With so many players signing with super teams around the league, Damien Lillard wants to keep it true to the red and black. Team loyalty is a sign of an NBA legend according to popular belief, and the four-time All-Star is interested in a supermax contract with the Trail Blazers.
Lillard is “comfortable with his commitment” to the Blazers according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. As a result, he is expected to receive a supermax contract from the Blazers this summer.
Questions about Lillard’s status arose when the team owners changed, but that hasn’t seemed to change the young star’s mind.
Lillard has spent his whole career with the Blazers and is one of the best point guards in the NBA.
Unlike most players, Lillard isn’t willing to sell himself out to win a championship. Instead, he wants to do it the original way – by staying with the team that drafted you. It’s an honorable thing, and it will eventually lead to a championship much like when Dirk Nowitzki who finally got his in 2011.
Here were Lillard’s thoughts on the situation:
“When my career is over and I’m gonna know the relationships that I’m gonna have. I am going to know the people who knew I was solid with them regardless of if I was at the top or if I control it. All of this stuff. That I did it the right way and I took people’s situations and their families and what could be into consideration before I just made a decision based off, ‘All right, this is what would be best for me. This is what people want to see me do.'”
Lillard is scoring major honor points with NBA fans during this announcement, and his choice to stay in Portland is a brave one amongst a league with cowards that flea to super teams.
“I’m not willing to sell myself out for (championships)”@Dame_Lillard on why he hasn’t left Portland.
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) February 19, 2019