Damian Lillard, the face of the Portland Trail Blazers, said Monday that while he would personally love to play with James, he “respects” Irving’s decision to request a trade. “None of us have been in (Irving’s) shoes. You’ve got to respect his mind, respect his heart,” Lillard said on Sirius XM NBA radio. “At the end of the day, he’s a man, and he’s going to follow and do what he wants to do. “I think everybody across the league respects it. They won a championship. They’ve had ups and downs like everybody else. But he has his heart set on other things, and you’ve got to respect that.”
Still, I was surprised on Sunday evening to get a call from someone who has known Anthony personally for more than a decade. And when I asked why Portland wasn’t among Anthony’s preferred destinations, I didn’t get a diatribe on basketball, or the rainy weather, or how he needs to know the organization can compete for a title. Instead, I got a pleasant surprise. “‘Melo’s a doting father,” the person said. “He’s a great dad. He’s present and he loves that kid. There’s no way he’s going to leave that little boy in New York and be 3,000 miles away from him.”
Storyline: Carmelo Anthony to Blazers?
Cavaliers star Kevin Love won’t be the only familiar face you’ll see on billboards and in-store displays for Banana Republic. The retailer is adding Portland Trail Blazers guard and former Canton GlenOak star C.J. McCollum along with Atlanta Falcons quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan and New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius to its roster of celebrity endorsers.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that while he doesn’t believe the league should have a say in whether championship-winning teams decide to visit the White House, his personal belief is that they should make the trip if invited. “Regardless of people’s personal, political views, I think that these institutions are bigger than any individual politician, any individual elected official,” Silver said during an interview with Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, which was shared by The Players’ Tribune on Friday. “It concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship, something that has been a great tradition, would become one that is partisan.
Storyline: Warriors White House Visit