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Damian Lillard has a hilarious response to a taunting fan, takes cut from USA squad in stride

Aug 23, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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Damian Lillard was one of the four players cut from the final USA Basketball roster, and though his being left off of the team that will compete in the FIBA World Cup was expected all along, it wasn’t due to a lack of talent or poor play on Lillard’s part.

He didn’t really have much of a shot, considering just how heavy Team USA is at the guard position. With Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry in place, Lillard only got a real chance to play in one of the squad’s three exhibition contests — the 43-point win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Lillard didn’t play at all on Friday, and someone thought it might be a good idea to taunt him about it on Twitter. It wasn’t.

This is essentially a perfect response from Lillard. It shows he isn’t afraid to interact with people on social media, and it showcases his personality and sense of humor, as well.

Lillard also took to Twitter to say all the right things following his dismissal from this summer’s USA Basketball squad, which showed his professional side in the wake of what surely was a moment of disappointment, even though it might have been somewhat expected.

  1. hannsta - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Twitter represents such an awful subsection of public opinion.

    • sabatimus - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      I had a Twitter account for approximately one hour once. That was enough.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        I manage a few hundred- it certainly requires something a little different in the brain.

    • yesser12 - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      Most message boards and any sites you can post on do. Not just twitter, easy for people to be tough on internet and say dumb things sadly.

    • campcouch - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      but it is entertaining!

  2. topdawg4ever - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I love this kid. Puts a fan in his place without being obscene and has a healthy outlook on the Team USA situation. Hope he is even better this season!

    • money2long - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      No further comment needed after this one. Very accurate.

  3. garyterp - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Anyone notice how the two Dukies made the team, Irving and Plumlee.I think Coach K had them penciled them in from the start, you played for him at Duke,you’re on the team. Especially Plumlee, are you kidding me?

    • yesser12 - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Plumlee is a energy guy that you don’t need to draw plays for. Can’t just throw a team full of stars need role players. Plumlee has always been a role guy so he already knows he won’t play a ton but when he does he knows what he has to do.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Both Irving and Plumlee would’ve made the team regardless of who the coach was. Did you watch them play? They were both great.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Unless Lillard gets a bonus just for being considered, technically they made the same amount of money. And he was screwed out of a position on the team, Rose should never have been considered.

    • yesser12 - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Lillard was talking about in general. He likely got paid by sponsors and endorsements.

  5. antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    “This is essentially a perfect response from Lillard. It shows he isn’t afraid to interact with people on social media, and it showcases his personality and sense of humor, as well.”

    Ugh. Imagine if LeBron said that. What a double standard. Lillard shouldn’t have replied like that. It really is cla.ssless.

    • davidly - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:55 AM

      False equivalence: LBJ is the active GoaT (wouldn’t have happened). This here is subtext vs. subtext — ie. the troll was implying that the player is somehow out of his league, and the player most succinctly, and in kind, demonstrated otherwise.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:34 AM

        As LeBron did during the 2011 Finals, Lillard was reminding this critic that he is still a multi-millionaire with a pretty sweet life and that the critic is just an average person. So it’s basically same thing.

    • davidly - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      It is certainly true that for someone with your rudimentary interpretive skills you they are the same. Likewise for the troll. To the more astute observer, the rhetorical divergence is clear.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:09 AM

        Uh… no. It’s the same thing said in almost the exact same way – just shortened.

    • davidly - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      Albeit expressed in the basest sense, your employment of “uh” would indicate rhetorical awareness; your ostensible ignorance of contextual subtext says otherwise.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Still no, David. And that wasn’t even a good try.

        But both Lillard and LeBron expressed the same sentiment for the same reason. A fan(s) criticized them and they both essentially responded with, “Oh yeah? Well I’m rich, b-tch. How ’bout you?”

    • davidly - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      I gotta hand it to you. You have mastered the circular reduction to absurdity.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:26 AM

        It’s not complicated, David. Don’t hurt yourself trying to figure it out.

    • davidly - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:30 AM

      The most complicated aspect would have been whether or not you are ignorant or wilfully so. I’ve long figured out that in your case one does not preclude the other. But thanks for caring.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:14 AM

        It’s hard for you to accept defeat. I understand. I get it. You’ve never been the type to admit that you’re wrong and it’s not going to happen here. But at least we both know that I know that you know that you’re wrong, and that’s all I could ask for.

    • davidly - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:36 AM

      Indeed. Your narcissism might only be exceeded by your projection thereof.

      • bhunter1995 - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:53 AM

        I never thought I’d give a thumbs up to Anti but David you might be a bigger idiot then him, throwing around debate vernacular and ten dollar words doesnt make you right about something, it doesn’t even make you look smart. In fact it makes you look like an idiot who is trying to overcompensate for a lack of IQ with overcomplex statements. As Lenin said, the most effective statement is a simple one, your argument is 1. Wrong and 2. Worded in an absurd way and in many cases your attempts at sounding smart show your lack of understanding in regard to the English language.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

    • davidly - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      Nice concern trolling, there, “bhunter1995”. Sockpuppeting your syntax does not mask the method of your madness. I’m sure if you actually gave it real effort, you might be able to back up the specifics alluded to in all of your generalizations. But then that would mean “trying to look smart”.

  6. garyterp - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Plumlee great??? I must have missed that! what did he do that was great? Except enroll at Duke. If he’s on the Olympic team in 16, then USA is in trouble and Coach K is going senile. He’s a role player, that’s all, shouldn’t be on team

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