Damian Lillard dons Oakland A’s jersey before Western Conference Finals opener

Portland star and Oakland native shows love for his hometown baseball team

Damian Lillard walks out the tunnel at his hometown Oracle Arena. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
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OAKLAND — Damian Lillard is proud of his Oakland roots, showing so yet again before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in his home town.

Lillard, who grew up in Brookfield Village in East Oakland, less than a five-minute drive from Oracle Arena, donned a No. 0 Oakland A’s jersey while signing autographs before Tuesday night’s game.

“He is Oakland,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of his star point guard before Game 1. “He’s very proud of Oakland, Brookfield. He comes back as part of the community. I know he enjoys coming back here, seeing family, playing here. For this to be the last year of Oracle, he’s told me countless times he came here, used to sneak in here. It’s a special story, and you can’t make that up. It’s like local kid grows up and hopefully he hits a few game-winners here as well.”

Lillard spoke extensively Monday about growing up rooting for the Warriors and attending games at Oracle, the arena now in its last season hosting NBA games before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season.

Lillard, while the Warriors pursue a three-peat to close their arena, wants to write his own Oracle ending.

 

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