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Smith: Damian Lillard Says NBA Transition Has Been "Close To Perfect"

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Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian "Bikini" Lillard said that his transition to the NBA has been smooth sailing so far. -------------------------------- How has the initial transition been from college to the NBA "Especially in the draft process, there was so much — there were so many questions. I did everything I needed to do to answer those questions. It kind of went as close to perfect as it could have for me. Summer League just came down to me going out there and playing and just proving that, and I thought I pretty much did that — I went out there and proved it. Now, I've just got to show that it's going to translate to the regular season. So I'm just anxious to get that going." Getting in touch with LaMarcus Aldridge "Yeah, I've spoke to him like another teammate. We have each other's phone numbers and we text and we talk. Right now, all we want to do is get in the playoffs. That's the been the main thing we've talked about, is trying to get into the playoffs, because everybody is counting us as a young team. It might take us one or two years. But we saying, 'Why not right now?' Look at Oklahoma City: People said the same thing about them. Maybe not the championship, but why not make the playoffs now? We on the same page as far as winning." -------------------------------- Lillard was back in Utah, where he attended Weber State, for an autograph signing. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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