Getting your name mentioned with Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas and LeBron James would usually make for a pretty good first week in the NBA. At least, if the people mentioning your name could get it right.
Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard was watching television on Sunday night when former NBA player Mitch Richmond, providing analysis for NBA TV, tried to show him some love.
Mitch Richmond just called me Willard like 4 times on nba tv . Wow— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) November 5, 2012
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Blazers broadcaster Mike Rice referred to Lillard as "Lillian"on a summer episode of Blazers Courtside. "Lillian Willard" actually has a nice ring to it. SB Nation's Bomani Jones admitted on Twitter on Sunday night that he also botched Lillard's name on a recent video.
Lillard, in his rookie season out of Weber State, is averaging 21.3 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds so far in three games. The world will be catching up soon enough.
Update: Richmond apologized on Twitter and wound up spelling "brother" wrong in the process.
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