Damian Lillard has no qualms with expressing his feelings when he isn’t chosen for something.  When he didn’t make the All-Star team he posted a message on Instagram discussing his disappointment.  He later got in due to injuries but his attitude was not forgotten.  After not making the roster for Team USA last time around, he is now reportedly declining to even try out for the upcoming 2016 games.


The Trail Blazers’ guard was the final cut from Team USA last year before the FIBA World Cup, Kyrie Irving got that spot, and he seems a little bitter about this. He was on the Jody Mac show on CBSSports Radio Saturday and had this exchange:

Jody Mac: Are you headed to Vegas next month?
Lillard: Probably not.
Jody Mac: Why Not?
Lillard: I did it the last few summers and last summer I didn’t make it. I don’t know why I would go. After I got cut last summer, I don’t think I’m a part of it.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that Lillard was expected to be there, although it doesn’t sound like it from this interview.

Lillard’s problem is the NBA, and USA Basketball, is deep with elite point guards right now (Curry, Irving and Derrick Rose made the roster that won gold last year).  Plus there’s point guards Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul who didn’t show up for that event.  Each one of them knocks Lillard down another peg on the ladder, so it looks like he’s just saving himself the disappointment.

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