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Damian Lillard says he wanted to become a professional wrestler and expected to be ROTY

  • Jason Whitney

Damian Lillard said that he wanted to be a pro wrestler during his acceptance speech for Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard had an impressive rookie season for the  The Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard averaged an impressive 19ppg, 6.5apg and 3.1rpg on the season. Lillard told “his story” during his acceptance speech and like any underdog story, Lillard recanted several different anecdotes from along the way.


“I believed I could do anything, there was even a point where I wanted to be a professional wrestler. God knows I don’t want to do that anymore”

Lillard, then crushed his critics who were critiquing his game when he declared for the NBA Draft.  Being confident and not cocky, Lillard said that he expected to win Rookie of the Year.

“I decided then, I was going to enter the draft and then the critics came. Everybody was saying, ‘Oh, he went to Weber state, he’s only 6’2, he’s really not that athletic, he didn’t play against competition, he’s 22 years old.’ Anything they could think to put an end to me, that’s what they were saying and it wasn’t nothing new to me. I’ve been going through that my whole life”

“In a press conference back at school, I told the crowd there that I wanted to be Rookie of the Year. And some people might say that I be crazy, and now here I am getting this award. I’m not surprised by it and that’s not meant to be a cocky statement, but I’m not surprised by it at all because I know I put the work in, to put myself in this position.”



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