The legendary announcer Doris Burke had high praise from the NBA bubble for the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard in a recent interview with The New Yorker. In speaking with Isaac Chotiner, Burke stated that Lillard deserves to be spolitlight for his great work in the NBA and beyond.
Well, the first person who comes to mind is [the Portland Trail Blazers guard] Damian Lillard. This goes, Isaac, to the point that I made earlier about these are men who are contributing to their respective communities long before the national spotlight became white hot on this. Damian Lillard grows up in Oakland, and he has never forgotten where he’s come from. He goes to college in Utah, and he plays his entire professional career to this point in Portland. That man had made significant commitments to each of those three communities, and he does so quietly and he does so without pumping his chest, and you’ll never hear him breathe a word of it. He just goes about his business trying to make positive change.
Burke spoke at length with Chotiner about the challenges of the bubble, of being apart from family, and on the historic moments in social and racial justice. You can read the entire interview here.