CJ McCollum Praises Long Time Blazers Teammate Damian Lillard – ‘Poetry in Motion’

Published 08/27/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
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


The Portland Trail Blazers have had a rough summer with speculations flying around about Damian Lillard being traded. Almost every day, we hear some opinion, prediction, and trade rumors about where Lillard’s next landing spot might be and whether he will stay committed to the Blazers or not. And of course, teams are making preparations for it as well, to ensure that if Dame hits the market, they get the best deal. And why wouldn’t they? This is Damian Lillard we are talking about and CJ McCollum is also in awe of him.

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How does Damian Lillard do what he does?

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After reaching Western Conference Finals in 2019, the Portland Trail Blazers have been pretty much absent from the postseason. They have had two consecutive first-round exits since then. However, with no fault of Damian Lillard, who kept putting up impressive performances and numbers every chance he got.

But till how long is his patience going to last? All Dame fans want is for Lillard to be on a team that is a championship contender. Why? Because he deserves every bit of it. Although it seems like nothing is more important to Lillard than loyalty, who has shown his unhappiness with the way media is tossing around these trade rumors. At the same time, his teammate CJ McCollum cleared the air on the subject.

He also spoke highly about the superstar and his ability to do magic on the court. On ‘The Old Man & The Three’, McCollum said, “It’s one of the most beautiful parts of sports. Being able to see somebody get into the zone and pull up from D. And he doesn’t just pull up, but he pulls up from half-court. And it’s an effortless shot. It’s like poetry in motion.”

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Dame consistently surprises CJ McCollum

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PORTLAND, OR – APRIL 3: Maurice Harkless (4) of the Portland Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard (0), CJ McCollum (3) and Enes Kanter (00) head to the bench for a timeout against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter on Friday, May 3, 2019. The Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trailblazers game three of their second round NBA playoff series at the Moda Center in Portland. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Of course, watching Lillard establish himself up-close isn’t something that shocks McCollum. “He doesn’t surprise me that he’s having success but it surprises me how he does it. I see the work, and I see what goes into it,” stated CJ.

What a sight that must be to be able to watch a player like Lillard prepare himself to do what he does on the court in games. No wonder McCollum has so much appreciation for it.

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Talking about his trade, staying with the Blazers through thick and thin speaks volumes about him as a player. Of course, if he does demand for a trade whenever, teams will be waiting to pounce.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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