Isaiah Briscoe went undrafted back in June, and signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency soon thereafter. The former Kentucky guard failed to turn enough heads with the Sixers during the NBA Summer League, and he was released a few weeks later.
Just three months later, Briscoe is competing for the final roster spot with the Portland Trailblazers.
In an interview with Blazers Edge, Briscoe said he’s giving it all he has for his shot.
“You can’t take a day off because look who I’m going against,” Briscoe told Blazer’s Edge. “I always got to be there, always got to bring my A game every practice, on offense and on defense. That’s how you get better.”
Through two preseason games, Briscoe is averaging five points, 1.5 rebounds, and half an assist per outing.
Portland’s star point guard Damian Lillard has taken Briscoe under his wing, giving him the blueprint to making it in the league.
“[Lillard] is always there for me, giving me the confidence, telling me certain things out on the court.” Briscoe explained. “Actually, I spent the whole halftime talking to him. The complete, whole halftime he was just breaking down little things of the game. He don’t only play the game, but he think it too, and I think that’s where I can get a lot better at is thinking the game. He’s been there mentoring me and just helping me out every chance he gets.”
For Lillard, he feels it’s his duty as a veteran leader to put Briscoe in position to make the final roster.
“I learned a lot of things from vets, playing with Mo Williams and Steve Blake and Earl Watson–guys like that–Ronnie Price, Jared Jeffries. There’s so much that I’ve learned that, for a guy like [Briscoe], I need to share it with because it might be the difference in him making or not making our team or not making or making another team because of his approach mentally. Anything I see that he does or anything that I do that I want him to pay attention to, I just share it with him just to try to let him get the most out of this camp.”
Best of luck to Isaiah Briscoe in making Portland’s final roster and making a name for himself in the league.
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