The Chicago Bulls lost back to back games yesterday on Nov. 18.
With seconds to spare, the Bulls knew they would lose. Down 6, with a score of 94-100, Portland obtained an offensive rebound. With the ball passed to rookie point guard, Damian Lillard, he decided to do something different. Instead of dribbling the ball out, Lillard decided to dunk the ball.
With the game already in favor of the Trailblazers, the last second dunk seemed like Lillard was rubbing the win into the Bulls’ faces. Seemed like he got cocky all of a sudden and was just showing off.
This caught the attention of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson who confronted the rookie with displeasure and anger. LaMarcus Albridge and fellow Blazers came in the middle of the potential incident, intervening.
The big question now is: ‘Was Damian Lillard wrong for dunking at the end?’ My answer to this is no.
At first I was a little skeptical with my answer, thinking what Lillard did was disrespectful and that he should of just dribbled the ball out. But the reason I say no, in regards to Lillard’s supposed mistake yesterday is a little complex. Let me explain further.
My first point is this. When Lillard got the ball, I don’t think he intentionally meant to embarrass the Bulls and their fan base. I just don’t think he was thinking at the time and should be spared.
According to a report by Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Lillard addressed the situation saying:
”When I caught the ball, I didn’t know what to do, honestly,” he said. “I was just like, ‘Man, I’m here by myself, I don’t know what to do. I didn’t mean no disrespect to them or anything but now I know just dribble the ball out. When I caught it, like I said, I didn’t know what to do, so that’s what I did. It looked like they were running toward me still, so next time I just know to dribble it out. I didn’t mean no disrespect to them.”
He shouldn’t be crucified on Twitter, Facebook and other media platforms, he should be forgiven.
Now my second point. In this league, if you’re weak, you might as well leave and enter the D-league or just go back to playing pick up basketball at the park.
In basketball in general, you have to be confident and show, tell everyone that you belong in the league. Look at Lebron James. When he dunks on players and shoots from long range, he shows no sign of weakness. Fear in player’s eyes on the court. Crushing their spirits.
Back to Lillard, he needs to show he belongs in this league. Needs to make a statement. He is a potential candidate to become rookie of the year after all. So he got carried away, but hey we all make mistakes. Maybe he should of shown fear by taunting other players, or dunking on others.
Ultimately, in defense to Lillard, he should be spared and Bulls fans all over the world should forgive him. This is just my two cents.