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Damian Lillard objected to comments by ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky after the Portland Trail Blazers star said he would not participate in games if the NBA season returned and the team had nothing to play for.
Thursday’s episode of Get up, Orlovsky said that Lillard was a ” spoiled and titled kid. ”
Lillard replied on Twitter:
Damian lillard @Dame_Lillard
Entitled and spoiled? Mf look at your mouth. My background, family and character couldn’t be further from the title and spoiled. I said what I said! https://t.co/yM30aU5xl2
In an interview with Yahoo Sports ‘ Chris Haynes, Lillard explained his position if the NBA decides to bring the teams back to play a “handful” of regular season games to fulfill contractual obligations with regional television networks:
“If we come back and they say,” We’re adding a few games to end the regular season, “and they throw us out there for meaningless games and we don’t really have the opportunity to get into the playoffs , I’m going to be with my team because I’m part of the team. But I will not participate. I tell you right away. And you can put that in there. ”
While the NBA has yet to announce an official return plan, league spokesman Mike Bass confirmed this week, the league is negotiating with The Walt Disney Company for a restart in late July using ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida, as the gaming host site.
By ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, a storyline, includes the 30 teams returning to end a 72-game regular season. Lowe noted that a survey the NBA sent to general managers offers an option for a playoff pool with between 16 and 30 teams.
The Blazers (29-37) were 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies (32-33) for last place in the Western Conference playoffs when play was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic .