For the first three games of his rookie season, and for nearly the first 40 minutes of the fourth, Jake Layman was no more than a paid spectator, sitting on the Portland Trail Blazers bench and never removing his warmups.
It took less than eight minutes Tuesday night, in what was essentially mop-up duty of a 23-point blowout loss at home to the Golden State Warriors, for the former Maryland forward to go from an obscure second-round draft pick to an NBA record-holder.
And Twitter trend-setter.
And fan favorite at the Moda Center.
And, quite possibly, regular rotation player for the Trail Blazers.
“You know, I was glad. Obviously, he got in and made shots, got...