Pierce, KG, Ray Allen.
Duncan, Parker, Ginobili.
LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh.
Curry, Green, Durant.
LeBron, Irving, Love.
The NBA is a league where having a Big Three can mean the difference between having a decent season and winning a championship. Just look at the number of combined rings owned by those names. That should be all the proof you need. These days, if you want to compete for a title, you need to put together a superteam. Everyone is trying to do it. Just look at a team like the Toronto Raptors, who are hoping their Big Three of DeMar DeRozen, Serge Ibaka, and Kyle Lowry can make a dent in LeBron James’ Eastern Conference supremacy.
One player who won’t be joining a superteam, though, is Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. When asked his thoughts on Durant joining a Golden State Warriors team who just finished a 73-win season, Lillard flat out said he would never follow suit.
“I wouldn’t have done it,” Lillard said on Complex’s ‘Everyday Struggle’. “For me, I’m not joining nobody.”
“Like I said, I’m not joining nobody,” he replied, when asked about whether he would change his mind for LeBron James. “I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was like something that I couldn’t control. But I wouldn’t have did that.”
When the host continued to press Lillard about whether he would change his mind as his career wears on, the two-time All-Star stuck to his guns.
“I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment,” he said. Although he added that he doesn’t have a problem if other players feel the need to band together to chase championship rings.
“I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do.”
Lillard, 27, is under contract with Portland until 2021, so there won’t be any free agency drama surrounding him for quite a while.