It was one of those “Yeah, moments. Yeah! What!”
When Damian Lillard hit the “bad shot” and then waved goodbye to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was subsequently mauled by his siblings and his teammates.
“There was so much back and forth,” Lillard said on the Players Tribune Knuckleheads podcast, talking about the game winning shot over OKC. “Not just on the court, but during postgame press conferences. I turned back because I wanted to look at their faces. I never even thought about waving. I don’t even know what made me do it.”
After the wave, a second iconic moment occurred.
That dog pile would eventually lead to an unforgettable image and turned into an instant meme.
It didn’t take long for the internet to pick it up, either.
i was trying to figure out what Lillard's face reminded me of and I finally got it pic.twitter.com/MplfzQwYVL— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) April 24, 2019
Dame Lillard now officially a meme pic.twitter.com/IwNdti1xVv— Will.I.Æm 12 (@Namuks) April 25, 2019
Damian Lillard joined the Players Tribune Knuckleheads podcast with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles to talk about his early college playing days, what it could have been with LaMarcus Aldridge and the “bad shot” and the wave.
In that unforgettable moment, Lillard knew he was going to be meme’d.
“I did laugh,” Lillard said. “I laughed because the moment that it happened, I knew it was going to be a meme. Because I didn’t even mean to make that face. When I was in the pile, I looked up and the camera was jut right there in my face, so I just kind of stared into the camera. But, it wasn’t even on purpose, though. They just caught my face when it was like that.”
“That was priceless,” Richardson added.
Indeed, it was…
"They're going to play that forever."