NBA Twitter Erupts as LeBron James Mocks Damian Lillard’s Celebration Mid-Game: “Le Dame Time”

Published 01/01/2022, 8:32 AM EST


The “Damian Lillard is washed” narrative has started to trend after a series of unimpressive performances from Portland’s All-Star. Most recently, his team even faced a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on New Year’s Eve. And in this final game of the calendar year, LeBron James led his team with a spectacular performance to triumph over the struggling Trail Blazers.

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During the game, LeBron James even mocked Damian Lillard’s celebration after slamming a dunk on his unstoppable drive. He brought out the classic Dame Time celebration with a twist of his own. This surely was a statement of celebration, at least for the fans who could not believe LeBron James is 37 years old.

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NBA fans react to LeBron James mocking Damian Lillard

There was a time when Lakers’ fans were optimistic about Damian Lillard landing up in the Lakers. So a lot of fans related this mocking to the fact that Dame said no to LeBron for joining the Lakers.

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After the end of last season, a lot of NBA experts raised questions about Lillard’s plans for his future. Especially Stephen A. Smith who even claimed the Superstar would choose the Knicks if he leaves Portland. However, Damian Lillard had different intentions. There was a time when he remained silent about all the rumors among the analysts.

At that time he was spotted at a WNBA game with LeBron James when the Sparks faced the Aces. This sparked rumors in the NBA that Damian Lillard might be on his way to the Lakers. Especially since LeBron is infamous for being the primary recruiter for any team he plays for.

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However, subsequently, Lillard broke his silence and shut down all the rumors. He pledged his long-term future to the Trail Blazers and clarified that he has no intention to leave. While the extension he wants is a different question altogether, he seems committed to this franchise until the end of his current contract.

Dec 31, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in the first quarter at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think Dame needs to leave Portland to win a championship? Or is his loyalty more important than his personal ambitions and goals? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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