When Damian Lillard participated in all five NBA All-Star events
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When Damian Lillard participated in all five NBA All-Star events

In 2014, the NBA All-Star Weekend was held for the second time in the city of New Orleans. (first time was in 2008.) This was also one of the weirdest All-Star Weekends in recent times, as the league had been experimenting with awkward team format events.

There, a sophomore guard playing for the Portland Trailblazers did something for the first time in the history of the NBA. Damian Lillard participated in all of the five NBA All-Star events: the Rising Stars Challenge, the Slam Dunk Contest, the Skills Challenge, the 3-point Contest, and the NBA All-Star Game. By doing so, Lillard became the first player in the history of the NBA to compete in all 5 All-Star weekend events.

The first event he participated in was the Rising Stars Challenge, a mixed up rookie-sophomore game in which he finished with 13 points on 43% shooting. His involvement in this game was not very memorable in comparison to the 1 on 1 battle between Hardaway Jr. and Waiters which left NBA fans hungry for more.

The second event he participated in was the NBA Skills Challenge, which used the tag-team format that year for the first time. He was paired with Trey Burke for said challenge, and managed to come out victorious as a team, winning the first ever NBA tag-team Skills Challenge.

The third event Lillard participated in was the 3-point Contest in which he was eliminated in the first round after scoring just 18 points from all 5 spots on the arc, making this the least memorable performance of the weekend for him.

The fourth event Dame participated in was another weirdly formatted one. The 2014 Slam Dunk Contest featured a East and West team made up of three players on each side. Dame had some pretty sick dunks including a self alley-oop 360 pump but fell short of the title.

The last and final event Lillard was a part of was the 2014 NBA All-Star game in which he played for the first time in his career and ended up scoring a total of 9 points for the West.

And there you have it folks, by participating in each of the 5 All-Star Events, Dame made NBA history. His feat was even more impressive considering the fact that he did all of this in his second year in the league.