Damian Lillard drops upbeat take on playing alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo despite Bucks’ assistant coach’s abrupt departure

It has been almost a month since the Milwaukee Bucks successfully completed a blockbuster deal with the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard. The news came as a surprise to many, especially since the Bucks reportedly outbid the Miami Heat for the deal.

While the point guard had previously expressed a desire to partner with Giannis, believing he could be the player to lead him to the finals, he was still astonished when the news became official. Damian has settled in well with Giannis, but the assistant coach, Terry Stotts, has resigned. However, Damian is determined to stay committed to his mission within the team.

Damian Lillard finds optimism in unexpected move to Bucks

Damian Lillard might have achieved his aim by moving to the Bucks to play with Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he is determined to succeed with the opportunity he has gotten. Following a post on X by the Milwaukee Bucks, Damian revealed his thoughts regarding a move to the Bucks and his mission.

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Lillard said “This is where I’m supposed to be right here. It’s time to win.” The fact that the news of the blockbuster deal has faded off gradually. It now seems like the time for the 33-year-old to fulfill the team’s expectations has come.

The seven-time All-Star’s departure from the Portland Trail Blazers had been a long time coming, and the point guard star couldn’t help but be sentimental when the time came for his departure. The PG had spent 11 years in the city with the Blazers before his move, which was largely motivated by the thoughts of a duo with Giannis.

Bucks’ assistant coach resigns amidst team practice incident

Damian Lillard has had a long-standing relationship with assistant head coach Terry Stotts and was finally reunited with him, but only for Terry to resign a few days later. In throwing more light on the whole situation and possible reasons why Terry could make such a decision, NBA insider Shams Charania explained better.

He reported, “When the players and coaches broke the huddle, Stotts went in the opposite direction of the coaches’ huddle and instead started walking toward players. As Stotts attempted to start a conversation with Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Griffin called Stotts to join the coaching huddle. When Stotts asked for some time with the players, Adrian Griffin yelled for Stotts to join the coaches’ huddle. The incident occurred in front of the entire team, those sources said.”

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This incident might look minor for Terry to abandon his team at the start of a new season, which raises another possibility that Terry might be tired of being an assistant for decades. Terry has all-time record of 517-486, which he enjoyed a varying level of success during his tenure with the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Portland Trail Blazers.

With Terry’s achievements, the prediction might be that he could be waiting for the head coach role moving forward. Or what do you think? Please share it in the comment section.

Shariare Hasib

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Shariare Hasib is an NBA Editor at SportsKnot. With a master's degree in journalism from a prestigious university, Shariare started writing about the sport during his undergraduate years. Since then, he has been fascinated by LeBron James' lasting impact as well as Stephen Curry's incredible consistency. He specializes in live basketball coverage. Apart from reporting on trade speculations and match updates during off-season activities, Shariare frequently interacts with fan communities to stay abreast of the constantly evolving NBA scene.


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