Since it’s NBA Draft week, we thought we’d throw it back to when the draft process all began for Trail Blazers' All-Star point guard Damian Lillard.
Lucky for Trail Blazers fans, Nate Jones of Goodwin Sports Management put together a four-part series titled “License to Lillard,” where fans could watch the pre-draft process and get to know the Weber State point guard.
“I’m just dreaming. Pursuing my dream. Follow me on my journey to the NBA,” Lillard said in episode one.
Going to a smaller school at Weber State helped motivate Lillard to prove what he can do.
“I wasn’t recruited by the bigger schools, it just automatically put a chip on my shoulder,” Lillard said.
Portland fans might notice the Oakland native sporting his hometown team, wearing Golden State Warriors basketball shorts while working out.
Lillard told the story of when he was growing up, he was always working on his game and even though he didn’t have a hoop in his backyard, he did have a basket on a tree at his grandmother’s house that he used often at a young age.
Follow Lillard’s journey training hard, getting stronger, and becoming more explosive before the Trail Blazers took a chance on him in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Also, find out how Lillard overcame breaking his right foot during his junior season (2010-11). Lillard had played in just nine games for the Wildcats before suffering the foot injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the season. He would go on to receive a medical redshirt season. This was his first major injury.
“It was kind of hard on me… I think that helped me get as mentally tough as anyone… Right now I think I can do anything,” Lillard said.
WATCH FULL EPISODE HERE --
License to Lillard, Episode 1: The Beginning