HoopsHype Damian Lillard rumors

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“Going into my senior year, I was just talking to him a lot and then I had my foot injury,” McCollum said. “I reached out to him [because he had dealt with a similar injury] and asked him about the rehab and Damian basically told me, ‘I’m hearing that you’re going to go top 10 so don’t even worry about returning’ and stuff like that. He was telling me how I could recover and shared some of the exercises that he did – what he did on the training table, what he was lifting, what he was doing. It was very helpful. “When I recovered, I went to the NBA Draft Lottery and he was there, so I got to talk to him and I think that was the first time that I actually met him in person. There, I talked to him a little bit more about the NBA, what it was about and what to expect at the combine, what to expect at Summer League and stuff like that.” Basketball Insiders

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This season, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are playing alongside one another in the Portland Trail Blazers’ backcourt. What most people don’t know is that the two young guards have been friends for years. Lillard and McCollum bonded because of their similarities. They are both guards who came from small schools, where they were asked to carry the scoring load for their team. They are about the same size, and both suffered a foot injury just as their collegiate careers were taking off. They are also very similar personality-wise, with plenty of confidence and a me-against-the-world mentality since they overcame the odds to make it to the NBA. Lillard averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals in his final year Weber State, while McCollum averaged 23.9 points, five rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals in his final year at Lehigh. Basketball Insiders

“I actually met Damian through Twitter,” McCollum told Basketball Insiders. “A friend of mine who I had met awhile back put me in touch with him and then we just started exchanging DMs and exchanged numbers. Then, we kept in touch. I reached out to him because he was in a position where I wanted to be, heading to the NBA and being projected as a top 10 pick from a small school. I kind of wanted to pick his brain a little bit and see what it takes to get to the next level and what it was all like for him. We just kept exchanging messages on and off, on and off, just touching base and exchanging workouts. I started doing some research on him and studying his moves.” Basketball Insiders

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The record book will show that Sacramento defeated Portland 123-119 at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday, but anyone who saw the game won't forget what Damian Lillard pulled off – or almost pulled off. The Blazers point guard scored a career-high 41 points, including 26 in the fourth quarter, breaking Portland's franchise record for most points in any quarter. "My teammates, they just keep encouraging me because they know with threes, you can put points on the board fast," Lillard said. "If I make a few, I can get going." Oregonian

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Bryant singled out Portland's Damian Lillard as a player deserving of votes. "I probably won't be able to come back (to the Lakers) soon enough to be able to make my stamp or be able to make my mark on a game," Bryant said. "So my advice would be to focus on younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they're more than deserving to be out there and playing that weekend." USA Today Sports

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Before Tuesday, Portland had lost consecutive games for the first time all season, falling to Miami on Saturday and at New Orleans on Monday. But this time, it was the Blazers who made the winning plays in the final moments. "It was huge," Lillard said. "The better teams in the league, a lot of times, they don't lose two in a row. They hardly ever lose three in a row. We knew that that's not something we wanted to deal with, losing three in a row, especially after two heartbreakers. (Tuesday) we defended a lot better, we were focused and we knew what we needed to do coming in. We just kept with it and grinded it out." USA Today Sports

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During his rookie season, he showed a level of composure well beyond his years. He rarely got rattled while leading the league in minutes played and becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to win the Rookie of the Year award unanimously. This year, he's proving that his stellar debut wasn't a fluke. "He's definitely gotten better from last year," two-time All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. "It's all part of the evolution. He's been very consistent this year. He's made some big shots for us." USA Today Sports

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“Cold blooded,” Cleveland’s Dion Waiters said of the game-winner. “Incredible,” Joel Freeland said of the dominant individual performance. “He’s like a silent assassin on the court,” Earl Watson said of Lillard. “He’s deadly when he shoots the ball.” Lillard was certainly a last-second marksman for the Blazers on Tuesday, calmly and confidently nailing a 30-foot step-back three with 0.4 seconds left to lift them to a 119-116 victory over the Cavaliers before 15,689 at Quicken Loans Arena. It was the second consecutive game-winner for Lillard — who hit a fadeaway jumper to beat the Detroit Pistons Sunday — and provided another remarkable moment in a season that continues to amaze. “It’s crazy that we’re pulling off wins like this,” Freeland said of the Blazers, who possess the NBA’s best record at 22-4. Oregonian

December 14, 2013 Updates

Aldridge on the commercial with Lopez: “That was fun. First of all, he’s the worst singer I’ve ever been around.” Aldridge made fun of Damian Lillard’s singing in the locker room last week after their win against Oklahoma City and he said that Lopez indeed takes the cake. “He can’t get rhythms. We were trying to get him to do the part that I did and he couldn’t do it,” Aldridge said with a chuckle. The Columbian

December 7, 2013 Updates

Though there has been much turnover in the organization since McMillan coached in Portland, he spoke about how all the old faces stopped by to see him. Even a new face made a visit. Near the end of our conversation, Portland's second-year point guard Damian Lillard walked up to greet McMillan. "Hey," McMillan said, grabbing Lillard's hand. "Keep doing what you're doing. You've done some special things here." Lillard: "'Preciate it!" McMillan: "All the best. (Then, the two bro hugged) "Stay healthy," McMillan said, finishing up. Indianapolis Star

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