Damian Lillard is definitely a Super Star, but unlike most Super Stars, he isn’t interested in “teaming up somewhere” or “joining a super team”, he is dedicated to the franchise that has drafted him. Lillard wants to earn it the hard way or go out trying his best. On Players Tribune, Lillard had this to say in his new piece ‘Loyalty over everything’;
“I’m saying, you think you know how deep this goes, but you have no idea,” Lillard wrote. “When I say that I will never, ever switch up on the city of Portland, I mean what I say. When I say that I will never, ever switch up on this organization, I mean what I say.
“They might switch up on me. That’s business. That’s basketball. But I will never switch up on the city. I don’t want it easy. I’m drawn to the struggle. When I came here, we hadn’t won a playoff series since 2000. You had so many injuries to franchise guys like Brandon Roy and Greg Oden over the years, and it’s so tough to come back from that. Even going way back, you had All-Stars like Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton who didn’t choose to end their careers as a Blazer.
“Well, I’m going to be that. I’m going to carry that. I’m going to bring a ring to this city or go down swinging.”
Blazers fans I am sure are happy to hear this, and maybe fortune will grant the Blazers the opportunity to get that coveted championship the city is starving for. Either way, Dame Dollar is Portland for life.
Here’s a link to his article: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/damian-lillard-loyalty-over-everything