Damian Lillard is denying that he informed a Denver Nuggets ball boy the Golden State Warriors are due for an upset. The bulletin board-providing quote was attributed to him by ESPN’s Royce Younger in a bit on CJ McCollum previewing the Western Convention Finals.
He waited within the hallway for teammates Kanter and Turner to complete their information conferences, and a Nuggets ball boy checked out Lillard and supplied some encouragement concerning the subsequent spherical, about beating the Warriors.
Lillard smiled and nodded his head.
“They’re due,” he mentioned. “They’re due.”
The Portland Path Blazers guard addressed the subject to media yesterday and took problem with Younger’s reporting.
There’d be no drawback with Lillard declaring that the Warriors are attributable to lose. That is actually extra of a praise than something as a result of it means they haven’t misplaced in a very long time. And one would hope Portland has some inner hope they will win the sequence.
Lillard’s denial, categorized right here as emphatic, is fascinating within the sense it reveals a staff not seeking to poke the bear.
Two different ideas: Younger is a veteran and revered reporter used to coping with massive, robust personalities from his time in Oklahoma Metropolis. He’s constructed up loads of leverage to be given the advantage of the doubt right here.
Secondly and much much less urgent: ear hustle is an unimaginable phrase to encounter for the primary time. Distressing to think about all of the years this little gem has escaped my visibility.
Plan to make use of it as a lot as attainable going ahead.
Recreation 1 of the Western Convention Finals is tonight. Lillard and the Blazers will get just a few cracks on the Thunder with out Kevin Durant and must capitalize on the chance to make this compelling.