"I'm not sure there are too many teammates in basketball who are made for each other like we are." -- Damian Lillard
As one of the NBA's most potent tandem's, the on-court chemistry of Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum is obvious. But as NBA.com writer Shaun Powell displays in a profile of Portland's backcourt, Lillard and McCollum's relationship extend well beyond the hardwood.
As the cornerstones of a new era of Trail Blazers basketball, Portland is counting on Lillard and McCollum to carry the franchise into the future:
"This is just their third year as teammates and the first for McCollum as a full-time starter. Maybe the two of them had a hunch that, one day soon, they'd be a starting unit from the moment McCollum was drafted in 2013. At that time, it didn't seem so close to happening. The Blazers were a 50-win team and McCollum was getting scattered minutes while playing behind Wesley Matthews, a solid player on both ends and seemingly a fixture at big guard for the future.
But basketball is a funny game. The Blazers never could break beyond the first round of the playoffs and were a secondary contender behind the likes of the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets and Warriors. They maxed out. LaMarcus Aldridge got free agent fever and left for the Spurs last summer, and that was the move that triggered a transitional shift in the franchise and brought Lillard and McCollum closer together."
Powell goes on to provide insight from Lillard, McCollum and head coach Terry Stotts on the pair's chemistry. Read more on NBA.com