Summer League Practice Report, Day 1: Shaedon Sharpe and Jabari Walker are Ready for Their Close-Ups
There will be much intrigue around Sharpe's Thursday debut in Las Vegas.
TUALATIN, Ore.—Jabari Walker was honest about how difficult it was for him to adjust to his first real five-on-five practice against other NBA players.
"I wouldn't say so," Walker said when asked after the Trail Blazers' Saturday Summer League practice if he was picking everything up quickly. "I think it was a learning process for me. I needed this day to take steps forward.
"Usually, I'm used to switching 1-through-4, and then there's another screen after that so I have to get over the top of it. Being alert all the time. The new defensive schemes. It's a lot. I was kind of a deer in the headlights."
Walker, the No. 57 overall pick in last month's draft, joins No. 7 pick Shaedon Sharpe on the Blazers' roster for Summer League, which kicks off this Thursday in Las Vegas. The two rookies will be among the seven players expected to be on the Blazers' regular-season roster who will be playing in the tournament, with the others being Trendon Watford, Brandon Williams, Greg Brown III, Didi Louzada and Keon Johnson.