Damian Lillard Leads Blazers in Donating Playoff Bonus Money to Team Staff

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2017

Craig Mitchelldyer/Associated Press

After getting swept by the Golden State Warriors in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs, Damian Lillard ensured that all postseason bonus money went to Portland Trail Blazers staff members.

According to Jason Quick of CSNNW.com, the star point guard went "from player to player" to ensure that the $16,000 each player received instead went to trainers, massage therapists and others involved with the team.

Quick also reported that veteran free-agent big man Chris Kaman was the one who inspired this back in 2014-15:

With some Blazers teams, the locker room leadership was not always as generous. Three seasons ago, when veteran Chris Kaman joined the team, he became appalled that the Blazers were keeping their playoff checks. Kaman, who became close with Lillard, told him if he ever led a team he should insist on getting the guys to donate to underscore the importance of unity and having one's back.

Props to Lillard for following through and also to his teammates, who should be commended for their generosity. 

[h/t CBSSports.com]

Related

    Where LeBron-to-LA Ranks Among All-Time FA Signings

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Where LeBron-to-LA Ranks Among All-Time FA Signings

    Adam Fromal
    via Bleacher Report

    Breaking: Raptors Finalize Deal for Kawhi (Woj)

    NBA logo
    NBA

    Breaking: Raptors Finalize Deal for Kawhi (Woj)

    Mike Chiari
    via Bleacher Report

    K.J. McDaniels Wins MVP for SL Championship

    NBA logo
    NBA

    K.J. McDaniels Wins MVP for SL Championship

    Scott Polacek
    via Bleacher Report

    Blazers Rout Hart, Lakers in SL Championship

    Portland Trail Blazers logo
    Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers Rout Hart, Lakers in SL Championship

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report