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Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard
Position: G
Born: 07/15/90
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:194 lbs. / 88.4 kg.
Salary: $26,153,057
Damian Lillard still holds a close bond to Johnny Bryant, now an assistant coach for the Jazz. As fellow Oakland, California, natives, their friendship is bigger than hoops. “That’s my big brother,” Lillard said. “I remember barely being in the seventh grade, getting ready for an AAU tournament and Johnny was in college at Utah and they would come back and scrimmage us on outside courts with no net. “That type of struggle, that type of background and I’m happy to see his success as a coach as well,” he added.
Lillard’s bond first formed with Bryant as early as middle school. At the time, Bryant was still playing for the University of Utah while Lillard was making a name for himself in their hometown. They would train in the offseason together at California’s Berkeley Adult School, also known as “West Campus.” Literally nothing in the crackerbox gym was state of the art from the wooden backboards with black tape to form the boxes to the dusty floor and old-school rims.
“I don’t look at him as Damian Lillard. I look at him as Damian, my little brother I’ve been knowing for so long and when we talk it’s not about basketball,” Bryant said. “It’s about life, just how to become better people. He has a baby on the way and things other than basketball. If he wants to talk basketball, we will, but for the most part, a lot of it is just old memories.”
Damian Lillard on the content and purpose of Lillard’s meeting with Paul Allen: It was just me showing urgency, like, spark that urgency…figure out, “OK, what do we have to do?” We’re a five, six seed. What do we have to do to make the jump? If you don’t have a line of communication with people who can make the changes or the people who can make impact for things happening for the better, then you’re just going out there playing.
Last week, Charles Barkley told a story on TNT from decades ago: He said he flew to Portland one summer to convince the Trail Blazers’ general manager to trade for him. They obviously didn’t end up dealing for him, so Barkley said he’s owed $1,197 because he spent his own money to fly there. So the Blazers … paid up! After the NBA All-Star Game, Damian Lillard delivered a check for $1,197, which Barkley said he wouldn’t cash out of respect for the organization.