In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA is exploring scenarios in which they can return to the court and Disney World is one of the locations that is being considered. On Tuesday, Damian Lillard that if the NBA is returning to play meaningless regular season games, the Portland Trail Blazers guard doesn't plan on participating.
During Tuesday's installment of "Nothing Personal with David Samson," David Samson revealed that he would suspend Lillard for threatening not to play if he was the Trail Blazers owner.
"Damian Lillard, if I'm the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers, guess what I'm doing to you? I'm suspending you, I'm restricting you," Samson said. "If you have now given me cause that you're not going to play, you will not get paid."
"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard said. "I'm telling you that right now. And you can put that [expletive] in there."
Lillard did admit that he's willing to be with his teammates, but doesn't see the point of returning to the court. As of right now, Portland is 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Samson believes that there should be consequences if Lillard decides not to play if the 2019-20 season resumes.