PORTLAND, Ore. – After the Portland Trail Blazers were swept by the Golden State Warriors on Monday, point guard Damian Lillard told ESPN he’s developed a newfound obsession with trying to take down the Warriors.
“You have to be obsessed with that because you know that they’re so good that they’re going to be there,” Lillard said after a 128-103 loss in Game 4. “That’s who you’re going to have to get through to get to where you want to get to. That’s what it is.”
Lillard recorded 34 points and six assists in 41 minutes. He was 12-of-24 from the field. He did all he could do. The rest of his team shot 21-for-61, equating to 34 percent.
Portland narrowly squeezed into the final playoff spot (41-41) after a disappointing start to the season. They were expected to take the next step after a 44-38 record during the 2015-16 season.
The two-time All-Star is proud of the team’s push down the stretch of the regular season, but he’s not satisfied.
“I wouldn’t say it was a successful year,” Lillard told ESPN. “We got tested and I think we answered the bell. I felt like we showed our true colors by the way we fought. But I wouldn’t say successful. I think it was growth. A year of growth for us.”
In last year’s playoffs, the Warriors bounced the Trail Blazers out of the second round in five games. Lillard’s anger was evident after Monday’s lopsided loss. “I don’t even know what to think right now,” he said. “It’s very frustrating. But you know me, I’m going to come back stronger than ever.”
When addressing the press, Lillard spoke highly about how well the Warriors play together and how everyone is on the same page. He has reached the realization that the Trail Blazers must take a page out of the Warriors’ book.
But if they don’t, they might be experiencing this same feeling next year.
“You also got to understand that if you ever want to get out the West, you’re going to have to go through them,” Lillard said during his media address. “And for me, I understand that’s what it is. It’s always been that way in the NBA. I think about when the Pistons were just beating up on [Michael] Jordan. [They] were just kicking his butt every year, and he had to get through them if he wanted to get to where he wanted to get to. That’s just what it is. [The Warriors are] going to be there. They’re going to be there every year. We have to look at that and understand that we got to be better. We have to go get better, and come back better as a group if we want to move past them.”
Kevin Durant loves Lillard’s competitive spirit. He told ESPN that the Trail Blazers are a few pieces away from contending.
“I think they want somebody on the wing that can take the pressure off those two guards (C.J. McCollum and Lillard), somebody that’s big for their position. But they’re right there, man. They’re a good team. They started off slow. I think they should have been a higher seed, but they fought their way to get in the playoffs. They have a future center in [Jusuf] Nurkic who took them over the top, but I think they need another ball handler on the wing to get them going. It’s going to be fun playing against these guys in the next few years.”
Peterson told Anderson that the deal is worth a base total value of $7 million. Here are the terms Peterson says he has agreed to at this point: The 2017 compensation is $3.5 million (all guaranteed at signing), which includes a $1 million guaranteed salary in 2017 and a $2.5 million signing bonus.
The maximum incentives package is $8.25 million and whatever incentives are reached in 2017 get added to the per-game roster bonuses in 2018.
The 2018 compensation is $3.5 million, none of which is guaranteed. It includes $2.4 million in total roster bonuses (which includes a $750,000 roster bonus earned on third day of free agency plus $1.65 million in per-game roster bonuses), a $1.05 million salary and a $50,000 workout bonus.
“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints,” Peterson told Anderson. “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings.
“On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit. They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well. While I know that injuries have played a role in performance, I also see areas of potential with a lot of younger guys having the ability to step up. Lastly, it goes without saying that the Saints have an amazing fan base and I look forward to making them proud and creating everlasting memories.”
Peterson, who turned 32 last month, became a free agent when the Minnesota Vikings decided not to pick up their $18 million option on him.
If Peterson were to sign with the Saints, he would get an immediate chance to play against his former team. The Saints visit the Vikings in Week 1 as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football doubleheader.
