fans and everybody knows that the defensive side of the ball was not as important in the past seasons… So I think that’s the focal point.”
You can find the full interview with Norman Powell right here.