Sep 09

VIDEO: Damian Lillard Predicts 46 Wins, Set Making All-Star Game As Personal Goal On TrueHoopTV

By caseyholdahl

A fun and somewhat enlightening "rapid fire" interview by Henry Abbott on TrueHoopTV with Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. Lillard answers questions about vacationing in the offseason, his "Most Interesting Man In The World" tweets, the hairstyles of Robin Lopez and Neil Olshey (Lillard describes Olshey's cut as a "mullet-looking fade") and the personality of Paul Allen.

Those are the fun questions. The enlightening parts are Lillard predicting that the Trail Blazers will win 46 games this season and that his personal goal is to make the Western Conference All-Star roster. A lot of guys might deflect these questions, but not Lillard, which is something I've respected about him since Day One. The man doesn't parse words.

What are your thoughts on Lillard's 46-win prediction and his personal goal of making the All-Star team? I think 46 wins is the more likely of the two, only because we're arguably in the Golden Age of NBA point guards, but I could definitely see both coming to fruition.


  1. LMA shooting 3's ? 46- I'd take that providing we get in and make noise. My favorite answer. What will CJ like the least about the NBA? Egos. That says something about Dame and his concept of team. Maybe CJ as well. Could be a carbon copy. Hope it is contagious.
    Interesting man.

    by Divotking on 9/9/2013 10:24 AM
  2. Very. I'm in the minority on this, but I've been hoping LMA would take more 3-pointers for a few years now.

    by caseyholdahl on 9/9/2013 10:25 AM
  3. I used to really want LA to take more 3s, but now most of our squad can shoot from deep, and I'm not sure we'll benefit as much from it now as we might have a few years ago. Where we really need more scoring is down low and in the mid range, which is where LA is a monster. If I remember correctly, we tried having him shoot 3s around the time when Channing Frye was on the team. This is a totally different team though, so maybe it will yield better results. Nothing wrong with more shooting, but is it in our interest to have one of our big men on the perimeter along with our guards and small forward?

    Robin Lopez's hair is the Sideshow Bob, obviously.

    I also like how Dame doesn't shy away from questions...except I can't imagine Paul Allen is a normal dude. That's probably just a smart answer to the question by Dame though.

    All-star team...hmmm...this year is ambitious, but I thought B.Roy making it his second year was a long shot too, so what do I know? I sure hope he does.

    46 wins seems like a real possibility.

    by ChrisRozwod on 9/9/2013 10:48 AM
  4. More 3's for LA? Pass. I remember when Sheed started to drift further and further away from the post. Coincidentally enough, our team production tailed off the less he was in the paint.

    I'm cool with the pick and pop, but LA is so great with his back to the basket that I feel like our offense will be extremely hard to defend when he's got it going down low. Remember when he won player of the month in 2011? He was a BEAST with his back to the basket, turning and finishing with authority like I've never seen him do before. Do I expect that type of play for the full 82 games this year? No. But I'd like to see the majority of his shots come 12-feet and in.

    It just seems that when bigs get a taste for the perimeter (3's in particular), they fall in love with it and never want to go back inside (see Frye, Channing who actually destroyed guys inside his rookie year)

    by DHawes22 on 9/9/2013 11:44 AM
  5. Lots to say about this... people have been talking for awhile about what a great guy Dame is, but am I the only one who thinks otherwise? He thinks the team can up their win total from 33 to 46 in a loaded Western Conference, has stated he's going to improve all around (including on defense), says he's going to go for the All-Star game (In the same conference as CP3, Westbrook, Tony Parker, Jrue Holiday, Stephen Curry, and even Ty Lawson and Mike Conley), and previously stated he has no interest in drawing other superstars to come play in Portland, which I assume means he thinks the Blazers (and himself) are good enough without other All-Stars even though that's laughable.

    He may seem like a good guy, and I'm not saying he isn't, but Damian has been talking a LOT this offseason and a lot of it seems pretty cocky for a second year player even if he was the ROY. He better back his words up this season.

    by chris.barnes on 9/9/2013 5:43 PM
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