‘Future Extra Bright’- Damian Lillard Shouts Out to Anthony Edwards With a Special Post-Game Gift

Published 03/15/2021, 12:26 PM EDT
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


Damian Lillard is one of the best point guards in the NBA today. However, it was a long-road for Lillard to earn that status. He played for a lesser-known college in Weber State and has had his talent overlooked more times than not. However, now that he is truly elite, Lillard shares the love amongst the younger players.

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One player who hasn’t taken Lillard’s road is Anthony Edwards. While Edwards didn’t go to the biggest school, he entered the Draft as a top-three prospect. He ended up going to Minnesota with the first-overall pick. While he has been inconsistent, he has shown promise. He emphasized this with a 34 point game against Lillard, getting a signed jersey from Dame after the game.

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Lillard showing love to the young talent in the league is very nice to see. Most veterans nowadays share their expertise with young players that they like after games. Considering the stature that Lillard has in the game, Edwards had to be overjoyed to get that jersey. When Damian Lillard calls the future of the NBA bright because of you, it is a cause to celebrate.

Damian Lillard: How do young players view him?

Dame and his legacy will always be hard to gauge. What he does on a night-in and night-out basis for Portland can not always be documented on box scores. He single-handedly keeps that franchise relevant while he has seen an assortment of co-stars leave for bigger markets or contracts.

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Jan 24, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots over New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) and guard Alec Burks (18) during the first quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

While Lillard wouldn’t have the notoriety of Steph Curry or LeBron James, he definitely commands intimidation and respect from most of the rookies. Lillard was personally endorsing Boston Celtics rookie Payton Prichard before the draft. Prichard played for the Oregon Ducks and Lillard recognized his play.

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In terms of genuine mentality and work-ethic, Damian Lillard might be the closest thing to a modern Kobe Bryant. Most players respect him for a reason and that is his hard work and dedication to the sport. Any rookie worth his salt would value that quality and respect Lillard for keeping the competitive balance of the game alive by battling his heart out for Portland.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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