Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is one of the most celebrated guards in the NBA.
He has broken franchise records, been featured in numerous highlight reels, and has become a hero to his loyal Portland fanbase.
He’s also been very outspoken about his view on the league, other players, and his place in history.
Lillard sat down with JJ Redick on his “Old Man and the Three” podcast and he was once again frank about his career.
While he knows he has great talent and has done so much, Lillard also feels that the league will carry on after he retires.
According to Shooters Touch, Lillard said:
“When my career is over, ya’ll are not about to be talking about me. Ya’ll are going to be talking about Luka Doncic, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum – whoever when l’m done playing. They’ll talk about me when they say who had the most 40 point games or 50 point games.”
"When my career is over, ya'll are not about to be talking about me. Ya'll are going to be talking about Luka Doncic, Ja Morant, Jayson Tatum – whoever when l'm done playing. They'll talk about me when they say who had the most 40 point games or 50 point games.” pic.twitter.com/Ya2uaJuOvV
— Shooters Touch (@Shooters_Touch1) March 16, 2023
Lillard was making a point that the NBA moves on quickly and that even the best of the best are not spoken of often.
Instead, they become footnotes and are mentioned in terms of statistics.
Some people feel that Lillard has been a little frustrated lately.
Aside from this comment about his career and his future, Lillard also told Redick that he isn’t happy with the state of the league.
“I don’t know if I can just play a long, long time, because I don’t enjoy what the NBA as a whole is becoming,” he said.
Lillard is currently in the midst of a banner year, averaging 32.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists a game.
He is still one of the greatest players in the NBA and performs with more skill than most other guards.
But it sounds like he is contemplating a lot about himself, the game, and the league right now.NEXT: The Trail Blazers’ Playoff Chances Are Slipping Away