L-Train Back on the Tracks
- By Tim Wallis, Day 125, 2021
PORTLAND - Sources close to the Lumberjacks coaching staff have revealed that Linton "L-Train" Hughes will be eased back into the rotation, with a move to the starting lineup imminent. Hughes has appeared in only 17 games so far, most of his minutes coming early in the season as the team's eight rookies were given time to find their feet.
With Derrick Aririguzoh, Dorian Sylvester and Austin Bryant showing positive early signs, the minutes have understandably gone to the players who will be a part of Portland's future. Hughes has shown no sign of frustration at his limited role, perhaps comforted by his $20 million pay packet, and has been invaluable in helping the rookies adapt to the level.
"He's almost like a fourth coach on the bench, for me at least," gushed 6'11 Austin Bryant when asked about the 20 year veteran. "I just try to follow him around and do what he does. He's taken to calling me A-Train. I know he's teasing, but I like it."
Hughes has neither confirmed nor denied that this will be his final JBL season, but the Lumberjacks want him to have a proper chance to say goodbye to the league, just in case. He'll figure prominently off the bench when Portland hosts his former team New York, and is expected to start when the Jacks visit his other old stomping grounds in Austin, Phoenix and Las Vegas.