The Saints have a No. 1 running back in Mark Ingram, who is 27 years old and under contract for two more years. They need depth after allowing veteran backup Tim Hightower to become a free agent. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers last week.
At times, the Saints used Ingram and Hightower in a 1A/1B time-share. Hightower produced 100-yard games in each of the past two years while Ingram was either injured or temporarily benched. Peterson could possibly take on an even bigger role. Coach Sean Payton’s offensive creativity was likely a draw for him, as is the proximity to his hometown in the Houston area.
Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, spent his first 10 seasons with the Vikings and ranks 16th in NFL history with 11,747 rushing yards. He posted a message on social media last month insisting that his decision won’t be about money and that his main objective is “finding the best fit and helping a team in a major way win a championship.”
Peterson played just three games last season because of a torn meniscus suffered on Sept. 18. He returned in less than three months from his injury to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 18. However, he sat out the Vikings’ final two games because of an adductor strain he suffered in his first game back. He finished the season with 72 yards on 37 carries.
Peterson, whose career rushing yards rank second to Frank Gore among active players, has failed to eclipse 40 carries in two of the past three seasons because of suspension and injuries, but he led the NFL with 1,485 rushing yards in 2015.
Since recovering from ACL reconstruction on his left knee to rush for 2,097 yards in 2012 and win the MVP, Peterson has defied the evidence that running backs wear down by age 30. He has long said he believes he can play deep into his 30s.
Rick Rossalways has time to stunt on his haters.
At times, Rozay can be one of the flashy rappers when it comes to showing off his luxuries.
The biggest bawse decided to take some time out to remind not only fans of his luxury lifestyle, but some of his enemies too.
Rick Ross has been taking plenty of shots at Birdman lately over the way Baby is treating Lil Wayneand their on-going legal battle. Ross even took it as far as to diss the man on a track, so most felt that Ross was talking about Birdman, when he says a certain man couldn’t rack up the luxuries that he has.
“See Chicken man couldn’t do all this. See the Rolls Royce it’s under the Rolls Royce sign. See the Bentley? That’s how we do it over here,” said Ross.
For some reason the first person that came to my mind with Ross’ slight jab was actually 50 Centand his alleged financial problems. Honestly Rick Ross may not have been talking about anyone for once.
Some folks says he also has a patna named Chicken too, so who knows. Ross is living nice though! Wait didn’t he once claim that Birdman didn’t really own his cars though? Hmmmmm.
Well there are always three sides to every story, so I can’t wait to see who’s telling the truth here.
Word on the curb is that Instagram
thot model Layla Lace’s claims of being pregnant by Drake are completely fabricated!
Layla recently made public claims that Drake got her pregnant and started to dodge her once she told him. Lace claims that they met up in London and had sex, and when she reached out to the 6 God and told him they had a baby on the way, he jumped ship.
According to TMZ, sources close to Drake say that Drake has never met the woman, and his team never even reached out to her or threatened her with a lawsuit. They claim she made it all up for attention.
Layla has since deleted the social media posts, and Drake’s team believes she did this because she received the attention she was looking for.
It’s crazy that people really do make up things and publicity stunts for attention. Then again Drizzy is known to hit these Insta
thots models raw [see Jhonni Blaze]. Who do you think is telling the truth?
When I first heard of this, I didn’t know what to think! Rihanna dissing the QUEEN? My immediate thoughts was WHO? Beyonce? Mary J? Nefertiti? Michelle Obama? My mother!? But, no. In true Euro-Fashion, the rags are alleging that Rihanna is somehow dissing the Queen of England, who turned 91.
They turned this into a “thing,” but i don’t think it is a thing at all. Basically, as you will see below, Rihanna basically took her body and slapped the Queen head on scantily clad figures. I am thinking this is silly, but some people are offended. The thing is, RiRi is already mobbed in with the royal family for HIV and AIDS awareness. Seems like Rihanna just being Rihanna. Eventually, RiRi seemed to respond to the critics saying, “Its not that deep.”
It just occurred to me…Rihanna is the queen!
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