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Path Blazers rookie Shaedon Sharpe struggles in first preseason sport: ‘His head is simply spinning’

Portland Path Blazers rookie guard Shaedon Sharpe didn’t dwell as much as the hype of being the No. 7 decide within the 2022 NBA Draft throughout his preseason debut Monday night time in Seattle, Washington.

Apart from a spectacular blocked shot, Sharpe typically appeared misplaced, out synch and in awe of the second.

Not an enormous deal. He’s solely 19 and the Blazers’ 102-97 loss to the LA Clippers at Local weather Pledge Enviornment represented his first full sport motion since highschool after not enjoying in any respect final season at Kentucky.

“I simply wished to come back out, compete, play exhausting and get stops and actually assist my teammates on offense,” Sharpe stated. “That was an enormous focus for the day.”

Sharpe missed his 4 shot makes an attempt and in quarter-hour of motion completed with simply two factors, two rebounds an help and the blocked shot.

It’s not the debut many had hoped to see from Sharpe, whom the Blazers hope to see turn out to be an impression participant early in his profession earlier than rising as a star down the road.

Throughout coaching camp final week in Santa Barbara, California, coach Chauncey Billups, Damian Lillard and others spoke extremely of Sharpe’s potential. However in addition they emphasised persistence given his youth.

“His head is simply spinning,” Billups stated Monday night time. “He’s simply 19. He’s a rookie. You get on the market and also you neglect the performs, and he was simply so excited he was enjoying in an NBA sport. However as ya’ll can see, his athleticism goes to be on show each single time he touches the ground. And the sport, and all the pieces we do, goes to decelerate for him the extra we apply.”

Sharpe got here near ending a pair probably spectacular dunks on Monday however was fouled. His block of Xavier Moon’s drive try within the fourth quarter made the group gasp.

However he simply couldn’t discover a rhythm on offense.

“I attempted to point out a variety of my sport however didn’t actually present it at the moment,” he stated. “Simply transfer on and prepare for the subsequent sport tomorrow.”

The Blazers (0-1) host Utah (0-1) at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Moda Heart.

Pleasure gripped Sharpe throughout his first preseason sport. He missed out on a chance to prep himself a bit throughout summer season league when a shoulder harm 5 minutes into the primary quarter of the primary sport despatched him to the sideline for good.

“I’d say my head was spinning slightly bit,” Sharpe stated. “I imply, it’s the league.”

That time was pushed dwelling when he first noticed Clippers’ All-Stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

“I’d watched them on TV and all the pieces,” he stated. “After which me truly enjoying towards these guys, it’s loopy.”

The amped up sellout crowd of 18,440 additionally impacted Sharpe.

“The followers had been within the sport the entire time,” he stated. “It’s loopy. It was cool enjoying in entrance of lots of people. I haven’t executed that in a minute. It was good getting again to it.”

Many extra alternatives and classes await.

— Aaron Fentress | | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Fb).

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