The pettiness has always been strong in this one and isn't it beautiful? Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard, responding to a question from a fan on twitter about whether he would be interested in playing for the Golden State Warriors, didn't deviate from character.
Hell no https://t.co/nugsDOd4q8— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 13, 2016
The Warriors have become the villains of the NBA and that transformation was happening even before they got Kevin Durant to join their team. Adam Silver even said two super teams aren't good for the league. So, when presented with an opportunity, Lillard continued to be the assertive hero that passive-aggressive Northwest sports fans need. He also provides the attitude that critics often say is missing from the modern NBA.
Lillard isn't going anywhere, as evidenced by the franchise's commitment to him, with a 5-year deal that's now worth about $140 million. He has also ingratiated himself in the Portland community, releasing not one, but two PDX Carpet editions of his signature adidas DLillard shoes.
He has also saved some of the best performances of his career for his hometown team. His career-high 51 came against the Warriors last season and he had 40 points and 10 assists in Portland's lone victory against the Warriors in the playoffs. And who could forget Lillard dropping 37 in his first match-up against the Warriors as a rookie?
For a fan base that was recently spurned by one star and is consistently knocked for not being a free-agent destination, I'm sure Blazers fans love Dame's words of affirmation.
Speaking of Lillard and Portland, he has his first ever live hip-hop show coming up Friday night at the Crystal Ballroom. The show has already sold out but you can get tickets on after-market websites for a considerable mark-up from the original $15 price. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m..