Damian Lillard is returning to Portland

(Photo: Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)) PORTLAND, OREGON – JANUARY 31: Damian Lillard #0 of the Milwaukee Bucks is cheered on by his teammates as the crowd recognizes him during his return against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center January 31, 2024 in Portland, Oregon.

An unforgettable homecoming.

Damian Lillard made his highly anticipated return to Portland as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks last night since the trade that sent Lillard to Milwaukee in the offseason.

Before the game, Lillard talked about what it means to return to Portland, a place he called home for most of his career.

“Because of what I think of Portland… my time spent here. “In my mind, I always felt like my career would end there,” ESPN reported Lillard.

Portland Trail Blazers: Emotional night at PDX

Despite the Blazers’ emotional homecoming, great Lillard and the Bucks lost 119-116 to the Trail Blazers. Lillard finished the game with 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Lillard received a standing ovation during the game, as well as a video tribute highlighting his playing career Member of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard spent 11 of his 12 seasons in Portland, where the team drafted him sixth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. He later rose to become one of the best players in the league.

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During his tenure with the Blazers, Lillard had many memorable moments; Among other things, he led the team to the playoffs in eight of his twelve seasons in the Rose City.

He led the team to the Western Conference Finals in 2019, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in a sweeping series.

Lillard scored 19,376 points during his time with the Trail Blazers, making him the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Damian is also the franchise’s all-time leader in free throws made with 4,427.

Although he says he is committed to the Milwaukee Bucks, Lillard is open to a return to Portland before he ends his career.

“Right now I’m just in a situation like this that I’m in now. I’m in Milwaukee. I wanted the opportunity to compete and our team has the opportunity to compete for this year and the years to come,” and I just live in it. But I can definitely see a day where, if I’m traded, I’ll be back in a Trail Blazer uniform before I’m done.

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