35 Burst results for "Damian Lillard"
With Harden out, Trail Blazers down the Nets 114-108
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Porzingis powers Mavericks past Trail Blazers 132-117
"When when Dallas Dallas felt felt like like scoring scoring that's that's pretty pretty much much what what it it did did in in a a one one thirty thirty two two to to one one seventeen seventeen thrashing thrashing of of Portland Portland the the Mavericks Mavericks shot shot fifty fifty seven seven percent percent from from the the floor floor led led by by thirty thirty four four points points and and nine nine rebounds rebounds from from Kristaps Kristaps porzingis porzingis tonight tonight you you know know it it all all came came together together offense offense was was was was great great balls balls more more than than usual usual and and and and yeah yeah everybody everybody played played great great Dallas Dallas helped helped itself itself to to seventy seventy two two first first half half points points good good for for a a nineteen nineteen point point lead lead and and coasted coasted to to the the win win only only its its second second and and its its last last six six games games for for the the Blazers Blazers things things are are even even worse worse as as they they have have dropped dropped nine nine of of eleven eleven they they were were led led by by Damian Damian Lillard Lillard who who scored scored twenty twenty six six points points I'm I'm Bruce Bruce Morton Morton
Ayton returns to pace Suns in 111-107 win over Blazers in OT
"After after missing missing the the previous previous two two games games with with blue blue the the entry entry even even return return to to the the Phoenix Phoenix line line up up and and scored scored twenty twenty eight eight points points with with thirteen thirteen rebounds rebounds and and the the sons sons one one eleven eleven one one oh oh seven seven overtime overtime win win at at Portland Portland it it was was an an amazing amazing game game by by eight eight am am said said teammate teammate Chris Chris Paul Paul that's that's how how dominant dominant he he can can be be that that can can be be home home every every single single night night and and when when he he plays plays like like that that so so be be really really tough tough to to beat beat hall hall finished finished with with twenty twenty four four points points including including the the game game tying tying basket basket near near the the end end of of regulation regulation Damian Damian Lillard Lillard scored scored thirty thirty one one to to top top the the trailblazers trailblazers who've who've now now lost lost six six straight straight and and nine nine out out of of ten ten I I am am mark mark Myers Myers
"damian lillard" Discussed on Speak For Yourself
"Had this in the whole kyle. Shanahan argument you guys telling me how it should be. How how how guys should appreciate your hands in portland. Shoot appreciate danger and what he's done did out. You're telling me. And i'm telling you how it is like those fans are not going to say you know what day appreciate the help. Thank you for sticking around as long as you did. And now you're going to go to philly to play with joel embiid and you think you're going to win with joel embiid rick. Jane finds his hair portland. Because that's a problem. If damian lillard find all his happiness everybody in fails in portland like fans are nice. I because within. And if damian lillard sappy losing in the first round. He's done four of the last five years by the way nothing happy with that. A total falsehood with editor. But i'll let it go. Lavar laughed at you. Listen i'll just say this. You gotta find happiness. With whatever makes you feel best and demi lillard does not want to lose in the first round. That does okay if dingle wants to win. He's got to go elsewhere and team up with the star. No disrespect to mccollum and the rest of that roster. They're play team in the west. Okay there in the memphis category poor rick when you cannot imagine portland making a run to the nba finals. There's zero chance that that happens. Correct not as of right now. No but here's the thing the portland trailblazers have one of the highest payrolls in the league. It's not for want of trying. It's not minnesota timberwolves. Kevin garnett had no money and they were never changing that team lasers contain. What makes it worse you says the highest payroll. They're trying to win in portland. Yeah early money and they still have to. This want to have to do this do that. One of the reasons. Why the portland. Trailblazers have not competed for a championship. Coaches because of damian lillard damian. Lillard isn't kevin garnett damian. Lillard is not a two way player. Who is a great closer. He is many people. Consider them on the level of steph curry as far as a closer as shooter as a leader as an offensive weapon. So he's been over there because you're being the right pieces around him in order to win a ring and so part of the equation is the damian. Lillard is not lebron james. He's not he's not. He's not one of those part of the responsibilities damian. Lillard were and he found that out on team. Usa this past summer playing with kevin durant and all those stars and what happened really holiday and kevin durant guys became the guys that carried them there because damian lillard of his size see the points party event better. You ain't good enough to win a championship by yourself dame get out go find bigger stolen one or two. He's seen as a guy could. So you want to get rid of that perception. That he's he's a squeeze on steph curry's love burn what everybody in being in the blazers as the face of the franchise as the leader as the guy. Who's every bit as good a steph curry and if you put me with that team i'd be winning championships to which i actually believe is true. He has that image now instead. You want him to go to philadelphia. We're now not the face of the franchise or it best he splits it with joel. The endorsements we still doesn't win a championship. Now what are you. What take us to break. Coming out back prescott. We'll tell you if this cowboys are clearly the best team in the nfc least neck. Well that dan was clearly that was good he went in. I wasn't cowboys fans. They have a big reason to smile. Why because dak prescott participated entertain drills wednesday for the first time since late lot all signs are pointing towards that being ready to go for dallas's season opener against them buffs. Take a listen to the cowboys on their. Qb's progress looks really good at throwing a ball. Papa he lives bill progressing good. He's a cage as a competitor. I mean it's not the same answer for i mean he he brings. He brings the competitiveness in you know expertise on the quarterback position but he makes the whole practice better Because the way he approaches it he's definitely one of the examples used for the players. We definitely had to bring in a man fox. Nfl analyst greg jennings so greg are. They clearly them boys the best team in the nfc. No it's the washington football team. No it's not the dallas cowboys football team. I know we this is. This is what happens when hard knocks is at your door and we see all the players. Dag and cd. Lamb and Ezekiel elliott and mike. Michael parsons like all the parcel. I why he's really know. Why penn state lions. But anyway you you you you grow in affinity for these guys. You want them to succeed you. We've wanted the dallas cowboys to be successful not only in the media but as fans and because his great pro football and they just hasn't added delivered. Meanwhile you have a washington football team who has been too slowly but surely bill hooding pieces together built from the inside out one the defensive line. They built their team very similar and constructed their defensive line very similar to the forty niners understanding. We're going to establish the anchor up front. We're gonna get after the quarterback we're going to be solid on defense so no matter what you present which the dallas cowboys present. A lot of problems offensively. We feel like we have the answer to that riddle by getting to the quarterback. I like the washington football team because of how they're constructed they have great leadership from the head coach on down. Yes we might say. Well they got ryan fitzpatrick at quarterback in the cast of really backup quarterbacks but this is a team that didn't have their guy at the quarterback position all season last year. And what did they do. They ended up in the playoffs. In the wildcard game against the super bowl chance so i like the washington football team. Wow i'm stunned. Greg vegas gambling and they are saying dallas is clearly the favorite in the nfc east. They have the highest win total. Everybody knows they have the best quarterback in the division. I'm not even a huge dak prescott guy but it's like deck prescott and then pick your poison if ryan fitzpatrick says second best quarterback in the division little bit of a problem there. I just want to point out. Washington got a little fortunate last face a lot of backup quarterbacks. Yes the defenses. Good this year before. Halloween greg jennings washington. We'll have to face justin. Herbert and the three favorites to win the mvp. Josh allen patrick mahomes and the other one is aaron rodgers. That's all before halloween. And then after halloween beast got russell wilson. Tom brady washington as a murderer's row of quarterbacks to phase and washington by the way ryan fitzpatrick always turns into a pumpkin the year after he plays well. Dallas is clearly the class of the division. And if it's a jason we demand you pick someone else. I would take the new york giants. I think washington probably third in the division dallas. Clearly a cut above ten eleven. That is so. I don't know that i could go quite that far. Washington respect the only issue. That i have with this question is the clearly are they clearly the best team in the division. But.
"damian lillard" Discussed on Speak For Yourself
"Ultimately that is what he would lose. The sounds good and sentimentally speaking. I would agree with you. Should damian lillard stay sentimentally connected to the portland trailblazers. I get that. If that's the question should dame lillard stay loyal to portland damian lillard to stay loyal to dame dame lillard needs to dane dollars check out who commercial stuff out dame dollars cash. What takes you chase in. The bag is what you chastened ring. Jason is a part of it chasing all. Mba is a part of it. Jason hall of fame is a part of it. Dan lillard does not lose. That he leaves portland to say that daimler loses his brilliance in his greatness due to location is to diminish what dame lillard is a cold killer on that would court dame lillard is and when i think about this i think about another guy a few guys. That really came mind that i was like you know what they were loyal to their team. They was loyal to the soil. Stayed there and kept balling. I'm not going nowhere. I'm gonna get my game on. One of my favorite players ever cabinet a lot of ways. Ramaz me like how a dame lillard is loyal tough about his business. Go to work. Kevin garnett everybody was looking at k. G. like get there. Please go somewhere where you can win. Caja wanna do it. He wanted to make it right in minnesota. He wanted to make them boys boys. Just like we're talking about dame lillard for all the k. jeez and ray allen's that decide to leave and go somewhere else for the lebron. James is that lee and chris bosh leave and decide to go somewhere else in the paul. Pierce is that leave and go somewhere else. There are a whole bunch of dudes that stayed and they stayed so long. Karl malone and john stockton and gary payton they stayed soul long trying to win it and being loyal they realize i gotta i gotta go try to win a ring for me. I got i gotta do this for me. Dumb fairs ain't going. The fans will still be there and they will still love daimler. If he comes back and visits home they will still be daimler fans you know what a real fan would say about dame lillard if he went to somewhere else now. The one point that you make is good. Where does he go. I thought the seventy sixers situation could be a good one for daimler. Where does he go. That's a great question. But if he goes and he goes to get a championship. Those fans should be chairing and rooting him on. Because you couldn't put it together. Hey takes them to the to the to the playoffs every year. They go all the time and they lose they lose all the time if he decides before he loses all of that pop in bounce and vigor and his legs and his body if he decides he want to go somewhere else to try to win. There should be no hate. There should be no saying his brand is ruin. there should be saying that his brilliance is gone. It should be damian. Lillard is taking his talents elsewhere in the attempt to try to win somewhere else. I wish i had thought that way. Dang sure took too long for me to come to that conclusion. During the good years of my career back loyalty so overrated in the nba is comical. And i also think it's comical. The rick is like dame needs guarantees. Listen my parents are watching the show right now. They love when. I say this because they would say to me all the time. There's no guarantees in life. Rick death and taxes. That's it that's it. There's no guarantee that danes gonna win a championship when he goes to philly or boston or wherever act but but overall the big butts hard choices easy life. The hard choice for dame lillard is to leave. That's the hard choice to leave. And say i gotta leave and like you said the fans are going to hate him. They're going to go against him. They're going to burn his jersey. We're gonna see that crap on social media. That's hard choice but daimler doesn't want to be here ten years from now sitting on a tv set with us chopping it up man. I wish i had taken that chance and left. I'll never know if. I want to champion. Because we know they're not doing it in portland speaking of loyalty rick. What loyalty to portland. Show when dane said. Let's get it together. What are we doing free agency. They went out and got tony snell. That's it seriously stopped. Tony smell like the guy in milwaukee or whatever we played last year atlanta. I don't even know. It doesn't matter these irrelevant. That's what you got to get the top. This has james harden vibes written all over it remember last year hard and was like shucks man rushes gone coaches going. Gm gone what the hell am i doing here. That will smith me where you're looking around the room and everything's gone like i can see damon the first two weeks being like yo. I don't wanna battle for the play. Get me the hell out of here. Then it gets ugly the smart move the hard move. Rick is to ask out now and just move on is look loyalty. Don't exist in sports especially not the nba c. j. you're forgetting. Is that you. And i have done a show before and we've spoken on the radio. Yeah i believe we've done this show together. Before they were mistaken there was one sought toco and whether he should stay in milwaukee or he should go someplace else and you were of the mind that he needed to go someplace else. It was crazy that he would stay in milwaukee. He's never going to get it done there. It's too it's just can't happen for him. Look what they have. And what they don't have and lo and behold and say. Oh i did it. The hard way made it half way to secure is not too hard seed is the dude from oakland ultimately does it so no and yes. There are no guarantees. But there are well and i disagree with that. There's a guarantee that if he leaves portland that he loses the brand loyalty that the image of him his. Aau team the oakland rebels. They were the lesser aau team in oakland. He could've gone to the oaken soldiers. The big team. The team that lebron plate four and any number of superstar no stayed with the oakland rebels. Weaver state was the first team. I school to come after now. He blew up a senior year and there were other bigger programs. That came after him after that. He said what i'm staying with weaver state stayed there all four years.
Trae Young on NBA 2K Rating: ‘Y’all Ever Gonna Get It Right?!’
