Damian Lillard has had an amazing season so far. Well shit, the man has had an amazing career, but we will focus on this season for now. The Portland Trailblazers’ star player has taken his game to the next level. Right now, the Trailblazers are 4th in the Western Conference, and they have done all that without their second and third best players. According to basketball-reference.com, Dame is averaging 29.8 points per game, 4.4 rebounds a game, and 7.7 assists per game. All of this while shooting 45% from the field, and 93% from the free throw line. Right now he’s being viewed as an MVP candidate by the NBA, but it seems like not everyone feels that way.
On Thursday, they announced the starters for the NBA All-Star game that will be played on March 7th, in Atlanta, Georgia. In the beginning of the year, the league decided that they wouldn’t have the game be played due to COVID-19, and the risk of it being a potential hotbed for the disease. In previous years, All-Star Weekend would bring out hundreds, of thousands of fans to whatever city the game was being played in. Basically a huge social event for many people. COVID will prevent the huge social event this year, but they decided to change their mind on the game.
So what does this mean for the players? This means, its business as usual. There will be an All-Star game, which means they need All-Star players to play. Is it Dame Time??? NO!!! At least he wont be a starter this year. The fans vote is what matters when it comes to who starts in the All-Star game, and for some reason, people still don’t respect Damian Lillard. LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic was voted as the starters. All of them are deserving, but none more deserving than Dame D.O.L.L.A , who was left of out again.
Maybe it’s me… I mean, I’m from the Bay Area where Damian Lillard is from. I have love for everything Oakland, which Damian Lillard is from. I’m always going to ride for Steph Curry because he’s a Golden State Warrior, but I root for Dame, because he’s from where I’m from. At some point in time, you all are going to have to put some RESPECT on his name! The man plays at the top of his game, year in and year out, and you still keep over looking him for awards, accolades and All-Star games. At least as a starter. I have a lot of love for Luka, and I know he’s the new face of the NBA, but nobody is playing better basketball at the guard position than Damian Lillard right now, other than Steph Curry. Don’t worry about Dame though, he plays with a chip on his shoulder already. Just pray for rest of the players in the NBA who have to guard him.