When Damian Lillard retreated to his Lake Oswego home during the All-Star Break last month, he did more than just rest his aching body. He healed a troubled mind, and worried heart. As much as the Trail Blazers’ 23-33 record at the time was bothering him, so too was a family matter that touched him to his core. “If it’s really in my heart, it’s going to weigh on me, consume me,’’ Lillard said while touching his chest.
April 27, 2017 | 10:39 pm EDT Update
Mark Berman: 2016 2nd-round pick Zhou Qi in Houston from China. Agent Tony Leng:”He comes here to train & we’re looking forward to sign w/ the #Rockets “
Marc Berman: Tony Leng, Zhou Qi’s Chinese agent: “He comes here to train, and obviously we’re looking forward to sign with the Rockets and that’s what he came here for, to be able to play in the NBA and to achieve his childhood dreams, playing in the NBA. Until that contract is signed we cannot say that. He’s just come off a very successful CBA season, got a championship for his club in China. Just wants to get here and train and get better.”
Ballmer, the former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO who purchased the Clippers for an NBA record $2 billion, said his team will likely lose money as it spends on talent to win. But NBA teams will be worth more in the long run, offering a big return on his investment if he ever decides to sell.