There were more games during his first two NBA seasons that small forward Jake Layman never took off his warmup gear than played for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Even when the former Maryland standout got onto the court, it was usually not for long. More often than not, Layman didn’t do much to change a perception that he was a fringe NBA player.
One thing that didn’t change was Layman’s belief in himself and the even-keeled temperament some misread as ambivalence at times during his career in College Park.
“Me and my dad talk about it all the time. The confidence is there; it’s just having the right mindset of when you’re going through hard times or when things are going...