A model of consistency with eight straight playoff games between 2014 and 2021, the Blazers had a dark year last season. Like their leader, Damien Lillard, who had to agree to play pool to treat recurrent abdominal pain, which had been causing him pain for over four years…
Limited to 29 appearances for 24 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds on average, his lowest average since 2015, he wants to start over this year, with his 100% physical again!
“I feel good” , Damian Lillard explains in the Dave Bash podcast. “I’ve been dealing with this abdominal injury for four and a half years and in the end it was obviously much worse than it was at first, it got so much worse over time. Although I managed the pain so I could stay on top of it. Possibly, I got to a point where I no longer knew how my body would react. I had always wished that the adrenaline and competition would make me forget the pain but hey, it has become unbearable. If I had known the severity of the injury, even three years ago, I would have done what I should Je ne m’imaginais pas du tout que j’avais besoin d’une opération pour ça mais on l’a fait il ya huit mois maintenant, et depuis, je m’entraîne et je passe du temps en famille avec mes enfants et my wife. I am enjoying life waiting to be ready to play basketball again.”
Damien Lillard moved to the Disney Kingdom with his young family, and also took advantage of his longer than usual season break to complete his fifth album, already…
“We have the ingredients to make a great team.”
But the Rip City boss has also delivered a warm blue, always ready to defend the Blazers’ colors despite several pressing rumors that have him going elsewhere. Damien Lillard shouts and points: He wants to be a Blazer for life!
“Yes, that’s my plan. I’ve heard my share of people tell me to do this or that…but I’m not the type to allow myself to be swayed. I will always do what’s in my best interest and what I feel in my heart. I am a loyal man by nature and I definitely have loyalty to get by.” , but most of all I feel loyal to myself, to my identity, to what I believe in. I really believe we can do this in Portland, and I believe that moment will come. We will have that opportunity.”
Not far from the Holy Grail in 2019 with promotion to the Western Conference Finals, and unfortunately quickly folded with a sweep of future champions and Warriors, Damian Lillard and his Blazers look energetic after an off-season period which has seen them strengthen dramatically with the arrival of soldiers like Gary Payton II and Jerami Grant, or the Shaedon Sharpe Project, a very promising talent.
“We have a lot of players who have come early and have already resumed training. We have already spent a lot of time together and have seen progress from many players. I was able to get to know some who are also arriving, and assess what we will be able to get from them and what they can bring to the team. Your teammates, you learn a lot of things that you need to know. If you want to have a team that works well, the characters of the guys and who’s on the inside, that’s very important. I could see that with the new ones, Gary Payton and Jeramy Grant. We also have Ant (Anfernee Simons) who looks ready to explode. We have Josh Hart, we have our pick, the internationally talented Shaydon Sharp, Nas (Nasser Little) who has come back from injury and is in great shape. There is also Trendon Watford, an unresolved man who managed to secure a contract. Guaranteed he’s the guy who can do a little bit of everything and he’s the team member. We have your light too! We have a lot of players and I think we have the ingredients to be a great team. We’re going to need a little luck to get there, but we’re going to be a team that won’t be easy to play in. . We’re going to have to work hard and get our dues, but I love our team the way it is. »