Stephen A. Smith claims Damian Lillard needs to make a move to a bigger market and suggests he join the New York Knicks.
Stephen A. Smith has never been shy to admit that he’s a lifelong New York Knicks fan. However, being a Knicks fan for the past 20 years hasn’t been easy to say the least. The continual shortcomings that the Knicks have suffered over the course of 2+ decades has produced some of the greatest Stephen A. Smith rants of all time.
His distaste for the way James Dolan operates the Knicks franchise boiled over when the Knicks missed out on marquee free agents in the 2019 offseason. To make matters worse, they lost out to their neighboring team, the Brooklyn Nets.
Smith has been lobbying for superstars to consider calling Madison Square Garden their home for quite some time and Damian Lillard is the newest name that’s been added to Stephen A’s wishlist.
Stephen A. Smith calls for Damian Lillard to consider joining the New York Knicks
Stephen A. Smith recognizes that Damian Lillard has a slim chance of getting past the WCF if he stays with Portland. In an effort to bolster his hometown team’s roster, Smith calls for a ‘Dame to New York’ move.
“I wish he was in a bigger market. We’re being robbed of seeing Damian Lillard’s brilliance every single night. He’d look pretty good in a New York Knicks jersey. He’d look pretty good playing in prime time all the time, in front of celebrities every night.”
“Dame needs to be in a big market … like my Knicks?”
— ESPN (@espn) March 4, 2021
Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers have been trapped in what feels like purgatory for the past 8 years or so. It seems as though each season the Blazers replicate the same season over and over again.
A typical Blazers season that fans have become accustomed to involves injuries to key players, Damian Lillard dragging the injury-riddled team to the Playoffs, followed by getting booted out of the Playoffs in a relatively non-competitive series.
Though it would be nice to see Dame in a bigger market be the ‘savior’ the Knicks so desperately have been trying to lure towards them, the All-Star isn’t going anywhere in the foreseeable future.
Dame has said on multiple occasions that he’s comfortable in Portland and wants to end his career there. He has a great relationship with Neil Olshey and the Blazers front office and claims that he has everything he needs, in Portland.