Damian Lillard Dunks
NEW YORK – Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard has accepted the league’s invitation to participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
We reported a few days ago that Lillard was pondering the idea of displaying his ups on the grandest stage and now we’re told he is all in.
It doesn’t stop there, however.
The NBA has broached Lillard with an attractive, unprecedented opportunity. They’ve asked him to consider the Three-Point Shooting Contest as well, another source relayed to CSNNW.com.
So far, the reigning Rookie of the Year is committed to defending his Skills Challenge title; he’s competing in the Dunk Contest, the Rising Stars Challenge and the All-Star game.
No player in the history of the game has ever competed in all five All-Star Weekend events in the same weekend. The NBA will announce those participating tomorrow.
Lillard, 23, is strongly leaning towards partaking in the Three-Point Shootout because he is intrigued with the prospect of performing in all five events in which he’ll go down in the record books as the first to ever do so, a source close to the guard tells CSNNW.com.
Going into Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks, Lillard has drained 139 three-pointers this season, placing him third behind Golden State’s shooting duo of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. He’s shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc.
There has been chatter over concerns Lillard will tire himself out in New Orleans. Last week Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said he doesn’t foresee his busy schedule being a problem once he returns to the team post All-Star break.
“He’s young and if he wants to do it, I’m fine with that,” Stotts said last week. “It will be a good experience for him. We want him to have fun. But when he gets back, it’ll be business as usual.”
Lillard’s superstardom is growing right before our very eyes. And now the world will get multiple glances in New Orleans to see why Portland calls Lillard their franchise point guard.