‘Too Solid for This Weird A** Era’ Damian Lillard Posts Cryptic Message

Published 03/31/2021, 12:21 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 NBA landscape has changed drastically over the years. Every off-season has become a roller coaster ride where stars either are traded or opt to join other stars in free agency for a better chance at the championship. But some players like Damian Lillard have been on the opposite end of the spectrum.

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Unlike stars like Kevin Durant and LeBron James who have joined other superstars for a go at the championship, Lillard has stayed loyal to the Portland Trail Blazers ever since his debut in the 2011-12 season.

After the latest move of LaMarcus Aldridge to join the Nets, Lillard posted a cryptic picture in his latest Instagram post. Lillard wrote, “My loyalty is my biggest flaw.. I’m too solid for this weird a** era”

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The cryptic message seems to be targeted to the recent activity in the trade and especially in the buyout market. Lillard and the Blazers were also in the race to sign the veteran center, but Aldridge instead opted to sign with the Nets.

Ever since the last decade, their is a serious dearth of players like Lillard who have committed to stay loyal to a franchise while other stars have joined forces. This has led to a clear difference of quality between the competitors like the Nets and the playoff teams like the Blazers. Can Lillard finally break the wheel with Portland?

Can Damian Lillard and the Blazers shock the league with an NBA title?

The Trail Blazers have been one of the most impressive teams in the NBA. Despite missing key players like CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic through injuries for extended time of the season, the Blazers are well above the .500 mark and are the sixth seed in the West.

Much of it has been because of the form of talisman Damian Lillard. He is averaging 29.8 points, 7.8 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game and is the top scorer in the league.

CJ McCollum also has been amazing. Despite missing many games through injuries, the 29-year-old is having a career year. In the 21 games he has played, he is averaging 24.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.

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Jan 30, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrates with his teammates 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

The addition of Norman Powell from the Raptors is certainly a big plus. While Gary Trent Jr. was having a career year, Powell has been much more consistent this season. With the trio of Powell, Lillard and McCollum, the Blazers arguably have the best backcourt in the NBA.

Apart from that, the frontcourt of Robert Covington and Jusuf Nurkic gives the Blazers solid defensive presence. They might still make some changes and add some more depth to the frontcourt.

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The Blazers have a loaded roster and can surely go all the way with a fit side. Can the Blazers pull off a surprise playoff run and win-it all?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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