Each year, many league players take advantage of the summer to organize junior basketball camps. 2022 also marks the first release of that Damian Lillardtitled “Formula Zero” in special reference to his jersey number.
After being pushed by those close to him for a long time, like his longtime personal trainer Phil Beckner, the Blazers leader ended up taking the step by launching his own team in Oregon. Even if he also hesitated for a long time, because he didn’t feel legitimate enough to do so.
With his camp, which ends today, however, Damien Lillard wanted above all to convey the values that mattered to him to the forty young men who had had the opportunity to come since Thursday.
” It is not about talent or abilities, because everyone has it. “He explains it.” Instead, it will be about character, work ethic, how you treat others, how you can train, selflessness, humility, and discipline. That is, all the things that different people have taught me throughout my life. »
In addition to Damien Lillard, the “Formula Zero” participants were able to be accompanied by a quality crew: David Vanterpool, former assistant coach of Portland, Raymond Young, Lillard’s “High School” coach, Chris Farr, coach of Lillard. During his childhood which specially prepared him for the 2012 draft, and finally Phil Beckner.
“ These are the people who are part of the formula, these are the people who have influenced me in ways that made me the person you know today. I am only a product of these people The star said all six times, regarding his technical staff.
Refine mentally instead of relying on talent
Above all, Professor Damien Lillard wanted to make his students understand that he had already gone through the stages of doubt and failure throughout his career, because he remains human no matter what, despite his stature. Superstar NBA.
” I want them to feel connected to me, to the person I am, and not to the player I am now. I hope it affects them in a way that makes them better and makes life easier for their parents. He also adds.
Finally, note that some players from yesterday’s and today’s league have visited Damien Lillard and his little buddies. Like Mikal Bridges and Anfernee Simons, but also Evan Turner and Chris Kaman, who passed the Blazers in 2010.
Recruiters from several American high schools (Oakland, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Nevada, Washington) were also available, in order to place camp participants in an environment conducive to success. But as he reiterates, the 32-year-old is hoping Formula Zero will help them better understand their potential future career.
” You have to be stable and mentally strong, you have to be solid and have something to depend on, because it becomes difficult for everyone. Not only for the smallest of them, because even for the better. So I want to help these kids. Many of them rank well and have a lot of Instagram followers, but I want to help them get what is not talented and what is not given to them Damian Lillard, who, let’s remember, became one of the best players in the NBA without ever being considered the most talented, ends in high school and then in college.