The concept of “loyalty” in professional sports can be a fairly divisive topic.
I think most players would say they’re more than justified in prioritizing their personal interests over those of the teams they play for, but there are still plenty of people who’d argue they have an obligation to take the wants and needs of their franchise (as well as its fans) into consideration while plotting their career.
If you fall in that second camp, you probably believe the NBA has a loyalty problem based on the number of guys who’ve demanded a trade or defected to another team to chase a ring or secure a massive bag.
However, there’s one notable name who’s stuck with the only team he’s played for through thick and thin: Damian Lillard, who was selected by the Trail Blazers with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and has remained in Portland ever since.
Lillard’s time with the Trail Blazers hasn’t been without its fair share of friction. There have been rumors he’s occasionally expressed interest in taking his talents elsewhere, but he’s repeatedly pledged his allegiance to the franchise while throwing some shade at fellow players who’ve absconded to other teams when the going got rough.
In recent months, there’s been growing speculation that the Lakers are angling to make a trade that could bring Lillard to Los Angeles in the offseason.
However, it doesn’t seem like the guard is planning on a change of scenery based on what he had to say in a song he dropped earlier this week.
Lillard may play basketball for a living, but he’s also released his fair share of music over the years.
His most recent song saw him hop on the beat from Meek Mill’s “Heaven or Hell” (which features a sample from “I Got 5 On It”) and address those aforementioned rumors with the lines “Plotting on a ring/They say I should do the Lakers/F*** the loyal s***/What if Reggie just left the Pacers?”
Damian Lillard freestyles over Meek Mill's "Heaven Or Hell" pic.twitter.com/Rk1AlcLfbW
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) April 5, 2023
There’s no telling what the future holds, but it seems like Lillard is pretty content with his current situation.