In the latest episode of the Open Floor podcast, SI senior writer Lee Jenkins goes deep with Blazers big man Meyers Leonard on his remarkable journey to the NBA and the blistering Trail Blazers.
Leonard discusses the first time he knew Damian Lillard was special, how the Blazers have played so well this season despite a major off-season overhaul and the evolution of his game from his college days at Illinois to his fourth year in the pros.
Jenkins also talks to Leonard about his difficult upbringing, which included losing his father at the age of six and seeing his big brother, Bailey, join the Marines while he was in high school. Leonard also describes what it was like going from a small town in Illinois to fame and success in the NBA.
Among other topics discussed: What it's like guarding DeMarcus Cousins, Leonard's three-point prowess, his relationship with Lillard and more.
Check back on SI.com next week for another episode of Open Floor.