Damian Lillard was the first reserve All-Star selected in the draft this year, winding up on Team LeBron, much to the dismay of the opposing captain, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Well, in the end, neither team will be blessed with Lillard's presence on All-Star Weekend.
Lillard suffered a groin injury in the Trail Blazers' clash on Wednesday night which will force him to forgo his spot in the game, as well as the 3-Point Contest. In his stead, the Dame has suggested Devin Booker should take his place.
Booker was one of the biggest All-Star snubs in the league, and fans voiced their frustration that the Suns' star wasn't included among guards from the West. Lillard seems to believe the 23 year old was All-Star worthy, and threw his name in the ring as a potential replacement.
All-Star Games are a big deal for Lillard, who has notably been snubbed himself in the past. His recommendation of Booker should not go unnoticed by the Suns' sharpshooter.
Lillard knows all too well the feeling of being excluded from the honors of All-Star weekend, and he's hoping to present one of the league's young studs with his first opportunity in Chicago.