The Portland Trail Blazers season has come and gone, with Tuesday's exit interviews wrapping up and unpredictable, up-and-down 2016-17 campaign that ended with a first-round sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Along with President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey and head coach Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the majority of the roster met with the media for the final time on Tuesday to reflect on the season and look ahead to what's next. One of the more interesting Q&As involved backup point guard Shabazz Napier, who just completed his first season with the Blazers after coming to Portland via trade last summer: On his season with the Blazers: "I think I did what I had to do. I did what I could do, understanding that my role wasn't to come in and play a lot of minutes knowing that we had two elite guards and (Evan Turner) as well. Whenever my number was called I always felt like I was ready. I always base my individual play off team and, like I said, we didn't play as well as we should have so there's a lot of things I'm going to continue to work on this summer to improve my game to help out next year." On establishing finding a home in Portland: "I think this was great for me to come here. I said this in the beginning of the season: to be able to play, practice against CJ and Dame each and every day and to do the things and learn from them, it was great for me. I think I've learned a lot, more than I learned my past two years. Just to be around those guys, be around this team, be around this coach was great."
Trail Blazers backup PG Shabazz Napier happy in Portland but remains hungry
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