Chris Haynes of CSNNW is reporting that Damian Lillard will take part in the dunk contest on Saturday night of All-Star Weekend. Haynes also reports that Lillard is considering participating in the three-point shooting contest as well …
We reported a few days ago that Lillard was pondering the idea of displaying his ups on the grandest stage and now we’re told he is all in.
It doesn’t stop there, however.
The NBA has broached Lillard with an attractive, unprecedented opportunity. They’ve asked him to consider the Three-Point Shooting Contest as well, another source relayed to CSNNW.com.
So far, the reining Rookie of the Year is committed to defending his Skills Challenge title; he’s competing in the Dunk Contest, the Rising Stars Challenge and the All-Star game.
No player in the history of the game has ever competed in all five All-Star Weekend events in the same weekend. The NBA will announce those participating tomorrow.
Lillard, 23, is strongly leaning towards partaking in the Three-Point Shootout because he is intrigued with the prospect of performing in all five events in which he’ll go down in the record books as the first to ever do so, a source close to the guard tells CSNNW.com.
Rudy Fernandez was the last Trail Blazer to compete in the dunk contest during the 2009 All-Star Weekend in Phoenix. Lillard will be the first Blazer since Cliff Robinson in 1996 to compete in the three-point shootout if he in fact is offered and accepts the invitation. And as Haynes notes, no player has ever competed in all five events.
According to NBA.com/stats, Lillard has dunked the ball eight times this season. He’s a much more prolific three-point shooter, as he’s third in the NBA in three-pointers made with 139 on 41 percent shooting.
Lillard said after being named to the Western Conference All-Star roster that he wasn’t concerned about being fatigued by playing in the Rookie/Sophomore game, defending his Taco Bell Skills Challenge title and playing in the main event on All-Star Sunday night.
“Once I signed up to be a basketball player and I made it to the NBA, I wanted to be a part of this weekend,” said Lillard. “Whatever comes along with it, I’m all for it.”
From the sounds of it, he wasn’t kidding.