Blazers Take Familiar Path in NBA Draft with Selection of CJ McCollum

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Blazers Take Familiar Path in NBA Draft with Selection of CJ McCollum
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After NBA Commissioner David Stern called his name, after he slipped a black Portland Trail Blazers cap on and smiled for the cameras, CJ McCollum ducked away from the Barclays Center stage and, once he had a free moment, peeked at his cellphone. He had 178 text messages. And one of them was from Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. “I ... tried to find close family members and people of importance,” McCollum said, noting that he surfed through his horde of texts for the pertinent ones. “And he's definitely at the top of the list — the point guard of the team I'm playing for. So he texted me and we exchanged a couple messages to each other. I look forward to getting out there and playing with him.”

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