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Damian Lillard speaks about the pressure of playing basketball: "Pressure is the single mom, who is trying to scuffle and pay her rent. We get paid a lot of money to play a game"


Damian Lillard took the league by storm and media attention after last night's performance against the Thunder. The match up between him and his opponent on the other side Russell Westbrook was the most interesting one in the playoffs so far. Lillard took out the Thunder in five games and yesterday's night was a real proof that he is the most clutch player in the NBA at the moment.

Despite all of his greatness when it comes to playing basketball, Lillard has shown on different occasions that he is a well-rounded human being who has immense respect for others and despite looking extremely cocky on the basketball court, is actually a total opposite in real life.

In one of his interviews a couple of years back Lillard was asked about the pressure of winning basketball games and ultimately the NBA championship. He said there is no actual pressure in that simply because there are more important things in life and many people who have a lot more to worry especially if they are homeless or struggling to pay rent.

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Pressure, nah. Fam, this is just playing ball. Pressure is the homeless man, who doesn't know where his next meal is coming from. Pressure is the single mom, who is trying to scuffle and pay her rent. We get paid a lot of money to play a game. Don't get me wrong - there are challenges. But to call it pressure is almost an insult to regular people."

Lillard and the Blazers have shown a lot of discipline and the desire to win and are now waiting for their next challenge in the second round of playoffs.

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