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Lillard Shares Struggles Leading To NBA Rookie Of The Year Award

I just want to tell everybody a little bit about myself because I kinda started from an unfortunate situation. I grew up in Oakland, California and there’s a lot that goes on there. I grew up with a lot of people that decided they wanted to do things that I knew, from the gate, was out. I started playing football then and I was kinda soft, I admit I was scared. My family, they constantly picked at me about it like, ‘Oh you scared to get back out there, you don’t want no part of that contact.’ And I can just remember that relatives, my cousin John, they pulled me to the front yard and they made get in the grass. They was hitting me as hard as any kid could ever hit me and I came back two years later and I got defensive player of the year. So the fact that they was able to put that confidence in me, that let me know how to win.  I kinda fell in love with basketball after that. I believed I could do anything. There was even a point where I wanted to be a professional wrestler and God knows I ….. and I really thought I could be it. I think the biggest thing that my family they taught me is to put my head into whatever I want to be and really try to pursue it. When I started to fall in love with basketball I started to learn how to work hard and then I started to really want it and I started to learn all the different things about the game and I saw everything that came along with it.

Lillard Shares Struggles Leading To NBA Rookie Of The Year Award

I just want to tell everybody a little bit about myself because I kinda started from an unfortunate situation. I grew up in Oakland, California and there’s a lot that goes on there. I grew up with a lot of people that decided they wanted to do things that I knew, from the gate, was out.

I started playing football then and I was kinda soft, I admit I was scared. My family, they constantly picked at me about it like, ‘Oh you scared to get back out there, you don’t want no part of that contact.’ And I can just remember that relatives, my cousin John, they pulled me to the front yard and they made get in the grass. They was hitting me as hard as any kid could ever hit me and I came back two years later and I got defensive player of the year. So the fact that they was able to put that confidence in me, that let me know how to win.

I kinda fell in love with basketball after that. I believed I could do anything. There was even a point where I wanted to be a professional wrestler and God knows I ….. and I really thought I could be it. I think the biggest thing that my family they taught me is to put my head into whatever I want to be and really try to pursue it. When I started to fall in love with basketball I started to learn how to work hard and then I started to really want it and I started to learn all the different things about the game and I saw everything that came along with it.

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