While CJ McCollum is working towards his return to the NBA court after suffering a fracture in his left foot, the Trail Blazers guard has a lot of extra time on his hands to watch basketball.
Recently, he trolled Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James when he launched an airball from the logo in Dame-esque fashion, but it ended terribly wrong.
“Logo Bron,” McCollum tweeted with seven cry-laugh emojis.
When talking with Taylor Twellman on SportsNation, McCollum made sure to clarify he wasn’t trying to shade one of the greatest players on the planet.
“No. First and foremost, I know ‘Bron so it’s different,” McCollum explained. “When people see me make jokes and stuff. People are on the outside kind of watching, they’re like oh he’s trying to do this. These are all things that I would say to him because I’ve known him since I was like 13 years old. It’s not like I’m hatin,’ it’s just like if Dame shot an air ball, I would do the same thing to him.
Some people have no sense of humor, but it is a rarity that we ever see Lillard airball a shot from deep.
The Trail Blazers guard is shooting more threes from the logo than ever while leading his Portland squad to a 18-10 record, good for fourth in the West and winners of sixth-straight. The Trail Blazers star has averaged 29.8 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds while ranking third in the NBA in scoring and second in three-pointers made with 112.
It’s why McCollum believes his backcourt mate is the frontrunner for league MVP.
“Man, I think it’s the consistency and how he’s kind of raised his level of play each year,” McCollum explained. “You could argue that he was worthy of the MVP last year. Obviously, his record wasn’t as good as Giannis and LeBron and those guys in the running, but this year, he’s head and shoulders above the rest of the group based on individual performance, the numbers are there they’ve gotten better, the clutch performance is insane, like how he performs down the stretch of games, most go-ahead or game-winning baskets since he came in 2012…
While LeBron remains No. 1 in the Kia Race to the MVP Ladder, there’s plenty of room to argue that Lillard has earned his way into the conversation as well. There’s certainly no debating who is the better deep threat.