Lillard wants Blazers to step up pursuit of championship

Associated Press


United States' Damian Lillard (6) brings the ball up court against Argentina during the first half of an exhibition basketball game in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)Damian Lillard said Friday he has not requested a trade but wants the Portland Trail Blazers to be more urgent in their pursuit of a championship. “But I just think we’ve reached that point where it’s like, OK, but it’s not enough. “I want to win it all in a Trail Blazers uniform but we all have to be making strides toward that,” Lillard said. “I think the best way to put it is just be more urgent,” Lillard said.


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SUN TIMES - Derek Stevens provides service with a smile in Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS — As if Derek Stevens himself had choreographed the theatrics one month ago Saturday, Cincinnati tallied two in the top of the ninth for a 4-2 lead at Petco Park in San Diego. Circa Sports and Stadium Swim, the Stevens entities that occupy Petco’s ninth-inning signage behind home plate, made every highlight, too. “We’ve gotten a lot of notoriety by owning the ninth inning in San Diego,” Stevens said. His Vegas impact might best be encapsulated by Michael “Roxy” Roxborough, who has worn every possible sports-betting hat in the city. Stevens pressed his guarantees, concocting this year’s $4 million Circa Millions III and $6 million Circa Survivor contests.

GUARDIAN NEWS - Russian billionaire settles with ex-wife five years after £450m payout ruling
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After almost five years of fighting a high court ruling that awarded the UK’s largest ever divorce payout, a Russian billionaire has reached a settlement with his ex-wife. Farkhad Akhmedov and Tatiana Akhmedova have been embroiled in the most expensive family feud in history since a London high court judge awarded Akhmedova a £450m divorce payout in 2017. A spokesperson for Azerbaijani-born Akhmedov said on Friday that a settlement had been reached and she had “accepted a cash and art settlement”. She called the Akhmedov family “one of the unhappiest ever to have appeared in my courtroom”. Following the April ruling she said her husband’s failure to pay her the original divorce settlement had “left a trail of destruction and pain in his wake”.

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Portland isn’t a sports town — i t’s a Blazers town. In 2014, in his second season, Lillard led Portland from 11th-place in the West for the second straight year, to finishing fifth in the west and making the playoffs. In the first round against the Houston Rockets, Lillard gave Portland fans the greatest shot in franchise history. Despite never making an NBA Finals appearance, Lillard has given us passion, culture, a team identity, and character. No matter how it unfolds in the coming days, it will always be Dame Time in Portland.

LA TIMES - Damian Lillard trade demand: It’s not true, says Trail Blazers star
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I’ll start off the rift and say it’s not true,” Lillard said of the reports. Discussing the possibilities A report that Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will ask for a trade has ignited speculation on where he might land. “What I can say is my intention in my heart is always been set in being in a Trail Blazers uniform for my entire career. I want to win it all in a Trail Blazers uniform. As the interview went on, Lillard was asked if he expects to be in a Portland uniform when the season starts.