If you talk the talk, you better walk the walk.
Trail Blazers wing Mario Hezonja did just that in the Trail Blazers’ first scrimmage ahead of the official NBA restart.
Hezonja and Nassir Little have been praised by Blazers Coach Terry Stotts and their teammates for putting in the work on their jumpers and for being the two players who spent the most time in the gym during the NBA suspension.
Heading into the first scrimmage with the Blazers facing the Pacers Thursday, Hezonja discussed how he felt confident and comfortable with his improved shot.
He put in the work in.
But that didn’t just mean getting more time in the gym.
No, there was a lot more to finding his rhythm offensively than just getting in reps.
“I was listening more than the actual work. We went through a lot of film and just talking to my coaches so that I knew what I had to do and I got it. It’s just showing it and doing it. It’s not a big switch for me, but like in a game plan for my teammates and for the staff it can be a little different, and it looks good, so I’ll keep doing what they ask me to do every time.”
By listening to the coaching staff and not taking their conversations lightly, he has turned those talks into real progress on the court, which was on full display in the Blazers…