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Leadership Lessons from Damian Lillard

It’s team first when Portland’s floor general takes command

When four-time All-Star Damian Lillard takes the floor, he’s as prepared as any head coach. He knows his teammates and he knows his opposition. He knows the other team’s plays and how he wants to react. It’s attention to detail, along with his physical skills, that make the 28-year-old one of the NBA’s best point guards.

Lillard’s attitude toward his Portland Trail Blazer teammates is also key for any player who wants to succeed at his position.

“As a point guard you have to be a great servant of other people,” says Lillard. “You have to have other people’s best interests in mind. I play the most minutes on the team and I have a lot of opportunities to take shots and make mistakes. Some guys might play 15 or 20 minutes, so my job is to give them an opportunity to be as effective as possible with the time that they’re on the floor, while also trying to find those times and those windows where I can assert myself.”

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