Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had a message for the Golden State Warriors prior to Game 1 of the Conference finals: You might play here, but this is my town.
The 28-year-old Lillard showed up to Game 1 – which is at Oracle Arena in Oakland – wearing a custom Oakland Athletics jersey with his name on the back.
Lillard was also wearing an Oaklandish hat. Oaklandish is a clothing line based in Oakland that promotes the city and gives a percentage of sales back to the local community.
With that decision, Lillard simultaneously honored his home town while taking a shot at the Warriors.
As Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts explained, Lillard “is Oakland.”
Whether Lillard can back up that statement remains to be seen. Taking down the Warriors won’t be an easy task. The team has made it to the NBA Finals four years in a row.
Breaking that streak, and potentially doing it in his home town, would be quite the accomplishment for Lillard.
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Source:: Daily times