ESPN The Magazine's "Next" issue comes out next week, and it's second-year point guard Kyrie Irving, not Damian Lillard, who gets the cover (though be on the lookout for Lillard adorning the cover of a different magazine very soon). But Dame does get a short Q&A with Chris Palmer
, which is already posted on ESPN.com. A quick excerpt ...
Chris Palmer: You're quickly developing a reputation for being unflappable. Where did that trait come from?
Damian Lillard: That's just the type of person I am. There's no reason to be scared out there. It's just a basketball game, so I never get worried or rattled by the situation. If you're going to win, you're going to win. If you're going to lose, you're going to lose. I want to win games, but I'm not affected by any situation. My emotions go up and down like everybody else's, but I don't feel the need to show the world.
Palmer: The next night, you visit your hometown Warriors. Any nerves?
Lillard: Oh, I'm excited about it. When I was in grade school, my family had season tickets when they had Antawn Jamison, Jason Richardson and Mookie Blaylock. Our seats were in the lower bowl, 20 rows up. I was at one of Jamison's 50-point games. After the games, I'd go home and act like I was one of them when I played on my court. But I can't be too emotional about it now and caught up with who's coming -- especially since there are way more people there than I could ever get tickets for.
Should you want to buy a hard copy for your Damian Lillard file, it hits newsstands on January 7.