Damian Lillard (33) said goodbye to Portland fans.
On the morning of the 29th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), Lillard posted on his personal SNS “Dame time is over,” he posted.
“I always prayed that I would retire in Portland,” he said. “I leave with nothing but love for the fans and this city.” “This will never change,” he began.
Lillard, who did not mention current Portland general manager John Cronin, expressed his gratitude to Portland’s key personnel, including president Jody Allen, former general manager Neil Olshey, and coach Chauncey Billups, who coached the team over the past two seasons.
Lillard also mentioned Anfernee Simons, who grew into his backcourt partner last season. While playing with Lillard, Simons showed remarkable performance, averaging 21.1 points, 4.1 assists, and a 37.7% 3-point success rate 온라인바카라 (9.1 attempts).
“Dear Simons, I believe in you with all my heart,” Lillard said. “It’s you, not a gift or a talent, that gave me the confidence to be something in this league. “I was really happy to see (Simons) grow,” he said.
He also said, “The day will come when I will wear the Portland uniform again,” and “I hope that by then, I too will be forgiven for breaking my heart.” He ended his farewell speech by promising to return again.
Previously, Lillard spent 11 seasons in Portland and was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where Giannis Antetokounmpo is located. This deal was completed about three months after Lillard requested a trade from Portland in July.
“When I asked for a trade, I had to see some people turn out to be against me,” Lillard said at the time. “I have to admit that this makes me sad,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lillard, who averaged 32.2 points and 7.3 assists last season, with a field goal percentage of 46.1%, a 37.1% 3-point percentage (11.3 attempts) and a free throw percentage of 91.4% (9.6 attempts), will meet Antetokounmpo, a former ‘regular league back-to-back MVP’.
Now he wants to go beyond the challenge for Eastern Conference supremacy and get his hands on the championship trophy.