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Damian Lillard calls Skip Bayless a clown for doubting him

Damian Lillard doesn’t hold back when people disrespect him. The question usually isn’t whether he’ll respond, but how. Sometimes it’s via diss track, like the one he directed at Kings big man Marvin Bagley Jr. Other times it’s a mere social media shot. On Monday, Lillard blasted professional TV nonsense merchant Skip Bayless after the […]

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Lillard has doubts on players following all rules

Covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN.com As teams prepare to depart for Orlando in the next week, entering into the campus “bubble” environment, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard expressed serious doubt all the protocols and rules will be strictly followed by players. “My confidence ain’t great,” Lillard said with a laugh on Wednesday. […]

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Lillard: I won’t play if no chance for playoffs

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard says he won’t compete in a restarted NBA season if Portland does not have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs. “If we come back and they’re just like, ‘We’re adding a few games to finish the regular season,’ and they’re throwing us out there for meaningless games and we […]

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Damian Lillard pays Kobe Bryant the competitor a fitting tribute

Damian Lillard watched the Lakers and LeBron James pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on Friday night. He heard James speak from the heart about Bryant’s devotion to basketball, the blood, sweat and tears that Bryant poured out over a 20-year NBA career. After that, though, there was still a game to play, but […]

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Blazers win behind Carmelo’s vintage 25 points

CHICAGO — There was a 376-day gap between Carmelo Anthony’s last NBA game and when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers on a non-guaranteed contract on Nov. 19. Four games into his comeback, the veteran treated his wife, La La Anthony, to a vintage performance with a season-best 25 points and eight boards in Portland’s […]

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Melo trainer: He ‘bought into’ D, not holding ball

The trainer who led Carmelo Anthony’s workouts over the summer and before his joining the Portland Trail Blazers cold turkey on Tuesday says the forward was able to stay NBA-ready by embracing an overhaul of his game. Trainer Alex Bazzell said in an in-depth interview with SNY that they zeroed in on pushing Anthony to […]

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Trail Blazers, Carmelo hopeful after debut loss

NEW ORLEANS — With just one morning shootaround — without any teammates, no less — Carmelo Anthony took to the floor as a starter on Tuesday night for the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a process more than a year in the making. He last played in an NBA game on Nov. 8, 2018, with […]

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Blazers activate Carmelo, who will wear 00

Carmelo Anthony has been activated by the Portland Trail Blazers and is expected to play in Tuesday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony, 35, will wear jersey No. 00. The 10-time All-Star has not played since Nov. 8, 2018, with the Houston Rockets. “Carmelo is an established star in this league that will […]