Over All-Star Break, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard joined Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports on his Posted Up podcast. In the episode, Lillard revealed his thoughts on Anthony Davis wanting out of New Orleans, on the Blazers additions of Rodney Hood and Enes Kanter, why he hasn't demanded a trade out of Portland, and so much more.
Let's take a look at what the four-time All-Star had to share.
On addition of Rodney Hood:
"I think his ability to score, his size, and now you got different lineups you can play with, where he’s switching and guarding so many different positions that I know can help with our versatility and help with our different lineups.”
On adding Enes Kanter before All-Star break:
“Since he’s been in the league, he’s been one of the best offensive rebounders in the league, really good in the paint. He’s competitive and he was one of those personalities, you know and I think for every team, you need one of those guys.”
Thoughts on Anthony Davis requesting a trade and what he expects:
“I hope he gets what he’s looking for. We were same draft class. We’ve been in the league 7 years now, so he’s been there 7 years and he felt like he’s done his best. He’s given them what he’s wanted to give them and he’s ready to move on. You can’t be mad at him for that. Some people might have something to say about he’s going about it, or whatever, but he ready to move on.”
On how Paul Allen helped Lillard get his album recorded:
“He ended up letting me record my first album at his house. That summer I went back, we had to put everybody’s name on the list and all this stuff to see who’s going to be coming and all that. It was all set up.”
On how the team handled the passing of Paul Allen:
“I think we’ve handled it pretty well. It’s been different because for us, he obviously comes to a lot of games, especially home games. We leave the court, we walk through the tunnel and before we get to the locker room, he’s usually the first person’s hands we shake…Now we walkin’ back there and it’s almost like you looking for him a little bit because you’re so used to it from all these years.”
The importance of not selling out for a championship:
“Even though it’s a tough position, having a lot of responsibility. Six, seven years of fighting, trying to get over the hump. Even though it’s hard, I don’t want to take my position for granted. I think it could be worst. I could be in worst situations where I’m not valued the way I am, where I’m not in the position to have the type of individual success that I’ve had, and also, each year as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to appreciate the other stuff. Obviously we all play to win a championship, I compete to win a championship. But I’ve learned its about so many other games: the relationships, the impact that you have on other people and their lives and the impact that you can have on their careers."
"I know in my heart I want to win a championship, but it’s more important to me to know, me and Chief we really friends, me and CJ we really friends. I could say alright I don’t want to be here, I want to go do this because I want to win and I could ruin stuff for other people…When my career is over, I’m going to know the relationships I’m going to have, I’m going to know the people who knew I was solid with them, regardless of if I was at the top or if I controlled all this stuff, I did it the right away."
Portland’s @Dame_Lillard went deep in this wide-ranging Posted Up pod episode. Must-listen on variety of topics. And The 559 breakdown w/ @mhdachamp, @TeeHall18 immediately follows.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 19, 2019
Clip: Why he hasn’t requested a trade. pic.twitter.com/A5K7DdaiXZ
On convincing free agents to come to Portland:
“It’s an underrated city. For a lot of people with social media and everything, there’s so many distractions for us now, more than any era in the NBA. In Portland, there’s less of that than a lot of other places. So for you to be the best version of yourself as a basketball player, it’s a good city. It’s a good environment, as far as our team, it’s a good organization, and I think that’s something that gets overlooked."
To listen to the full interview on Haynes' podcast, click here.