Portland Trail Blazer superstar guard Damian Lillard wants to see the Blazers become a Western Conference powerhouse, but as teams go the route of building super teams, Lillard prefers that Portland focuses on building a consistent team built on chemistry.
“When you look around the league, you just see the talent. Teams are stacking up on talent,” Lillard said, according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick.
“You see a lot of guys teaming up and guys wanting to be on the same team. When you want to compete with that — like on a championship level — you gotta try to fight that with firepower. For us, I think our chemistry, our style of play, and the coaching we have — that’s a big thing for us. So like, we lean on that. We’ve been successful with it. But when you talk about a championship level, it’s tough to compete with those ultra-talented teams — Golden State, Oklahoma City, teams that just have player after player after player.
Lillard sees the quickly approaching NBA trade deadline as an opportunity to make smart decisions, such as keeping the current roster together
“So you don’t want to go into the trade deadline just doing stuff to do it, then you break up something that was working for you,” Lillard said. “So I think you are almost better off taking your chances with ‘Let’s see if togetherness if going to beat the talent at some point.”’
Jonas Jerebko Heading to Europe
Former Golden State Warriors’ forward Jonas Jerebko is continuing his playing career in Europe this upcoming season.
According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonos, Jerebko is close to sign with Khimki Moscow Region.
Jerebko averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season with the Warriors, highlighted by some strong play during the playoffs.
Lance Stephenson to Play in China
Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson has inked a one-year, $4 million deal to play in China.
Stephenson averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season for the Lakers.
James McAdoo to Play in Turkey
Former Golden State Warriors forward James McAdoo is heading to Turkey to continue his playing career.
According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, McAdoo has signed with Turkish team Besiktas.
McAdoo entered the NBA has an undrafted talent back in 2014, spending his first three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning titles with the Dubs in 2015 and 2017.
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