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Damian Lillard: ‘I’m Not Joining Nobody’ To Chase a Championship


Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been on record multiple times stating that he’d never leave Portland on his own terms to chase an NBA title. The old-school alpha-dog mentality may prevent Dame from ever having any team success in todays NBA, but a lot of fans and former players will respect him for it. Check out what he had to say on Complex’s ‘Everyday Struggle’ (skip to the 42:50 mark). Transcribed by SLAMOnline:

You didn’t look at Durant joining the Warriors like, This some bullshit, man.

Lillard: “I mean, like I said about [LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn’t have done it. For me, I’m not joining nobody.”

You’d join LeBron. Stop it.

Lillard: “Like I said, I’m not joining nobody. I would not win a Championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was like something that I couldn’t control.

“But I wouldn’tve did that.”

If you’re 34 and there’s two of your superstar friends on another team, you still don’t do it then?

Lillard: “I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it.

“I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do.

“That ain’t how we get down.”

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