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Let’s Talk About Damian Lillard

Dame $, arguably one of the most talented guards in the league right now with those talents extending off the basketball courts as well. With his rap game at an all time high, and his undeniable Cali swag he could easily run with the best of them. I think it’s safe to say his focus is on basketball right now having signed a 4-year supermax contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers for $196M. Was that done out of loyalty, for the money, or does he truly believe he can win a chip with Portland?

Trail Blazers Track Record

With all the success and aptitudes the Trail Blazers have had throughout their tenure, they only have one championship to show for it. With players like Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Arvada Sabonis, and Rasheed Wallace a force from the mid to late 70’s to the late 90’s, and Scottie Pippen , Nic Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Brandon Roy taking over in the 2000’s, it’s perplexing they don’t have more championships under their belt. That’s just naming a few of their notable players; Rasheed Wallace, Zach Randolph, Travis Outlaw, Joel Przybilla, and coaches Mike Dunleavy and Nate McMillan, it was enough to get the job done before the trades and injuries. Don’t get me wrong they’ve gone to the playoffs 21 straight times, but they have never been able to finish.

The Present

I’m skeptical about Dame’s future with Portland, not that I don’t have faith in his game, but with Portland’s history and their current roster it’s not going to happen this year. I wonder if it will even happen during his tenure or will he end up like Kevin Garnett; all that time and talent wasted with a very capable Minnesota Timberwolves team. Portland has some nice pieces, the addition of Carmelo Anthony was a good move, and they finally added some talented bigs. They’re right on the cusp. In my opinion they are more deserving of a spot than the Memphis Grizzlies, they are my pick for Friday’s match up airing on NBATV. With Hassan Whiteside and Jusuf Nurkic’s return it will definitely give them an edge and the defensive they’ve been lacking. Although I’m sure Nurkic’s minutes will be limited to start, he will get stronger, and his defensive presence will add more pressure in the paint. Not to mention he is also a decent shooter which is just another weapon added to their arsenal.

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