Blazers’ Aldridge, Lillard Named to All-Star Team
For the first time in 20 years, the Portland Trail Blazers will have two players in the annual NBA All-Star Game. On Thursday, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard were both announced as All-Star Reserves, selected by a vote of NBA head coaches. This year marks Aldridge’s third consecutive All-Star selection, while Lillard — the reigning unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year — will be making his first All-Star team.
In a press conference shortly after the announcement, Aldridge and Lillard sat down with the media alongside head coach Terry Stotts and talked about being the first two Blazers on the same All-Star team since Clyde Drexler and Cliff Robinson represented the West in 1994. Aldridge, who was seen by many as a lock as a reserve after just falling short in the fan vote to be named a starter, joked about booking his hotel for the All-Star weekend early.
“I booked my hotel like, two weeks ago,” cracked Aldridge.
Lillard, meanwhile, was much less certain about being named an All-Star, and treated the situation like the uncertainty that it was.
“Everything that was in my control, I did it,” he explained. “If it wasn’t going to happen, then that’s just what it was.”
Coach Stotts said he was very proud Aldridge and Lillard not only for how well they’ve played, but also for how well they’ve represented themselves and their teammates.
The NBA All-Star Weekend will run from February 14th through the 16th, and will culminate with the All-Star Game on Sunday, February 16th.
Click below to hear a highlight mix of Aldridge and Lillard’s season thus far:
(Highlights courtesy of the Blazers Radio Network)