All-NBA guard Damian Lillard is used to seeing the panoramic shots of his native Oakland during Raiders telecasts. He’s not so used to seeing similar shots of the Las Vegas Strip.
“That just looks kind of weird,” Lillard said. “It was like a reminder that they’re really in Vegas. They’re not playing in Oakland ever again. That was the only time where I was just like, ‘Damn, they’re really gone.’”
But the Raiders certainly are not forgotten.
The Portland Trail Blazers superstar is enjoying the Raiders’ resurgence — albeit from afar — as he prepares for the 2020-21 NBA season. Lillard is a longtime Raiders fan and is particularly impressed with the offense, which is scoring 28.3 points per game after averaging 19.6 in 2019.