Meyers Leonard comments from the NBA draft

Q. The center position is kind of a void in Portland, talk about how much you are looking forward to being in that starting lineup opening night?

LEONARD: Like I said, I'm going to come in and be a sponge and work as hard as possible. Obviously with Portland they have LaMarcus at the 4 and I'm going to have to come in and prove myself first and foremost. But knowing that I have an opportunity in front of me to quite possibly start or just even be a factor in games my first year, it's a great feeling. But at the same time, like I said, it's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication and learning of a new game. Just see where it takes me.

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