"Young apparently is upset and we hear about this every year. It's mostly mad, and it seems like Madden. Players get more upset, which is the NFL. Then players care about their ratings. They can't do. Yes, well, apparently Trae Young is fed up. He's really fed up. How fed up Not only has he taken to social media saying, y'all ever going to get it right over his 89 ranking on two K 22, but Apparently close to people who know he talked to his agency and asked, Is there a way to sue to get him removed from the game? Because he thinks his representation is unfair. No, there's not. It's collectively bargained with the National Basketball Association. Your name, image and likeness actually was sold off by the union. That's why you pay your dues and you get your money from this. You actually paid for this trip so now thinks he is a 94 or higher, okay? For those who want to know that the highest ranking in the NBA NBA two K is LeBron James. Kevin Durant. Steph Curry 97 Be honest, They're all in 96. Then in 95, you've got quite a Leonard Luca Donges. Nicola your Joel and be James Harden. Damian Lillard. So by the way, I put him right behind them.
"damian lillard" Discussed on Speak For Yourself
"A big. But i think there is some sort of issue. That name has now. The kicker is this dame isn't going to allow somebody to develop like middle neon allows middleton middleton because it's always dame time now it's not a problem that is always dame time because dame is a balder but when it's always dame time you wonder what cost is dame getting. His buckets cost is dame dropping. Fifty five game is it. At the cost of nurk is at the cost of cj. Was it at the cost of pal was at the cost of mellow at what cost because dame is amazing but statistically not like dame is really making any body better he himself is just amazing but the whole squad ain't elevating dame is just elevating so i am a little bit with slick like maybe we last year. Which chest last here. We said this we. Maybe john is doesn't have enough help but then it quickly switched to. Maybe jaanus isn't enough notes where we are right now dame were still on. The dane doesn't have enough help side. But i think slick seller starting to jump on the bandwagon of maybe dame isn't enough because if you look at the roster man between nurk between mellow between cj between pal like those are great additives if you are enough but if you want enough or you need a little bit more yeah yeah and to clarify the so rather than say a big just someone who can dominate position physically. Kawhi leonard fits in that category. Lebron james go down the line guys can jaanus can dominate. His his a physical match up nightmare. Damian lillard does not represent that steph. Curry doesn't present that. That's why he needed the right pieces around him. That's why. I don't say that they can do it. He just it's not just all on the pieces around him like you some of that meeting the pieces. The right pieces around you is because of what dame lillard does not half which is physically imposing presence but finally the flip side is okay. So he goes somewhere. Where's he going to go. And the only reason he would is because he's looking for a title where he gonna go that he doesn't now become the answer. Larry guy it's no longer dame as the number one guy if he goes to philly joel embiid already there he's already entrenched it goes to dallas. It's luca dot if it goes to the lakers lebron james and you can go down the line if he's going to to someplace where he's going to have a chance to win title. It's because he's going to win is going to join another superstar who is already established as the face of that franchise and meanwhile he's now giving up. What i believe has allowed him to become all the things that he's become. Which is the number one guy import. Look i know one place dame should go. You should go to our youtube channel to get the motivation. Because the way y'all talking about right now he'll be fired up. Stay still importantly this slick listen to audio and then realize oh about to get these dudes but i i need to go get some real dude. I to see full screen game. Because we take some shots at damian lillard and we talk about all the other guys that are. What do you call them. Robbers robin okay. Even on her name. Paul chris chris robbins seeks. Damn there's one thing. Cj doesn't have that all those other guys have what is it out show. Oh he's not all star. All those guys are all stars. Get rid of that. Oh where did they get their doors. Eastern west ed nba eastern. The point. is you keep telling me about additives. That are necessary. And then you name. Nothing but all-stars well. Let's see if But boy damian lillard plan with the all-star up there and c. j. oh he's not oh utah autos and then you want to bring up like janas. Because he's so physically dominant. His wife drew holiday on all star. Ed the best. They say on ball defender lease. The best is something and then we are chris. Milton an all-star so olympia. Wait a minute so we're not talking the same thing this thing apples to apples but the last point i had this we use it with janas. Is we ask is does he have enough around him. Then we switched it on. Honest moved to go post. You don't have enough in you janas and now we're sitting here singing the praises janas because he proved us all. Excuse me y'all wrong by saying oh it was. None of that is the fact that he's okay. Now we got two people now you by yourself on that either high field over there gilligan. But the point is in terms of what. There's no reason to leave milwaukee and there's a reason you didn't have enough and there's no reason for damian lillard tinley porcelain you think dame can get it done important. Yes with the cast. He currently has Maybe maybe not. I'm not going to go there for yet. I'm not going to say that right now. He doesn't have the cast. Is giving you the the proper prerequisite to win the championship. Which i said before you either gonna have two top fives. You got to be the outlier. Go have some austar around you. And he has neither but my thing is so you know you might have to review. Show make all stars around you. Lebron james has helped players become all stars or at least maintain being all-stars over the course of their career steph. Curry has helped players draymond green maintain being all stars over the course of their career dame lillard. Could he's limiting players from being all-star. Just because i don't know what these will be if he were somewhere else without dame don't either that's real because i don't i i looked before to show with the cj stats. Were better than middleton stats. The two years middleton made the all star game his better. Milton's east siege as in the west so alpha. Technically you're right. Middleton is a all star. But i don't think it makes middleton better. What if down wrong i think. I think that dany record at the all-star break is a factor too. Well we'll figure this out. But if i'm out think nobody knows the answer so therefore i was things doing too. I got of course a direct exit. Everybody can agree on starting with me. Coming up. cam news started in the patriots. First preseason game last night tell you if we were encouraged by his performance. And that's net. We look out for yourself. Cam newton got the star and played two theories in new england's first preseason game last night now cameras four seven passing for forty nine yards in most notably survived big. Hit from chase. Young jones came in after cam to a standing ovation and play the first five series of his career now. Nfl analyst bucky brooks is back with us. So but i will you encourage by cam. Newton's preseason start occurs by. Because i feel like cam. Newton has better control the man of the patriots offense. And i think as we go through it and as they make decisions on which quarterback to be starting quarterback experience bad then as we get deeper into the poll to preseason. We will see but one go against the once for longer and that experience will give cam newton. The edge believe the patriots. No they have to play a certain style of win because this still isn't an a level roster in terms of their offense of talent and play bakers. They made some improvement on halloween. John who smith. But i don't know if any of those wide any time kendrick born in nelson respectively our number one number two in the league. The what they needed they needed to edit the midday cam newton brings as a runner to help them go along and get along because we saw it mag jones with solid. He was fine but matt. Jones doesn't give you extra and if they're just going to win throwing check down and dump off anymore talent on the outside. So i'm encouraged by cam. Newton because cam newton..
Olympics Latest: Latvia Wins Gold in Men's 3-on-3
"What if he won the women's fifteen hundred meter freestyle event making its Olympic debut holding off teammate Erica Sullivan who took silver the times might not be my best times but I'm still really really happy to have a gold medal around my neck right now USA gymnastics announcing Wednesday's Simone Biles will not take part in the all around competition Thursday that's in order to focus on her mental well being the organization says it will monitor miles on a daily basis to determine if she'll take part in individual events next week USA men's basketball proving to wanted one after a one twenty eight sixty six cropping up around Damian Lillard led all scorers with twenty one points I'm Jonathan
"damian lillard" Discussed on The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker
"App or sirius. Xm channel eighty three. You may be listening. Do not trust the brother. Do not touch that. Dial and we the huge story. Today before i bring in rob is damian lillard and we actually have henry abbott. The founder of true who robbed in our colleague formerly at the old place. Who broke the news damian. Lillard in a few days is going to ask to be traded and then lillard said it wasn't true. It's always a big hubbub but here we abbott will join us at the bottom of this hour. So that's gonna be a lot of fun. Let me work my partner. Mr rob parker. What brother was happening. How are you on his friday. A i'm always great on a friday as much as i love my job. I've always great on a friday as a sports writer. Friday never meant anything to me. You don't wanna be like didn't before but diet now to me. You're you're doing a lot of different things right. No i right but the difference is i get what saying and because you know when you do a radio show and you have five days a week. You know what i mean. Unlike other jobs where we worked a lot but it wasn't every day it wasn't like we had to go somewhere every day or be ready every day and that is a big. It was the same. Every saturday was different than tuesday. Right right that's what. I'm saying like the bays acting right. It didn't matter everyday was to say like people would be like. Oh i can't wait for friday. That was like what. What is your days off. Might have been a monday. Monday and wednesday exactly so but i am off now. I'm literally entirely off on weekends because tv is just monday. Through friday s lund and obviously radio. And it's nice man. I was telling my wife just last week. I was like this is like the first time in my life or you know my adult life. Now have entirely been free. Obviously you notice right. You're watching games and you still got to watch stuff in. You might even talk to people but it's nice. It's nice so it's not totally like that for you. i guess right not just. You're still writing. Do you write ever on weekends. Sometimes you know sometimes but usually stop at a monday. Do you have certain days. Yes i usually do. Sunday for monday in another column during the week. Also sundays i am writing. Not all the time and and then. I do the video so three days a week for for deadspin enough as perfect. You know what i mean. Perfect yep so..
