Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard stated on Million $ Worth of Game podcast that he has no desire to join a super team, despite media pressure to win championships and get rings. Lillard had a lot to say about the origin of super teams and why he would never join one.
I think that’s why you see a lot of players jumping teams, teaming up with otherplayers because of the pressure of the media and the standard they’re putting out oh this person don’t got a ring and like, how they talk crazy to Charles Barkley on TV like he ain’t Charles Barkley because he didn’t win a ring. So like, it’s forcing dudes to be like, well, I’m gonna go play with this person, or if I get with this person, but to me, if that’s what they want to do, then I don’t got no problem with it. Like, it’s whatever, but for me personally, that’s not something I can do. I’d rather go out there and put my best foot forward and lose before I do that, because I know I can win if I did that. We supposed to win. If we all get on the same team, and we the best players, we’re supposed to win.
So you would never do that?
I would never do that. I mean, I don’t control that, if the team decides to trade me somewhere or not, you know what I’m sayin, I can’t control that. It ain’t for me to just be alike, all right, I’m gonna go find, y’know...
Lillard explains that while he’d recruit players to help his team win, he has no desire to be on a super team simply due to the lack of challenge and the expectation to win that is reinforced by the media.
Rip City is glad that Lillard wants to win under his own power. We look forward to the championship parade.