The two-way players who will spend time with both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Delaware Blue Coats during the 2018-19 season are second-round draft pick Shake Milton and third-year pro Demetrius Jackson. In each edition of Two-Way Tuesday, either Milton or Jackson will be in the spotlight.
This week, Jackson and Milton are in the spotlight together.
The focus: a Two-Way Tuesday x Coat Check podcast crossover. The first episode of Coat Check, the official podcast of the Blue Coats, debuted on Monday. In between the NBA China Games and the 76ers’ season opener in Boston on Tuesday night, Jackson and Milton sat down and joined Coat Check as the podcast’s first guests.
In reflecting on the team’s recent trip, Jackson compared the energy at the NBA China Games to the upcoming game against the Celtics.
“It was like a playoff atmosphere, honestly,” Jackson said. “I thought it was good practice for the game coming up for the team. [We’re] going to be playing Boston in The Garden. It was very similar, I thought, in terms of energy.”
Click below to listen to the complete conversation, and read excerpts from the interview.
On excitement level for the upcoming season with both teams:
Shake Milton: Just being able to develop my game and kind of grow some of that experience that Demetrius has just by being a professional basketball player and learning what all of that means and what all of that takes from you—your body, mentally and physically. I’m just trying to experience it all my first year and take it all in and just develop my game as much as I can.
On NBA G League:
Demetrius Jackson: In terms of the talent, the talent is amazing. It’s just a slight difference between the NBA and the G League in terms of talent. A lot of it is just opportunity.
On 76ers Fieldhouse:
Jackson: It looks amazing. I’ve seen some pictures of what it will look like when it’s finished and it looks amazing. Like I said, I’ve been around, I’ve been in a bunch of different places, and the new facility in Wilmington will be great. I know it’ll be great for the city. It’s just a positive vibe around the whole organization. And I think it’s a great time for a new facility. I think it’s a great time for the G League team to grow because of the improvement and the progression that the 76ers are having.
On post-practice 1-on-1 with 76ers teammates:
Jackson: We play five spots and whoever wins the majority of spots, kind of wins the day. You’ve got one guy on offense, one guy on defense. You’ve got a dribble limit. You try to get a stop, and if you get a stop, then you rotate and you go on offense. And you just try to score seven points. Just like everybody plays, except now you’ve got to guard Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. I like to play that game because it’s fun, you get to grow your relationship with the players, and you get to learn about them in a comfortable setting. But at the same time, you get to gauge yourself and see where you’re at, some things you need to work on. Maybe I need to work on creating space. And it also is a confidence builder. Because if I can do this move against Joel Embiid, or do this move on Ben, or do it on Rob [Covington] who’s First Team All-Defense, then I can do it on anybody.
Milton: I mean the thing is, you get out there and at the end of the day, it’s competitive. It’s a competition between you and your peers and you want to be the one to win every single spot. Yesterday [Friday] I got me a game. [Demetrius] won today [Saturday], but I would’ve won today if I wasn’t getting hacked all the time. But you know, I’m the rook, so I really don’t get that many calls. But it’s all good. It’s competition. Like [Demetrius] said, it’s all about just getting better. Guarding, and then also trying to score points, get buckets in a tight little area and situation.