Damian Lillard plans to sit-out if Blazers won’t contend in Playoffs
Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard said that he won’t be playing with the team once the season resumes, if NBA will start a few games before the playoffs.
“If we come back and they’re just like, ‘We’re adding a few games to finish the regular season,’ and they’re throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don’t have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I’m going to be with my team because I’m a part of the team,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports.
But I’m not going to be participating. I’m telling you that right now. And you can put that in there.”
The Blazers are currently resting at the ninth-seed, three games behind Memphis Grizzlies from the eight spot.
Although the Blazers’ leading scorer said that he will still practice with the team, he would rather sit in the bench if they would not make the playoffs.
“If we come back and I don’t have an opportunity to make the playoffs, I will show up to work, I’ll be at practice and I’ll be with my team. I’m going to do all that and then I’m going to be sitting right on that bench during the games,” Lillard said.
Still, Lillard may come back if there would be a tournament that will involved the ninth-seed Blazers in the tournament.
“If they come back and say it’s something like a tournament, play-in style, between the No. 7 and No. 12 seeds, if we’re playing for playoff spots, then I think that’s perfect.”
If Portland Trail Blazers are to resume season with no pathway to playoffs, Damian Lillard tells @YahooSports he won’t play in games: “I’m going to be sitting right on that bench.” https://t.co/SmSTgujb1p pic.twitter.com/hYVmqhGU7A
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 26, 2020