Damian Lillard Slams Fan Who Claimed That Lillard Would Injure Himself During Workouts

Published 09/25/2021, 8:41 AM EDT


Six-time NBA All-Star Damian Lillard has been with Portland Trail Blazers since 2012. The sixth overall pick in his class, Lillard became the Rookie of the Year in his first season. However, recently, there were speculations that the 31-year-old point guard wants to move this summer. But Lillard put those rumors to rest last month.

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Lillard has been pivotal for the Blazers and has played an important role in helping them qualify for the playoffs every season since 2014. Last year’s post-season was his career-best as he averaged 34.3 PPG. However, the Blazers lost in the first round itself.

Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Many have criticized Lillard for not stepping up for the Blazers, but the six-time All-Star has saved the team single-handedly on several occasions. Lillard has always shut down his critics with his performances. Recently, Damian Lillard clapped back at a fan on Twitter, who said that Lillard would end up injuring himself while working out.

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Damian Lillard claps back at a fan on Twitter

Damian Lillard recently posted a video of him working out on his social media.

A fan then commented on his video on Twitter, saying this is why he gets injured by overtraining. The fan also said that it won’t translate when LeBron and Anthony Davis dunk on his forehead. To this Damian Lillard quoted the fan’s tweet by saying: “Name a player who’s available more than me the last 10 years that plays as many minutes…”

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Damian Lillard’s record in the league is unreal. Lillard has started every single game in which he has been named on the team sheet. He has never played a game off the bench, which is a record in itself. In a surprising stat, Lillard tops the list of players who have started the most games in the NBA in the past nine years. He has started 682 games in the past decade for the Trail Blazers. Lillard is followed by DeRozan and Harden on the list. When we consider most games played in the NBA since Lillard’s debut, only P. J. Tucker is ahead of him on the list.

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After a disappointing loss in the first round last season, Lillard has a point to prove this season. He has spent his entire career in Portland and wants to win a championship with the franchise. His commitment and passion for the team have been in doubt and it’ll be interesting to see how the Blazers bounce back this season.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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