If you haven't caught on to Damian Lillard by now then you might be asleep. But thats ok, because he is here to wake you up. This kid from Oakland *(Who wasn't highly recruited out of high school. Who stayed all four years of college so that he could get his degree. Who was drafted 6th overall in the 2012 draft. Who wasn't selected to be on the Olympic team. Who has never been selected to an All-Star game by the fans. Who lost all four of his starters last offseason. AND STILL has his team in the playoffs looking to move forward to the second round.)* still doesn't have the respect that he deserves, and he is totally fine with it.
He feeds off of the fact that people write him off or doubt him, because he has been treated that way his entire life. Where he came from and how he grew up shaped him into the man that he is. And even more than a great basketball player, he is a great person. He has given back to the community not only in his home town of Oakland, but also in his new city of Portland. He wears the #0 to represent his journey through life and the places he has been by putting the 'O' on his jersey for Oakland, Ogden, and now Oregon.
I could go on and on about his journey, but I want to introduce you guys to Damian Lillard the rapper aka Dame Dolla. He is not your typical basketball player/rapper that you would expect. His lyrics are about his real life, basketball, politics, and striving for peace on Earth. In his song "Bigger Than Us" he says "We need a change, better attitudes. To open up lanes, better avenues. We need rise up instead of latitude, lets think about the kids that gonna be bred after you." His lyrics are extremely inspirational for anybody who has ever felt any kind of adversity in life. He is proof that you can make your dreams come true with enough hard work and dedication. I just wanted to share this motivational and powerful video with you guys, and encourage you to really listen to the lyrics and understand that every single one of us can make a difference.
Love is more powerful than Hate.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.