Damian Lillard took exception to comments ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky made after the Portland Trail Blazers star said he would sit out games if the NBA season returns and the team doesn't have anything to play for.
On Thursday's episode of Get Up, Orlovsky said Lillard came off as a "spoiled and entitled brat."
Lillard responded on Twitter:
In an interview with Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Lillard explained his stance if the NBA decides to have teams return to play a "handful" of regular-season games to fulfill contractual obligations with regional television networks:
"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now. And you can put that in there."
While the NBA has yet to announce an official return plan, league spokesman Mike Bass confirmed this week that the league is negotiating with The Walt Disney Company about a late-July restart using ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida, as a host site for games.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, one scenario under consideration includes all 30 teams returning to finish a 72-game regular season. Lowe noted a survey the NBA sent to general managers features an option for a playoff pool with anywhere from 16 to 30 teams.
The Blazers (29-37) were 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies (32-33) for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference when play was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.