Knicks Rookie Immanuel Quickly Reveals Damian Lillard’s Inspiring Message For Him After Breakout Blazers Game

Published 01/29/2021, 5:30 AM EST
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


The Blazers vs Knicks matchup was absolutely stunning, and the two sides produced a sensational game in Portland. Moreover, the two point guards, Damian Lillard and Immanuel Quickley, played incredibly well in the fixture.

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Dame led the Blazers to a narrow victory by scoring 39 points. On the other hand, the 25th overall-pick in the 2020 NBA draft, Quickley, had a career game. He scored 21 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter. Many believe that he is the biggest steal from this draft class and can become a solid player for the Knicks one day.

What did Damian Lillard advise Immanuel Quickley on?

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Jan 24, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket past New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Following the scoring outburst from the Knicks rookie, Quickley revealed that he got a chance to connect with Lillard over text messages. Quickley stated, “I got to text Dame after the game. Johnnie Bryant, he’s really close with him so he put me on. But Steph [Curry], I didn’t get the chance to talk to yet. Hopefully, I get the chance to pick his brain next time they come to Madison Square.”

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Zach Braziller of the NY Post wrote a report about Quickley’s comments about his conversation with the Blazers superstar Damian Lillard where Quickley said:

“I took everything away, honestly, from the type of person he is first of all, the type of player he is, [the] competitor [he is]. Then really just giving me advice on obviously the point guard position, but what it takes to win in this league, what it takes to help your team win, how to bounce back from good games, bad games, staying even-keeled throughout the whole season.”

After struggling to find a solid core over the last few seasons, the Knicks are finally heading in the right direction. As of now, they hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with 8 wins and 11 losses.

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If New York can make it to the NBA playoffs this season, it will be considered a successful season for them. What are your expectations for the Knicks this year?

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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