Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is continually working on his many talents. In the NBA bubble, he has turned his hotel room into a recording studio.
The four-time All-NBA selection has had a massive year on and off the court. After his best statistical season in the league, he was selected for his fifth All-Star game. Though he couldn’t play in the game itself, he was still able to perform at All-Star weekend with rapper Lil Wayne.
And then, during the NBA hiatus, Dame famously led protests for racial injustice and social reform.
Now with the NBA set to return, Dame has discussed how he has locked into the bubble, and how he will busy himself in the downtime in Orlando.
He has a full recording setup in his room, including a microphone, headphones and recording software. He has already recorded three songs this year. ” Goat Spirit ” with Raphael Saadiq, and then ” Powerful, ” a song that addresses police brutality and social injustice.
Where other players may be looking to escape their hotel rooms or get up to mischief, Dame is pretty clear on his intentions for his time in the bubble.
“I know there’s going to be activities for us and all that stuff, but I mean, I’m gonna be chilling. I feel like there’s still a possibility for something to spread within that bubble, just with so many people doing so many different things that we’ve got to follow to be safe, even though we’re not exposed to the public. So for me, it’s going to be: What time is practice, what time can I get in the weight room, what time can I get some shots up, what’s the plan for game day. And then I’m gonna be in the room. I’m gonna have my PS3, my PS4, I’m gonna have my studio equipment, my mic, my laptop, I’m gonna have all my books. That’s it, man. I’m gonna be in the room, chilling.”
Dame is the clear leader of this Blazers team, and the example he sets on and off the court can provide a blueprint for the younger players in terms of work and discipline around the bubble rules.
Dame has always been different; he will do what he feels is best for himself and the team.