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Blazers’ Damian Lillard ‘doesn’t take pride in being exclusive,’ wants to help kids from Oakland become successful

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Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard says he doesn’t take pride in being exclusive and he wants to help kids from Oakland become successful like him.

Lillard is a hero to a lot of kids in Oakland. The Blazers’ superstar has always used his platform for good and that will never change.

“I’m not here to be exclusive,” Lillard said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “I don’t take pride in being exclusive, like, ‘Oh, Dame made it to the NBA.’ That’s not what it is. I want to be available to the kids to help. They might not listen to their parents, but they’ll listen to me.

“They’ll listen to me when I tell them, ‘You don’t have to follow what is typical in our city.’ “

A lot of kids from Oakland unfortunately get caught up in drugs and the gang world. Lillard wants to make sure that doesn’t happen and to work hard to create a world in which the youth from his hometown have a future.

Luckily for those kids, they have an incredible role model to look up to in Lillard. The Blazers’ best player has never gotten in trouble with the law and always sets a good example for kids.

Lillard does a lot of charity work in Oakland and that will never change no matter how much his star status in the league grows.