Damian Lillard overtook LaMarcus Aldridge as the second-highest scorer for the Trail Blazers during a game against the Pelicans on Friday. In a piece from Blazers Digital Reporter Casey Holdahl, Lillard spoke about how special it was.
To Lillard, the opportunities he received as a rookie in the organization made a key difference in his development.
”So when I got here with a new head coach, new coaching staff, new GM and was given an opportunity from the jump, that was unique, too. The opportunity I had — I led the league in minutes as a rookie — maybe if they hadn’t given me that much opportunity and that much freedom to just kind of go out and do me, then maybe we wouldn’t be here. I owe a lot of people, our coaching staff, the organization for allowing me to just do me from Day One. That makes it special.”
Lillard also explains to how this moment seems bigger due to Aldridge’s involvement, whom he played with from 2012-2015. Now that he has moved beyond Aldridge, Lillard is looking to surpass Clyde Drexler’s record. There is no doubt that Rip City will be there to support him on this journey.
You can read Holdahl’s complete story here.