How vain it is to sit down to write when you haven't stood up to live?
“Just the Beginning…” Will Barton was introduced to Portland Trail Blazers media today, and the guy is already snapping pics of himself in the team lockerroom, straight up in the ZONE! High hopes for this guy to be the steal of the 2012 NBA Draft and make his presence felt right away for a PDX team that will need serious help on the offensive end. Despite my enthusiasm, there is something about the #5 jersey in black and red that makes me cringe (Ahem! Rudy Ahem! Felton).
~*Introducing: License to Lillard*~
How this video only has 15k views is beyond me. A few weeks back, I thought Damian Lillard’s available highlight tapes on the web were some of thee weakest I’ve ever seen for a future prospective lottery pick. I showed a few tapes to a couple of my buddies, and they couldn’t stop cracking up watching him break off an opponent, yet hoist up a brick off the back rim. Can they not get a tape out here that illustrates perfection? Great f’n question. The bulk of them including far too many broken plays, missed jumpers and exposed far too many holes in his game that you don’t typically see in highlight reels. I didn’t mind many of them, because a few showcased the bulk of the plays he made (both good & bad) in a single game, like this one vs. Portland State. Shows the dude is a hell of a ballplayer, but sticks to the reality that, yes, he’s still human…still reaching toward a very high ceiling.
Then, he comes and drops this…thank you, Lillard crew. This is a fantastic piece of work that shows the top PG in the 2012 draft at work, providing a glimpse into the life of a PG on a mission with a chip on his shoulder, narrated by the man himself.
Can’t wait until the Portland Trailblazers draft him. Don’t mess this up Olshey, don’t even think about it. He’s a can’t-miss-prospect, I don’t care what anyone has to say.
They want to talk about his experience. Let me drop his stat line for you (click to enlarge):
Dude has a successful career, and an incredible senior season:
Now to the video, drumroll please:
An NBA Combine video with Lillard, one of the greatest work ethics in the draft. Living proof right here.