Jake Layman played his first minutes of NBA action in what’s normally referred to as “garbage time.” But the former Maryland hoops star turned trash into treasure.
The forward stepped into his Portland Trail Blazers’ losing effort to the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter and scored 17 points, shooting 5-of-7 from three-point range and finishing a dunk in transition. He did it all in less than eight minutes. He also showed he could maintain pro-level hair.
Jake Layman, and his perfect hair, has scored 14 points in his first 5 NBA minutes. pic.twitter.com/ctMClRb6Sl
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) November 2, 2016
The feat brought out all sorts of records from the sportswriters. He broke the NBA record most 3-pointers by a rookie in his debut, and tied the Blazers’ record for most points by a rookie.
It wasn’t enough to win the game, or even make it close. But the Portland fans went nuts for Layman, and he became a hit on social media.
The performance even had Warriors star Kevin Durant calling for more Layman playing time, according to Oregon Live. That’s respect.
Now we need a name. The Knicks had Lin-sanity. What can they come up with in Portland?