Now that the NBA is reportedly ready for the Board of Governors to vote on a proposed 22-team format to return to play in Orlando, it sounds like Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard and the Blazers, who are currently in a three-way tie for ninth place out West, will get the opportunity to make the playoffs.
Lillard created headlines last week with his comments about the NBA's potential plans for resuming the season and not wanting to play in 'meaningless games.'
If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now. – Damian Lillard told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Lillard continued, "If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs -- I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games."
But now, as 22 teams get set to pack their bags for Orlando, pending the NBA’s Board of Governors vote, it’s crazy to think about the Golden State Warriors not be among the teams traveling. The Warriors hold the worst record in the league at 15-50 after a trip to the NBA Finals the previous season.
This week, Warriors guard Stephen Curry joined Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack on 'The Life Podcast' to discuss the killing of George Floyd, as well as how COVID-19 is affecting the NBA and the plan to move forward, and much more.
But hey, Curry understands where Lillard was coming from with his comments about meaningless play.
I feel what he's saying because it's hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don't matter. I get it. -- Steph Curry on the ‘The Life Podcast’
Curry added, "it's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again.'”
Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon, and Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri.