Game. Series.

It was the first playoff series win for the Blazers in 14 years.

Nine years since being drafted, and we love Logo Lillard more than ever. Despite never making an NBA Finals appearance, Lillard has given us passion, culture, a team identity, and character. He has given everything to this franchise, and the franchise has failed him.


If this is the end of Lillard era in Portland, as rumors that he is set to request a trade in the coming days begin to swirl, then it’s a heartbreaking moment for Rip City. It’s more than a missed opportunity for a fanbase that has been craving another title — it’s the end of a relationship between a town and an idol.

If he never puts on that Trail Blazers jersey again, Lillard will walk away from Portland as the franchise leader in three-pointers made and points per game, and will finish second behind Clyde Drexler in points and free throws made, and third in assists.


Lillard means more to this town than just being a good basketball player. He has pressed into and embodied an underdog mentality that all of Rip City has come to know all too well. He is one of ours. From NBA Draft to superstardom, I could not be more proud of what Lillard has given this team.

I will save my visceral fury for general manager Neil Olshey for another time.

In the end, I will not be angry with Lillard for leaving. He gave everything to a franchise that has failed to put him in a position to win. If he does move on, then I so deeply hope that he can get the championship ring that he richly deserves. No matter how it unfolds in the coming days, it will always be Dame Time in Portland.