In trouble during the Olympics, Damian Lillard followed by a complicated start to the season, marked by a big clumsiness. Finally, faced with the defeats that were accumulating, the leader of Portland went to the pool table to fix for good an abdominal problem that he had been dragging on for a very long time.
“I was constantly fighting against it” he explains on this recurring problem, which the 32-year-old basketball player had never had time to settle for good. “So I can wake up every day to train, do some physical work, go home feeling good and strong and kind of rebuild myself from scratch. I didn’t just do rehabilitation related to my operation. »
Operated in January, Damian Lillard was able to work on his body in depth.
“I also had to deal with other problems, which I was able to correct and for which I put in place a real plan with a team of physical trainers, on strength and physical condition, basketball, speed , agility, sports science. A team that doesn’t always push me hard. There are average days, light days, sometimes there are also days without work. »
Swelling the size of a baseball after games…
The goal, of course, is to be back on top after a very frustrating last few months. What if this lost season (collectively) was in fact necessary for the six-time All-Star?
Damian Lillard assures that he had trouble realizing how serious the problem was because he had been managing it on a daily basis for more than four years. The point guard explains that it did not always interfere with his mobility, but that he often found himself with a swelling (the size of a baseball) after the meetings…
“I’m at the point where I feel stronger than ever. I feel healthy, 100%. I feel strong. »
In any case, it will take a Damian Lillard at his very best to allow the Blazers to be competitive with a largely renewed workforce following the arrivals of Josh Hart last season then Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II to bring a more defensive profile alongside Jusuf Nurkic and Anfernee Simons.