Team USA Loses to Australia in Second Exhibition Loss Ahead of Olympics
"Dream Team So far, it's been a men's Olympic basketball nightmare for Team USA as it prepares for the summer Olympics Team USA lost its second straight exhibition game Monday, beaten by Australia one game after Team USA got upset by Nigeria Team USA lost Monday in Las Vegas. 91 83 Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers scored a game high 22 points. With 16 in the first half when the American squad jumped to a nine point lead by halftime, but then lost it in the final two quarters to Australia. Another game tonight versus Argentina. Before these last two games, Team USA had been 54 into an exhibition games now. 54 4 after two straight losses. Jared Max Fox News in baseball New York Mets Pete Alonso
"When the olympics start will be the most talented team in tokyo. Hands down no question. Most talented team in tokyo with the roster that they have but this is like a five alarm fire right now howard. This loss to nigeria. I don't care if they win the rest of these pre olympic games which will take place through next sunday. This has to make you nervous if you're a fan of the team because not only is it this. The loss to nigeria. But you go back two years ago at the world championships where you had a us team. That was good. Didn't have probably better team now than they were back in two thousand nineteen but all nba players. They finished seventh. They've been seventh at the world championships. You have the seventh-place finish the loss of nigeria. How concerned are you howard beck about. Usa basketball. It's just an exhibition game. Chris oh no no. It's not just an exhibition game. Stop this team was thrown together over the last however many weeks they had what like three practices. I think i'll ever. Us team is thrown together. What are you talking about. There's no team. There's no no mid season practices for usa basketball. No but the nigerian team has been practicing. What i'm saying is some of the play in the nba though wants win the nba nba. A few of them play in the nba but that team has had time together more so than the team. Sorry brown coaching. that team. That i missed was that a facsimile of mike brown on the bench all season long. What what are we talking about. The warriors have been out for like two months kris k. Okay so two months. that's what matters. That's that's the number three three practices. Also they're still missing. I believe at least three guys because they're playing in the finals right now. Booker middleton chris paul get it. Yes not chris. Ball's not playing a holiday with the the what holland is your holiday. Those those guys will matter especially given that middleton and holiday are to the better perimeter defenders that that team. Usa has and if you look at the rest of team usa's roster. I don't see a ton of great defenders. There there are a few. I think those three guys by the way are going to be exhausted by the time they get to. They may well be. They may will be so. We're going to judge them. Judging when their whole judge when the games matter to strange to me like we don't judge nba teams based on the preseason but we judge team usa based on these exhibition games. That they do going into international competition. I feel like it's thirty. One point favorites. Why why is there betting line on a freaking exhibition better training but a little league baseball. Now country degenerates damn right. I didn't mean chris i'm with. Let's go monday. Nigeria money line. I just. I can't get too excited about this. If they lose the rest of the exhibitions does that mean something. Yeah that might be alarming if they're if they're still struggling to find some cohesion. That could be alarming. But i mean the talent is obviously their talent alone doesn't win on the international stage in style of game is different team ball matters. Shooting matters like yeah. There's a bunch of budget stuff that comes into play. But i i find the panic over this loss or at least the outcry to be a little bit much. So you don't take into account the seventh-place finish in two thousand nineteen. I mean that to me. It's the it's not just as game. The totality of it right. Like and i don't know howard like so in the early two thousands the world kind of caught up to the us ninety to ninety six thousand us. Gold maps then comes the two thousand two world championships in indianapolis and that's seven. The place finish was one of the worst worst outcomes in at least recent usa history. They got it together after that. They hired jerry colangelo. They bringing mike chef ski. They get their act together. Two thousand six two thousand eight then. They run off. Three consecutive years are three consecutive cycles of gold. Medals is argon. Made that like the world's caught up again that somewhere along the way and the last four or five years. The rest of the world has once again caught up usa basketball. I'm trying to understand this. I mean that's close games in those olympics cycles. No question about it. But i can't imagine the oh eight. Twelve or sixteen team losing nigeria. I can't exhibition or otherwise. I can't see it happening. No team and the and the one that followed it were built around like lebron koby. Carmelo enjoying wait. I mean that that groups at another level like as good as this group is that we're seeing right now as talented as they are after k. D. tatum's really good damian. Lillard is great. I mean come arbit- tatum. Bill lillard auto bio levin. Draymond dream ends up there in years but one has won some things. Jeremy grant jeremy grant zach living out of like. These are guys who have done anything in the nba yet. But they're all stars most they're they're also but are they to level of lebron kobe now but do you think is that what you're saying then is that what you're saying to be at the level you need to have like i'm saying the crop to win. I'm saying that if we're going to start comparing the twenty twenty one team to the twenty eight a two thousand eight two thousand twelve teams there is. There is not an equivalent right now. Lebron kobe laurent cobaine weight. And plus what we what. We called olympic. Mellow like carmelo. Didn't have the success in the nba. That some of his teammates did but carmelo in terms of talent level and certainly has resume like that group was at a whole other level. That group is a different level than jason. Tatum bam outta bios. Zach levine. Okay so not saying that you necessarily should have to have that level of time firepower to win an exhibition game against nigeria. Or anybody else. But i am saying comparing usa to itself different iterations of team usa. This one is not that one. This is not as dominant group as the ones we saw in eight and two thousand twelve. It just isn't what do you do like. What's the solution here. Like i mean i jerry. Colangelo deserves an enormous amount of credit for rebuilding that program when it was at. Its nadir mitra chefs. He comes in enormous amount of credit for what they did. But as we sit here in twenty twenty one like it's almost to me howard like the usa basketball rebuilding. The program became cool. Like lebron wanted to do it. Chris paul like dwayne wade. These guys wanted to do it and then they did it. And i think playing for usa basketball didn't become quite as cool as it was fifteen years ago. Like is that what has to happen like does not need to have like a fifth place finish in tokyo for all of a sudden the next generation of a-list stars wherever that may be in two thousand twenty four to come back into the mix and is that the only way this team can win. I mean i think we need to pay attention to the overall context like obviously one. These olympics were supposed to happen a year ago. They're delayed a year because of covid got durant out of it though like that right. It's questionable whether these the olympic should be happening at all still but along the way because of these back to back brutal seasons and everything else like team. Usa doesn't have james harden right now. Doesn't have anthony davis because of the injury doesn't have steph curry doesn't have kyrie irving doesn't have lebron kawai again. If your argument is that the second or third tier it sounds like sounds like insulting. Somehow but if you're saying that the next wave believe after those guys should still be good enough to dominate on the world stage. Maybe but if the point is that the team as best are they still. Are they still able to win. Gold fairly easily. Your probably but a bunch of them aren't on this team right now because of injuries and just the stress of the last year or two so this this is not necessarily representative of the best of the best right now. It just isn't and yes. They should still be good enough to win. Yes the world has caught up to some extent. No the the group that at nigeria's put it put out there last week. Does not leap off the page improbably. Us should've still want it. But again i exhibition game after like three practices. Let's see what happens with the rest of this. This schedule out brought mellow back. I mean he's not what he was four years ago. Eight years ago twelve years ago but the guy knows how to play international basketball. He might have sat. maybe. I guess. I didn't really. I assume that he just want to keep. He didn't kind of like four formerly re retire from the olympics. But it'd be pretty much says like i'm done like lebron kinda did to get talked into it. I feel like. I don't know if i was if i was the usa team would try really hard to get carmelo blake because his style. Whatever it is to the nba is perfect for the national basketball. He's a really good or national basketball player. On this subject damian lillard. He spoke for the first time. Since the hiring of chauncey billips. Only listen to what little had to say about his future in portland. I'm prepared to go in and do my job every year. Like hopefully we make strides over direction and could become a better team a new coach notice. That's where i am. What soured it sounds like. Lillard is at least nominally on board with going back to the blazers. But if i'm a team out there with assets. I don't listen to that response and say well it's over damian. Lillard is back on the same page with the portland trailblazers. If i'm a team with assets i hold onto those assets because it feels to me like the blazers might be one like sixteen to start from blowing that whole thing up with louis mccollum on the way out the door so get the sense now. That seems more likely than not that damian lillard at blazers training camp. He's in ablaze uniform. He starts the season with the portland trailblazers. But if it doesn't work with chauncey billips early and you get close that trade deadline. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see portland decide. Look we've got a. We've got to do something here and opened the door for damian lillard trade. What do you think. I think that nothing has changed. I think that his remarks last week because he sounded a little bit lukewarm. Or just you know you hear one of two things. Well you want to hear one thing if you're a portland trail blazers fan or if you're just looking for any indication that lillard is all in your you want to hear him say listen. I know things are rough right now. But i'm all in you know this is. This is where. I want to be you to repeat all the usual talking points that you hear from players in his position and that we've heard from bradley beal that we used to hear from james harden houston. Which is a win in phil in city fill in the blank with the city. I want to win here. I don't wanna go somewhere else. You know we're going to get this right blah blah. He didn't go down the usual list. And so i think it left open. Some interpretation but getting has changed like the disappointment was clear when the season ended. Some of the things have happened since including obviously the the the train wreck away they went about the the coaching search and lillard. Being caught in the crossfire. There at feeling heat from fans about chauncey billips being selected and so. I don't think we should expect he's going to be rah. Rah right now The trailblazers have a lot of work to do. But we also have not even hit the summer yet. Like there's the draft hasn't happened yet. Free agency hasn't happened yet. There's there's a lot of work to be done. And i think if you're damian lillard which you're probably doing is internally saying here's what i need to see happen externally saying you know what let's let's wait and see i mean you see. He can't he can't say publicly the same things that he's telling say neal o'shea right about what the the state of the roster i i would think that there are some very impassioned debates or discussions being held behind closed doors about what they need to get this thing right and if they can't get it right the he might shift is his stance about staying there long term. But that hasn't happened yet that we know of. What do you think the most interesting potential conversation is amongst players over these next four weeks like i'm kind of curious what jason tatum bradley beal talk about. Tatum and beal close friends dating back to their highschool days both went to the same high school bill with something of a mentor to jason. Tatum actually got him involved with his trainer. Drew hanlin which helped. Tatum elevate his his personal skills and they've talked about how happy they are to be playing together. Played the all star game together for the first time beal last year of his contract. Like you know we've seen these conversations yield real tangible conversation. You'd like to be a fly on the wall on for any of these guys in the next couple of weeks. Yeah i mean look we. We have a history now going back over a decade. If we're to believe that the that the heels were formed in part through team usa activities. You know which is true which is true. That's that's yielded an extra things guy. You know guys who you mentioned. Tatum and bill because they were already friends but guys also become friends through this experience right and then they start getting the ideas about playing together. Like oh hey. This is a lot of fun. Let's do this again in the nba. So there's i'm i'm sure some of that is is happening. It always does. Who else in that group. I mean man. If any of these guys that'd be trying to recruit bam out a bio but he's too early in his in his contract with miami to pry him loose from there And you know the heater still a pretty potent team but you know jimmy butler is up there in miles and outta bios future won't necessarily be there forever. That's the way it goes in the nba. I think tatum has the potential to be like the biggest recruiter. They're like he's about to start the first year of his max level extension. He can recruit bill. But like you can also does damian lillard like. It's great to play in boston. I love it here. Answer some questions of my have a playing on the east coast for the first time. Like i think data might be boston's best asset at this point. Yeah again some of this comes down to bradley. Beal's coming up to that point where he has the leverage to task out because of his contract lillard under contract for several more years and so he's not in that position. So what if it says. Like i need to go like. I don't foresee the blazers being no finish your contract. Just don't see it. i think right. And they would work with him on a deal to sure but directing it is harder so beal can use the leverage of his free agency to say well if you send me to team x. I'm not gonna resign there. Which then blows up that deal and he can direct himself to the team he really wants to be at lillard would have a harder time to doing that. Because he doesn't have free agency looming two to play that card. Yeah well i encourage any reporter. That's in tokyo tatum. Beal and lillard talking to each other. Just take a picture and then let the internet go wild crazy because it will unquestionably last thing for you. Howard the breaking news. This week in the coaching ranks. Is that jamal moseley is headed to orlando moseley of course last with dallas. A really well respected assistant coach there. Who was a candidate for that. Maverick job before. It went to jason kidd my immediate reaction to that higher howard beyond i think being an excellent choice for orlando is that we're gonna look at at moseley and jason kidd on parallel tracks. The next couple of years moseley. There was a strong case to be made that he should have been elevated to that head. Coaching job he'd been considered for other head coaching jobs. Before most recently in new york he had by all accounts a great relationship with luka doncic i understand bringing kit in he's got a history with dallas and as riccar lau said publicly having a player that played the game like kid and having a player that plays the game like don-shik make some sense to pair those two guys together. But there's always going to be as i watched these two situations unfold. I'm gonna wonder you know. Did the mavericks make the right choice. Leading jamaa moseley go and bringing jason kidd in and there's so many variables in this the first being at orlando's in step one or maybe even steps zero of a massive rebuild right there in the negatives right now. I think there's still maybe more fat to trim on that roster before they really bottom out. Yeah and you know you talk about trying to build around. You know markelle foltz. And and jonathan isaac jonathan isaac for so long. They're getting hurt and he's a great player but they've loved writing in a weird way john stays healthy. He's still more of a complementary store right like he's he's a potentially defensive player of the year at some point. He's not a guy who you're building an offense around though and marquel foltz okay. He he got himself back on track in orlando. He has a career now where he didn't have one but he's not a foundational building block. Come on like that's crazy so the roster doesn't have much talent jamal. Moseley's is coming into a situation. Which a lot of first time head coach is committed to which is all right. There's a lot of work to do so You're gonna have to do a lot of development. You're going to have to take a lotta lumps in the win loss column. It's gonna be rough going for the first year or two or maybe three. Let's see how they can get things going. But you know as it has been a certain other like kenny. Atkinson came to look a completely hopeless situation in brooklyn but was known as development coach in atlanta. And sure enough. Everybody who went there. Joe harris spencer. Dinwiddie jared allen versus lower. First round picks. Guys who were you know whether they were reclamation projects whether they were low picks everybody seems to get better the second they went to brooklyn and play kenny atkinson and his staff congenial. Moseley have the kind of effect in orlando can the front office. Get him to kind of guys. That will thrive in that in that kind of environment and carve out careers from cells and carbon identities. Jamal moseley has a lot going for him. And we've heard like many great things about it but we often hear great things about assistant coaches who don't end up panning out so i always. We have to caution ourselves on these things. Because i thought. Brian shaw was