Damian Lillard is the best trailblazer ever, says Damon Stoudamire
Despite Damian Lillard’s best efforts in the Trailblazers’ first round playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.
They were eliminated in the first round for the fourth time in five seasons. Lillard and the Blazers lost a double-digit lead in the second half of Game 6. The Nuggets would beat Portland 126-115. The six-second game collapse for the Blazers comes on the heel of Damian Lillard losing a 55-point masterpiece, but he will be overlooked by a 147-140 Nuggets win.
After the Trailblazers were eliminated, fans and the mainstream media created the narrative that Lillard should be thinking about leaving.
Earlier this week, I spoke with former Blazer Damon Stoudamire and asked him if he thought it was time for Lillard to request a trade.
“I’m Damian Lillard’s biggest fan, and I think if they’re not going to help him. He has to bounce back, but you know I’m going to say this, I think Damian Lillard is the best Trailblazer ever, personally. I do, and I grew up in Portland, and that’s exactly what I think. At this point he wants to stay in Portland, and nothing is guaranteed because you can be traded and you’re going to win, ”Stoudamire told Clubhouse at Courtside With Dukes.
“If he stays in Portland, he has to find a way to isolate himself in the front office and try to make the team his own when he’s done playing. I would love to see the Blazers do well with him one way or another. I would love to see him stay too, but I don’t see how they could improve.
On Wednesday night, Lillard was on Instagram Live on CHECKBALL SPORTS TALK with Mistah Fab and reiterated that he has no plans to leave Portland.
Mistah Fab asked Lillard if her heart was still invested in Portland?
“You know where my heart is. I have nothing more to say on this subject ”, Lillard said.
Damian Lillard has received praise from ESPN analyst Jalen Rose for not wanting to leave a small market to attempt a championship.
“I love that Dame stayed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Drop your anchor, like these guys did. It doesn’t stop you in the endorsements. Who gets more ads than Lady? Does anyone get more ads than Dame? It’s not because he’s in a big market. It’s because he’s a great player ”, said Rose.
Lillard finished the season with 28.8 points. 4.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in 67 games of play.