Latest Damian Lillard News

Lillard has faith Blazers will be better this season

Sep. 27, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

If this summer taught Damian Lillard anything, it’s that he's dedicated. The Trail Blazers guard married his longtime girlfriend and the mother of this three kids, played in the Olympics despite withdrawing his name from consideration from the national team a few years...

At NBA media days, COVID and vaccines remain dominant topics

Sep. 27, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

Utah center Rudy Gobert revealed that after much deliberation, he decided to become vaccinated. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has gotten his booster shot already. Boston coach Ime Udoka had his shots and tested positive for COVID-19 anyway. And Brooklyn guard Kyrie...

For the gold: It's the US and France, again, for Tokyo title

Aug. 06, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — For USA Basketball, some eras will end Saturday. It will be Jerry Colangelo’s last game as managing director of the men’s national team. It’ll mark the end of Gregg Popovich’s commitment as the team’s coach. Some players will likely be wearing the U.S. jersey...

US-Czech game has major Olympic quarterfinal implications

Jul. 30, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — There is no aura of invincibility around this U.S. men’s basketball team. It has gone just 3-3 so far this summer, still has work to do just to qualify for the knockout stage at the Tokyo Olympics and seems far from a lock to win its fourth consecutive gold medal. ...

Blazers acquire rights to Texas forward Greg Brown

Jul. 30, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers acquired the rights to Greg Brown, the No. 43 pick in the NBA draft, in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announced that the Blazers sent a future second-round pick...

Simone Biles makes mental health the talk of the Tokyo Games

Jul. 29, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Brittney Griner has long been open about her ongoing battle with depression, an ailment that triggered suicidal thoughts when she was younger and last year drove her out of the WNBA bubble because the isolation was too much to handle. Her own struggles...

US bounces back from Olympic-opening loss, routs Iran 120-66

Jul. 28, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It wasn't just that the U.S. had been losing. It was that the level of play was practically un-American. Playing passively and passing up open shots isn't the way its players became basketball's best. And when it resulted in them dropping their...

US men's basketball seeking some ways to click on offense

Jul. 27, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Kevin Durant was the leading scorer for Brooklyn this past season. Same goes for Damian Lillard in Portland, Devin Booker in Phoenix, Jayson Tatum in Boston, Zach LaVine in Chicago and Jerami Grant in Detroit. At home, they’re all probably the...

Analysis: For USA Basketball, the time is now to fix things

Jul. 26, 2021 05:14 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Time would solve many problems for the U.S. men’s basketball team right now. A few practices to develop chemistry and figure out exactly how these roster pieces fit together would do wonders. It’s not happening. There is no...

US players learning differences between Olympic hoops, NBA

Jul. 23, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team was about to start playing its final warm-up for the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago in Las Vegas, and Spain’s Ricky Rubio found himself in a pregame conversation with American guard Zach LaVine. Rubio has well over a decade...