It was the “bad shot” heard around the world.
In Game 5 of the Trail Blazers first-round series vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, Damian Lillard hit a 37-foot game-winner as the clock expired and waved goodbye to Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Co.
After the game, George infamously called the step-back three a “bad shot.”
Fast forward to the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday and Damian Lillard, who played on the same team as George on Team LeBron, hit a walk-off jumper from half court to give lead Team LeBron to a 170-150 victory over Team Durant.
Steph Curry was the one waving goodbye this time.
George finally saw “Lillard Time,” in a different light and was singing a different tune when asked by reporters about today’s range in the NBA.
“I guess I was criticized for the right reason for calling Dame’s shot in the playoffs a bad shot,” George said. “I mean, I see these guys’ range is crazy, the ability to knock those shots down. And I mean, like you said, it’s not like it’s a half-court heave. These are shots that are in their – it’s well in their range. They probably can shoot it deeper...
Less than 24 hours after George issued the public apology, Lillard was asked by a fan on Twitter he had seen the Clippers forward’s comments on reconsider his “bad shot” stance on Lillard’s 2019 game-winning dagger.
Does that mean we have forgotten about the piping hot beef between the two parties over the past few seasons? Absolutely not.
But you heard it from Lillard and George themselves, the “bad shot” is now water under the bridge.
The Clippers and Trail Blazers the No. 4 and 5 seeds respectively in the West, meaning the two teams could be on a collision course to meet in the playoffs. At least now George can admit that Lillard’s long-range assault on the game is what makes him one of the most dangerous scorers in the NBA.