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Damian Lillard hopes to work with Gary Payton this off-season

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12:49 PM ET 07.26 | Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is coming off of a season where he earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors and took home the NBA All-Star Skills Competition, but he is still looking for ways to improve as a player as he prepares for his second professional season and looks to avoid a sophomore slump. Lillard said on Thursday night that he hopes to work out with NBA steals leader and nine-time all-star Gary Payton. While Lillard had a phenomenal rookie year, the one area that he could use improvement is on the defensive side of the ball. That is where working out with the former Seattle Supersonics star could only help him get better.

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July 26, 2013  02:08 PM ET

Lillard has all the makes of an All-Star

July 26, 2013  05:04 PM ET
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Lillard has all the makes of an All-Star

You can only hope he can stay humble and hungry...

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July 26, 2013  05:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Lillard has all the makes of an All-Star

But he is no Kyrie...

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July 26, 2013  05:43 PM ET
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But he is no Kyrie...

By that you mean he's not always hurt? Good for him.

July 26, 2013  05:45 PM ET
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if healthy- and in no particular order.1-6 :CP, RW, parker, rondo, dwill, Rose7-10:Lawson, curry, irving, conley11-15holiday, lilliard, rubio, teague, jenningsand then there are pretty decent guys I left outvasquez, wall, kemba, nash, dragic, jameer, hill, calderon

Hopefully by the end of next season, ma man Shroeder will make that list :-)

July 26, 2013  05:54 PM ET
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Hopefully by the end of next season, ma man Shroeder will make that list :-)

Seriously? Teague is going to start at PG and Schroeder will be brought along slowly.

July 26, 2013  09:15 PM ET

I like lillard but unfortunately I think in regards to making team USA he will be the odd man out. He has NBA game but I don't know if it will translate to international play.

July 26, 2013  09:37 PM ET
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I like lillard but unfortunately I think in regards to making team USA he will be the odd man out. He has NBA game but I don't know if it will translate to international play.

Sure it will.

July 26, 2013  10:18 PM ET
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But he is no Kyrie...

Crack-snapple-pop, thank goodness he is not Bro!

July 27, 2013  01:51 AM ET
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Sure it will.

Nothing is a sure thing but death and taxes

July 27, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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I like lillard but unfortunately I think in regards to making team USA he will be the odd man out. He has NBA game but I don't know if it will translate to international play.

Hey Mrs!
Lillard is an all around player for a point guard you don't see that very often.
He can get to the rim, make three's, rebound....
Sure he has to improve his defense but he has noticed it and intends to work on it.
How many guys in the NBA never improve?

July 27, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

July 27, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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But he is no Kyrie...

He is no Kyrie but he may have a longer shelf life. Kyrie is so good but can he play a complete season?

July 27, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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Seriously? Teague is going to start at PG and Schroeder will be brought along slowly.

Yes and he should be. But I have said all along, Teague is a serviceable PG but he's not a starter material. We don't know if Shreoder is or not yet, but from what I have seen and heard, he may be the real deal. If he shows maturity, don't be surprised if Teague starts warming the bench.

July 27, 2013  05:43 PM ET

That's why Portland has a bright future. It would be easy to do what everyone else does and rest on his current success, but this young man is looking for ways to better his game which tells me he gets it. And that is the first step to becoming a Superstar. GP is the one person that can help him on the defensive side of the ball. He was one of the best. If he can teach him to trash talk while handcuffing the opposing player it will be a joy to watch this young man work! You go Kid ...

 
July 28, 2013  03:37 AM ET
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By that you mean he's not always hurt? Good for him.

Nice one.

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