gonna be a great head coach and he was. Everybody loved him all the players sung as praises when he was associate head coach under frank. Vogel indiana he goes to denver probably just the wrong guy at the wrong time but he hasn't had another shot since then but that went really badly. Brett brown was really great in in some respects for the for the early years of the process and then suddenly. It seemed like they'd hit some sort of ceiling. Eager kokoschka of had been talked about for years is a great assistant. Coach didn't work out. Swells head coach in phoenix. David dale bumpy ride in memphis and then disastrous in new york. We just don't know like luke walton. Another example like there are plenty of coaches who as their when their assistance. We hear and see the best of them and then you know some of them be go on it and have great success coaches. I mean tyler has been fantastic. Mike malone has been fantastic money williams. Nick nurse dwayne casey a lotta longtime assistance. Get their shot and then you know it. It works out in a dozen. It's all contextual. It's all just the opportunity you have the thing for dallas is. They went with a guy who has experienced jason kit. That experience was not necessarily good experience. Like i think most people around the would look at what he did in milwaukee in brooklyn and say. I'm going to steer clear. Maybe you'd rather have the the unproven. Jamal moseley versus the somewhat proven jason kidd but. I don't think we'll know what the right choice was there for a while yet. Because it's it's gonna take some time before we can evaluate moseley as head coach. I maybe jason kidd learned something in two years as an assistant. I mean that happens. You know working with lebron for entire for two entire seasons working under frank vogel maybe picked up some things that'll be useful to him as a head coach. Moseley to me. The key is giving him time. Like you've got to be committed to moseley for a minimum. I think of three years and more likely five years. And then you see what you have in head coach. You mentioned gore. I mean it's worked out for phoenix. Absolutely but i do think he got hosed out there i mean he only had one year on the job and that year was without deandra aiden chris. Paul had devon booker of course but that was not a good team that he was coaching. There i gotta get moses the because you want to see what the guy can do when you put that team in a position to win a great example to me is james breglio in charlotte. I mean berea. Was one of those guys assistant coach elevated to head coaching position in charlotte. Not great first couple of years there but when he was given players and chance to win he did pretty well. I mean up until lamelo ball went out the horns were really good team and i think they will be a good team. Going forward in part because of the borrego is a pretty good coach. I want to see this magic team. Invest heavily in jamal. The you're the guy developed these guys and we'll keep you around no matter what the won loss record says until you get a chance to win then you judge like brett brown six or seven days since brett brown left but i can see the for letting go of brett brown. I mean they had a talented team and to a degree the underachieved. But you've got to let the coach get a roster on that level before you really make any decisions about whether they can coach. Yeah well and that's the thing about. This is what set up says apart. I think the good organizations from the bad ones is that you you decide when you choose a guy. Especially if he's a longtime assistant not a guy with head coaching experience. And you've said we believe in this guy. This is somebody who's got a great trekker record as an assistant. We're going to first opportunity. It's your obligation to when you say investment. Yeah it's time investment. It's a give them all the tools to succeed. Give him the time to succeed. You've decided you believe in him. So stand behind that have the conviction to stand behind that and take some bumps along the way you know maybe maybe memphis and or the knicks should have stuck with david physed longer. You know we had heard nothing but great things about fiscal coming out of miami. Initially we may yet you know. Find out that he. He can be great head coach in the right situation. Maybe those worth rights situations. He might be one of those guys though. I love physios and assist one of those guys. Though the just the temperament is always important. Like the government like memphis yet. Some battles with market assault didn't work out your plus new york. You just might be one of those guys that doesn't have the right temperament to be is based on what we've seen a memphis in new york might be better suited for these ranks but if he succeeds in l. a. I think he'll get another chance right. Maybe i think the point being though that if you as an organization have identified a guy instead he we believe in him then. Okay then believe in him. Stick with them and make sure you've given them enough tools to succeed Is it a pulling the plug at the first sign of of struggle and that's what happens in the nba. too often. is that seems panic. You know the fans turn. There's some minor flare up. Oh the coach and player got into it. Whatever it may good teams that can happen on as well. And it's it's just. It's the way franchises. React so you have to know whether or not the guy is is is right and then stick with them. And so yeah. Let's jomo's should get a nice long here. She got a ton of latitude in orlando given where they are as an organization given the state of that roster. Yeah i agree. Howard enjoy milwaukee looking forward to hearing the conversation with the lazarus on friday. You can check podcast. Right here on the crossover feet again. Make sure you listen to howard's interview. Spencer dinwiddie from last week. It was really really strong. Enjoy -joy the mid west our. We'll talk when you're back on the northeast always a pleasure. My friend the newest player in the pre nba basketball landscape is overtime. Elite elite will begin playing sometime in the fall. And we'll be headlined by some of the top now. Former high school players in the country players would be paid minimum one hundred thousand dollars with some making north of that and have access to high level facilities training as well as educational programs to help. Get a better grasp on that. I'm joined by brandon williams the head of basketball operations for overtime. Elite and kevin ollie the former. Nba guard uconn. Coach was the head coach and director of player development bread. And i want to start here with you. Just kind of give me the ten thousand foot view overtime elite. What are the objectives. What what what was behind the formation of this league. I think any of us. Chris who've been around for a long time i've actually seen Sort of the downside of young players who entered into professional ranks to this point. It's been the nba Who are not ready. And so what does that mean you know not not ready to form and be stars or is it just not ready to be great teammates or is it not ready to be good partners. is sort of all that you know the idea that the work day is much longer than they know. And that there's more responsibility to be in a professional athlete The responsibilities to families and communities we just have to do a better job preparing them and here was an opportunity to be part of a program that wanted to address all that. It's not just about being a good player. It's like we wanna address the whole athlete. Hope so on. Three levels were hitting basketball. Easiest thing understand. I think businesses in our world is education And then there's brand you know. These young people now are moving at a speed that we aren't as older folks and they want to build things An earlier age particularly off the court so building a brand is important something that can last well beyond their tread on tire so we're hitting it in basketball business brand. That's that's that's really thirty thousand foot view. Kevin what attracted you to this job. Just like his dad is the whole person being able coach them from a mind body and soul Experience and understanding the mindfulness athlete I've seen it from a pro level. Got up tune into play thirteen years with twelve different teams so i understand like the different trials and tribulations you go through with a player not saying that these players are gonna go through that but is getting them more prepared if they do come into some certain situations where it's not typically going the right way. How can they manage that situation. So what they do today can echo into tomorrow and having the ability to kana paint on a black blank. Canvas is what a really attracted to me to to this you know. Ot league program we can take the player really shape the curriculum you not with teaching them about subjects. But we're really teaching them about themselves as well from media training From mental health issues. All the different things that come involved because we all know chris is stress. You know from success is a lot of pressures is a lot of people pulling at you. It's a lot of people won't certain things. But how do you deal with that from a player's standpoint where you can play when you get on the basketball court and half clear and not be caught up in the distractions of off the court issues. Um as desks desks were really kind of vocal. Spirit to give back in it and how these kids you know. Have these players be available at the moment of truth to make the right decisions and that was very important to me. Kevin as you mentioned you played in the nba brand. You played in the nba. As well i wanna ask both of you guys and kevin. I'll start with you like if this was available to you as sixteen. seventeen year. Old looking back. Would you have founded attractive with a definitely founded attractive You know i kind of thought the box anyway. I was from chris. Shaw from from from south central and i chose connecticut. So you places that. I didn't even know nothing about growing up. You always thought out the box and never wanted to go down a path that everybody was going down So i was always curious. And i think that's how my mom especially my mom. My dad raised me. So i definitely been curious of this situation. No no speaking now without you know took it. I'm not sure. But i think it really gave me another option to look at it and this is what we're trying to do not saying that the ncaa is wrong overtime. Leaders wrong or right. It's not about that. It's about if you really care about the student. Athletes you give them as much options as possible. And i think this gives the lee student athlete. Another option and i think you know it's a very Great option for them to have and if they choose overtime league we're going to give our whole heart to make sure they're developed on and off the basketball court chris i- jumping after coach It would have been interesting. Chris but i certainly would not have been a candidate i would. Let's just get that right. What what things that's important. We sit down going through just grassroots community and we spent months just talking to people educating about. You know what we're about who we are. Each of us has a reputation in some other space. Not here The this program isn't for everybody is not the right fit for everybody. We are cherry picking and a lot of ways. These are players that feel like they are destined for professional basketball. There are a lot of sixteen year olds. That don't know that yet and their parents aren't convinced that yet in people that support them. Don't don't feel that confidence yet. They may be another year away or two years away but this is not. This is not the right path for everyone. Twenty four athletes roughly twelve per class. We're looking at juniors and seniors and the truth is at this age. What was really funny about scouting them is everybody's skinny and like a lanky and underdeveloped and still has like a mountain of upside to you know to to get through before you can really see who they're going to be but you know if you have a young player like brand williams who's just dreaming of being an nba player but does not much certainty. That's even realistic We gotta be very careful about this approach In taking because there there are risks but for those that that have already established in this deke. They've established a day of separated from their class. You know jaylen. Lewis has an example the most recent example. He's he's he's elevated in separate. The draft isn't tomorrow though so there's still a lot of work to do but he's already in front running physician and it gives everyone low confidence that this is the kind of investment and the kind of pet that would make a ton of sense for players like that. Let me follow up on that brandon. Because you're you're entering. What suddenly become a fairly crowded space in terms of leagues like this. You know the g. league ignite is one season in but they've had a measure of success. We've seen jalen green probably a top pick. Jonathan kamenga top five or six. Then you have the ncw with this. Recent ruling allowing top players to make money off their name image and likeness. How does how does the elite separate itself from that group. Why think i is. We start a little bit sooner so the g. league zone a great job with what we call it a year the prep year that year. That a recent graduates would be going to college and they've already been hacking the system you know going to italy or china So so there's a market for those players and we want an alternative to college for for for us though. Our players are seeking an alternative to high school so we are a school but we think about the resources that were bringing to the table first of which being an nba like environment You know start coach. Ali coach lehto in a robust set of staff. I mean scouting staff a high performance staff administrative team. Our goal was to simulate an nba organization for for young athletes at sixteen seventeen eighteen. Th there there is no other environment. Like that. And i think the big way that we separate with high school athletes Is that both domestically and internationally. We're able to put twenty four of them together in a building. So what we're selling is the best competition for these guys starts at home. I mean every day in line coaches don't minister drills administer competition aspects of practice and getting ready for games but when you look to the right and left and i noticed as a player. There's no weak link. I mean everywhere you look. There's somebody that's doing what you're doing and possibly doing more. Because they they are not just dreamed about the into the league or to the high level. They're on their way there That's where we've been able to. I think create a little separation from others that have tried or looked at something. Like this kevin. How do you approach this job. Do you do it in a similar mindset and you had at uconn where you have young players you also you know yukon. You had to keep them academically eligible you to follow that pretty closely. I mean is there is it a similar mindset or do you take a different tact. I think you just let it be you know. Similar is not. It's just whatever comes you say yes to it and you cultivate hope from it I never coached high school players. They was always you know graduated from high school. And now they're freshman's This situation is a little different in in was recruiting for two to three years. This situation is a little different. But you know from me. Chris i love the unknown about it. And that's the space i live in. Not just wanna make sure that. I have the space incorporate something in these players that they can just think about it can build from a have a foundation so when they make the transition they have every tool in the toolbox to say okay. Oh that's a problem Assess it let me be able to correct it. Let me obsessed. Let me be aware of it and i think that's the difference between you know coaching a high school kid in in the college. Kid i mean you get able to mold them a little bit better and then you have to understand where they at. Now you know back then. I didn't have social media. We didn't have social media now. These kids these players are building their brand a little bit earlier and now you just meet them where they are. And i can't wait to get them up on campus get them up until atlanta just continue to build a great relationship. Welcome spend time with the one on one in. This situation is going to provide us to do a lot more skill development that i didn't have a really good opportunity and it had not one say good opportunity. I didn't have the best opportunity. Because there's so many things we own a row recruiting You own a row fundraising these different things. Brandon's taken care of in. Dan porter is taken care of. I can just really coach the player and work on his skill development on and off the basketball court. So it's really given me my own lane. So i can really perform my job. Mama job is really breaking down and relationships it starts. Relationship is start with trust. Stars will hold is spending time with the the young student athletes on and off the basketball court and pushed them to greatness and the competition is not on. our side of competition is with him. You know can you beat your previous best bestself. Can you be better than today you know. Can you be better tomorrow than you were date. And that's what i'm coaching. And that's what i love to do. And i think we're going to have some great young man as open as biden has going to be vulnerable going to try to reach for the sky. In the sky is going to be ob- you is not going to be limits. I can't wait to get up to atlanta. We've been having some many camps. Chris has been wonderful to get back on the court with the guys. And i'm looking forward to the next mini camp and dan looking forward to getting them up to atlanta. So we really can go to work. You know when. I was was talking to brian. shaw a couple of months ago. Kevin about how he was coaching. The ignite you know it was a lot of pro stop. He was trying to bring to that team. Are you taking that same. Approach you trying to coach them like their nba players or something different. No it's nothing different is just. I'm building pro. Habits in every situation is going to be different. Chris this is going to be some guys. Come in you know. Say for instance like a. John montero will we got him and he you know is a little bit more advanced than some other players because he's been a pro- already and then it's going to be another situation where we gotta talented guy might not be able to get quick but these opportunities we can go at our own pace we can sit down and talk to them but we're really teaching and building pro habits and those habits is going to translate over to them being great pros when that opportunity come invest in the nba are the euro league so every day you know we are building like a practice plan like more of a college practice plan nba practice bandwidth doing drills. That i got from my numerous stops in the nba. You know we're doing sets in the nba. Then we gotta understand that sixteen years old as well you know and maybe sometimes you gotta you know kinda doubt it down a little bit. But i'm gonna let com. I'm going to let that go. i'm not going to focus on one of it. I'm not gonna say oh. We're doing this process. 