After “Dame D.O.L.L.A” Damian Lillard’s Infamous Departure, 19YO Rookie Scoot Henderson Brings Back Musical Talents to Portland With Mary J. Blige Tribute

Published 10/09/2023, 2:11 AM EDT

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The Portland Trail Blazers are in flux. This off-season they saw their most important player, Damian Lillard, depart from their team. It coincided with their lottery pick, Scoot Henderson’s arrival. They tout Scoot to be the next flag bearer for the Blazers. In a strange coincidence, he, just like Damian Lillard, has not only hoop talents but also the confidence to unleash his vocal chords on a microphone.

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It is a custom in Portland for the rookies to sing in the Fan Fest. Not many players enjoy being thrusted in the limelight, but not Scoot Henderson. In the below video, you will see Scoot enjoying every beat of Mary J. Blige song, that he rendered as a tribute.

Dame D.O.L.L.A is a legit singer. His “farewell” song was his ultimate tribute to Portland that he called home for the past eleven years. As he moved to the Bucks, the Blazers received Jrue Holiday, and DeAndre Ayton through a three-team deal. Jrue Holiday was the right veteran who could have shown the ropes to Scoot Henderson and other young talents of the team. But Portland wasn’t interested in keeping him around. They quickly gave him to the Celtics, and in return received Robert Williams III and Malcolm Brogdon. Both of these players are great talents, but not Jrue Holiday.

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It would be interesting to see what is going through Chauncey Billups’ mind. Did he sign up for this? Or is there more to Portland’s team than meets the eye?

The Team

If we look closely, as currently constructed, this Blazers team has some fine talent that complement each other. Anfernee Simons is a knockdown shooter. And they have veterans in Malcolm Brogdon and Jerami Grant, who are fantastic two-way players. Then there are the centers, DeAndre Ayton and Robert William III, who could enjoy a fresh start, and also could grow emotionally. With Matise Thybulle and others, there is enough defense and shooting for the Blazers. With all this talent, Portland gives themselves a chance to compete and lay a foundation for the future.

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Scoot Henderson will have to grow up soon and unleash his talents to keep this Portland team in the limelight. And Portland should be careful not to lose his prime as they did with Damian Lillard.

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Vinod is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having over six years of experience as a creative writer, he combines his passion for basketball with his love for journalism. Being an ardent fan of the NBA, he has been following & learning from reputed insiders & reporters such as Adrian Wojnarowski, Tim Legler, JJ Redick, Stephen A.
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