According to an article published today in the Ogden Standard Examiner, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard originated and starred in the first annual Weber State Basketball Alumni Classic in Ogden, Utah last night. More than 3,000 fans showed up for the game and Lillard provided plenty of entertainment, winning the three-point contest.
"It had the feel of a Big Sky game," said Damian Lillard, who suggested the event. "The fans showed up. They cheered for everybody. It seemed like they were just as excited as the players were to be here.
The Trail Blazer NBA All-Star had little competition in the three-point shooting contest.
"I don't shoot from that line no more," Lillard said. "When I was shooting it, I was just like, 'This is kind of close.' "
The other players jokingly told Lillard that he needed to shoot from NBA 3-point range, to which Lillard responded, "I didn't make the rules."
Lillard was on the bench purportedly coaching the purple team but didn't seem too enthusiastic about a future in coaching with this post-game comment:
"I don't know if I have the patience for it," he said. "Tonight I just put a lot of pressure on Coach (Randy) Rahe to call the shots so I didn't have to deal with the game."
The Weber State Wildcats twitter account posted this vine of Lillard looking like . . . well, like Lillard:
Three point contest at the alumni classic tonight. @Dame_Lillard with a buzzer beater. #WeAreWeber pic.twitter.com/sHlho4UFbm— Weber State Wildcats (@weberstate) August 29, 2015