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#pounditFriday, March 5, 2021

Damian Lillard would never join a super team: ‘I might have too much pride’


Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard bites his thumb in the general direction of your frivolous super team.

In an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio on Monday, Lillard commented on super teams in the NBA, saying that he would never join one.

“I really don’t care about the chance they give us,” said the former Rookie of the Year. “If somebody wants to go join people and do that, then it’s not against the rules, they can do it. It’s just more pressure to win when you do it and some people say, ‘Oh, they just joining up, they had to do this to win it.’ But we play the game to win it, so when people do it, that’s their decision.

“I wouldn’t do it, that’s just not who I am,” Lillard continued. “I might have too much pride for that or be too much of a competitor where I couldn’t bring myself to do it. But it also makes it more fun. You get to take a monster down and that’s always fun. I love being the underdog, I love being the smaller man. I love to take that challenge.”

Of course, super teams are all the rage in the NBA these days with Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors and many others, like New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, rushing to declare that they fall into the same category as well. The issue is also of particular interest to Lillard, who is from Oakland, especially after his ex-Blazers running mate LaMarcus Aldridge left to join forces with the San Antonio Spurs last offseason.

The 26-year-old Lillard, who, just as Aldridge was leaving, signed a five-year extension that will keep him a Blazer through 2021, is no stranger to using anything and everything he can as motivation. You can bet that the rise of all these super teams will fuel his fire even further going forward with Portland.

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