With 536,749 People Showing Appreciation, Damian Lillard Faces a Tough Challenge Between “Going Diamond” and “NBA Dream”

Published 09/20/2023, 2:55 PM EDT

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Damian Lillard is the star point guard of the Portland Trail Blazers. Not only is he famous for his game but also for his bold opinions about the game. And recently he is making waves in the NBA world for his thought-provoking comments on the league’s developing environment. The fans also love Lillard because of the music he makes under the stage name, “Dame D.O.L.L.A.”.

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He recently appeared on the ‘It Is What It Is‘ podcast. There he was asked to choose between his music and basketball, to which he had a firm answer.

Lillard has to choose between basketball or music

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Damian Lillard has repeatedly proved his abilities as a dynamic point guard over his extraordinary 11-season NBA career. His regular-season averages of 25.2 points, 6.7 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game that highlight his versatility and indisputable importance to any club. Lillard has consistently surpassed the expectations put upon him. Right from his impressive debut, which earned him the coveted Rookie of the Year title, to his ability to dominate games against bigger opponents while being 6-foot-2.

But Lillard, being a multi-talented person, also adventured in the world of music. Under the stage name Dame D.O.L.L.A., Lillard has flawlessly integrated his Oakland origins with his passion for music. Lillard’s venture into the music industry began in the mid-2010s when he began releasing songs on his own. He rapidly established his groove as a rapper, drawing inspiration from his Oakland upbringing’s heavy basslines and thundering 808s. This dual persona as an NBA player and a skilled musician gave his career a unique depth.

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So, during the podcast, the hosts questioned Lillard if he wanted a Diamond record or win a Championship ring. To which he answered without hesitation, “I win a ring. Going diamond is crazy, though. But I feel like this (basketball) is my lifetime investment. So the ring is what it is for me”. But even though Lillard wants a ring, his musical career is going so great that he might get a diamond record soon.

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Damian Lillard’s musical journey

Lillard’s musical journey began well before his NBA career. He started with rhymes from his middle school and lyrics writing for his high school basketball squad. Despite the responsibilities of professional basketball, his love of music has not wavered. Lillard did not stop at making strides in the rap game; he also collaborated with renowned music industry superstars. He collaborated with music legends like Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg, raising his profile in the industry. These collaborations not only highlighted his brilliance, but also cemented his status among hip-hop’s elite.

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The consistency of Lillard’s record releases demonstrates his devotion to his music business. He releases albums regularly with significant releases, including 2019’s “Big D.O.L.L.A.” and 2021’s “Different on Levels the Lord Allowed”. Recently, he even released his third album, Don DOLLA. With this release, he has gathered up to 536,749 fans vibing to his tunes. Lillard has 2 songs in his catalogue which have more than 10 million streams on Spotify. So looking at the response he is getting from the audience a diamond album doesn’t seem too farfetched.

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Dhruv Shastry

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Dhruv is an NBA writer at ES with years of playing experience to name. Despite the ankle injury barring him from playing further, he never lost touch with the sport. He loves the swag and the attitude basketball players possess.
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