In case you didn’t know already, Portland Trail Blazers rookie CJ McCollum was enlisted (along with other rookies) by the fine folks over at Men’s Health to do a piece on his rookie season in the NBA.
Back in December of 2013, the article was posted and one of the interesting parts of the piece was a correspondence that Damian Lillard sent him during the 2013 NBA Draft.
I’ll let CJ McCollum tell the rest of the story in the below excerpt:
My story really starts on Draft Day. It was amazing. One of the best nights of my life. It was definitely a long night between the media events and various obligations that players have. But being invited to the draft, talking to different guys in the green room, bonding with them, it was just fun. I had never been to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn before. A lot of my friends and family where there.
I remember Anthony (Bennett) going first. It was just crazy. He went first and then Cody (Zeller) went No. 4 and Alex (Len) after that. It felt like people were going right and left. I remember looking at my agent. Detroit went with the ninth pick and I was just looking at him. Then he something like, “Make sure your suit looks nice,” and I knew something was coming. Right after Detroit picked Trey Burke at No. 9 I got a text message from Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. It said, ‘Ut oh.” That’s when I knew for sure. I already knew that if I was there at No. 10 that I had a good shot at Portland picking me. It was just a really good fit.
Lillard image courtesy of Getty Images