There has at all times been the chatter that may develop into overstatement. All of the hype. And all of the questions.
How good was Harry Giles? How good is he now? Or worse — No matter occurred to Harry Giles?
Nicely, he occurred Friday evening in Moda Middle for the Portland Path Blazers, when he got here off the bench to get 18 factors, 14 rebounds and two blocked photographs in Portland’s first exhibition recreation, a 127-102 win over the Sacramento Kings, his former staff.
Giles, a high NBA prospect whereas nonetheless in highschool, has suffered by means of a torn ACL in each knees and has had little probability to indicate himself within the NBA.
However Friday — it was simply an exhibition recreation, after all, so no have to get too overly excited — he was lively, energetic and expert in his backup heart position.
“I believe there’s all of the questions and query marks and curiosity of what is going on on,” Giles stated afterward. “Is he wholesome or is he not?
“You realize, I am feeling good. I am simply able to go on the market and present it and type of simply silence the noise. Nonetheless humble as I’ve at all times been, simply attempting to show my level, to indicate that I am right here. I am right here. I am good.”
Giles performed in solely 104 video games over three seasons with the Kings as he recovered from his accidents and appeared to be buried, at occasions, on the staff’s bench.
However in a stunning transfer, Sacramento declined to choose up Giles’ fourth-year possibility final season and it made him an unrestricted free agent this summer time, when Portland signed him to a one-year deal.
It was an odd transfer by the Kings, who’re younger and in a rebuilding mode. There definitely was sufficient enjoying time in Sacramento to seek out out somewhat extra about what they’d in a participant who was held in excessive esteem by his teammates and has proven flashes, as he did Friday, of turning into an impressive participant.
“He is at all times robust, man,” the Kings’ Buddy Hield stated after the sport. “He performs along with his coronary heart. His recreation speaks for itself.”
Giles was requested if he’s at all times going to have somewhat one thing further to offer when enjoying his former staff.
“Most likely,” he stated, earlier than shortly including, “I believe I could have somewhat bit further for everyone. That’s simply how I play.
“You realize I simply needed to impose my will and simply let loose the additional vitality and all the sensation and emotion I’ve been feeling in the previous few months. I needed to simply let it out tonight, so that is what I did.”
And a minimum of for one evening, there isn’t a doubt the place Harry Giles is. And the way he feels.