These three are friends for life.
Damian Lillard, who was fired up about an offseason workout on Friday, teamed up once again with former teammates Evan Turner and Tim Frazier.
Frazier backed up Lillard during a short stint in the 2014-15 season and then again during the 2015-16 season, while Turner played for Portland from 2016 to 2019.
And now as Lillard looks to build off a career season, his former teammates are looking (and hoping) to figure out where they’ll be playing next.
And so that’s where things got awkward during Friday’s workout.
Lillard said that they should put in some serious offseason work as if they didn’t have jobs.
And well, that’s literally Turner and Frazier’s life right now.
ET described the scene in very ET fashion and it was amazing, per usual:
Dame: Let’s work like we don’t have a job Tim and I: 😬😡 MF WE REALLY DONT! Dame: I know, that’s what I’m saying! Besides that... today was a good day😌
Uhh?? "Let’s work like we don’t have a job" .... Well, this is awkward and hilarious at the same time...
Both Turner and Frazier are looking for a new home in the league.
Turner was traded from Atlanta to Minnesota before the Feb. trade deadline this year, but he never suited up for the Timberwolves and the pandemic hit. Turner is now a free agent. To see the now 10-year league veteran working out with Lillard only solidifies his dedication to continue his NBA career.
As for Frazier, (which by the way, how can we not discuss how great the Tim Frazier Chronicles were back in the day??), he was waived by the Detroit Pistons in Feb.
So yes, Dame is working out with two of his former teammates, two guys that had and have a great relationship with Lillard and two guys that are just looking to find their new home.
This season Turner averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 19 games played while averaging 13.2 minutes of action. Frazier played in 27 games for the Pistons averaging 3.6 points and 3.4 assists in 13.1 minutes per game.
Turner and Frazier are setting themselves up for success while training with Lillard and NBA trainer extraordinaire Phil Beckner, or if you prefer his official title of 'Player Development Consultant,' either way this a great group to get in a good sweat session with these days.
As Beckner put it -- ‘be different.’
We don't think ET has any trouble being a unique character, oh wait, was that not what Beckner was meaning?
Welp, either way, more people should work like they don't have jobs. That's some real motivation from a true leader on and off the court.
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