They say game sees game. Well, TA sees Dame.
Tim Anderson tweeted out some love for Damian Lillard after the Trailblazers superstar talked about how important it was to him to win a championship in Portland, and nowhere else.
“The grass ain’t always greener,” Lillard said. “I feel like we can really build something in Portland and get it done. I really believe that… This is what I really want to accomplish and I’m willing to all-out commit to that.”
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Anderson has shared a similar sentiment for years, citing the connection he feels with young kids growing on the South Side.
“I’m going to continue to play hard and keep playing for my team and the South Side,” said in April 2019. “I’m in a place where I want to be. I’m going to continue to play hard and keep having fun.”
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He elaborated on his experience playing in Chicago later that year on a podcast with C.J. McCollum, who is coincidentally one of Lillard’s teammates on the Blazers.
"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox],” said Anderson. “A lot of those kids in the area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself.
“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me. And I look like them, so I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."
That last sentiment, enjoying the moment, also plays into “game seeing game” and “TA seeing Dame.”
“I don’t live my life, or play the game, to the standards or expectations of other people,” Lillard said. “I do it for the reasons I love.”
Again, this lines up perfectly with Anderson’s ethos, from bat flips to having fun on the field and wanting to “change the game.”
“We’re just making those younger guys comfortable now,” Anderson said on CC Sabathia’s podcast last March. “Allowing them to be themselves because like I said, when you’re yourself, that’s when I’m going to get the best you. You’re going to go out and play hard and be excited and do whatever it takes to make that play. But when you’re not being yourself, then obviously who knows what could happen. You could be nervous or whatever, scared of what the next guy thinks.
"Do you. Whatever you do, do you because that’s how we’re going to get the best you.”
Anderson extends that to the “traditional” way of doing things around baseball.
“The thing I would change are them weak ass unwritten rules. “They need to let us know what the rules is. Can we have fun? Are we going to let the kids play or what?”
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