Following winning the 2023 NBA 3-Point Contest, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard talked about the amazing place he is in right now physically.
(via Fanatics View):
Reporter: “I’m just curious, you having a career scoring year this kinda late in your career after a decade, does that give you confidence that you can play at this level deep into your 30s?”
Lillard: “I know I can. My game isn’t based on being super athletic or anything like that. I’m not the fastest point guard in the league. I play a quick game, a crafty game. I’m smart. I can shoot the ball. I think being able to shoot the ball the way I can shoot it off the dribble, off the catch, off screens, whatever, that’s a weapon that allows you to play for a longer period of time. Also, being a student of the game, you’re able to manipulate the game in ways that everybody can’t do. So for me, I know that I’ll be able to play at a high level as long as I want to play. Obviously not when I’m an old man, but I’ll be able to do it for a long time. Getting surgery last season, correcting something that I had been dealing with for a few years, I feel like that set me back to 27. So I’m basically 27 now. I got a while to go.”