Trail Blazers fans know there are many reasons why Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have become one of the best backcourt duos in the league.
There are also many reasons why the two have become so close on and off the court.
The two have been determined to stay together and have long careers in Rip City.
“We’ve talked about this for a long time,” McCollum said. “We’ve talked about being in Portland, making a staple here, trying to win a championship here. All those things and we’ve crossed off a lot of goals individually and collectively, but I think that us both being here for the long haul, us both being able to grow together and win together is something that people will remember for a long time.”
McCollum wants to make sure he and Dame are smelling the roses along the way too.
“It’s sad but usually you don’t really appreciate things until it’s gone, so hopefully we can appreciate this moment and everyone else around it can appreciate it while we are here,” McCollum said.
A big reason for the on-court success between the two has been their genuine friendship. Their friendship has been well documented and talked about over the years, but on Tuesday, McCollum discussed exactly why he feels he and Lillard have such great chemistry.
“It was an authentic relationship, that wasn’t forced. It wasn’t like ‘alright, you’re teammates now you’ve got to be friends’ we knew each other before and just happen to become teammates and been able to build on a lot of things,” McCollum said.
“We’ve co-existed well and we’ll continue to only get better going forward,” McCollum added.
The duo isn’t afraid to give feedback on each other’s game either.
“Sometimes you need to be able to take criticism,” McCollum said when addressing how he and Lillard watch game film together on the plane during road trips.
The Blazers duo has tasted success and is dialed in on getting one step further.
NBA Finals featuring Lillard and McCollum is the next goal.
“If I can get better and he can get better, we were four wins away from going to the finals, little stuff matters during the regular season and in the playoffs,” McCollum said.