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Blazers’ CJ McCollum speaks out on NBA’s suspended season

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Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum plans to focus on three things during the NBA’s coronavirus suspension.

The Blazers guard spoke to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated about the NBA’s suspension and what he’s going to do during his downtime:

“This is my seventh year in the league now, but it’s simple. I am going to take this time to refocus, spend time with my loved ones, make sure that everybody is safe, and enjoy this time away from the game while understanding we will probably have to jump back in at some point,” McCollum told The Undefeated in a phone interview on Thursday afternoon.

“But I am taking this time to sit back in my office, make my calls, really work on my real estate plans and some of the business plans that I have, some funds I am investing in and work on my podcast.”

The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. His teammate, All-Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, has the virus as well.

McCollum has appeared in 62 games for the Blazers this season. He’s averaging 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 45.3 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Blazers are 29-37 on the season. They are in ninth place in the Western Conference standings. If the season does start again, it will be interesting to see how the league makes it work schedule-wise.

The Blazers, should the season resume, have work to do if they want to make the playoffs again.