Damian Lillard made Portland Trail Blazers’ history last week at Oklahoma City.
He passed Clyde ‘The Glyde’ Drexler as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, something most fans thought was never going to happen.
Drexler scored 18,040 points in 867 games from 1983 to 95, and Lillard only needed 730 games to top that mark.
Notably, the franchise had a ceremony after their win over the Charlotte Hornets to honor Lillard on his first game back home after that road trip.
More than that, even coach Chauncey Billups was in awe of Lillard’s scoring ability and was thankful for being able to witness history firsthand:
“More than anything, I’m glad that we were all able to be a part of it,” Billups said after the game. “You know? It’s a special thing — I mean, that record stood for 27 years or something like that and probably will never be broken. You know? Because he’s gonna really put it out of reach. The next — however many years. So, just being able to be a part of it is something that we all can say that we witnessed very closely.”
"I'm glad we were all able to be a part of it."
— NBA (@NBA) December 27, 2022
Lillard has spent his entire 11-year career with the Blazers, and he’s made it pretty clear that he intends to finish his career at RIP City.
Some have often criticized that loyalty and commitment and have pointed out how he’s likely to retire without a ring because of that stance.
But that’s just how Lillard is, and he’d rather lead them to the ultimate glory instead of ‘running from the grind’ and chasing a ring with other stars somewhere else.