Music to the Wizards' ears will be hearing the final score announced and they're the victors after Thursday's game at the Portland Trail Blazers. Their star guard Damian Lillard has plans, he told CSN Northwest, beyond the court that sounds a bit cliche when it comes to NBA players but insists he's serious.
“If my profile continues to increase, I think I can go platinum with my music,” Lillard, last season's Rookie of the Year, told CSNNW's Chris Haynes. “Not to knock anybody else who has done it, but I can actually rap. I have a story to tell. It’s not going to just be about basketball. I have more content than that. With the way I know I can get down, and the producers that I’ll align myself with, there’s no reason not to think I couldn’t go platinum. Shaq proved it’s possible.”
Lillard is referring to Shaquille O'Neal's 1994 debut album, Shaq Diesel, that went platinum. Of course, most have failed at the venture in terms of sales and that includes Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Tony Parker and Allen Iverson.
Yep, Lillard, who participated in five events at All-Star weekend last month that included the showcase event, seems obsessed with multi-tasking. The second-year guard is buried in a small market. He wants more attention.
For whatever reason, there's this obsession among rappers, such as the multi-platinum selling Drake who could be seen shamelessly hounding NBA players during All-Star weekend like a lost puppy, that they were NBA players. And vice versa.
It's one thing for a 10-year-old fan of either wanting an autograph or attention in the form a wave or a picture, but there's something about witnessing NBA players and rappers -- most of whom are grown men -- blush over one another can be uncomfortable viewing.
Lillard, it seems, wants to just be both.
“I’ve been rapping for a long time and now I’m in a position to where I can help others get through their day with my music,” he said. “(Dropping an album) is something that I’m excited about because I know a lot of people don’t expect much from me because they feel they’ve seen this before. But I’m not like the other players that have done it. They’ll see in time.
“It’s something that comes easy to me. It’s another talent that I have.”
Wait, make that, three things. He thinks he can be an actor, too.
“I’m not an actor but I think it’s something that I can grow into if given time,” he said. “I would like to play a part like how Ray Allen played Jesus Shuttlesworth (in He Got Game). That’s something I’m interested in, among some other things.”
So that could be four. Or maybe five. Just like All-Star weekend.