HoopsHype Damian Lillard rumors

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“ Tell me one guy that they’ve found that nobody knew about . We know about the guys they’ve missed. Two years ago they were down on Damian Lillard. He was too old [then 21 after four years at Weber State without attracting enough interest to enter the draft]. He didn’t play in a major conference. He wasn’t a steals guy. He didn’t shoot a lot of free throws. “They loved Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He got a lot of rebounds and steals. He went to the line. He just couldn’t shoot. How did that work out?” Forbes.com

The NBA Social Media Awards concluded Monday and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been announced as this year's Social MVP, an all encompassing award that stretches across platforms to a player's social networking pages including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. CSNNW.com

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Damian Lillard has rap battle with girl in Hawaii (VIDEO). Damian Lillard, now enjoying the offseason after the Trail Blazers were eliminated by the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs, engaged in a rap battle with a girl in Hawaii while vacationing there. beyondthebuzzer.com

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"Now we're not a team thinking get to the playoffs," added guard Wesley Matthews. "We're not a team thinking fight for the eighth spot. All that writing's out the window now. Now it's how do we get out of the second round?" "I think we understand what it takes to make it to the playoffs now," point guard Damian Lillard said. "We understand what it looks like to be a championship team because we just played against a championship team in the Spurs and we got to see firsthand what you can and can't do (in the playoffs). We just need to grow. I just think we need to go home and get better and come back ready to be a better team." Oregonian

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Back in the locker room, Wesley Matthews buttoned up his dress shirt, fixed his collar and sat back in a folding chair, while most of the media in the room interviewed Damian Lillard across the way. Matthews, as he's prone to do, cradled the end of a season in his lap, and just started reflecting. "It was a hell of a season. What we did, through the adversity that we had, through the doubt that was surrounding us to start the year off, we accomplished way more than anybody thought we would. This team --- we were hungry. We predicted a special year. That was big. But this team isn't a content team. We're not proud of our departure, but we're proud of how we got here." Oregonian

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When it comes to the business of basketball and one man's brand, no one has won in these playoffs quite like the Blazers' second-year point guard whose Adidas deal is believed to be the third largest in the entire NBA. The contract – which his agent, Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, told USA TODAY Sports could be "well over $100 million" with very-reachable incentives and is expected to eventually include a signature shoe and apparel – was seen by some as a head-spinner when it was first revealed on April 14. USA Today Sports

The shoe contract can sometimes be a bigger part of a player's business portfolio than his contract with the team he plays for, making the motives and mechanisms involved in these sorts of decisions as relevant to them as the selection of a new coach or a general manager. That is certainly the case for now with Lillard, who will be paid a combined $13.9 million over four seasons on his rookie contract by the time it expires in the summer of 2016. His Adidas deal has an eight-year base, but can be extended from there depending on incentives. USA Today Sports

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And there was a time at Weber State when the gym and student courts on campus were closed, preventing Lillard from quenching his thirst to train. The only option was the Ogden Recreation Center, which carried a $10 fee. “Back then, he was tight with his money,’’ Beckner said. “He wasn’t going to do it because he didn’t want to pay $10. I told him, if he wanted to outwork all the other guys, sometimes there was a price to a dream.’’ Lillard paid and got in his workout. The price wasn’t always just money, though. Another Beckner quote that resonated with Lillard is, “the pain of discipline versus the pain of regret.” “You learn the pain of discipline feels so much better than the pain of regret,’’ Beckner said. “And once things clicked with him, there wasn’t any regret. He was always craving more, he always wanted to be the best of the best. He’s just different in that way, things can really fuel him and motivate him.’’ Oregonian

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