Blazers Star Damian Lillard Sure of Becoming a Hall of Famer But Not for Basketball

Published 09/08/2020, 7:00 AM EDT
Damian Lillard conducts a postgame interview with ESPN after recording his first career triple-double to help the Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Houston Rockets, 125-112, in an NBA game at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Sean Meagher/Staff

Damian Lillard recorded the best season of his life for the Blazers in 2019-20. He played 70 games (regular + playoffs) and averaged 29.7 points per game. One cannot forget his 34 points both in the first and the third game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Playoffs 2020. 

So is there anything we can specifically attribute this success to? For sure he has put in an extreme level of hard work and hustle to reach these heights. But something remarkable happened in his life in 2020.

He proposed and got engaged to his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his son, Kay’La Hanson, earlier this year. Evan Turner and Tim Frazier were also in attendance at the event.

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The Portland Trail Blazers star is leading a healthy personal life

The Blazers put on a brave show in the Orlando Bubble seeding games as they won 7 out of 9 games to enter the Playoffs. Damian’s 61 point game against the Mavs became one of his career highlights.

But during the playoff series, he dislocated his finger and a knee sprain. As a result, he left the bubble after Game 4. 

However, it awarded him an opportunity to meet his son, whom he was missing (as he mentioned on Insta) since the initial days in the bubble. Recently, he uploaded an adorable post and wrote in the caption, “I know one job I’ll make the Hall Of Fame for!”

The 30-year-old Big Game Dame and his 28-YO fiancée first met at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. They welcomed their first kid on March 29th, 2018. They named the baby Damian Jr to extend the legacy of this star basketball player. The Portland star was fortunate to have celebrated his son’s 2nd birthday with no pressure of the NBA on his mind (the league was on halt because of COVID-19). 

Good news for the Lillards is coming in bundles!

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Just a week ago, both Dame and Kay’la posted on their respective accounts that they’re expecting twins. Now, they revealed this by sharing a very creative picture wherein Damian Jr was carrying a green bud with a pair of peas inside it.

Dame captioned it, “I’m a DADDY DADDY now [smileys]… happy for another boy but this girl gone hit different.”

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Damian Lillard was the Rookie of the Year 2013 and has been a five-time all-star. He has remained with the Blazers ever since he was picked overall sixth in the 2012 NBA Draft. He signed a four-year and $196 million worth contract extension with the franchise as well.

It is obvious that he knows that becoming a true Hall of Famer means becoming a wonderful dad and a respectful husband. But chances are that he will find his way to the NBA Hall of Fame as well.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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