Earlier this month, Damian Lillard said he has “too much pride” to join a super team. Many took the comments as a dig at Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors this summer. But Lillard insists that isn’t the case.
In a recent interview with The Jim Rome Show on CBS Radio, Lillard took a moment to clarify what he meant by his comments.
“What I was saying was about myself, it wasn’t about anybody else,” said Lillard. “I was saying joining other big time players and joining a team like Golden State is that something I couldn’t see myself doing. We play this game to win and if that’s what somebody is willing to do to win and if that’s what they want to go and do then that’s fine, it’s not against the rules we can’t be mad at anybody for joining whatever team they want to join but what I was saying I’d rather do it with the team I have. I’d rather build it up and to being a championship team.”
Rome agreed with Lillard’s points, and questioned whether or not Lillard regretted his comments.
“No. I’m going always going to say what I feel and say what I think… But I think that’s also a problem in sports sometimes when you don’t allow to say what they feel, or when guys tell the truth about what they think about something or what they feel about something it becomes an issue and it’s like he shouldn’t have said this or this guy said that or you kind of force people into wanting to give you a cliché answer or just like a you know what I mean, they don’t give you details because every time they say something it gets twisted and turned into something that it’s not…
Even when I do speak I’m not going to go say nothing crazy about anybody or nothing off the wall, so its I mean whatever.”