In Win over Lakers, Damian Lillard Spreads Belief in New Brand of ‘Hero Ball’

January 6th, 2015 by Kevin Ding Leave a reply »

PORTLAND, Ore. — It's not hero ball.

Damian Lillard wants to make that clear.

"Hero ball is when you try to make it about yourself," Lillard said. "Or you try to take it all upon yourself."

Lillard knows about and prides himself on leading the league in total fourth-quarter scoring, per He relishes taking and making clutch shots.

And the root of all that, he said, is pure will to win a team game.

Lillard believes he can tell when that isn't the case, when other players are chasing solo glory.

"I think that by the kind of emotions that they show, you can tell who's really doing it for the team and who's really feeling, like, 'All eyes on me,'" Lillard said. "You can tell by how they go about handling it. Honestly, I was just trying to win the game. I was scared there was a possibility we let this one slip."

Lillard was answering questions late Monday night about taking over a game because he'd just taken another one over.

He absolutely willed the Portland Trail Blazers—an increasingly common occurrence in Lillard's two-plus NBA seasons&mda ...

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