“I Made the Trade Happen”: 9 Days After Dissing at Kevin Durant on His Show, $6 Million Rich Rapper Takes Credit for Damian Lillard’s Bucks Move

Published 09/29/2023, 2:17 PM EDT

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Damian Lillard, also known by his rapping name ‘Dame D.O.L.L.A’, bids adieu to Portland with a ‘Farewell’ song. His dedication to the Blazers was never in question, but it was time for the Blazers and Lillard to part ways. In some people’s eyes, Lillard joining the Bucks would create a super team in the East. But Damian Lillard has always been an anti-super team guy until now. That is why it does not come as a surprise if he feels Kevin Durant should not have joined his home team.

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But the question arises that made Lillard ask for a trade after spending eleven long years in Portland? And who nudged him to make this decision?

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Fans of the show “Inside the NBA” would know that if Shaq and Kenny do not have “ammo” against Chuck, they can at least call him out for not having a ring. Though it might be funny for us, for the players in the league, it is a matter of pride. Kevin Durant must have felt the same pressure before he joined the Golden State Warriors, a team that beat him in the playoffs. And when Damian Lillard was on the rapper Cam’ron’s show, he only spoke his mind. According to him, KD, one of the top players in the league, should not have joined the Warriors.

Lillard’s conversation with Cam’ron was a candid one. Despite that, the seven-time all-star could not help himself from being politically correct. Lillard said that he should stay with the Blazers in a perfect world. And that forced the rapper to impart some street wisdom. He not only told Lillard that he was not living in the perfect world but also gently nudged him in the right direction.

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Love is mutual between Portland and Damian Lillard.

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Portland sent Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks, not to a non-contending team. According to Cam’ron, it was a sign of respect that the superstar so richly deserved. It was a great farewell that the Blazers dedicated to their superstar, whose jersey will hang in the rafters someday.

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From now on, Lillard’s career will only be predicated on his exploits with the Bucks. Barring injuries, the Bucks do have a legitimate title shot.

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Regarding Portland, they are in a good place too. Their lottery pick, Scoot Henderson, comes with a lot of promise. Also, they have DeAndre Ayton and Jrue Holiday from the Damian Lillard trade. The Blazers have a brilliant mix of young talents and veterans for Chauncey Billups to mold into a great team. And Damian Lillard will only love to see them succeed.

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Vinod Pillai

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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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