Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Lillard's offseason priority: Defense
By Nick Borges
Chris Haymes of CSNNW.com is in Las Vegas attending the Team USA min-camp and after watching Damian Lillard for two days he can see major improvement on the defensive side of the court.
“That's what I'm focusing on, my defense,” said the Portland Trail Blazers point guard. "I want to show them that I can do it all. Not just score the basketball, but play on both sides. Whatever my team needs from me, I want to be able to provide that."
Lillard plans to continue the work later in August by spending some time at home in Oakland, Calif. with former defensive ace Gary Payton. He is determined to make the Blazers better and to make the national team.
“Everybody can score, but everybody can't defend,” he said. “I'm making a concerted effort to get better defensively and I can see it paying off. I want to make it impossible for them to leave me off this team."