Damian Lillard
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Damian Lillard- People Don’t Consider That Players Have Lives Too

Damian Lillard is one of those players that no matter what he does in a game or says online, he’s always receiving criticism from Non- Blazers fans.

Everyone thinks that professional athletes are some kind of meta-human, that they don’t have lives like the rest of us. That’s not true, and that idea needs to go to bed. Every athlete in the world has normal lives just like us.

“It’s been a hard year and a half for my family, man. People have no idea,” Lillard told The Athletic’s Jason Quick.

The six-time All-Star added, “I think there’s a lot of people who don’t take into consideration that we have lives, too.”

2020 was a hard year for us all. Lillard can relate.

“His emotions had been worn thin because, in the past 18 months, it seemed like he had lived a lifetime. In 2020, he was the first to discover the dead body of his cousin and personal chef. An aunt died from cancer. A family friend died of COVID-19. And in the early months of 2021, a cousin was killed in West Oakland.

“And then last Thursday, the day before the Lakers game, Lillard learned of the shooting deaths of two people in his inner circle. One was a cousin close enough to Lillard to be at his family’s Thanksgiving dinner in Portland in November. The other was like family — the best friend of perhaps his closest cousin, who was among the first family members to move to Portland when Lillard was drafted by the Trail Blazers in 2012.”

More on this can be found here.

Lillard has also recently received a lot of hate for withdrawing from the three-point contest. As people are saying that he has done so so that he can duck out of losing to Stephen Curry. Those rumors are not true. He is sitting out of the three-point contest so that he can rest. Plus, he is already competing in the All-Star game.

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