Damian Lillard is a one the NBA’s premiere superstars. He’s a former Rookie of the Year, four-time NBA All-Star, a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, an aspiring rapper with two albums and a lethal shooter from the logo.
While winning championships and receiving accolades for his work on the court is important, Lillard believes having an impact on people is more significant.
In the final chapter of “DAME TIME: The Damian Lillard Story,’ the Trail Blazers franchise player shows how his leadership on the court can have an impact on those off the court.
“It’s always been about respect and treating people like people,” Lillard said in the video. “At 29, I’m consumed by impacting other people. I got a beautiful son. I got a great family. If you had to make a list of things you want, I feel like I have it. I can be like this and there’s people out there that need it.”
"At 29, I’m consumed by impacting other people.”
The final chapter of ‘DAME TIME: The Damian Lillard Story’ shows that being a leader goes beyond the awards and championships – it’s about leaving a legacy: https://t.co/KrLRIH8aKY@dame_lillard #FreeToCreate pic.twitter.com/wzJC1egk6H— adidas Basketball (at 🏡) (@adidasHoops) January 23, 2020
He continued: “I’ve learned so many things that other people could apply and help em. Not just like I know everything, but there’s so much that I can give to help other people.”
Lillard’s assists in the community extend beyond the court. In 2019, he was one of 10 players nominated for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his efforts in supporting high school students in the Portland community. The RESPECT program Lillard started to encourage students to “Show Up, Work Hard and Be Kind,” exemplifies his spirit to be a role model in the community.
It is something Lillard holds close to his heart and wants to be part of his legacy when his days on the basketball court are long gone.
“My legacy I would say is that people remember would remember me for being a more solid person than a player,” Lillard said. “Of course you want all the accolades and all the recognition for your career, but I want people for like my legacy to look back and say ‘for him to have been who he was as a player, it was unbelievable for him to have been the kind of person he was.’”