Stephen Curry reacts to Damian Lillard’s ‘meaningless games’ remark
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard recently made headlines after saying he has no intention of suiting up for “meaningless games.” However, while some people were not happy with Lillard’s remark, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry expressed his understanding on the matter.
The three-time league MVP shared his thoughts on Lillard’s statement on “The Life Podcast” with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack.
“I feel what he’s saying because it’s hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don’t matter,” the Warriors sharpshooter said, per Drew Shiller of NBC Sports via Yahoo Sports.
“I get it. It’s a hard thing to put your mind in that space, ‘I’m gonna go out here and compete and bust my a– and know in five games we’re just gonna be back in the offseason again.'”
Talks on the possible resumption of the 2019-20 season have been heating up. Earlier reports reveal that some are in favor of heading straight to the playoffs, while some are willing to finish off the regular season in a shortened schedule. This is a disadvantage for teams like the Trail Blazers whose record stood at 29-37 for ninth in the West before the season was suspended.
“If we come back and they’re just like, ‘We’re adding a few games to finish the regular season,’ and they’re throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don’t have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I’m going to be with my team because I’m a part of the team,” Lillard told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. “But I’m not going to be participating. I’m telling you that right now.”
The good thing for Damian Lillard is that the league seems to have heard his concerns. The most recent reports reveal that a 22-team playoff format is one of the options that the league is looking at. This means that the 22 best teams, regardless of conference, have a chance to lock in a playoff spot.
As for Stephen Curry and the Warriors, it sure looks like they are having an extended vacation.