By Joseph Endler
CatlinSpeak (Portland, Oregon)
Portland’s basketball fans were shocked when the National Basketball Association denied Damian Lillard a spot on their All-Star team. Lillard carried the Blazers and kept the team competitive while their superstar Lamarcus Aldridge recovered from a torn ligament in his thumb, and center Robin Lopez was also out for over a month with an injury.
“I just want to thank the coaches who feel I wasn’t good enough, the fans that didn’t think I was good enough, and Adam Silver also for not thinking I was good enough. This isn’t unfamiliar territory for me, it’s actually what my life has been inspired by. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed or that I don’t feel disrespected but it’s not too much to handle. Not the first or last guy to be snubbed. ‘You should have been there’ isn’t good enough for me,” commented Lillard on an online post.
However, his situation drastically changed a couple days ago, when it was announced that another All-Star, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, had to drop of the roster due to an injury, and Lillard will be taking his place.
“It’s blasphemy that [Lillard] did not make it on the team to begin with!” commented Catlin Gabel Boys Varsity basketball player Finn Schneider ’15.
Alliya Mahmoud ’17, a member of the Girls Varsity basketball team had kind words about Lillard as well.
“I truly believe he deserved to be on the All-Star team. He is really talented and is leading the Blazers to many wins. By being a point guard he has shown leadership and has helped the Blazers become one of the top teams in the west” she said.
The All-Star game will take place on February 15.
Photo Credit: Keith Allison