The simmering NBA feud between Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard and LA Clippers rivals Paul George and Patrick Beverly spilled over on dramatic fashion when family members became involved.
Lillard and Paul already had some tension bubbling below the surface after the former’s game-winning shot in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs, eliminating George’s Oklahoma City Thunder and setting the stage for him to team up with Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers for this season.
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The pair met again in the NBA’s ‘bubble’ in Orlando, Florida, but the script was flipped - missed free throws from Lillard late in the game cost the Blazers a potentially crucial win - and the Clippers let him know about it.
George and Beverly were particularly animated, but Lillard put the pair on ice when asked about them after the 122-117 loss.
“Asking me about Patrick Beverley, who I sent him home before at the end of a game. Paul George is a guy sent home by me last year in the playoffs, so they know,” he said.
“The reason they reacting like that is because of what they expecting from me, which is a sign of respect, and it just shows what I have done at a high clip more times than not. I am not offended by it.”
Beverly and George didn’t seem too impressed with Lillard’s comments, with the former posting ‘Cancun on three’ in response, while George wrote ‘and you getting sent home this year, respect’.
Lillard though, who has remained with Portland for his career, took a potshot at George’s history of trade requests in response.
“Keep switching teams … running from the grind. You boys is chumps.”
Players’ families step into off-court feud
Things escalated when Lillard’s sister La’Nae decided to chime in on the feud, taking a potshot at George’s partner Daniela Rajic in a clip shared by NBA Central Daily.
“I said earlier I was going to let that whole Paul George s*** go, and Patrick Beverly, cause everybody know how my mouth is, how my mouth can get,” La’Nae said.
“Cause you can’t talk, you got a h** stripper pregnant. And then you wifed the b****.”
Rajic shot back in the comments on the post ‘somebody come get this cow’.