adidas Basketball | DAME TIME: The Damian Lillard Story | Chapter Three: Oakland Rebels

adidas Basketball | DAME TIME: The Damian Lillard Story | Chapter Three: Oakland Rebels


It was something that I
instilled on all my kids.I don’t know what type
of documentary this isbut we from the town soI’m going to tell you
really what it was.If you got to bleep me out,you got to bleep me out.When they stepped
on the courtbecause they put in the
work that they put in,it was something
they was supposedto say to themselves
before tip-off,which was what? “Nobody
can f*** with me, man.”Dame knows that.Once you put in the work,when you walk
onto the court,before tip-off,
before you shakeany of the other guys’
hands, you say to yourself,“Can’t nobody out
here f*** with me.”Oakland is a
tough place, butit’s a beautiful place too.Without this placethere wouldn’t a
Damian Lillard, you know.So, this helped grow
him and shape himinto the man
that he is today.There’s not a
lot of people thatyou have in your life,
that’s been theresince you was at the agethat we’ve been in
each others lives.But then you’re also
able to develop that bondand that trust and that
support with somebody,23, 24 years of friendship,like real friendship.So, you can’t
beat that with a bat.Look at that, Oakland
Midnight Basketball League.Back then, we was
all like six years old.Games would go down,people dunking
on each other,crowd going crazy.Man, that was everything
for us when we was kids.That was like
our NBA up close.Before I even
played for the Rebels,I knew who the
Oakland Rebels were,cause they had so
many top playerscome out of their program.In sports, it’s
about competition.You gotta take what
you want and so,where you come from, kind
of dictates who you are.And it wasn’t
just all about basketball,it was what we
was going through in life.If we want to eat, we got
to go take what we want.A dog hunts. A dog needs
meat. A dog got to eat.So, that was
like the mentality.You know what I mean?But it wasn’t just
about basketball,it was also when
you get in the classroomyou gotta do that.Phil taught us a lot,
just about how to be like,the first time I ever
heard the word “poise”was him saying
it to us becausewe were younger and sped
up, and we were small,so when we played
against bigger, stronger,faster, more
athletic players,they would brush
us up, speed us up,we’d be turning
the ball over.He would always be like,
“Man, ya’ll need to be poised.Ya’ll need to
be gulley, be grimey.Know what I’m saying?
Ya’ll from Oakland.”They might go play a teamwho has all
these sweatsuitsand shoes and everything,and they might be
from a ritzy area,and have all this money,
and they look the part.We had to make
sure that our kids knewthat no matter
where we went,we was going to competeand we was going to
take what we wanted,and that the other kids,
wherever they was from,was not going
through whatour kids was going through.We kind of was just like
staring at the adversityand the struggle in
the game’s just gone.We really learned it.We figured it
out, through him.Once you get in the game,the game can make a
coward out of anybody.You can be a murderer
and you get on the court,somebody can expose you
because it’s a game.If you don’t do what you’re
supposed to do in this game,it doesn’t matter
what you’recapable of off the court.Nothing’s going
to be given to you.So, in taking what you want,that wasn’t just
in the games.That meant you
had to work,you had to take whatever
it took to be better thanwhoever you had
to compete against.But you also haD
to be smart, you know,and you had
to be calculatingbecause sometimes,
like in dominoes,all money is
not good money.So, you got to understand
when it’s the timeand when it’s the situation
to take what you want.Sometimes it’s
not that time.Dame, he was
just very calculatingfrom the beginning.He thinks things through.
He plans things throughand he puts in the work
to be able to do that.Everybody now, is
saying “Dame Time” this,“Dame Time” that, but
it’s been “Dame Time”since we was kidsand late in the game,
like he does to this day,you know, in
that clutch time.He’s always been
that clutch player.When it’s time to
give up the ball,I was the point guard then,give up the ball,
moving out the way,I’m going to the
corner, I’m spotting upand he about to do his thing
at the top of the key.Whenever we needed a
bucket and our teamand our offense
wasn’t flowing,give the ball to Dame.It was like that
since we was kidsand I remember, actually,when he took
that next step.I want to say it was
between our sophomoreand junior year
and we wereand we were
playing at a tournament.He took over in a game.We were down and
he just went on oneand that’s when
you seen the difference.That’s when you seen the“Dame Time” just
come togetherand it didn’t matter
who we played against,what level of competition,
how tall, how big they was,he was dropping
25-plus on the cats.Not being able to play,
having to sit thereand watch, and
having to go throughhaving surgeries in another
state, away from his family,when you’re so
close-knit to your family.He was really like,
depressed at the time.He became who he is
when he broke his foot.His whole
demeanor changed.He went from being a
college basketball playerto a pro.

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