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Divers inventors patent and unleash economic opportunity. Find out at invent together dot org learn more and take action today brandon not to continue to compare this team to the ignite but when i talked to sharieff abderrahim about that i mean. I had asked him about the sustainability of that team. Given how much. Money was being poured in to pay some of the players. And he bobbed and weaved floyd mayweather trying to answer that question. Because it's it's hard to commit to it without say a television contract more sponsorships and things like that when you can you speak to kind of the sustainability of this because we've seen startups with an influx of cash. Get get in big the first year. But then peter out. I mean what needs to happen. Four overtime elite to become a long term successful program while has got to answers. I think you know a concept. I mean we're we're selling on the ability to develop young players and have a more more pro ready right. So this is. This is the path we are offering basketball development. Call it professional Business development And we are also like leveraging. What is an incredible media platform that again. The things that we like to call a distinguishing factors. That's a huge one. So not to bob and weave one. We gotta be good ass. You know that. That's how have long deputy spurs the spurs. They were good for really long time. And so we've got the that there were good at this note. No pressure on kale right The the the second piece though is you know and this comes from my my time in the nba. It just wasn't that long ago where it out of chicago. Pre-draft combine interview. If i said. I wanna build my brand. Everybody in the room was like smirking and like you know what. What are we talking about like. It's about basketball basketball basketball And you know if you are young team developing and not winning a lot of games truth is you can't sell just basketball because your basketball isn't great you got to sell personalities and stories in that there's something that people can invest in in fall in love with other than like the final score like otherwise. The sixers had no chance right any any development team yet to buy into a story and for us. I think we have a chance to create stories but we get a chance to show those stories because we have a platform. So it's it doesn't take much. I mean i'm not a social media guru. But when i got recruited for this job haven't been around the block a little bit certainly from an nba perspective. I heard a couple of things. I really got my attention. One was fifty million followers That's eyeballs and we all know that that Business follows the eyeballs in whatever in whatever respect. The other was which is unfair. Because i think that number changes month over month but it started at one point four and not set maybe one point eight or one point nine billion with a b. billion views of content a month that overtime in some ways has found a way to the heart. The mind of young people It is being communicated and solid as you know the generation z. sort media and content engine We are doing an amazing thing here which is developing young talent in a pure way that we want to make sure that they are prepared. Top to bottom to do well on the court to do well and communities to do well in business but then there's this other thing which is they want to be known like. No player wants to play in an empty building. Everybody wants to play where it matters. They wanna play. When nick can rock and like the building and just like recognizing their talent. We're just artists. And one thing that is kind of showcase. By one event that that overtime overtime the media company producing s called. You see it on youtube to. Is that over. Hundred million people watched that. I mean that that's not an insignificant number that players that are going to play overtime. Lee will have the opportunity to be known The the opportunity of bring brick big brands to the table and support this platform If not already indicated by the kinds of investors that that have shown interest but the brands that are coming to the table our sustainability is going to be showing value delivering value to not just the athletes but to overtime visibility. I would imagine great for them but can you monetize it. Can you make it so this league is in the black or does it need to be in the black every year. Well my the good news is as a basketball man. No different than a different than the is Get a budget. My job is to be fishing and and spend wisely. I i'm not. I'm not asked to sell tickets or generate revenue that's for a tremendous And in successful a business operations Our job is to make sure that what we are delivering is high is a high level product That you see the growth and development of our young players. What's there recruited. We gotta make them better. They need to be able to perform and probably the best testament of our success is going to be our nba. Gm voting with this pick right but with a coach saying like they did a nice job. This guy was. Well coached testament to takeo and the rest of the coaching staff. That if we're doing that will prove successful. Because guess what the next crop of recruits when we're in the gym like we're not chasing them. There's sort of meeting us at at minimum half way. We need to keep bringing high level taliban and developing talent to prove successful and i have a tremendous set of partners across academics and across content media. That will will do their part to elevate our business. Can you expecting to tap into some of your. nba relationships. I mean as you mentioned thirteen teams in twelve seasons. You've made a lot of friends over the years. We're going to see like san preston sitting in the crowd for your practices as a whole so sam and so many gyms that i know you know Kevin durant and all these guys are destinies in overtime. Just having them be around. We had our first minicamp. Ray allen showed up and not only showed up. He brought his son to work out with guys. Just it was just amazing. does just see how the branches that we can continue to pull up on and they continue to pull on us and be a partnership in. This thing is going to be great. Are you expecting to have kind of drop ins. Durant's involved with the league. You expecting these guys. Just be around. Which i would imagine would be both a resource for you but also an attractive quality to this league definitely. Definitely we going to build a place where it's going to be hopefully a development premier development destination for everybody and you know hopefully katie can come out and work out with guys and russell westbrook and james harden and all these guys that we know and i know i had opportunity to be evolved. Then it's kinda beat a veteran guys We want them to be around. Because it's not. Just me sean. It's also watching tape like these are the different drills and look how k. d. and look how chris paul is using the pick and rolls and now they're showing up that's a that's a big big bang for us with us growing these young talented student athletes To get them inspired to the next level and they're doing a great job done only gonna do. I coached him. Chris a coach me on a day to day basis. I'm open to that and we just really want to have a love affair with guys and and the end of the day chris. We want appease the basketball guys. We wanna play the right way. We want to share a basketball. We wanna run. We wanna have fun. We want how to join the game but it can't just be me me me. It has to be weak. And i'm wanting to teach guys how to be involved in any system they get drafted about. They can be a part of a productive system and be a productive partner in in the community as well no matter what city they when they arrive to the nba brandon. Before let you go. What schedule gonna look like i mean is this team playing. Just walk me through kind of what these kids are getting into. And what kind of schedule you gonna be able to put together so schedule that that is really interesting for everybody. And i wanna try to illuminate. But i've got to be careful we are still contracting with some teams But for the audience the think about it in buckets. We're gonna play independent prep schools. That's going to be a significant part of our schedule. We are a high school so we are looking to schedule. Some of the top independence that you would typically no to have a national schedule can travel that have the ability to be mobile. We're scheduling home and away with with With those folks and it looks like net set as an example It looks like you know. Folks that are playing for a national title Arizona florida california. So it'll be a widespread travel schedule for us. We're also looking at European competition so think about junior euroleague as an example. Some of the best clubs the Insects as an example Where we can get a collection of sixteen to nineteen year old elite talent to compete against us. And then as i mentioned earlier on the show we really feel like the best competition is gonna come internally and that's where our league play Comes into effect so we are looking at our group of twenty four as three teams of eight. There will be standings you'll be able to track will compete against each other. That'll be a significant part of our schedule as well. We don't want to overstep our guys one of the things. We really wanna correct leading science. Guide us here. is is minimized the wear and tear. Nobody's while still developing and preparing for a professional level place so a schedule of maybe thirty five. To forty games is our target. We started september Training camp will will begin Play by mid august. We'll be done by by Late march is how we see our schedule shaping up i'm looking forward to it brennan kevin. It's a really interesting concept and hope you guys have a lot of success with an. I'll certainly be watching a lot of. Nba people will be watching but brandon. Stay out of a set of massachusetts. Kevin has like some basketball. Ptsd from all those bc. Matchups i'm sure would probably were so tough. I don't remember kevin. It's not real like talk about it. But lita past. We'd be six thousand. That's not very nice. That's hovering kevin brand. Thanks for joining me. I appreciate it all right. Thank you chris. Thanks so much.
"damian lillard" Discussed on GSMC Basketball Podcast
"They gotta think about themselves and think about what can we get to be back on top in at least the foreseeable future. You know. they're not looking for you. Know miami heat. Twenty twenty seven for round. Picks like they don't they. Don't wanna trade for a middle schooler. You know they're they're thinking about you. Know what can we do right now to turn this around as quick as possible. And in the end i wouldn't be surprised if they decide. We just wanna hold onto. Damian lillard we i mean he still has what three years left on his contract. So there's really no rush to get rid of a maybe they just try to hold on and there have been rumors that said that. He's not you know at at the at the point where he just wants to force his way out. That's not where he's at. So that's a great sign for portland and i'm not one of those guys that just as telling him. Oh he's got to get out of there like you know whatever makes guy happy. That's what is best. But if he wants to win it might be at any. It does feel like he's thinking about it more. He's not just blindly loyal to this franchisee is thinking about it but more thinking about his career what he wants out of it and if it's winning maybe he should look for a way out if portland doesn't turn it around this season for sure if they don't if they don't find a way to put you know they just bring back the same exact team he should be thinking. Okay yeah i probably should ask for my way out and maybe be out by the deadline but if they do something you know bring someone in you know. No one expects maybe trade. Cj mccollum to kind of like you know because that's really their only true trae peace they don't have any assets you know. I don't know if they have draft capital but like exact call ins like he doesn't he hasn't played in like what two seasons you know. What and they. They don't really have any young players like garry. Trend junior was the young solid player. But they traded him for. Norman powell who yes. That was a decent movie but as we saw in the playoffs. That didn't really turn the didn't really move the needle for portland so in the end we got to see. You know what happens in the off season with portland like do they turn it around. You know chauncey billups now being the coach like does the daime lewd light came like his philosophy his schemes. Like who knows we still gotta see. There's still a lot of time left before decision needs to be made but again this is the nba. Things can change just like that so That's going to wrap it up for the segment Literally spend all twenty minutes on damian. Lillard i mean i. It's hard not to. I mean it's the biggest news at least trade room. Arise wise going around in the nba. I mean there's obviously a lot more but it's it's smaller stuff man. I mean kawhi leonard. Possibly leaving in free agency. But like i said in the first segment. That's not happening. I mean. I i highly doubt it and i know it said something like dallas in miami are pushing hard for him because of course. Why wouldn't they. You know dallas getting getting. You know hurried by luca don-shik because of you know he's going to sign that extension but he hasn't really seemed happy. They moved out. Rick carlisle to keep them happy. Because you know there were some bad rumors there that they just weren't meshing well. Personality wise kristaps. Porzingis just has not shown up as a second option. And i'm sure eventually you know he's gonna get impatient and he's gonna ask the league but he's going to sign that two hundred million dollars extension. He'd be done not to and you know they got a push for something bigger and kawhi leonard a certainly that something bigger so And then of course for the miami heat after going from the nba finals. Two first round sweep. They gotta change things up quietly. I know quite leonard. Jimmy butler have a good relationship. That's why why was trying to jimmy their first before he brought in paul george so there's always a possibility there but all in all i'm going like eighty to nineteen eighty five percent. That quite leonard stays with the clippers. And then you got that fifteen percent of like yeah maybe test the waters you know. Not that he's for sure leading test the water and then he goes to look where you know something else might be so With that said that's going to wrap it up for the segment. Make sure you guys stick around. Because when i come back i'm gonna talk about the top ten miami heat players of all time right after this. This is your ultimate stop for everything. Sports the golden state media concepts sports podcast. Should i say more from the nfl. Mlb the nba's mma. It's all in here. The golden state media concepts sports podcast. Listen welcome back to the gsfc basketball podcast. If you missed the last segment we talked about all the nba. Rumors will pretty much. Just the damian lillard rumor talked about. Which team could possibly make a room a move for him. You know which ones have enough assets in how it would look for those teams but so if you want to go check that out. Please go ahead and do so. But now we're gonna be talking about the top ten miami heat players of all time. This is a special one for me as you guys could all tell because i am a huge heat fan. I absolutely love the heat. I've been a fan. Since i mean i can even remember i mean. I think it really started. When dwayne wade joined the Joined the team in two thousand three. When i was like nine years old. Like i i knew the he but wasn't like a die hard fan but then wade join and you know. Of course you know everything started from there. I just couldn't. I couldn't stop watching the nba. So i'm really excited to talk about this list. I know pretty much every single person on this list inside out. So you're gonna get some really good stuff here But yeah without further do. Let's get started with number ten. The dragging goran drug. 'age now before i get into drudge. I do need to talk about some of the guys that i snubbed. From this list. I was thinking about guys like eddie jones Who had some great years with us. You know right. He was like that bridge like star player between the zo era. And the wade era so you know. He had some great years but he just didn't do enough. You know any wasn't here long enough for for me to really put him over drudge Same thing with lamar odom great. He had one full season with us and was it was a great season. You know he also had He was also part of that trade package brought in shaquille o'neal so handsome you know a lot to do with pretty much like the start of that next championship. Run for the heat but you know it was just one season so i really couldn't put them in the top ten morial chalmers's another one. He gets under appreciated for what he meant to that. Big three era. So those are just a couple names off the top of my head that i can think that i kinda snubbed off this top ten. But you know without further do let's get started with gore on drudge in no doubt in my mind drug itches. A ten player on the heat of all time And what really solidified it for me was the recent run in the bubble to the nba finals. I mean it's you can argue that. He was possibly the second best player on that team. And at times the best player on that team me. Averaging you know over twenty points a game to absolutely leading the team you know looking like a spry. Young drug itch like a spry young dragon. You know just out of his shell it. It's just ridiculous. How he played in that in that playoff run at but really just everything he's done. I mean he's only all star. Appearance was with the he you know in that What was it twenty. Seventeen two thousand eighteen season. He averaged seventeen points. Five rebounds are four rebounds five assists. he's just always been so consistent for us and he's now been with us for seven seasons and in those seven seasons averaged sixteen points five rebounds five assists almost four rebounds a game on some decent averages about on some different percentages. I should say forty six percent from the field almost thirty seven percent from three. And he's just you know he such a team guy. He's heat culture all the way you can tell the mini. He joined us that he was happy to be here in wanted to spend the rest of his career with us and hopefully he. Does you know. I'm not sure if he's going to be staying with us. Pass this off season. I hope he does. You know he he has really you know. Put himself as one of the legends in heat history. And that's why dodge comes in at number ten at number nine. We have one of the. Oh gee miami heat players in ronnie sikeli. He was the first draft pick in heat history and made an immediate impact for the team. I mean rookie. Season the average eleven points and seven rebounds and every season after that which it was a total of six season so for the next five seasons he averaged a double double the man was. Oh you know absolutely incredible in the pain..
