Damian Lillard has consistently vowed his allegiance to the Portland Trail Blazers. However, Lillard still met with conflicting opinions about why he chose to remain rather than sign with a championship team. Meanwhile, on the other hand, NBA veteran J.R Smith does not adopt that mentality. He wonders why he would stay in Portland after playing in the NBA finals five times in the last six seasons, sharing lockers with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
“I love Dame,” Smith said in an upcoming episode of “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas” on the Fubo Sports Network. “I love his game. I respect him for doing what he’s doing. But at the same, it’s like ‘Are you just going to rot in Portland, bro? You are unbelievable.’”
Lillard’s dedication to the Portland Trail Blazers is both out of loyalty and for the sake of success. The Blazers have added two experienced playoff competitors, Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II. They seem poised to reach the playoffs once more and contend for the NBA title.