Talkin’ Blazers Podcast: What does life without Zach Collins look like?


This week former Trail Blazer and NBA Champ Channing Frye along with Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster Dan Sheldon sat down to talk about a number of different topics including, playing a three-guard lineup, what life is going to be like for the next four months without staring power forward Zach Collins, and much more on the latest episode of the Talkin' Blazers Podcast. After having shoulder surgery earlier this week, Collins will now be evaluated in four months.  

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts has inserted Anthony Tolliver in at starting power forward.

But as Sheldon asks Frye, "is he the indefinite solution?"

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"He can't be," Frye said. "That's just not his role. Tolliver is a great change of pace forward center, shooter."

Frye believes Portland just has to get through the next couple of months by leaning on their backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

And here is Frye's advice for the team:

"You gotta just stay afloat. Stay around .500 and hope that CJ gets out of this little funk, Dame gets a chance to not play 40 minutes per night, and that [Hassan] Whiteside continues rebounding and playing at a high-level."

The former Blazer forward believes at the moment Tolliver is going to have to fill the starting role.

"There's no other option (in the short term)," Frye said. Stay afloat…stay afloat. Just get into the playoffs. At the end of the day, you're going to have to win a road game in the playoffs… they're a dangerous team."

On the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast, in addition to Life without Zach Collins, Channing and Dan discuss load management and if it should be applied to Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, if PEDs are a big issue in the NBA, the three-guard lineup and make predictions for the upcoming Blazers schedule. Plus, Channing explains to Dan how he plays Overwatch while watching basketball.

Listen to the full Talkin' Blazers podcast below:

Talkin Blazers Podcast: What does life without Zach Collins look like? originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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