"damian lillard" Discussed on GSMC Basketball Podcast
"There's no way that the celtics would be able to send out jess brown and some draft picks. And that's it you get damian. Lillard like it. That's still wouldn't be enough as good. As jaylen. brown's it still would be enough. They'd have to probably add an. I don't even know if the money's match. I'm not one hundred percent. Sure on their contracts. But i don't think that money would match because i know damian lillard on like thirty million plus dollar contract and jaylen brown is not making that he's making somewhere around twenty twenty something so they probably have to add someone in that in that you know double digit like between ten to fifteen million dollar contract range and maybe a marcus smart. I think marcus smart might be in that in that range. I'm not a hundred percent. Sure but you know. You're losing that perimeter defender. That would be perfect alongside damian loaded. So you're practically relying on lillard tatum. And what horford robert williams. I don't know. I just don't see it. You know pritchard you know i mean i just don't see where the value is in that they should just keep on writing with you know with chem with Jaylen brown and jason tatum. And see where that takes them. Both those guys are right there at the same age group. They can grow together. You know you put those guys together. You sign them to their extensions and you try to keep them together as long as you possibly can and hope that they grow to a level that they can easily attract a third star and then you can have all three of them together. Like i don't know who it is. But i'm just saying like like that need. That should be the plan for the celtics and and that's what. I'm assuming that they do now. Another one that i saw i saw this on bleacher. Report was the new orleans. Pelicans now the pelicans have a really young good player. In zion williamson. Who's already ascended to that. You know all star status. He was an all star this past season. So he's a very solid player. Especially with his style of. Play to match up alongside damian lillard like imagine those pick and rolls damian lillard matching up with zairean williamson because of course if portland trades for lillard. There's no way they're getting zion. Like there's reasons to believe that you know his value might be considering his age and you know where his trajectory is leading. That he has just as much value as damian lillard. Not that he's at the same level but his trade value is just as high. So there's no reason to trade dianne williamson for damian lillard. It would be. It would be extremely stupid but you look at. Maybe a brandon ingram who. There's been rumors that he feels like he doesn't fit with this team. Using was zion williamson like basketball wise. So so maybe you make a move. There you send out brandon ingram who just got that extension. Maybe what eric bledsoe. Because i do not like our bledsoe on there may be a sign and trade from lonzo ball her but honestly i i would probably want lonzo ball and that team especially with the way that he's able to spot up now i mean maybe it's a fluke that we saw this past season. But you know the way. He was shooting the ball. Those off. those catching shoots would work. Really well with damian lillard zion williamson you know pick and roll and the fact that he can get the ball drive in and kick like it all it kind of works way better than eric bledsoe. And the fact that the lonzo ball is also a decent perimeter defender would help him You know high damian lillard is he can guard all the better Perimeter attackers are offensive players on the other team. But you know. Of course i would also have to go along with a bunch of her front picks which they did in the anthony davis trade so they do have a lot of draft capital that they can send. That certainly wouldn't be a problem. Like i'm sure they can put together four from picks. You know i'm sure one would be including this year. I think i'm pretty sure. They have a trait that they have a draft. Pick this season along with one for next year the year after that the year after that along with some pick swaps like. I have no doubt in my mind that they can put that kind of draft capital together. Along with a good young player in brandon ingram. That might be the package that would interest the portland trailblazers the most now one thing that i haven't talked about is the possibility that you know portland. Feels obligated to giving damian lillard what he wants because he has been as loyal as any superstar has been for a team in in quite some time. Like you know that. That just doesn't happen anymore. You know you had dirk nowitzki. You had kobe bryant but you just don't see one player stick with a with a team for his entire career win with almost did but then of course made that move to chicago which you know his hometown team which is always wanted to play for so you know you give them that. But it doesn't count. He didn't play his whole seventeen year career with the miami heat so it does rarely happen especially in this day and age where players can choose where they want to go with lebron james kind of changing that you know in making it a thing which i love but you know getting damian lillard says i want out. I don't wanna be here. You know i want to go. You know they know that he's not going to force his way out but at the same time if he's asking you don't he he's. He's a pro's pro he's not going to do with. James harden did last year come in overweight and kind of look what he's not interested he's gonna play but if they if he's asking for trade. It's possible although. I don't really expect it. That the portland trailblazers say okay. Where do you wanna go will try to make something happen with their. And you know it's not that they're guaranteeing him okay. You want to go to miami. We'll send you to miam- even if they're sending us a terrible package like they're obviously gotta think about themselves because these guys have jobs to and like. I said the front office is certainly on the hot seat because they haven't been able to put together a consistent contender with one of the best players in the nba on their team..
"damian lillard" Discussed on GSMC Basketball Podcast
"I've thought about this you know. Would there be a way for the heat to bring in damian lillard because you guys know i am a heat lifer i love my heat and how beautiful those those. Those clips are those. You know photo. Shops of damian lillard in miami heat jersey. Look it's just looks too good to be true because it is like what can the heat do. I'm just going to toss it out there. Because i gotta talk about it. I gotta talk about my he and whether it's even remotely possible for them to even acquire this man and first of all. They have no draft capital. They've given up all their first round picks over the past few years there and i know the protection on that The pick that they sent to okay. See restricts them from tying together the twenty twenty four twenty twenty five twenty six. I know they have the twenty twenty seven one but that they can send but really the only have two first round picks that they can send and maybe only chance that portland would be. Somewhat interested is if the heat were willing to add bam out of bio to the train because tyler hero would easily be gone Who else maybe a sign and trade. With duncan robinson. Maybe you know you send pressure to occas- paula who whoever go on drudge. If you need the money the money to match you know you accept the team option than you sent him. But the only way that portland gets interested and with only two picks involved is if bam outta bios added because bamut about is young first of all so he would be fitting in with any time. Line that the portland trailblazers want. He signed to a long contract. So there's no you know scare about him possibly leaving. there's nothing like that and it would just. It would just work out. I mean he. He's that new wage center. All teams want to center like bam outta bile. Obviously what we saw in the playoffs. That's not the true bam out of by like he's got. He's worked on his game every single year. He's only going to get better and better so he can be one of the best centers in the nba. So obviously getting a guy like that. Would you know make it somewhat of an interesting package but even then. I don't think it's the best package out there. Like you got teams like the knicks that can all offer literally the best draft capital. You know multiple. I from up to four first. Trump picks probably pick swops. Rj barrett. So you get that young prospect. That young guy that's already shown great improvement in the second season. A guy like who else what mattila tina. Who else could they add in there. i'm trying to think maybe a mitchell robinson. Oh my god complete manual quickly so they got young players multiple young players that have proven that they can play and their stock is up along with first round picks that will make it very interesting for the for the for the trailblazers you know and then and then to be able to match -demia literally with julius randle. That sounds exciting. Jewish is one of the best forwards in the league. This year. You match them with a with a point guard that can score the way lillard. Does that can pass the wheel. A does it. It opens a lot of things up for that team and certainly makes them competitive. And who knows what with lillard and ramble. There maybe they can you know muscle up. Some guys may get the the mid level exception for someone. Solid like maybe a rudy gay or harrison nana harrison bars. I know he's still. he's still on his contract. But you know and on top of that. They have cap space. So they bringing damian lillard and they might still be able to find some room for another big time. signing you. Know maybe damore rosen. You bring in damian. Lillard derozen and julius randle randall. And lillard obviously can shoot from three point range. They've shown it this well. Lillard throughout his entire career but randall. This season is shown a huge improvement on that three point shooting. So you added to rosen. Who can facilitate from the mid range. Dr do a little bit of everything on the offense. Event is not the best defender but that is a team that could contend them east and would be instant finals contenders right away. You look at some other teams. And i. i've heard you know. Maybe the philadelphia seventy sixers can be a team. Get in that conversation and obviously the one thing that people are saying. That is bentsen's because of course we saw what happened with ben simmons but why in the world would portland if they had. Because of course if damian lillard is on the market every team is going to go for him. So every team is going to send their best package so that would be the knicks. i mean obviously. I'm just tossing things out there but you know that would be somewhat what the knicks would be sending and that is much better than what than ben simmons what ty reese maxi walls. Can they send i. I don't even know twenty bradley. Like come on like get real and it doesn't matter how many i trump picks they put together. I don't know how many they have. I'm not super knowledgeable about the their draft capital. But i'm you know. Let's say they have a couple first round picks. I haven't seen many trains of. There's better giving away a lot of for from picks. I just know that the heat. That's how they treat you. Know the the drug trade that they sent him for from pigs. That big of drudge. Which you know in the end. I'm still fine with him because drug it just turned into. You know a heat legend one of the best players of all time. You know a little spoiler alert but it's just with what happened with ben simmons. You know i. It's unless you're pairing him with the damian lillard you know and you don't like ben. Simmons is value is so low right now. So why in the world with the portland trailblazers do that. It would be terrible for that front office. They would you know. They're already on thin ice. And now you're going to trade away your franchise player one of the best players in your history if not the best player in your history. Sorry clyde drexler for a ben simmons that just absolutely washed out of the playoffs and looks horrendous. Can't shoot you know isn't willing to to move to power forward. you know it just. It just wouldn't look right. It wouldn't look right so that can happen one. That certainly does intrigue me. But i doubt the team would be pull pull that trigger because kind of the same reason why the heat wouldn't pull the trigger for bam. Is the boston celtics. And then possibly giving up jalen brown now. Obviously jason. Tatum wouldn't happen between jaylen brown. And jason tatum. It'd be jalen brown that gets sent out. But you know. I i just don't know like maybe if the the thing is the portland trailblazers ones giving up the superstar like jalen brown at at twenty four years old. He he had a great season. He does a little bit of everything he can score the ball and in a variety of ways he's a solid defender decent playmaker. He can do it all. And he's only twenty four and he's one of those switchable offense you know and good offensive wings that anybody in the nba would want and of course. The boston celtics tool of them in tatum brown. So it's why would they want to break that up for a chance. At a title with damian lillard. The only thing is like damian lillard thirty one or he's about to be thirty. One he doesn't really fit alongside that jason tatum. Timeline like like tatum's already a star that that that's no that's no question so maybe you don't even think about that. Maybe think you know we already have a star in tatum. like there's. There's no having to wait for tatum to get to that level. He's already at that level. You know so you add lillard there and that would be great offense but then i don't know man it's just like i don't feel like they have enough depth like you know and i doubt like what i'm pretty sure they'd have to bring in like marcus smart with it as well like..
