Damian Lillard is not here to be disrespected.
Earlier in the day, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky was extremely critical of the Portland Trail Blazers star guard on ESPN’s “Get Up” when he was responding to Lillard saying that he would not play if his team did not have a path to the playoffs in a resumed season.
Orlovsky did not care for Lillard’s attitude and shared his opinion on the ESPN show.
“If what we’ve experienced over the past three months has taught us anything, there is no such thing as meaningless anymore,” Orlovsky said. “We can’t take things for granted anymore. And there’s a different between ‘have to’ and ‘get to’. And Damian Lillard would have the opportunity to get to play basketball again. Because there’s people out there who have to go do things. Frontline workers and nurses and doctors, they have to go to work and they have to work more hours and pay less because of what we’re dealing with.
“Damian Lillard would have the opportunity to get to play basketball, and I would hope and challenge him in his mindset that the last few months has changed that and that he’d take that opportunity to go and perform, to go and compete and get the opportunity to play basketball again. Some people don’t have a choice any more. They have to go do things. It is not an option.
“How can you sit there and go, ‘Nope, I’m not going to play, but understand that there’s people out there that don’t have that choice. They have to go to work. They have to go earn their money. I struggle with sitting here and going you don’t come off, in some way, a spoiled and entitled brat by saying ‘I’m not going to play.’”
Lillard responded back to him on Twitter:
Orlovsky backpedaled faster than when he ran out of the end zone.
Game. Set. Match.
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