He’s starred in some of the most iconic moments the franchise has been through, and even though he’s yet to win a championship, he’s made a strong case for being their greatest player ever.
That argument was only made stronger last week when he topped Clyde Drexler as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.
Nonetheless, and even though he seemingly thinks he is, he claims it’s not for him to decide whether he’s the best Blazer ever:
“That’s not for me to say. My trainer, Phil Beckner, always tells me, ‘When you’re great, you don’t need to tell everybody. Everybody will tell you,’” Lillard told Sean Highkin. “I think this is one of those things where I do think the body of work is there. I think my commitment and my investment to this organization is there. I think how often I’ve won, being a winner and having a lot of success individually and as a team is there. I think from a notoriety standpoint, having a signature shoe and being in national and international campaigns, I don’t think anybody’s done that before me. For me personally, the way I want to stamp myself is by winning a championship. I think the body of work is there for that claim to be made by other people, but it’s not for me to say.”
Damian Lillard's full response when asked if he thinks he's the greatest player in Blazers franchise history: pic.twitter.com/a84CHaGWas
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) December 27, 2022
Lillard’s politically-correct answer is quite straightforward.
He truly believes he’s the best Blazer ever, and rightfully so.
But if he truly wants to put an end to that debate, he needs to do what hasn’t been done since 1977: Leading them to a ring.