It's been a while. But with Damian Lillard
becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to unanimously win the Rookie of the Year award, there was no better time to bring it back. For today, Around The World is a listing of everything Dame! You want video? Check. Photos? Got that too. In-depth stories on our phenomenal rook? Roger that. So take a few minutes out of your day and read what the local and national media has to say about our franchise point guard.
Damian Lillard Season Highlights
May 6 Courtside Featuring Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard Q & A With Mike Barrett
Damian Lillard's Acceptance Speech
Through The Lens: Lillard's 2012-13 Season
Damian Lillard - Something To Prove
Damian Lillard's Top 10 Plays
Photo Gallery: Highlighting Damian Lillard's Rookie Season
Trail Blazers: Lillard Shares Struggles Leading To NBA Rookie Of The Year Award
"I got picked sixth. To a lot of people that’s a huge accomplishment. I was excited about it but I knew what I wanted from myself and at a press conference back in school I told the crowd then I wanted to be Rookie of the Year. Some people might say I be crazy and now here I am getting this award. And I’m not surprised about it. And that’s not meant to be a cocky statement at all, but I’m not surprised about it because I know that I put the work and put myself in this position, so I’m happy."
Lillard: Efficiency Isn't Everything
"If I'm not as efficient, then that's one thing," said Lillard. "But I think being out there, playing the most minutes in the league, playing every game is hard! The rookies that they said were more efficient, if they played the amount of minutes and played in every game and had the amount of responsibility that I have and then they were more efficient, then that's one thing. But we had completely different situations."
Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard Unanimously Selected As Rookie Of The Year
"Lillard wins Rookie of the Year after sweeping the Kia Rookie of the Month awards this season, joining Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson as the only players in NBA history to do the same. Lillard joins Brandon Roy (2007) Sydney Wicks (1972) and Geoff Petrie (1971) as Trail Blazers to win Rookie of the Year honors. Lillard is just the fourth rookie to win the award unanimously. "
Damian Lillard Named Kia NBA Rookie Of The Year
“The Rookie of the Year Award validates the dedication and commitment to excellence Damian exhibited all season in games, at practice and in the community,” said Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey. “His willingness to take ownership and be held accountable for the high expectations placed upon him since last year's draft are vital components in building a championship caliber roster. With his work ethic and passion for the game, Damian's historic rookie season is the first step in what will be a long and distinguished NBA career.”
Damian Lillard Ponders Future After Winning Rookie Of The Year
"I didn't know I was as good of a passer,'' he said. "I can obviously be a lot better passer. But I got so used to scoring in college, I didn't know how well I could pass. I knew I was a point guard, I knew that was my way of approaching the game. But in college, my focus was to score a lot. I forgot about what I was able to do as a passer.''
New York Times:
Damian Lillard Is N.B.A. Rookie Of The Year
"He's fantastic, really fantastic," Kobe Bryant said after the two squared off in a game earlier this month. "A lot of players get hot, but he's got the moves, the patience, intelligence, the balance on his jumpers. He's the real deal."
Salt Lake Tribune:
Ex-Wildcat Damian Lillard unanimous choice as NBA’s Rookie of the Year
"I realized you can’t ever put anything past this kid because he never stops improving," Rahe said. "He’s never satisfied. In 22 years of Division I coaching, I’ve never been around a kid who works as hard as Damian. The self-motivation, I don’t know, I’ve just never seen it before."
Former Weber State guard Damian Lillard unanimously wins NBA Rookie of the Year
"The kid is truly amazing, and I've never seen a kid work so hard for something in my entire life," the Wildcats' coach added, bursting his buttons with pride. "I knew he could play. I knew he could be successful. But I think it goes back to he went to the right place. Portland was willing to give him the ball and kind of give him the reins of the team, and I think that's one of the reasons why he came along as quickly as he did."
Damian Lillard, The Clear Choice
"Lillard not only was impressive on the highlight reel, but put up the big counting numbers that generally translate to postseason honors. He led all rookies in scoring, assists, 3-pointers and perhaps most importantly, he led all NBA players in minutes, starting all 82 of Portland's games. His 3,166 minutes were the most by a rookie since Tim Duncan in 1997-98. In other words, Lillard showed up, night after night, and there is a tremendous amount of value in that."
Ball Don't Lie:
Damian Lillard Wins The NBA's 2012-13 Rookie Of The Year Award
"To be sure, this designation does not mean that Lillard is and/or will go down as the best player in his draft class. While this award might cause observers to put Lillard in the same best-in-the-league conversation with young stars like Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook, he is a different player in different circumstances. Lillard turns 23 on July 15 and is less than two years younger than both Rose and Westbrook, which suggests he has less room to grow physically and mentally than those players did at similar points in their careers. He can improve in many areas (and said in Wednesday's press conference that he plans to work hard at exactly that this summer), but basic math suggests that he's farther along in his development than other recent dynamic point guards."
Blazers’ Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote
"A scoring point guard who spent four years at Weber State, Lillard was one of the few impact players from the 2012 NBA draft, distinguishing himself from other top performers like Hornets forward Anthony Davis and Wizards guard Bradley Beal by the consistency and sheer volume of his production. Lillard was as indispensible as he was reliable: the Blazers’ offensive rating sunk from 105 when he was on the court to an atrocious 93.5 when he was off the court"
Blazers' Damian Lillard named NBA Rookie of the Year, cementing status as franchise point guard
“I want more than just the Rookie of the Year award,” he said. “I want to win a championship. I want to be an All-Star. I want to be an MVP in this league. And people might say I’m crazy ... but I think I can do it.”
Blazers Insider: Rookie of the Year behind him, Damian Lillard turns next to defense, Gary Payton
“He said ‘I want to help you,’ ’’ Lillard said of Payton. “He said it would take time for me to become a defender, but he said I have everything to become one. So this will be the summer where I get in the gym with him and try to learn from him.’’
Blazers' Lillard unanimous pick for NBA Rookie of the Year
“Everybody kept waiting for him to hit a wall, and he was remarkably consistent from beginning to the end,” coach Terry Stotts said. “When everybody was waiting for him to show a drop off, and he never did.”
Lillard wins Rookie of Year: 'I want an MVP some day'
"I fell in love with basketball after that and believed I could do anything," he said. "There was even a point where I wanted to be a professional wrestler. God knows I don't want to do that anymore."