When the reserves for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game were released, there were a couple of notable names missing from the list. While the Western Conference did right one wrong by adding the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins to replace the injured Kobe Bryant, there was still one person who should be upset with getting snubbed and that is the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard.
As we head to the halfway point of the season, Lillard is 12th in the league in points per game (21.8) and 15th in assists (6.2). His averages in those categories are an improvement from last season's numbers where he was named to his first All-Star Game. However, don't feel too bad for Dame because he sees this as a motivating factor going forward.
Yesterday, Lillard posted the following message on Facebook:
I just want to thank everyone that felt I wasn't good enough. This isn't unfamiliar territory for me. It actually is what my life has been inspired by. I'd be lying if if I said I wasn't disappointed or that I don't feel disrespected, but it's not too much to handle. Not the first or last guy to be snubbed, but "you should have been there" is not good enough for me. But anyway, the reason I'm in these shoes is because I've always used the hand I was dealt to my advantage. A wise man once told me "it ain't always gone be peaches and cream, but somebody has to pay for the reason it's not...one way or another." #ImThankful #Real #NonAllStar #RipCity #YellowTape
He also added this picture:
If Lillard starts playing like a man possessed from here on out, look no further than this moment right here.
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