Former NBA Player Calls Out Critics of Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, and Others For Being Loyal

Published 03/09/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Jan 30, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrates after making the game winning three point basket at the buzzer against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports


It is an unfortunate trend in the NBA that players who stick to small markets always face criticism one way or another. Whether it’s fans, fellow league players, or even analysts, star players are defined more by their rings than their individual accomplishments. Sadly, they are hardly recognized for how much progress they have made with the team. It all comes down to how many titles they have under their name. However, there is one former NBA player who decided to stand up for players like Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal.

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Jalen Rose furious with the treatment of some superstars

Several great players in the league are questioned for their decision to stay in particular teams. It’s usually because that’s not winning them championships and that has Jalen Rose furious.

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Not able to take it anymore, he blasted off and said, “I am sick of this era of people only trying to dumb down the accomplishments of these great players to ring-counting.” He further explained mockingly, “So now, what are we going to do? We are going to look up in a couple of years and people are going to say, ‘Well, Ja should leave Memphis.”

“Luka should leave Dallas or Zion should leave Pelicans,” he stated. Then he gave his opinion and said, “No! I like that the Greek Freak stayed with the Bucks. I like that Dame stayed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Put your anchor down, like those guys have done. It’s not stopping you in endorsements.”

Finally, Rose kept his point that titles are not everything. “Who get’s more commercials than Dame? Does anybody get more commercials than Dame? It ain’t because he is in a large market. it’s because he is a great player. He went to a small college. They’ll find you if you’re a great player.”

Feb 11, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) dribbles the ball as Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons (25) defends during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Why Damian Lillard and the others stick around?

Many players in the league stick with a particular franchise for their own personal reasons. From wanting to win a championship with their first team, attachment to teammates, helping them succeed and so much more. However, most of the time, the intention behind this is almost always undermined.

Some of the main targets of this backlash are Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, who has spent the entirety of his career with them. Unfortunately, not being able to win a title has attracted some harsh comments. Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, and even Zion Williamson have all been constantly pestered to leave teams that haven’t gotten them a title.

Thus, Jalen made a request in the end. He asserted, “Stop media members trying to make players like Bradley Beal think that their career is meaningless because the Washington Wizards won’t win a championship this year. That’s the reason YOU didn’t make it to the league.”

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What are your thoughts on this significant but controversial discussion? Do you side with Rose? Or you think the media and fans have the right to nudge players?

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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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