"damian lillard" Discussed on GSMC Basketball Podcast
"Gmc basketball podcast. If you missed the last segment we got into the eastern conference finals which is continues to heat up. Yes both star players from the for. Each team is out at the moment but man that does not keep the from getting exciting. So we talked about that. If you guys want to check it out please go ahead and do so. However now we're gonna be talking about the nba rumors going on a going around and you know there's always plenty of them however the one that has stuck out and continued to dominate headlines has been damian. Lillard asking what you know. Supposedly being not seeing either i with the front office in and starting to lose his temper with with the way things have been run in the blazers. Because let's be honest here. Aside from that western conference finals appearance where the trailblazers just got absolutely smacked by the warriors. They really have not done. Anything with damian lillard there. He has had some incredible moments. I mean the amount of series game winning or series winning three pointers. You know is more than anybody in the last two decades and you know the guys at absolute superstar. He's one of the best players in the nba. he's easily top ten. You know if you want to argue for top five go. You can go ahead and do so. I'm sure you can make a case. But he's easily top ten. We're not here to talk about where he is in the nba hierarchy. We're here to talk about. How serious are these rumors. And where would he go. you know. Obviously the western conference is extremely tough. It's not going to get any easier with the lakers. Coming back with lebron ad. Who knows who they i mean. They can't really add anyone but they're going to most likely bring back that same team. And if they're healthy they're dominating phoenix suns who knows man like i don't know if they can replicate what they did this season but as we're watching in the western conference finals in them now being in the finals their contender. You can't deny their contender. Status the clippers. Same thing odds are they're probably gonna bring back white leonard but anything can happen there. But you know with paul george why they're going to be contenders utah jazz. I mean obviously. They crashed out of the playoffs. But things are always going to be competitive. There dallas mavericks. Who knows what they do with luca. Don-shik is there. He's one of the best players in the league. You can put them top five and when you have a guy like that. There's always a chance for them to add someone and make it a contending team you know so you can go up and down denver as well there you know. I know jamal murray's injured. But regardless what i'm trying to say is the western conference is extremely competitive and it's the strongest. It's the strongest conference in and with doe damian. Lillard there in portland. It's it always feels like it's never gonna be enough. I mean the the damian lillard. Cj mccollum experiment was was a good one. You know those. Those guys are great offensive guards that can take over a game by themselves at any point. Obviously damian lillard a bit more than cj mccollum. That's no you know. There's there's no question about that but it was still solid. You know but it's just everything around them like chat some good years but he just can't stay healthy now you know. Carmelo was a solid ad. But he's not the carmelo of old he. You know he is an old carmelo but he's not. He's not prime. Carmelo was just facts. You know couple years off the nba. He gives you some good moments. But he's not going to be the third guy you know neither is nerve damage in other robert. Covington was solid. You know dare jones junior now. Norman powell who you know they have to bring him back after letting go. Gary trend junior. They bring him back. You know after after that trade that they made. And it's just hard to see a path where the portland trail trailblazers can be a contending team at at least put themselves in that upper echelon in the western conference. So it's completely normal to hear damian lillard being a bit frustrated especially with with him not liking the decisions from the from the front office whether it's the coaching changes. Whatever the case may be it's understandable. He has been one of the most loyal players that the nba has ever seen with with them. Really doing little to nothing there yeah. They've competed but they've never really been true contenders. Nobody has ever gone into a season and expected the portland trailblazers to be at the western conference finals. Like all throughout his entire tenure. There so a move might be. What's best for damian lillard getting a change of scenery so where would he go. Where would be the best places for him to go. And and honestly what are the teams that can actually afford him. Because to get a guy like damian lillard you would need to give the house everything everything you have everything you you find You cherish would have to go to bring in damian lillard because while we saw what that trade for james harden costs four first round picks a couple of first round swaps. I think it was four. In total along with jared allen sending out carousel verd- even though houston got neither one of those which i'll always be completely confused about that and victory depot going out. It's just it would take a lot of moves so there is no way a team with little to no draft capital like the miami heat will have any chance to pick them up. Because i've talked..
USA Basketball Announces 2021 Olympic Team Roster
"Team. Usa officials meanwhile announced their men's basketball roster for tokyo and it's led by two time finals. Mvp kevin durant. The us led by head coach. Gregg popovich looking for its fourth consecutive gold. In olympic play the official roster has been released and again. We've got to rant on there. We've got devontae booker on there. We got chris. Middleton damian lillard jason tatum again looking for a fourth consecutive gold medal at these games
"damian lillard" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Hart, three first-round picks plus a pick swap, right? All of that for Anthony Davis. Look at what Paul George got, all the first round picks. What's the trade for Lillard going to look like? And I know people point to James Harden and they say, you know, what, James Harden, they, they didn't get much right though. They used to Rockets, didn't get much, the rockets blew it, the rockets need a massive, there's no team that has a superstar thinking. Hey, if we trade our guy, oh, I hope we can get with the Rockets. Got know the Rockets completely made a mess of that, they need a mess of it and to say, no, thank you. We don't want Caris LeVert. No, thank you. We don't want Jarrett Allen. Are you kidding me? Houston. What a mess? They made of things. I don't think the Rockets birth indicative at all of what a superstar is going to go for on the trade market. So can the Lakers get there? Can the Lakers get to a Lillard deal? They can in terms of salary cap in terms of money. But can they give enough value? Probably not. The in terms of making the money work, you're probably looking at Kyle kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Those two would have to be annexed. That's about twenty six million in salary, a signed and traded most likely Taylor Tucker may be assigned and traded dentist router one of those pieces in there and then you have to add some other stuff and best case scenario the Lakers can give them the 22nd pick in this draft and they're 2027 draft off completely unprotected. That's the most, the Lakers can offer in a trade for Damian Lillard. Is that enough? I don't think so. I think a lot of teams around the NBA will be that pretty easily and I think if Damian Lillard really is on the market wage, they're going to they're going to have 29 teams. 29 teams are going to put in offers form. Somebody mentioned, doing a three-team trade. Yeah, sure. But you're asking a third-team to Value what the Lakers have more than what the Blazers would value it at, and then give the Blazers value in return. So, I struggle to see it happening there, but could the log Is somehow get in there if Damian Lillard goes to the Blazers and says look I've been loyal for so many years and and I really want to go with the Lakers game..
"damian lillard" Discussed on Warriors Off-Court
"In my in my review of moulder. I said that he's proven he's legitimate. Nba player to which. I got a ton of backlash on in email. Social media like people say idiot for saint. He's a legitimate nba player. I think it's fair to say he's a legitimate nba player. That doesn't mean he's a high level. Rotation player i just did they. He deserves a place in the nba on roster somewhere. That's all i was saying. You're absolutely right. He is an nba player and is proven that and every time. I think that he's not he does something else that i didn't know he could do I'm kind of in that camp. That probably would have sent you a mean email. Because i think he's just shooter and then next thing. I know these way more athletic and i bought rate. Athletes is amazing vertical. He's got huge hands good wings and it's safe to say yeah. He's an nba player. But if if that role is not one that's going to matter that much season because you made a bunch of get addition the offseason. I would rather take the flyer on jessica just to see what he can give you low stakes role. I also would be interested in. Maybe giving him just two way next year. I like that more. yeah You know. I think i think the two way could be well spent on someone like him. You know you could send them to santa cruz and see what he did down there if it's between him and nico on nico manion on the to next year. I'd probably rather have jessica just to see what he can provide but rusty thank you so much. Thank you so much to our listeners and readers who provided a bunch of great questions. I thought i thought you guys hit all the pertinent relevant topics and You know you're making our jobs easy. So rusty i. We say we should give the readers in the budget meeting to come up with story ideas in honestly a big reason why i do mailbags is for story ideas like i get questions that make me realize. Oh that's something. That people are interested in and i wasn't really thinking about that and i should do something on that so you guys are helping us do our jobs and we always appreciate it Rusty in case our readers and listeners are not aware of where to find your stuff. Where where can they find your stuff as always i say i hope they get the hard copy of the san francisco chronicle delivered to their doorsteps along with that you get the subscription online which you can find all kinds of things that don't even make it into the newspaper In follow connor because he tweets out everything. I do our thanks to rescue simmons for joining me on the podcast. Always appreciate talking warriors with him. Worse awkward is a production of the san francisco chronicle support warriors off court in the newsroom. That creates it by signing up for a chronicle membership at esab chronicle dot com slash..
"damian lillard" Discussed on Warriors Off-Court
"How screwed are they Well it would be good Because as we've talked about before they they don't really have any other pass to add a player of that caliber And honestly when i look get what's available in their potential options. This offseason with uber. I can't help but feel like they missed an opportunity at the deadline They decided not to trade him My understanding is it was. It wasn't a lack of willingness. They actually wanted to trade him but they didn't like any of the offers the guy and from what i heard the best The best offer they got was spencer. Did what he straight up for uber. At this point given what we know given the situation i would do that. Trick like spencer. Didn't we has a player option for next season. So it's not even a guarantee he would like he would actually play for your next season and he had acl this year. He wasn't playing for you. This is so that's why they didn't do it because they were like. We can be getting back a guy that we don't even know ever gonna play for us what i think. The warriors should have taken swinging and gambled on it Leaving that their culture and their fit would went out and they could talk him into coming back next season Healthy and spencer dinwiddie a healthy spitzer dinner. He's very good player. He's a winning blair. Which i'm not which i do not think. That uber is You know spencer. Dinwiddie when he's healthy could slide into that sixth man role. It'd be very good. Sixth man for a winning team and I think he fills some needs for this team. as a secondary playmaker That kinda guy in so. I actually when i heard when i learned that they Turn that down. I understood the reasoning. But i also like you need to think a little bit more picture big picture. I think their thought process was. He can't help wanna get someone who can help us win. The season and that we can guarantee is going to be on the team next season. Well spencer dinwiddie as a player when he's healthy is better than any other player. You're going to get uber. And honestly this season now. This past season didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. You didn't make the playoffs anyway. So i think that ms opportunity and i think right now your best case narrow probably is trying to parlay bray into a into a traded player exception. A big one but a lot of things need to happen for that to happen. I think it's more likely that he just signed someone else. I mean because he wants to star. And i think i think the knicks maybe make sense i think he i think he'd make more sense as making a lot of money on a bad team Team that's not really well run. Pay him a lot of money. I don't think he's a great player. I don't think he's a winning player. He's but he's had a negative was minus his entire career. They were so much worse this season when he was on the floor Yeah he puts up numbers but like he's not even that efficient shooting like i think he's overrated defensively. I don't love him as a player and you know. I think there's a lot of front offices out there who aren't super bowl rod. Who probably give him money. That's the summer that was..
"damian lillard" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"Botch against go bare or do you open up with the small lineup with potassium and now spread it out. And maybe you neutralize rudy gobert. And that's that's that's a common theme with this jazz team to is teams have occasionally been able to play them off the floor. I think the clippers had the potential to do that. I don't know if that's what they will do. We'll see soon enough if that's strategy they'll employees and whether it's accessible but if the clippers were still sputtering along and it did take them seven games. I want to downplay that the team that we saw the first few games in this series. I would've thought you know what they might have. Better top level talent but they are going to get played out played by adjusting. The just plays really well together. Both ends the clippers. We just saw the last couple of games. The letter we saw last couple of games not too many people are stopping. That guy. I think you know out of respect for the jazz. I i'd say it's a long series clippers in seven but i do think it's the clippers and i don't even think that greater upset because the clippers were better than the record taking the jazz in seven so and a couple of weeks we'll be able to look back on this and See who was smarter. Let's talk briefly about the mavericks out for the second time in a row in the first round. Lucas plath numbers are ridiculous by. He's already like in the top twenty of certain lists of points score double doubles whatever it is. He is putting up some monster. Postseason numbers all have been for not up until this point by the way doing it against. He's played the clippers twice in the postseason. And he's gone up against all world defenders and paul george which makes it even more impressive. He's done but the about on the first round a couple of times. It's not reason to panic at this point. Because lucas only twenty two the pieces around him are still relatively young. But you're at the point now if you're dallas where you really have to dig in here like you've got to put guys around luka doncic that enable his greatness to be capitalized on its it. Can't just be the lukas show out there tomorrow. Junior was very good for this mavericks team. Porzingis was dreadful in the postseason for dallas. He's under contract. Long-term jalen brunson was based unplayable in this series. At least that's riccar allows us to feel especially in that game seven when it was trey burke getting the bulk of those backup minutes. What do you do if you're dallas. What's your what's your next step. Will this offseason beyon- to get the right pieces around luka doncic yeah i mean look the good news for the mavericks is this they have up to this is bobby marxist calculations over good friend bobby marks his calculations that they could have up to thirty five million in cap room..
"damian lillard" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"I were debating this on video earlier in the day about to bring it back to lillard like being proactive versus reactive. Like lillard is still top. Five top ten player in the nba. But if you my opinion on this is if you don't believe that you're a championship level team over the next two or three years. When he's going to be in his prime it's almost malpractice not to look around and try to see if you can get that monster offer from another team. Because as you know damian had a couple of injuries this year i mean some nixon bumps along the way and a guy that takes on that much of the burden offensively. There's going to be a decline at some point. It may not be a steep one but as you look at the decline and you look at the contract which is fifty plus million in two thousand and twenty five. He becomes a little bit less tradeable every year. That's something like this happens. Now the counterargument is like the portland market may be okay with having damian lillard and being a very good team but not a great team not a championship level team as i look. I came up in boston. I watched what danny did when he broke apart the celtics when they were a second round type of playoff team with pearson cagey and with rondo. Now they're different players. They're older than what live is not on the level as louis. But where do you stand on that. Like about the responsibility of being proactive in a situation like this or is it. You know you've been in portland. A long time is this. Does the market preferred just having this guy as an iconic portland figure. Even if it means you're you're kind kinda capped out at what you can do in terms of playoff success. You don't chris. That's a great question. And i'm kinda on your side on this. I've always been mcivor says trade year early rather than a year late now. I think that's always in any sport. Been a good philosophy. But i i the problem with doing that here is. He's become such an iconic figure outside of basketball in this market. He's won all the community service. You could ever win all those things. He's a great person. I don't think there's any question about that. And i'm very cautious about saying that about any app but i think he is and and i think he's valuable to the community in that regard but this team has gone a long long time without a trip to the finals and it's It's a situation where i think in another i would say two years. I'd give it two years and if it doesn't happen that they get to the finals. Then i think you might see a move considered you won't see it for a couple of years. But i had a couple of years with the new coach. Damian isn't seeing a trip to the finals. He'll probably be ready at that time to look. I've seen them all traded people. Tell me all the fence. Go crazy if you're good. Gm you don't really care if the fans go crazy you do. What's right for your team. They traded clyde drexler. Okay they traded. Jim packs and they let bill walton go. They done all kinds of things with great players..
