HoopsHype Damian Lillard rumors

May 15, 2014 Updates

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

May 3, 2014 Updates

Even in today’s world, where anything and everything is quickly anointed the greatest this or that, it’s hard to argue that Lillard’s 25-foot three-pointer off an inbounds pass that started with 0.9 seconds left isn’t the most difficult, most dramatic and most important shot in this franchise’s 45-year history. “This city has been waiting for this type of moment, this night, for a long time,’’ Aldridge said. “They probably still cheering in their cars, in their houses.’’ Oregonian

"The play was for LaMarcus," said Batum, "but [Lillard] was so wide open, we had to break the play." "To be honest, I didn't think Dame would come that open," said Stotts. "[Aldridge] was probably the first look, but Dame came wide open." ESPN.com

Because after you danced in the aisles, after you took your shirt off, and after you roared so loud the concrete winced, Damian Lillard showered, got dressed, and spoke into a press conference microphone that broadcast to the world. “It’s definitely the biggest shot of my life,’’ he said answering a question. Then there was a pause, ever so slight. “So far.’’ Oregonian

April 27, 2014 Updates

"The thing is (Sterling) is probably not the only one that feels that way," said Lillard, who learned of the story on Twitter. "I wasn't even aware of who (Sterling) was by name. I think because (racism) goes so far back in our history, that maybe people might think that it doesn't exist. But there might be some people still out there that feel that way." USA Today Sports

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