East Coast basketball magazines love Damian Lillard. After being on the cover of Dime Magazine
a few weeks ago, Lillard get she profile treatment in the newest edition of SLAM
Unable to run, he hit the gym six or seven times a week to work on his upper body, watched every single game tape from his time at Weber State, even worked on his ballhandling and shooting from a stationary chair. By the time he was cleared to return to action, he made it count. “He attacked it like no other that summer,” says Rahe.
The rest is history: 24.5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game in his final season at Weber State (enough to earn his second Conference Player of the Year award) and pre-Draft workouts so prolific that he shot up to No. 6 overall in the 2012 Draft, where the Blazers didn’t hesitate to make him a franchise cornerstone.
“I’m the type of person,” Lillard says, “that something could happen to me and it’ll happen to a whole bunch of other people, and they can fall off and not end up being what they wanted to become, and I’m going to always feel like I’m going to be the first one to do it.”
The newest edition of SLAM is on newsstands now. Grab one to add to your Damian Lillard rookie season scrapbook.