In an interview with NBA on SirusXM radio Tuesday, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard talked about the “super team” trend that seems to have swept the league in recent years. When asked if he would ever consider joining up with a few other superstars to form a super team of their own, Lillard was adamant that he would have no interest (via the Trail Blazers’ website):
“If somebody wants to go join people and do that, it’s not against the rules, they can do it; It’s just more pressure to win when you do it. Some people say ‘Ah, they just joining up, they had to do this to win it,’ but we play to win it. So when people do it, that’s they decisions. I wouldn’t do it; that’s just not who I am. I might have too much pride for that or be too much of a competitor where I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It also makes it more fun. You get to take a monster down, and that’s always fun.”
Lillard is entering his fifth season in the NBA, all with Portland. He has always maintained that he’s loyal to the only team he’s ever known, and inked a five-year extension worth $120 million to stay with the team last summer. The Oakland native didn’t mince words in July when he was asked on Twitter about the idea of eventually returning to his hometown to play for the league’s newest “super team”, the Golden State Warriors.
Lillard became the face of the Blazers’ franchise once former cornerstone LaMarcus Aldridge left to join the San Antonio Spurs last summer, so it’s no surprise that he would scoff at the notion of bailing on them now. Things could change once Lillard’s contract is up in several years, of course, but for now, it sounds as though he’s happy to be a Trail Blazer.