“Damian Lillard has to join the Lakers to win a championship”: Ice Cube dishes out some words of advice to the Blazers superstar and suggests he team up with LeBron James

Samir Mehdi
|Published July 11, 2021

Ice Cube says that Damian Lillard needs to join LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers if he wants to win a championship. 

Damian Lillard has been the talk of the NBA for weeks now. Ever since the Portland TrailBlazers suffered yet another untimely exit from the postseason, the Blazers have had several questions to answer. The most important of which was if Lillard was happy in a Trailblazers uniform. According to Neil Olshey, all conversations he had with Dame led to him confirming he’s staying in Portland. 

The most likely scenario is Damian Lillard staying put this offseason and testing the waters with the brand-new coaching staff consisting of guys like Chauncey Billups and Scott Brooks. Depending on how the 2021-22 NBA season unfolds, Lillard will make a firm decision in the 2022 offseason.

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The likeliness of this happening is quite high but this hasn’t stopped the NBA trade rumor mill from churning out new pieces every single day on potential trade packages for the 6x All-Star. The most talked about destination for Damian Lillard, currently, is the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Ice Cube believes Damian Lillard needs to join the Lakers to win a championship. 

The Lakers and the Blazers were both bested in 6 games in the first round of the Playoffs this year. It was clear that LeBron James is not the ‘take over any game’ guy any longer and though his production will still be solid, a 37-year-old cannot be the main offensive punch down the stretch for a title contender. 

In a recent interview with Ice Cube, Stephen A. Smith asked the rapper on what Damian Lillard should do in terms of leaving the Blazers. Cube quite it plain and simple and said that if Dame wanted to win a championship, he needs to set course for Los Angeles. The only thing Lillard gets out of staying in Portland is being the man and scoring a lot of points, according to Ice Cube.

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Damian Lillard still has 3 years left on his deal so the only way to acquire him is to trade for him. Lakers fans need to understand that no amount of picks, coupled with Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker can suffice in a package for Dame. 

As elaborated on before, Lillard will most likely stay with the Blazers season to see how well the coaching staff holds up when trying to win it all. 

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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