Damian Lillard accepts Marvin Bagley's challenge for a rap battle


Damian Lillard accepts Marvin Bagley's challenge for a rap battle

Dame D.O.L.L.A -- the alter ego of Blazers star Damian Lillard -- has a special talent off the hardwood: Rapping.

But so does Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III -- that guy can throw down some rhymes (if that's the right terminology). But the two could be heading towards a rap battle, maybe even "8 Mile" style.

The Kings rookie went on ESPN's "First Take" Thursday morning and laid down the challenge.

ESPN's Max Kellerman said Bagley and Lillard are the two best MCs in the NBA, but Bagley begged to differ -- he said it was himself. And Bagley didn't skip a beat when saying he would be happy to dual it out against the four-time All-Star.

Lillard then responded.

So it looks like we have ourselves a competition, but it doesn't appear it'll be televised, unfortunately.

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And if you're wondering if they're actually talented -- yes --  they're really good.

Bagley, a.k.a. MB3FIVE, shot a music video on the Tower Bridge overlooking the Sacramento River and honestly, it wasn't bad:

Lillard -- er I mean, Dame D.O.L.L.A is also skilled -- The Ringer even did its own research to determine that very question. They ended up giving him with an overall "C-plus" average, which would have been higher if he changed his name.

We know Bagley and Lillard will battle it out during Kings-Blazers games this season. Now we know they're game to compete off the court as well.

Blazers' Damian Lillard vouches for play-in tournament when NBA resumes

Blazers' Damian Lillard vouches for play-in tournament when NBA resumes

It remains unclear and unknown when or how the NBA season will resume. The Kings, currently 28-36 and on the outside looking in of the playoff picture, are awaiting word on if and when their season will continue.

One thing is clear, though: Damian Lillard won't play games amid the coronavirus pandemic if his Portland Trail Blazers aren't given a true shot at the playoffs. 

"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team," Lillard said to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now.

"If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs, I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games.

The Blazers have played 66 games so far this season. Lillard refuses to be a part of a ploy to get to 70 games, which is the minimum to fulfill regional television deals. But if there's a chance to win a ring, he's all-in.

"If they come back and say it's something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we're playing for playoff spots, then I think that's perfect," Lillard said.

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There are a number of ways the NBA can go to continue the season. Will all teams be involved? Will there be a play-in tournament that Lillard suggested, or a 16-team tournament regardless of conferences? What about the teams on the outside looking in?

That includes Portland and the Kings. The Blazers (29-37) currently are the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference, percentage points ahead of the Kings (28-36).

Sacramento hasn't made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season. Circumstances be damned, the Kings would love a crack at the postseason.

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The Kings are 2-2 against Lillard and the Blazers this season, and last played Portland on March 7 when Bogdan Bogdanovic's 27 points led Sacramento to a 123-111 win on the road.

All remains a mystery right now. The only way Lillard is playing games, however, is if they can compete for a championship. It's easy to see other players around the league sharing his same feelings, too.

Kings' 10 best NBA draft picks since team moved to Sacramento in 1985

Kings' 10 best NBA draft picks since team moved to Sacramento in 1985

Two weeks ago we looked at 10 of the biggest blunders in Sacramento Kings draft history. There were plenty to choose from over the 35 years the team has been in Sacramento, but it hasn’t been all bad for the Kings.

Despite having poor luck in the NBA draft lottery, the Kings have mined for talent and come up huge a few times during their three and half decades in Sacramento.

In no particular order, here is a look at 10 of the biggest draft successes during the Sacramento era of Kings basketball.


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