Blazers’ Damian Lillard: “I want to be the best Trail Blazer ever”

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The Portland Trail Blazer point guard Damian Lillard spoke on his final goal as a player and his obligation to the city of Portland:

Per Billboard: “I want to be the best Trail Blazer ever. And I think, it’s bigger than basketball to me. I think, obviously, you have to have the numbers to back it up which I am already on track for. I’m second in points. I think I am top three in assists. Free throws made, three pointers made, I’m No. 1. Like I’m up there as far as the stats.

I think just continue to win. We’ve had three 50-plus win seasons in my seven seasons, one that wasn’t a 50-win season was a 49-win season. I’ve been All-NBA four times. I was first team All-NBA. I’ve been on four All-Star teams. Played in the Western Conference Finals this past year. I hold the [team’s] single-game scoring record. All these records, like everything. I just think an MVP, a championship.

I’m representing the city. A lot of the best players that played here, that are considered the best players, didn’t want to play here and eventually left. Once I got on, I wanted to play here. I enjoy living here. I think I’m right there. I just got to continue doing what I’m doing and finish it off right,” Lillard said.

This past season, the 29-year-old averaged 25.8 points, 6.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting at 44.4 percent from the floor.