“I’m a Little Irritated in Here”: Damian Lillard Explodes Over Doubts Regarding Current Form

Published 12/18/2021, 6:30 PM EST
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 4: Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts to a slow first half against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Numerous questions have been raised about Damian Lillard over the past few weeks. In the ongoing 2021-22 season, the 31-year-old has looked a shadow of his former self. His numbers haven’t been as good, and various reports have emerged regarding a potential exit. Nonetheless, Lillard is still adamant that he is loyal to the Portland Trail Blazers, stating that it is just a temporary lapse in form. Meanwhile, he recently took off on the media over their repeated interrogation.

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Despite their recent struggles, Damian Lillard has insisted that the Trail Blazers are in a good state of mind. The side currently sits in the 11th position, well behind their expectations. Although ‘Dame’ hasn’t had the best of campaigns thus far, he is slowly but surely finding his feet. Even though he is averaging only around 22 points this year, his 43 point outing against the Hornets will restore faith. For years now, the #0 has been Portland’s go-to man in the clutch moments. As a result, it is sad to see the doubts raised over his game.

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Damian Lillard irritated at NBA media for lack of respect

Owing to his dip in form, the media has been questioning Lillard’s quality time and again. In addition, there have been tons of rumors that he is intent on leaving the franchise, which wouldn’t have pleased him either. Characteristically, his 40+ point showing was the perfect answer to all his critics. Beating a higher ranked Charlotte squad, the Blazers gathered some much needed momentum. Speaking to the press after the game, Damian addressed how critical the papers have been off late.

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After delivering his season-high score, the 6-time All-star guard said, “I’ve done so much in my career, specifically in Portland. I’ve given everything. I’ve never made an excuse, I’ve never disrespected any of y’all, I’ve never not given you guys time. Just when our team is going through it, I’m in a bit of a struggle you know, I see people not giving me that same respect. So that’s why I’m a little irritated in here, but with my team I’m happy with what we did.”

Dec 17, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

It was indeed a statement from Lillard. With all the white noise surrounding his form and intent, he is finally hitting back. Can he notch a monumental turnaround for the Trail Blazers? Or is an imminent exit on the cards? Let’s wait and watch.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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