Nuggets Eliminate Trail Blazers in Game 6 With 126-115 Win
"The Denver Nuggets advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a one twenty six one fifteen victory over the Portland trail Blazers Nikola jokic led the nuggets with thirty six points will reserve Mante Morris had another good game off the bench with twenty two points and nine assists as the nuggets rallied from a fourteen point second half deficit to take the series four games to two Michael Porter junior scored twenty two of his twenty six points for Denver in the first quarter Damian Lillard topped the trouble is with twenty eight points and thirteen assists while CJ McCollum added twenty one points for Portland I'm Jim Bernard
Trail Blazers Beat Nuggets 115-95 in Game 4 to Tie Series
"The Portland trail Blazers even their first round series with the Denver Nuggets at two games apiece with a one fifteen ninety five victory Norman Powell matched a career playoff high with twenty nine points on eleven for fifteen shooting from the field including four of four from three point range to keep this team in the series we're not gonna lose this game you know whatever I can do to make that happen I'm going to do it but there'd be aggressive and attack you know it you Tom I get the ball and make the reason I was able to do that tonight CJ McCollum added twenty one points and eight assists for Portland whose leading scorer Damian Lillard shot just one of ten from the field but did have ten assists and eight rebounds the call your kids love the nuggets in scoring with sixteen points the service will now return to Denver for game five I'm Jim Bernard
Denver Beats Portland 120-115, Goes up 2-1 in Playoff Series
"Denver asserted itself down the stretch to defeat the Blazers one twenty one fifteen good for a two games to one lead the score was tied at ninety one but the nuggets went on an eleven three run to go up one oh two ninety four with three forty nine remaining nine of those points came on three three pointers from Austin rivers this game could could bring you a lost feeling in the world yes where some is nice you can just unlock and then this game can make you feel so good about yourself too it's a beautiful game rivers went on to sink another from downtown to solidify the win and supplement the team high thirty six points from Nikola you'll catch the Blazers Damian Lillard led all scorers with thirty seven game four is Saturday in Portland I'm Bruce Morton
Jokic Scores 38, Nuggets Beat Blazers 128-109 to Even Series
"The nuggets overcame a forty two point effort from Damian Lillard and route to a one twenty eight one oh nine victory the series now stands at a game apiece the call your kids led the way for Denver with thirty eight the nuggets took a twelve point lead at the break and they were in front by as many as twenty three the rest of the way your coach was backed up by eighteen points from Michael Porter junior while Paul Millsap came off the bench to score fifteen game three is in Portland on Thursday I'm Bruce Morton
Booker Hits Late Free Throws, Suns Top Trail Blazers 118-117
"Devin Booker made two free throws with two point four seconds remaining to give the sons of one eighteen one seventeen victory over the trail Blazers Booker's wanting fell shots were set up on Portland's Robert Covington was fouled and missed both free throws with four point four seconds left Chris Paul had a team high twenty six points on eleven of fourteen shooting as Phoenix climb within a game of Utah for the top seed in the west with two games remaining McHale bridges chipped in with twenty one points and eleven rebounds Damian Lillard scored a game high forty one points on sixteen of twenty three shooting for Portland which had its five game winning streak stopped I'm Dave Ferrie
Blazers Win Fifth Straight Game, Beat Jazz 105-98
"The Portland trail Blazers continued their late season push with a one oh five ninety eight win over the Utah Jazz Damian Lillard led parliament thirty points as the trailblazers have now won five straight and nine of their last ten games the way we've been playing over the last few weeks has been just our our best basketball we've been stranded with vision and walk in on I think you guys been able to sustain that level focusing at that level of play CJ McCollum added twenty six points while Jusuf nurkic had a double double with fifteen rebounds eleven points he also blocked four shots Rigoberto grabbed twenty rebounds and scored fifteen points for the jazz Jordan Clarkson top Utah scored with twenty nine but the jasmine's twenty eight of the forty three point shots they attempted during the game I'm Jim Bernard
McCollum powers Trail Blazers past Celtics 129-119
"CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard carried the trailblazers to a one twenty nine one nineteen win in a back and forth game against the Celtics McCollum led the way with thirty three points while Miller chipped in twenty six and thirteen assists to help Portland win its fourth straight I think our minds have been locked in I think we've been sharp we've been together it has been like a long whatever it takes mentality fresh off tying Larry Bird single game franchise record of sixty points for Celtic star Jayson Tatum had thirty three points but just nine after halftime Jaylen brown added sixteen points Tatum and brown both exited the game in the final minute with ankle and foot injuries respectively get some Coolbaugh Boston
Lillard, Blazers Pull Away From Nets, Stay Unbeaten on Trip
"The nets ended a four game winning streak is Damian Lillard had thirty two points nine assists and seven rebounds to lead the trailblazers towards one twenty eight one oh nine victory of Brooklyn the way that we've been able to win these games by you know putting stuff together and moving the ball and screening just just playing together I think is is really encouraging Lillard scored twenty two points in the second half as the Blazers broke away late in the third quarter Yousef nurkic chatted twenty three points and eleven rebounds to help the Blazers move to three and on their six game road trip Kylie Irving had twenty eight points for the nets who rested Kevin Durant after he scored forty two points in Indiana on Thursday Brooklyn now leads the east by just a half game over the seventy Sixers head of a five game road trip I'm Dave very
Adebayo Has 22 Points, Heat Beat Blazers 107-98
"The Miami Heat won for the sixth time in their last seven games with a one oh seven ninety eight victory over the Portland trail Blazers bam Adebayo led the heat with twenty two points while Jimmy Butler scored twenty points that four steals as Miami built a twenty point fourth quarter lead and for seventeen Portland turnovers the defense also held Portland's Damian Lillard to just twelve points seventeen below his season average on three for ten shooting with five turnovers CJ McCollum and norm Powell each scored seventeen points apiece for the trailblazers I'm Jim Bernard
Jazz rout Trail Blazers for 23rd straight home victory
"Donovan Mitchell scored thirty seven points to lead the jazz to their twenty third straight home victory one twenty two one of three over the trail Blazers we go there had eighteen points in twenty one rebounds for the jazz who won the battle of the boards fifty eight forty one lost napping at two game skid for the most part of the game you know everyone was not very active in the the guys did a great job helping us you know on a on a defensive boards it's a one on a twenty five four run over a six minute stretch to take a ninety three seventy to lead the jazz finished with forty points in the third period on fifty seven percent shooting Damian Lillard scored twenty three points and CJ McCollum added nineteen to lead the trailblazers who lost for the third time in four games I'm Dave Ferrie
"damian lillard" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"Gonna go Damian Lillard is the best point guard if you ask me game on the line do I trust well Westbrook more I'm gonna say Damian Lillard so on sides right now Damian Lillard is the best point guard in the NBA all right next question all right the Los Angeles Lakers and to the all star break with the best record in the Western Conference at forty one and twelve during the off season LA tried to hire tie Lou to be their next head coach but contract talks fell apart enter Frank Vogel who many Nash I'm not I don't remember how much of a disaster that was that remember hal people were viewing the Los Angeles Lakers and now look where they are in times of change you make it to you Sir yes Frank Vogel as I said many questioned if he could be the head coach of the Lakers here we are though forty one and twelve on site or offsite the job Frank Vogel done has been under appreciated by the media and the fans so here is how I always feel about coaches with the bronze aims and this baby fair it may not be fair but the way I feel is in the brown James is on your team lebron James is the coach just the way that I feel about it doesn't always mean every great players the coach of the team but lebron's career and it was full show was fantastic by lebron is the coach for may when the brown wins he deserves all the credit when lebron loses he deserves the criticism some rare exceptions we got the ending Cleveland they were going up against the warriors it was just too much and they don't have a great roster they were able to win a championship you look at Miami when they lost to the Mavericks that was on the brahminy had that one game we have like six points or something I am an NBA finals game whatever the number it is so are we may be overlooking Frank Vogel yes but I'm not gonna say we under appreciated him because even though he's the coach.
"damian lillard" Discussed on Afternoons with Marcellus & Kelvin
"And there was like guests in there. I mean. I jumped up, and we started running around just screaming like Muppets. It was insane. He is legitimate. I am so happy for that. Dude. You're talking about Judy was snubbed a couple years ago for the all star game. And he's done that now twice in his career. He is in my opinion, a top eight player in the NBA right now. And I would say is the second best point guard behind Steph curry at the moment. You know, what I I can't disagree with that. I watch the game last night. And I'm sitting on the couch and everybody knew who was gonna have a ball at the end of the game. Everybody knew Damon was gonna shoot it. But where he shouted from. And the person that was on him who also said that was bad shot. Oh, this guy has got right here. I mean, that's a bash. So anybody says as a bash? Yeah. But but I've seen him make that shot. I don't know how many times now isn't that Syrian necessaries and just just around you know, during the season in the play offs. I mean, the guy's been making that shot on a consistent basis. Number one. Number two. I agree with you right now in the playoffs. I if people haven't heard of Damian Lillard, they they they they know who he is. Now, he is an assassin on that basketball court. I love the fact that was once the shot, and you know, I don't get a whole lot excited about you know, about NBA today. You know, I don't go jumping up and down like George said he was run on. I don't do that. But when he had the shot, I mean, that's why I stood up like Whoo. And then when you start waving that was fantastic star busting up laughing because I'm like, you know, what? That's quiet assassin. Hey, ain't got say no, I'm gonna just wait by by the all this series over we getting ready for the next one. The guy is one of the best players. I I mean, we already talked about maybe the second best point one of the best players in the NBA in. He is making a name for himself in the playoffs. A wing, you know, big stars or little stars become big stars. I mean Damien little right now is a household name. I the kid is unbelievable. So this this is what I learned today, by the way, I learned that do, you know in NBA history. There have only been five game winning. Series winning buzzer-beaters in NBA history. Now five and he's got two two of them. He's got two of them..
"damian lillard" Discussed on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
"So it doesn't bother me if they think I am then we can take it off the court and find out for sure I'm not out here to prove to these dudes that I'm the hardest mother bleeper in the league because they cut me on the court. But they know where I'm from. And what I'm about this? This is Oakland. But I don't take that stuff personal. My goal is to just get the win. Who spokesman he's old school Damian Lillard, really? Stan what did you do with all of those quotes? Because clearly, he's he's tired of Westbrook. Yeah. No question. And I think he used it as great motivation, and clearly is pretty confident that he's better than Westbrook as I'm sure Westbrook is confident that he's better in little than Lillard. And these are those great NBA matchups. I think everybody started talking about this series when the playoff matchups came out because of these two guys in Lillard clearly got the best of it. It wasn't even close in this series. And understanding the Terry sites is very secure in his job the way that you speak about Damian Lillard. So so glowingly it sounds like you really would love the opportunity to coach Damian Lillard, and that doesn't really jump off about a lot of guys in the league. No, I think that there's probably a lot of coaches that would want to coach guy like Damian Lillard. I mean, you know Meyers Leonard last night after the game was just talking. About what a great team media's what a great friend. He is how he wanted to stay in Portland and get it done there. How he never makes any.
"damian lillard" Discussed on The Stephen A. Smith Show
"You could make an argument all day every day about who's better than I get that part. But in terms of the season each has had when you look at the personnel that Damian Lillard has had to play with and the personnel list of couriers at the plate with and you see the season at the blazers have had how Damian Lillard all MBA. I team. And I said, you know, what? Damn. I actually don't have a comeback for that. That's a damn good point. Damian Lillard all MBA first team in life was max deal. But it's bought away. He ain't interested in leaving poll. Going to be real interested. Add to give Damian Lillard some love. Russell westbrook. I love Russell Westbrook. Could you please start with the nonsense? Doing the interviews. Did not asking you about your personal life. These reporters are asking Russell, Westbrook purely basketball questions. What's the problem? They asked him about a running the game. You play the game of basketball. It's in your contract to do post game interviews next question. Next question next question. The hell would it? Don't call the Russell Westbrook anymore. Calling. Russell rosenhaus. Take it back from drew Rosenhaus years ago with Teo next question next next question. What's the problem? What is the problem? It's basketball. These are the reasons why people fear folks getting exorbitant amount of dollars because they fear how acerbic and cantankerous you may get once, you know, money is not a concern that you have anymore, but a true professional. Shows up an answers those questions about basketball. Anytime you ask the greatest ever, Michael Jordan. Did it the greatest today? Michael, jordan. Lebron James does it Colby did in another's? You ask a basketball question? They gave you a basketball answer. Russ. I don't give a damn about. How servic Russell Westbrook can be. I happen to believe. He's a very good guy. Just highly competitive, and I personally love him. Because I love his real nece but come on, bro. It's basketball questions..