Trail Blazers hold ceremony for Damian Lillard
Ricky Gray | December 28, 2022
The Portland superstar became the franchise's leading scorer last week.
On Monday night, Damian Lillard was honored by the Portland Trail Blazers for becoming the franchise’s leading scorer.
Lillard was met with a standing ovation in the first quarter of Portland's game against the Charlotte Hornets along with video messages from former teammates, coaches and current NBA players.
Lillard surpassed Clyde Drexler to become the leading scorer in team history.
During the post-game ceremony, Lillard said: “I don't know how to describe it. It made me feel old a little bit. Just the appreciation from my teammates.
“I don't big bro them even though a lot of them are much younger than me and probably grew up watching me in the NBA when they were in high school.
But tonight to hear them say congratulations, it was almost admiration in their voice and respect. I knew it was there, but tonight I felt it even more.”
Lillard was able to pass Drexler in 730 career games compared to Drexler’s 867 games.
Lillard continued: “Even from the crowd, them sticking around and clapping every 10 words. These are the people that have cheered me on all along.
“They've seen my first preseason game all the way up to this point. I was just sitting there thinking about it.
“I was just like, I've gone from a 21-year-old to a 32-year-old right in front of these people's eyes.”
When Lillard passed Drexler’s record in Oklahoma City, fans at Paycom Center gave Lillard an ovation as the Thunder public address announcer informed the crowd of his accomplishment.