Skip to main content

Dame on his OKC dagger "That was for Seattle"


Paul George is in LA with the Clippers, Russell Westbrook is in Houston with the Rockets and the Thunder have a treasure chest of first-round picks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. OKC's change from a significant playoff team is one of the most surprising developments this Free Agency.

Sam Presti did an amazing job to turn a Paul George and Russell Westbrook trade requests into assets in such a short period of time, especially because he didn't see it coming. While OKC does have themselves to blame for putting an ill-fitting roster around Westbrook and letting him dominate the team to their detriment, they can also look towards Dame Lillard for some of the blame. His shot and wave effectively ended an era in OKC. Remember?

The symbolism of this play is enormous, and Dame just added fuel to the fire. The difference between Dame and Russ is enormous. The way they play, the way they act on the court - they are complete opposites. Dame usually doesn't flex so when he waved the Thunder goodbye, it was obvious the rivalry was real there.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Talking to Sports Bussines Radio, Lillard talked about the shot and his reaction right after the play. The same as his wave goodbye, it was subtle but on the nose.

"That was for Seattle"

Dame is from Oakland but grew up in an era when the Sonics were one of the most exhilarating teams to watch. Like all basketball fans, he obviously felt Seattle got cheated out of their team, and this was his way of getting back at OKC.

OK, maybe his rivalry with Westbrook had something to do with it as well.


The Sixers reportedly almost drafted Kobe Bryant to team up with Allen Iverson in 1996

Drafting Kobe and AI in the same draft would've been the best draft a team had in NBA history.


"Leaders don't do that" — When Kobe Bryant shared why Shaquille O'Neal is not the leader of the Lakers

Kobe Bryant said Shaquille O'Neal didn't even reach out to him amid his legal battle.

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash with superstar forward Kevin Durant

Steve Nash's relationship with Brooklyn Nets players will be crucial this season

Steve Nash brushes off rift with Kevin Durant and says everything is fine and good between them.

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson explains why he didn’t play basketball much over the summer - “It was really hard for me to get out of it, mentally”

Thompson says he struggled mentally when it came to returning to the court this offseason, which makes sense given the serious injuries he's dealt with in previous seasons

Bam Adebayo reveals the two players who he believes are on the same level as him defensively

Bam Adebayo reveals the two players who he believes are on the same level as him defensively

Adebayo says the Draymond Green and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only two players who can come close to doing what he does on defense

Portland TrailBlazers' legends: Clyde Drexler and Damian Billard

“From that moment, I knew it was possible”- Damian Lillard on passing Clyde Drexler’s Trail Blazers scoring record

Damian Lillard is set to break Clyde Drexler's Portland Trail Blazer scoring record next season.


Serge Ibaka shares an important lesson he learned from Derek Fisher

Ibaka is the type of player who never settles with what is in front of him. He constantly absorbs everything he feels will be beneficial for him. In the process, he became humbler and wiser

New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing

"I got aroused" — When Patrick Ewing testified in a strip club trial

Patrick Ewing admitted visiting the Atlanta strip club 10 times. His first time was in 1996 when he was in town for the Olympic Games